‘What’s going on?’ Broward airport contractor said to owe millions may win millions instead

Former Broward Aviation Department Director Kent George

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Five months after demanding that contractor Tutor Perini pay Broward more than $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, ex-county aviation boss Kent George instead wants the county to pay Tutor Perini $18.9 million.

Fear of stalling as U.S. intelligence chief says Congress must OK release of 28 pages

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Photo: CNN

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a development that could delay the release of 28 classified pages from Congress’s report about Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11, the head of the nation’s intelligence community has told a delegation seeking their release that the ultimate decision about whether to make those pages public would be made by Congress.

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Broward Health boots CEO amid staff warnings, new demands for records from Gov. Scott

Broward Health's new Interim CEO/President Pauline Grant is welcomed Wednesday by Commissioner Christopher T. Ure

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Amid a sweeping new demand for records from the governor’s office, Broward Health’s governing board voted Wednesday to replace its chief executive and put its controversial general counsel on a 30-day review plan.

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Broward Health hospice contractor VITAS denies admission to dying, indigent inmate

Publicity photo for VITAS Healthcare's inpatient hospice unit at Broward Health North

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A dying homeless man ordered released from jail Friday so he could be sent for hospice care at Broward Health was instead denied admission to hospice after he refused to sign a form, according to email obtained by FloridaBulldog.org.

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Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign refuses to disclose true source of loans

Ted Cruz running for the U.S. Senate in 2012

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
While Ted Cruz was barnstorming Florida last week, the treasurer for his 2012 U.S. Senate bid was refusing to answer a routine inquiry by the Federal Elections Commission to determine where the Texas Republican got the money to loan his Senate campaign as much as $1,000,000.

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Florida education on trial; Lawsuit seeks to redefine public education to benefit poor

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By Eric Barton
FloridaBulldog.org
A case that could fundamentally change how Florida funds and administers education is center stage in a trial that begins next Monday in a Tallahassee courtroom.

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Broward Health CEO paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush money to fired execs

Broward Health Acting President/CEO Kevin Fusco, left, with Interim Chief Financial Officer Arthur Wallace III at a recent board meeting.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Acting Broward Health President/CEO Kevin Fusco apparently exceeded his spending authority last month when he signed a deal to pay more than $400,000 in hush money to a district executive who was fired after publicly criticizing a proposed $71.4 million, no-bid advertising contract. The same day, Fusco signed a second deal to pay another Broward Health Medical Center $537,000 to go away quietly.

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Advertising mogul threw fundraiser for chairman’s wife amid Broward Health deals

Jordan Zimmerman is flanked by Broward Health Commissioners Darryl Wright, left, and David Di Pietro at last June's fundraiser for Judge Nina Di Pietro. Photo: Downtown Photo, Fort Lauderdale

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Just seven weeks after signing a $2.1 million-a-year no-bid contract with Broward Health, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman threw a political fundraiser for the wife of the hospital district’s chairman.

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BSO offers answers about El Sanadi’s suicide, but even family can’t explain why

Broward Health Chief Executive Dr. Nabil El Sanadi used a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver like this to kill himself on January 23, police say.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Last month’s shocking death by gunshot of Broward Health Chief Executive Dr. Nabil El Sanadi is now officially classified a suicide, but why El Sanadi killed himself remains a mystery that even his family can’t explain.

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Company tied to Gov. Scott got Broward Health contract, gave $400K to his campaign

Gov. Rick Scott speaks about cancer research funding at 21st Century Oncology, April 10, 2014
Photo: Dania Maxwell/Political Fix Florida, the joint bureau of Naples Daily News / Tampa Tribune / Treasure Coast in Tallahassee.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
A cancer treatment company financially tied to Gov. Rick Scott that got a no-bid, 25-year contract from Broward Health in January 2012 later contributed nearly $400,000 to the governor’s re-election campaign, state records show.

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Broward Health gave company with financial ties to Gov. Scott 25-year, no-bid contract

Gov. Rick Scott announces plans to seek new cancer research funds during an April 2014 visit to the Fort Myers headquarters of 21st Century Oncology, a company in which he owns an indirect financial interest. Company chief executive Dr. Daniel Dosoretz is at far right. Photo: NBC-2, WBBH Fort Myers

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
An oncology company financially connected to Gov. Rick Scott got a no-bid contract four years ago from taxpayer-supported Broward Health for as long as 25 years – an unprecedented term. Scott was an investor in a private equity firm that owns 21st Century Oncology, state records show.

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