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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio’s refunds of excessive campaign contributions continue

By Francisco Alvarado, FloridaBulldog.org, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 11, 2015 – Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign continues to trickle out refunds to donors who made excessive contributions last year. On May 5, Lisa Lisker, assistant treasurer to the recently renamed Marco Rubio for President committee, notified the Federal Election Commission that the campaign had returned $10,000 to Anthony Trey Traviesa, a former Florida state representative from the Tampa area. Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Conant did not respond to questions sent via email […]

Broward School Supt. Robert Runcie

School Superintendent Runcie Accused Of Breaking Bond Promise

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 10, 2015 – Last November, $800 million in new school bonds were approved after Superintendent Robert Runcie made a lot of promises to the public. It didn’t take long — just seven months – for Runcie to be accused of breaking a key pledge he made during the bond referendum campaign. Runcie vowed that there would be “total transparency” in spending the $800 million to assure the public that contracts would not be […]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Rick Scott to hospitals: Come up with profit-sharing ideas by May 22

By Christine Jordan Sexton, SaintPetersBlog, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 9, 2015 – Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to hospitalsFriday advising them to begin working with his newly created hospital commission to prepare a trio of ways the industry can share $3.7 billion in profits so other hospitals can withstand the impending loss of federal Low Income Pool funding. Scott has asked the hospitals to send the scenarios to the state by May 22 for consideration at a May 26  meeting […]

Bob Butterworth: A recent picture ((AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

Sources: Bob Butterworth Seeks Appointment

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 8, 2015 – Former Attorney General Bob Butterworth wants back in public life more than a decade after he left. Butterworth is seeking an appointment to the new Charter Review Commission, which will recommend changes to Broward government, according to county commission office sources. A lifelong resident of Hollywood, Butterworth is 72. He is a legend among Broward Democrats.  He was first appointed a judge in 1974 by Gov. Reubin Askew.  He was also Broward’s […]

by · May 8, 2015 · BrowardBeat.com, Featured, News, Politics
Broward Commissioners: Give Us Freebees Again

Broward Commissioners: Give Us Freebees Again

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 7, 2015 – Dragged squirming and kicking into accepting an ethics law just five years ago, Broward County Commissioners now want to relax the rules. It appears the law is hampering their social lives, poor babies. Okay, the rules may be ridiculously tough in some cases. Maybe the prohibition against accepting anything from lobbyists under $10 or $25 should be relaxed, as long as any gifts be disclosed. But the idea that commissioners […]

Dan Lewis

Just say No – How Not to Cancel a Meeting – Part Four

By Dan Lewis of BrwrdHealth For EyesOnNews.com, May 7, 2015 – Dr. El Sanadi’s response to my public records request (see Part 3) flies in the face of his public claims of transparency as Broward Health’s CEO.  My El Sanadi public records request can be seen here. Soon after I submitted my public records request to Dr. El Sanadi, Broward Health through their corporate counsel’s office hired a law firm to represent and respond on his behalf.  Although this is common, and […]

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera at an April 22 rally in Tallahassee for Lauren’s Kids with Lauren and Ron Book

Tallahassee jackpot: Politicians send millions to charity of lobbyist’s daughter

By Francisco Alvarado, FloridaBulldog.org, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 6, 2015 – Over the last four years, Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit founded by the daughter of top Tallahassee lobbyist Ron Book has become one the legislature’s favorite charities, raking in nearly $7 million in taxpayer funds. If and when legislators reconvene to pass a budget, that total is slated to rise to $10.8 million. The mission of Lauren’s Kids is to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. At the same time, however, […]

Michael Howson

Broward Democrat’s New Office Director Is Black Member of LGBT Political Group

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 5, 2015 – Mitch Ceasar may have a lot of shortcomings. But in the two decades he has run the county’s Democratic Party, he has never failed to reach out to the new groups that make up Broward’s political future. Ceasar hit the diversity jackpot by appointing Michael Howson the party’s new director of the party’s office. Howson is Africa-American and is tight with the LGBT political community. Not only is Howson a […]

Photo accompanying Burgos’s post about Jules and his candidacy.  Jules apparently is the person in middle - See more at: http://www.browardbeat.com/sheriff-draws-an-opponent-from-ohio/#sthash.M7sNDgzG.dpuf

Sheriff Israel Draws An Opponent…From Ohio

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 4, 2015 – Candidates living outside their proper district were big news last year. But the controversy in 2014 was about candidates living a mile or two away from their constituents. Sheriff Scott Israel’s first opponent for his 2016 re-election is from more than 1,000 miles away! Edison Jules, who filed to run against Israel last week, is apparently Deputy Chief of the Shawnee Ohio Police Department. This according to Linkedin and various […]

Nina Di Pietro

Latest Judicial Appointment Raises Question: Should Judges Be Appointed Or Elected?

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 3, 2015 – When the governor named Nina Di Pietro to bench last week, it again ignited the age-old question: Should judges by appointed or elected? Di Pietro’s claim on the bench was cemented by her marriage. She is the 33-year-old wife of Republican fund raiser and activist David Di Pietro. She has one big red flag on her résumé. She was fired from the Public Defenders Office after accusations that she was ethically challenged. […]

After Fla House Fails To Act, Medical Marijuana Forces Vow To Put Issue On 2016 Ballot

After Fla House Fails To Act, Medical Marijuana Forces Vow To Put Issue On 2016 Ballot

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, April 30, 2015 – Pro-medical marijuana forces today vowed to place the issue on the ballot again in 2016 because the House adjourned without acting on the issue. Medical marijuana won the support of roughly 58 percent of voters, but fell short of the 60 percent needed for a constitutional amendment in last year’s election. Below is the news release from United for Care, the medical marijuana committee: United for Care FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE […]

Governor Rick Scott

Rick Scott Dallies As Legislature Melts Down

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, April 29, 2015 – Blame Gov. Rick Scott. The Florida House walked out this week, refusing to negotiate with the state Senate. The state legislative process is at a standstill, with important issues like medical marijuana, gaming, ride sharing, aid for persons with special abilities and a massive water bill pushed aside. And what is Scott doing today? Below is the news release he sent out yesterday afternoon, as the legislative session was collapsing: