Gov. Scott, his investments and the ‘temptation to dishonor’

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott set up his first blind trust in April 2011, his lawyers asked Florida’s ethics commission whether he had any conflicts of interest because of his investments in companies doing business in Florida. Topping their list of concern was Texas-based Energy Transfer Equity…

Broward Schools construction program woes cloud vote on $800 million bond issue

Nathalie Lynch-Walsh

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
hree years after a scathing grand jury report about the Broward school district’s construction program, community activists are raising concerns about the management of future construction projects should voters approve an $800 million public schools bond issue in November.

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The governor and the felon: the profitable, private partnership of Rick Scott and Ken Jenne

Before he was governor, Rick Scott, left, funneled stock options worth $375,000 to then Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott has refused to explain why a state background check failed to uncover resigned Broward Health Commissioner Kimberly Kisslan’s involvement in ex-Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne’s corruption scheme. But Scott has a little-known reason for not wanting to talk about Jenne.

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Court asked to decide if transparency trumps corporate reputation in ‘Company Doe’ Case

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By Lilly Fowler
FairWarning
Leading consumer and media organizations asked a federal appeals court today to unseal dozens of documents related to a closely watched product safety and business confidentiality dispute cloaked in extraordinary secrecy.

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Obama bundlers nominated for diplomatic posts; Boca’s Mark Gilbert for ambassador to New Zealand

Mark Gilbert, right, and wife Nancy flank former Pinecrest School head Robert Goldberg

By Michael Beckel
Center for Public Integrity
President Barack Obama has named two more of his top campaign fundraisers for plumb diplomatic posts, nominating Boca Raton’s Mark Gilbert to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Rob Barber to the same position in Iceland.

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Cooper City shrinks official minutes: “Details you really don’t want the public to know about”

A Broward Sheriff's captain intervenes to calm overheated Cooper City politicians last year.

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Cooper City commissioners had an angry, embarrassing public exchange last year, but you won’t find any mention of it in the city’s official minutes of that meeting.

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Governor’s office clams up about Kisslan resignation, breakdown in appointment process

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s office says it vetted Sunrise City Attorney Kimberly Kisslan before her recent appointment to the governing board of Broward Health, yet failed to uncover damaging information that led to her abrupt resignation last Friday amid an inquiry.

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State pro-business organizations in Florida, elsewhere are publicly funded, privately controlled

Governor Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo cut the ribbon at an Arizona Commerce Authority event in 2012.

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The Arizona Commerce Authority is housed in an office in downtown Phoenix. The authority, which oversees state corporate tax incentives and grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is not quite a public agency. It’s led by a board of directors run by the governor and Jerry Colangelo, who, after four decades as an Arizona sports and real estate mogul, is a local icon.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch lives half-a-world away as millions flow to his Ben Gamla schools

Former Congressman Peter Deutsch, founder of Ben Gamla schools

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Peter Deutsch, the driving force behind South Florida’s controversial Ben Gamla charter schools, is a six-term former Democratic congressman with a unique status: he lives more than 6,000 miles away in Israel as an expatriate. Even so, Deutsch’s Ben Gamla schools have racked up hefty public funding: more than $10 million for nearly 1,800 students last school year alone.

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Legal battles blaze in Broward, elsewhere six decades after “safe” cigarette filter

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By Myron Levin
FairWarning
It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer—and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos.

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Broward Health commissioner quits amid governor’s inquiry into testimony in Jenne case

Kimberly Kisslan as BSO general counsel in 2007. Photo: BSO

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health Commissioner Kimberly Kisslan resigned Friday – two days after BrowardBulldog.org reported how she’d testified under a grant of immunity to the federal grand jury that investigated disgraced sheriff Ken Jenne.

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