New majority on Hallandale commission wants to know: Where did CRA millions go?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Update: Jan. 23 – Hallandale Beach city commissioners Monday night gave initial approval to hiring an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s long troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.

A curious search for justice amid Miami-Dade judges’ desire for new civil courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The effort to build a new civil court building to replace the historic, but crumbling, Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami recently took a bizarre turn that prompted a local judge to remove herself from a high-profile case involving prominent developer Russell Galbut and another local landmark, the Shelborne Hotel in Miami Beach.

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Federal judge: ‘Bullying’ by Florida JQC threatens independence of state judges

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
In unusual public criticism, a South Florida federal judge has accused the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission of “bullying” that threatens the independence of the state’s judges.

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FBI search can’t find any more info on Sarasota Saudis, even its own investigative reports

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
The FBI told a federal judge Friday that its page-by-page review of more than 80,000 pages of records from its 9/11 investigation turned up “no additional substantive information” about connections it has said existed between Saudis in Sarasota and 9/11 terrorist figures.

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Democrats skirmish over open Broward House seat

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County political campaigns run on food. Bagels and cream cheese, Danish, hummus, spaghetti, barbeque and fruit salad for vegetarians who might show up at a political event – all paid for by candidates.

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Possibility of catastrophic Cuban oil spill stokes push to alter trade embargo for safety’s sake

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
South Florida’s fragile coastal environment and multibillion-dollar tourist industry are threatened by Cuba’s apparent plans to restart its offshore oil-drilling program next year without adequate safety measures in place to prevent or contain a catastrophic spill.

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Miami Marlins to pay clubhouse workers back wages to settle U.S. labor investigation

By Myron Levin and Stuart Silverstein
FairWarning
The Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to settle a Labor Department investigations into possible violations of U.S. wage standards by agreeing to give back wages to underpaid workers.

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Florida revenue department files, then yanks tax lien against Gov. Scott and First Lady

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Like 96,412 other Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott were hit last year with a lien for unpaid taxes by the state Department of Revenue. Unlike most other taxpayers, however, the Scotts’ tax warrant was voluntarily withdrawn, and the lien released, by state revenue officials one week after it was recorded with the court clerk.

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$100 million water and sewer contract decision due in Miami-Dade

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
A global engineering firm with a problematic track record has one final shot at winning a coveted Miami-Dade County government contract worth nearly $100 million.

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Feds in South Florida investigating allegations Humana overcharged Medicare Advantage

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Giant health insurer Humana Inc. faces multiple federal investigations into allegations that it overbilled the government for treating elderly patients enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans, court records reveal.

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In support of Gov. Askew’s legacy of open government, ex-aide challenges Florida’s blind trust law at Supreme Court

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The former chief of staff for the late Gov. Reubin Askew filed an emergency petition at the Florida Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the legality of the state’s 2013 blind trust law.

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