Gov. Scott and GE: Jobs, incentives and investments in Scott’s oil & gas partnerships

Gov. Rick Scott with Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and GE representatives on Friday

By Dan Christensen
When Gov. Rick Scott announced last week that GE Oil & Gas would open a $50 million manufacturing facility in Jacksonville he talked about how it would create 500 new jobs for Florida. Not mentioned in the hoopla: how another division of General Electric has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in publicly traded oil and natural gas partnerships in which Scott had a financial interest.

9/11 victims: Saudi Arabia’s ‘lavish sponsorship’ of al Qaeda made attacks possible


By Dan Christensen
As defense attorneys tried again last week to get Saudi Arabia dropped from a massive federal lawsuit accusing it of complicity in the 9/11 attacks, lawyers for those who survived, and relatives of the dead, filed a sweeping new statement of the evidence they are marshaling for trial.

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Political “news” blogger vocal in Hallandale mayoral race hid her marriage to candidate

By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
A political writer for who for months has written stories attacking opponents of Hallandale Beach mayoral hopeful Jay Schorr did not tell her readers that she is Schorr’s wife.

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Bid manipulation alleged at DCF; Butterworth’s ex-agency said to steer him big Broward contract

By Dan Christensen
An appeals court has pulled the rug out from under a bid protest alleging that a $44 million a year state management contract was illegally steered to a nonprofit led by former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
The court tossed the case last week without looking at the underlying corruption allegations.

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Two dark money groups outspending all Super PACs combined

By Kim Barker, ProPublica Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show. These nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s or c4s for their section of the tax code, don’t have […]

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Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working; Aug. 15 start date to apply

By Susan Ferriss, iWatch News by the Center for Public Integrity  One of the nation’s top immigration think tanks estimates that 1.76 million undocumented people could attempt to benefit from an Obama administration decision to shield them from deportation, temporarily, and grant them two-year work permits. Moreover, the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. estimates in its […]

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Top Billboard Company Won’t Be Charged in Tree-Poisoning Case

By Myron Levin, FairWarning No criminal charges will be filed against billboard giant Lamar Advertising Co. despite evidence that company workers in Tallahassee, Fla., over at least seven years secretly chopped down or poisoned trees to provide clearer views of its roadside signs. In disclosing its decision not to prosecute, the State Attorney’s office in […]

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Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce gets “sweetheart deal” from city, critics say

By William Gjebre
In the midst of the Broward Inspector General’s Office investigation of city management practices, Hallandale Beach’s bus bench/shelter advertising agreement has come under fire.
The advertising pact has drawn critics because all the public money collected under the agreement, as well as additional dollars from city coffers, have gone to the Hallandale Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Lauderhill cop’s suicide note leads to firing of two officers and questions about legality of arrests

By Dan Christensen
Three hours before he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, Lauderhill Police Officer Elijah “Eli” Rodgers wrote a four-paragraph goodbye.
Then he emailed it to several hundred of his fellow city employees.

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Former Olympians praise Romney in ad — and pony up contributions

By Michael Beckel, iWatch News by the Center for Public Integrity  A smiling Kristi Yamaguchi gushes about Republican Mitt Romney in a new ad paid for by the conservative super PAC Restore Our Future. She admires the presidential candidate so much that she’s also given his campaigns nearly $5,000. In addition, everyone else in the new ad, which […]

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Murder victims’ kin call out Mike Satz; seek Broward probe of police in miscarriage of justice

By Dan Christensen
The arrest of Jerry Frank Townsend on Sept. 5, 1979 ended the hunt for a brutal serial killer and rapist who had terrorized a predominantly African-American neighborhood in northwest Fort Lauderdale.
But it began an enduring miscarriage of justice.

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