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
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
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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Miramar busts Broward’s trash monopoly; Bergeron gets a deal worth millions

By Buddy Nevins
A decades-long monopoly was shattered Tuesday when Miramar agreed to let an upstart company handle its waste disposal.

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Weak ethics agencies, lobbyist regulation tarnish Florida in national integrity investigation

By Dan Christensen with The Center for Public Integrity
Florida kicked off the modern era of open government reforms when it became the first state to pass an open meetings law in 1967. Today, Florida’s Sunshine Law, and its even older Public Records Law, are among the strongest in the nation.
But while Florida lets plenty of sun shine in on public meetings and records, it has done a poor job of illuminating the activities of lobbyists.

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New questions about FBI probe of Saudis’ post-9/11 exodus

By Robbyn Swan
Special to
The FBI mishandled its investigation of the travel of a Saudi prince and his companions out of Florida within days of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, new interviews, 9/11 Commission documents and FBI files reveal.

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Classified documents contradict FBI on post 9/11probe of Saudis, Graham says

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Broward Bulldog on Feb. 20. As on Monday, we are re-posting our coverage of the 9/11 investigation after it was picked up today, March 13, by MSNBC. By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers Former Florida Senator Bob Graham has seen two classified FBI documents that he says raise […]

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FBI informant says Sarasota Saudi praised bin Laden; knew Broward Qaeda suspect

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Broward Bulldog and the London Daily Telegraph on Feb. 18. We are re-posting it here after it was picked up today, March 12, by MSNBC and NBC News4 New York. By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers  A Saudi man who triggered an FBI investigation after he and his […]

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Broward’s city managers use secrecy in push for huge trash deal; public excluded from meetings

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Broward’s top city and county managers regularly meet in secret to discuss public business, formulate policy and even negotiate contracts.

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To resuscitate or not to resuscitate PIP insurance — a South Florida pocketbook issue

By Amber Statler-Matthews
The tug-of-war may be in Tallahassee over personal injury protection insurance, but at the heart of the battle are drivers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties who are paying more each year in premiums.

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Hallandale Beach holds back records in “botched” audit; $20 million in contracts go unchecked

By William Gjebre
An outside auditing firm did not review more than $20 million in Hallandale Beach vendor contracts because the city failed to provide the information and limitations on the scope of the audit.

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Avoiding an Iran-Israel war

By Barrie Dunsmore  The White House: 3:10 a.m. (April/May/ June 2012? ) The telephone in President Barack Obama’s bedroom rings. He is told that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the line. “Mr. President,” says Netanyahu, “I wish to inform you that the Israeli Defense Forces have begun their attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.” […]

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