Pay for play? Curbelo campaign boosted by School Board vendors he voted to help

Miami Congressman-Elect Carlos Curbelo visits Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary School in southwest Miami-Dade.

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
During his campaign for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Carlos Curbelo wasn’t shy about collecting thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from individuals directly tied to corporations that benefited from his vote on the Miami-Dade School Board.

Florida’s chief justice and the hunt for goof-off judges

Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Florida’s chief justice has ordered the state’s 20 chief judges to monitor the work of each judge in their circuit looking for goof-offs – a move that’s unnerved judges in South Florida and elsewhere.

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Judges backed Butterworth’s push to nail down DCF’s $44.8 million Broward healthcare contract

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A state appeals court chief judge and three Broward Circuit Court judges lent their names to Bob Butterworth’s private push for a $44.8 million-a-year state mental health management contract, state records show.

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Two Hallandale officials who voted for generous pension plan say they weren’t told true costs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Two Hallandale Beach commissioners who backed generous retirement benefits for top city officials said they were never told that the program granted retroactive credit for years worked prior to the plan’s start in 2001.

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Major contributor to Gov. Scott is silent partner in Bob Butterworth’s $44.8 million deal with DCF

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Another political insider – this time a major contributor to Gov. Rick Scott – has cropped up in a $44.8 million-a-year government-business deal to manage mental health services in Broward County.

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How companies have assembled political profiles for millions of Internet users

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
If you’re a registered voter and surf the web, one of the sites you visit has almost certainly placed a tiny piece of data on your computer flagging your political preferences.

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Hallandale’s ex-top managers collect fat pensions from retirement plan they pushed a decade ago

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A short-lived, perk-laden retirement plan has paid off big for some top Hallandale Beach officials who helped set it up a decade ago – but today it’s costing city taxpayers extra millions of dollars.

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Feds to examine whether doctors are using electronic health records to pad Medicare bills

By Fred Schulte
The Center for Public Integrity
The nation’s top health information technology official has launched an internal review to determine if electronic health records are prompting some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare.

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More bullying alleged against fired cheerleading coach; Coral Glades High did nothing

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Three years before cheerleading coach Melissa Prochilo was fired for ignoring bullying in her program at a Parkland high school, faculty members and parents at a nearby Coral Springs high school where she used to work leveled the same complaint against her.

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Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending; American Crossroads top spender since Labor Day

By Rachael Marcus
The Center for Public Integrity
Since Labor Day, the once-unofficial start of the election season, 70 percent of outside spending on the presidential race made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has benefited Mitt Romney, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.

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Years later, Water District eyes suing Hollywood pump maker to recover lost taxpayer dollars

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Five years ago, the South Florida Water Management District took a $1.5 million bath when a Hollywood company sold it 15 large electric pumps that quickly failed, then refused to honor its warranty. Now, the top lawyer for the budget-challenged independent taxing district is recommending it sue the Hollywood company that manufactured the pumps.

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