Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s son rose to the top skirting lobbying rules, critics say

Mayor Carlos Gimenez, right, and his son, Carlos Gimenez Jr.

By Francisco Alvarado
As his father rose to power from county commissioner to strong mayor, Carlos Gimenez Jr. has climbed his way to the upper echelon of South Florida’s lobbying corps representing prominent clients like Donald Trump, the PGA Tour and American Traffic Solutions, the nation’s largest red-light camera operator.

Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott

By Dan Christensen
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.

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Saudi Arabia’s king ran state charity that 9/11 victims say funded and armed al Qaeda

Saudi King Salman with President Obama at Erga Palace during a January 27, 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Pete Souza, official White House photo

By Dan Christensen
Editor’s Note: This story was first published Feb. 6, 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s king, Salman, “actively directed” a Saudi charity whose funding was “especially important to al Qaeda acquiring the strike capabilities used to launch attacks in the U.S.,” say court papers filed this week by lawyers representing 9/11 victims and their families.

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Marco Rubio’s campaign racks up inquiries about prohibited contributions

Sen. Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
In what has become a regular habit for Marco Rubio’s campaigns, the Federal Elections Commission has again flagged the senator’s presidential committee for possibly skirting federal law limiting the types and amounts of donations it can receive.

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After “60 Minutes” on The 28 Pages, a new call to open up classified 9/11 records

Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, left with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes

By Dan Christensen
The push to declassify the government’s secret 9/11 records got an invigorating jolt Monday with House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s call to open up the 28 hidden pages in Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks.

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Broward Health Chairman Di Pietro quits the hospital district’s governing board

Gov. Rick Scott, left, and suspended Broward Health board chairman David Di Pietro

By Dan Christensen
UPDATE : Thursday, April 14 — Suspended Broward Health Chairman David Di Pietro today announced his resignation for the hospital district’s board of directors. He offered no explanation. On Monday, a judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott to reinstate Di Pietro. Scott has appealed that ruling.

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Republican-led Broward Health paid $3 million in legal fees to firms tied to Gov. Rick Scott

The Foley & Lardner law firm recently removed from its Facebook page this photo of Gov. Scott paying a visit to its Jacksonville office on Aug. 24.  Pictured with the governor, left to right, are Scott's former environmental secretary Herschel Vinyard, office managing partner Kevin Hyde and Karen Bowling, Scott's ex-partner in the Solantic urgent-care clinic chain

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Republican-controlled Broward Health paid two law firms with strong ties to Republican Gov. Rick Scott more than $3 million in legal fees in the last 12 months.

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A plan takes shape to fix Miami-Dade’s CRAs

FAU professor Frank Schnidman and Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella L. Cava

By William Gjebre
Miami-Dade commissioners would take greater control of community redevelopment agencies under a proposal that would tighten oversight and reduce funding, yet also require many CRAs to set aside dollars for much-needed affordable housing they have yet to provide.

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New whistleblowers sue Plaza Health Network saying insiders milked nursing home chain

Plaza Health Network's headquarters at 1800 NE 168th St., North Miami Beach.

By Francisco Alvarado
For the second time in four years, Miami Beach builder Russell Galbut and a nursing-home chain his family cofounded have been accused of illegal misconduct by a whistleblowing former executive.

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Evidence mounts of distraction risks from digital billboards along roadways

A digital billboard in Sarasota. Photo: Scenic America

By Paul Feldman
Digital billboards clearly catch the eye of passing motorists. But what is also increasingly clear is that such distractions can heighten safety risks in heavy traffic and other complex driving conditions, a long-time roadway researcher says.

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Broward Health deal exposes ethics loopholes big enough for multi-million dollar deals

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, and Broward Health's late CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca was part of a “concerted campaign” to divert public Broward Health money to pay for a marketing campaign run by his employer, Zimmerman Advertising.

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