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.

Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed

Florida's existing and proposed pipeline routes. Gov. Scott invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in companies that own all three. Illustration: NextEra Energy

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Shortly after Gov. Rick Scott was elected, a Florida Power & Light executive on his transition team pitched the idea of building a major new natural gas pipeline. Last year, Scott signed bills to speed up permitting for the project and the Public Service Commission approved its construction. Not known at the time: Scott owned a stake in the company that will build the $3 billion pipeline.

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Broward Inspector General hits first legal hurdle; Hallandale CRA says hands off

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, run by the city’s five elected commissioners, has sent a message to Broward’s new Inspector General’s Office – you can’t touch us.

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Farmworkers plagued by pesticides, red tape

By Ronnie Greene, iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Laboring in the blackberry fields of central Arkansas, the 18-year-old Mexican immigrant suddenly turned ill. Her nose began to bleed, her skin developed a rash, and she vomited. The doctor told her it was most likely flu or bacterial infection, but […]

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Details emerge about Broward IG’s Hallandale probe; payments to commissioner’s wife eyed

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A Hallandale Beach program that funneled hundreds of thousands of dollar in grants and contributions to community groups is a key focus of the Broward Inspector General’s widespread investigation of city management practices.

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Broward finally looks to build a new Elections HQ; a politically connected developer wants the job

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County may finally be closing in on a new home for its Supervisor of Elections following 10 years of trying re-locate to new digs.

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Nonprofits outspent Super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel, iWatchNews by The Center for Public Integrity  While Super PACs were cast as the big, bad wolves during the last election, the groups were outspent by “social welfare” organizations by a 3-2 margin, a trend that may continue amid reports that major donors are giving tens of millions of dollars to the […]

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Hallandale refuses full cooperation in county probe; Which commissioners are targets?

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager’s Office has refused to fully cooperate with the Broward Inspector General’s Office investigation into the city’s management of the Community Redevelopment district.

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How Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You

By Lois Beckett, ProPublica  Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services. The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used for […]

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Despite death toll, motorcycle groups strive to muzzle U.S. regulators

By Rick Schmitt, Fair Warning.org  WASHINGTON – In a highly touted safety achievement, deaths on the nation’s roads and highways have fallen sharply in recent years, to the lowest total in more than a half-century. But motorcyclists have missed out on that dramatic improvement, and the news for them has been increasingly grim. So it […]

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Fort Lauderdale police didn’t follow rules when investigating one of their own

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Fort Lauderdale Police internal inquiry into the out-of-state arrest of a street crimes unit sergeant did not follow departmental procedures for conducting such investigations.

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