Video-on-demand finally comes to Broward County Commission meetings

A screen shot of archived video of last week's Broward commission  meeting.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County took a step toward greater government transparency last month with the start-up of a new system of on-demand video for commission meetings and public hearings.

Hallandale city manager’s going away gift of public money to departing commissioner

Hallandale Beach City Manager Renee Miller, ex-Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Thanks to Hallandale Beach City Manager Renee Miller’s generosity, former Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy collected a tidy gift of taxpayer cash after he quit the city commission last May before his term was finished.

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How Cellphone Companies Have Resisted Rules for Disasters

By Cora Currier
ProPublica
In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you’re likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More than 30 percent of American households now rely exclusively on cellphones. Despite that, cell carriers have successfully pushed back against rules on what they have to do in a disaster.

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Fight over the huge estate of a 1950s rock ‘n’ roll dance party host twists through Broward court

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
Before he built Fort Lauderdale-based Grant Communications, the late Milt Grant hosted a popular 1950s television show for teenagers with guests like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Harry Belafonte. Today, his heirs are fighting in Broward Circuit Court over a fortune worth as much as $58 million.

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Livestock falling ill in fracking regions, raising concerns about food

By Elizabeth Royte
Food and Environment Reporting Network
In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. While scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect, many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking.

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Despite “No Involvement” pledge, Butterworth got the kind of private deal he backed as DCF boss

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
When Bob Butterworth filed a bid last winter on a $44.8 million-a-year Department of Children and Families private management contract he signed a “Statement of No Involvement.” By signing the statement, the former Florida Attorney General certified that neither he nor anyone else at the non-profit Broward Behavioral Health Coalition was involved in developing the DCF program for the project his company was bidding on.

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Generals no longer retire to Vermont — they lobby for contractors in Washington

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Center for Public Integrity
“What can you do with a general, when he stops being a general?” crooned Bing Crosby in the 1954 movie “White Christmas.” “Who’s got a job for a general when he stops being a general?” Alas, the answer, 58 years later, is now clear.

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Broward IG says Hallandale made “immense” gaffe in overseeing $12.7 million in city bonds

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Initial findings by Broward’s Inspector General of mismanagement at Hallandale Beach City Hall have led officials to revise plans for a $12.7 million bond issue, according to city and county records obtained by BrowardBulldog.org.

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Hallandale Beach made hush-hush settlement with a top manager over lucrative pension plan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach taxpayers quietly coughed up nearly $500,000 in 2009 to settle a complaint by a ranking city official that his bosses had failed to include him in a generous management retirement plan for top city leaders.

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Karl Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
If Karl Rove was an NFL coach and not a political strategist, he would probably be looking for a new job about now. Organizations co-founded by the GOP’s most effective fundraiser spent more than $175 million only to see President Barack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.

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Secret Documents Show Weak Oversight of Key Foreclosure Program

By Paul Kiel
ProPublica
The Obama administration launched its main program to prevent foreclosures in the spring of 2009 with $50 billion and abundant promises. What the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, lacked — and wouldn’t have for years — was effective oversight of the big banks that were crucial to the program’s success.

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