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Dale Holness, left,at Airport Convention with Burnadette Norris Weeks

Clueless: Broward Elections Chief Unaware Her Lawyer Gave Money To Candidates

By RedBroward, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 8, 2015 – Under tough questioning from County Commissioner Mark Bogen, Broward Supervisor Of Elections (SOE) Brenda Snipes admitted she was unaware her “right hand lawyer” gave money to candidates with legal matters involving her office. Snipes’ comments came during a budget workshop with Broward County Commissioners earlier this week. While controversial County Commissioner Dale Holness told Snipes she was doing a “great job,” other commissioners questioned Snipes’ budget, early voting plans and methods to increase […]

Dr. Brenda Snipes

Some Commissioners Fed Up With Broward Elections Chief

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 8, 2015 – It was Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes’ turn in the barrel last week. Snipes got grilled – her word for the 30-minute cross-examination was “bullied” – by Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen on Tuesday. Like a prosecutor questioning a murderer, Bogen started out something like this: “Would you agree the most important thing for any supervisor is to run efficient and impartial elections?” It went downhill from there for Snipes. […]

State House members targeted:  Katie Edwards (L) Kristin Jacobs (R)

State Reps. Targeted For Taking Big Sugar Money

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 4, 2015 – Legislators — including at least two from Broward — are being targeted in attack ads for not doing enough to fund restoration of the Everglades. Negative mail is aimed at Democratic State Reps. Katie Edwards of Plantation and Kristin Jacobs of Pompano Beach. It began hitting in their districts this week. The pieces slam the two legislators for not supporting Everglades restoration while accepting contributions from “Big Sugar.” Sugar growers […]

Broward Commissioner Tied To Mystery PAC Controlled By Lobbyists

Broward Commissioner Tied To Mystery PAC Controlled By Lobbyists

By Tom Lauder, RedBroward, June 4, 2015 – Records for a mysterious South Florida political committee show close ties between Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief and several high-powered Democrat lobbyists. Active for less than a year, the “Friends For A Better Broward, Inc.” committee spent more than $36,000 during the 2014/2015 election cycle. Most of the committee’s money went to those who worked on Commissioner Sharief’s 2014 campaign. During her bitter 2014 campaign against Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis, Sharief employed Rosa Mendoza as […]

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush to announce presidential decision June 15 in Miami

By Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlog, June 4, 2015 – Jeb Bush is giving a strong indication that he’ll join the presidential campaign this month, tweeting that an announcement is coming on June 15. The former Florida governor, widely expected to run for the GOP nomination, tweeted “coming soon” with a link to the website jebannouncement.com. On that page, the date 06.15.15 was listed, followed by the tease, “BE THE FIRST TO KNOW. RSVP NOW!” Visitors to the site could enter their name and […]

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Unions Battle Over Broward Deputies

Unions Battle Over Broward Deputies

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 1, 2015 – A Sarasota-based arm of the AFL-CIO has its eyes on the Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies. Over 2,000 deputies and sergeants will vote later this summer on whether they want the International Union of Police Associations to represent them, or want to continue with the Broward County Police Benevolent Association. At stake: Millions of dollars in annual dues flowing to the labor organization. The union gathered signatures from more than 40 […]

Broward School Supt. Robert Runcie

Broward School Board backs Runcie on keeping public off selection committee

By William Hladky, FloridaBulldog.org, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 26, 2015 – In the face of public suspicion, a majority of the Broward School Board last week allowed Superintendent Robert Runcie’s move to exclude the public from sitting on a committee that will select companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved construction projects. The suspicion: that Runcie and Derek Messier, his chief facilities officer, want to get around contracting reforms imposed after a scandal in order to control who gets the lucrative […]

Broward  Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar (L) & Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein (R)

Enemies: Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and Demo Boss Mitch Ceasar (Video)

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 26, 2015 – You can’t even describe Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and Democratic boss Mitch Ceasar as frenemies. They are just plain enemies. Political enemies. This is a brewing inner-party squabble the Broward Democrats can do without. Liberal Democrat Finkelstein has picked a political fight with the durable leader of the state’s largest Democratic Party organization, Ceasar.  He did this by endorsing Ceasar’s opponent for the Broward Clerk of the Courts. Finkelstein not […]

OMG – Nabil El Sanadi’s First 5 Months!

OMG – Nabil El Sanadi’s First 5 Months!

By Dan Lewis of BrwrdHealth For EyesOnNews.com, May 21, 2015 – I’ve taken a little time since my last post to talk with a few Broward Health Board members, some senior Broward Health physicians, and some notably well informed people who work for or with Broward Health.  The consensus picture they paint of Dr. Nabil El Sanadi’s first 5 months as CEO is peppered by his apparent arrogant administrative miss-steps, ‘discretionary’ spending seemingly more befitting a drunken sailor, a rumored lack of […]

Lea Krauss

Third Lawyer In Fight For Open Judicial Seat

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 21, 2015 – The Broward Courthouse’s worst kept secret has finally become public: Attorney Lea Krauss has opened her campaign for judge. A criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, Krauss has been quietly making the rounds of political clubs, fundraisers and potential donors for several months. She became the third candidate for the Circuit Court seat now held by the retiring Judge Susan Lebow. The others who want Lebow’s seat are Maxine Streeter […]

Legislature Works for Fair Distribution of Amendment 1 Funds

Legislature Works for Fair Distribution of Amendment 1 Funds

By Chris Leggatt of the Daily Broward For EyesOnNews.com, May 17, 2015 – With a 75% percent majority, Amendment 1 was passed in November of last year.  It was a confirmation of something many already knew, that Floridians are strongly committed to the health of our state’s environment, wildlife, water resources and water quality.  The amendment was confirmation of the majority of Florida voter’s belief in good stewardship of the land under state management. Here was the precise text that was on the ballot in […]

Vicente Thrower

Broward’s Pay-For-Play Culture On Display

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 15, 2015 – Anyone who has two eyes and two ears knows that Broward County government has a pay-for-play culture. You want to do business with a city or the County Commission. Start spreading around money. Money to hire a lobbyist. Money to buy the support of community and condo leaders. For the past decade, Vicente Thrower has been a go-to guy in Northwest Broward and a part of the pay-for-play culture.   Now […]