Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.

Broward courts accused of nurturing double standard of justice for poor, minorities

Broward Chief Judge Peter Weinstein, left, and Public Defender Howard Finkelstein

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A letter from the U.S. Justice Department urging state judges across the country to eliminate “common” court practices that illegally trap poor defendants in cycles of debt and jail is reverberating in Broward with accusations that courts here favor the well-off.

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Jack Nicklaus, partners pay $400K to settle charges they filled wetlands at golf club

The Bear's Club golf course in Jupiter.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus has given up a legal battle over federal accusations that his companies violated the Clean Water Act by disturbing environmentally protected wetlands in The Bear’s Club, a private golf course community he built 17 years ago.

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9/11 terrorists, submersibles and an untold Fort Lauderdale story

A submersible diver propulsion vehicle like those purchased by a 9/11 hijacker.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
On September 12, 2001, Fort Lauderdale businessman Bill Brown’s morning routine began like most others. After dropping his young daughter off at day care, the widower drove to work at his marine accessories store, The Nautical Niche. What Brown says happened next was anything but ordinary.

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All Aboard Florida’s plan for passenger train service from Miami to Orlando in jeopardy

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By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando is in jeopardy following a federal judge’s order questioning the company’s ability to borrow $1.75 billion in taxpayer-subsidized federal bonds to pay for the project.

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Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office accused again of spying; A ‘mole’ in the defense camp?

Defense lawyers Marc Nurik, left, and J. David Bogenschutz

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time this summer, Miami federal prosecutors stand accused of spying on the defense – this time in the case of an alleged $28-million, international sweepstakes fraud.

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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
FloridaBulldog.org
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.

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

Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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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Florida Bulldog and Nova Southeastern University present: Sen. Bob Graham and Unanswered Questions of 9/11 on 15th Anniversary

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On September 8, join former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, co-chair of Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, for a lively panel discussion at Nova Southeastern University about the continuing search answers and justice 15 years on. A question and answer session will follow. Click through to purchase tickets

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Bulldog Extra

Presented by Florida Bulldog  and Nova Southeastern University. Dan Christensen, editor and founder of the nonprofit news organization,  moderated a panel on Sept. 8 at Nova Southeastern University featuring former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, co-chair of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11; Sharon Premoli, a victim’s advocate who was at work on the 80th floor of the North Tower when the first plane struck; Sean Carter, a partner with Philadelphia’s Cozen O’Connor law firm who is helping lead a lawsuit on behalf of the victims’; Thomas Julin, Florida Bulldog’s attorney and a partner with the Gunster law firm in Miami; and Dr. Charles Zelden, an NSU history and political science professor.

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