corruption http://wlrn.org en Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax http://wlrn.org/post/integrity-florida-financial-disclosures-blind-trusts-and-corruption-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Division of Elections says </span><a href="http://election.myflorida.com/candidate/canlist.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">18 people have qualified to run for governor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:27:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 34465 at http://wlrn.org Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax Homestead Earns $26 Million In Voter Trust http://wlrn.org/post/homestead-earns-26-million-voter-trust <p></p><p><strong>UPDATE </strong>8 a.m., May 14: The <strong><a href="http://local.cityofhomestead.com/site-files/2014SpecialElections/2014SpecialElections.htm" target="_blank">City of Homestead</a></strong> reports voters overwhelmingly approved bond referendums Tuesday.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:42:57 +0000 Elaine Chen 32249 at http://wlrn.org Homestead Earns $26 Million In Voter Trust Florida Columnist and Novelist Carl Hiaasen: Dance of the Reptiles http://wlrn.org/post/florida-columnist-and-novelist-carl-hiaasen-dance-reptiles <p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 27406 at http://wlrn.org Florida Columnist and Novelist Carl Hiaasen: Dance of the Reptiles Miami Gardens' Top Cop Departs After Request For Federal Civil-Rights Probe http://wlrn.org/post/miami-gardens-top-cop-departs-after-request-federal-civil-rights-probe <p>The chief of the Miami Gardens police department <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/11/3812302/miami-gardens-police-chief-resigns.html" target="_blank">resigned on Wednesday </a>amid allegations that his officers have been harassing and intimidating local citizens.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile, a response from the U. S. Justice Department is awaited after an NAACP request on Tuesday for a special civil rights investigation.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:41:57 +0000 Rick Stone 25000 at http://wlrn.org Miami Gardens' Top Cop Departs After Request For Federal Civil-Rights Probe Enterprise Florida Meets In Coral Gables Amid Accusations Of Corruption http://wlrn.org/post/enterprise-florida-meets-coral-gables-amid-accusations-corruption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s public-private economic development agency is holding a two-day meeting in Coral Gables this week.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.eflorida.com/NewsRoomFL/About_EFI.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Enterprise Florida</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>EFI<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) is a partnership between business and government to lure companies and jobs to the state. It’s funded by Florida taxpayers as well as private-sector businesses.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 22834 at http://wlrn.org Enterprise Florida Meets In Coral Gables Amid Accusations Of Corruption Ex-Aide To Miami Rep. Joe Garcia Headed To Jail In Absentee-Ballot Case http://wlrn.org/post/ex-aide-miami-rep-joe-garcia-headed-jail-absentee-ballot-case <p></p><p>Congressman Joe Garcia’s former chief of staff will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request scheme during last year’s elections.</p><p>Jeffrey Garcia, the Miami Democratic congressman’s longtime political strategist, will spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, the Miami Herald has learned.</p><p>The deal, expected to be inked Monday, will require Garcia, 41, no relation to the congressman, to plead guilty to requesting absentee ballots on behalf of voters, a felony.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:17:32 +0000 Patricia Mazzei 22432 at http://wlrn.org Ex-Aide To Miami Rep. Joe Garcia Headed To Jail In Absentee-Ballot Case Why The Arrest Of 3 South Florida Mayors Is Our Fault http://wlrn.org/post/why-arrest-3-south-florida-mayors-our-fault <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three South Florida mayors were accused of corruption in August, offering up a salient, cautionary tale for anyone who puts their faith in Miami's elected officials. The mayors from Sweetwater, Miami Lakes, and Homestead represent a triumvirate of questionable behavior, a triple threat of public office tomfoolery and a real world </span>trifecta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of tropical sleaze.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 20414 at http://wlrn.org Why The Arrest Of 3 South Florida Mayors Is Our Fault Ex-City Official, Alleged Cronies Charged In Miami Beach City Hall Bid-Rigging Case http://wlrn.org/post/ex-city-official-alleged-cronies-charged-miami-beach-city-hall-bid-rigging-case <p></p><p>Miami-Dade prosecutors say Gus Lopez knew what others were bidding for city contracts in Miami Beach and he sold the information to help competitors submit lower and winning bids.</p><p></p><p>A former city procurement director, Lopez and business partner Pierre Landrin Jr., are accused of racketeering and unlawful compensation. Lopez' lawyer insists the charges are politically motivated.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:44:57 +0000 Rick Stone 3379 at http://wlrn.org Ex-City Official, Alleged Cronies Charged In Miami Beach City Hall Bid-Rigging Case