Pipeline foes ask DEP to deny key permit; Cite ‘conflict of interest’ by Gov. Scott

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in North Florida are asking Florida regulators to reject the project, citing both dangers to the environment and a “conflict of interest” by the regulators’ boss, Gov. Rick Scott.

Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

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Rubio’s new campaign plagued by continuing election law violations

Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign logo

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two days before he officially announced his run for the presidency last week, Marco Rubio’s campaign disclosed that it had refunded more than $23,000 in excessive contributions it previously had accepted.

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9/11 Review Commission under the FBI’s thumb

New York's World Trade Center. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A secretive blue-ribbon panel formed by Congress to conduct an “external review” of the FBI’s post-9/11 performance – and to assess new evidence – was largely under the sway of the very agency it was tasked to examine.

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Change orders add millions in airport costs; Is this how Broward should do business?

Rendering of east end of the expanded south runway with US 1 tunnels

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
For the third time in three years, Broward Commissioners voted last week to pay more — $2.5 million this time – to the company that’s managing the ongoing $800 million runway expansion project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Commissioner Lois Wexler is concerned about repeated costly change orders.

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Federal regulators ask Marco Rubio’s campaign to explain illegal contributions, again

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio prepares for a possible 2016 presidential run, federal elections regulators want him to explain why he accepted illegal campaign contributions from 14 donors in his year-end Jan. 30 campaign finance report.

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Senate push to expand lobbyist registration to special districts like Broward Health

Florida Senate Chamber

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A bill to broaden water management district lobbyist registration rules to apply to hospital districts, expressway and port authorities, children’s services districts and other special taxing districts with budgets in excess of $5 million is moving through the Florida Senate.

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Unicorns, the Tooth Fairy and 54.5 MPG

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By Stuart Silverstein
FairWarning
The Obama Administration has repeatedly trumpeted its plan to boost the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by the 2025 model year. But that number is a fiction.

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Corruption-plagued Broward School Board sees no evil in bid rigging allegations

The Broward School Board

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
In the last five years, two Broward School Board members were convicted of corruption and a statewide grand jury described the board as both inept and corrupted by “contractors, vendors and their lobbyists.” Today, amid fresh allegations of bid rigging, the board is taking a see no evil approach.

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FBI slams own 9/11 document; New report discounts Sarasota Saudis ties to hijackers

From left to right, Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, FBI Director James D. Comey and former Congressman Tim Roemer at a Wednesday press conference

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A report that lauds the FBI for making “great strides” in protecting the nation from terrorists in the past decade also says the Bureau produced and made public bad information linking Saudis in Sarasota to 9/11 terrorists.

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A Broward tale: Property taxes, politics and conflicting interests

Martin Kiar being sworn in as Broward Vice Mayor last year by his father Monroe Kiar. Photo: Mark O’Loughlin, TheWoodlandsTamarac.com

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Vice Mayor Martin Kiar is beginning to look a lot like the county’s next property appraiser, but his political ambition already has created an apparent conflict of interest at the board that decides property tax appeals by homeowners and businesses.

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