Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle speaks at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrest of Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman. Investigator Robert Fielder (center) and other officials concerned with ethics enforcement stand next to him.
Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly using his position as mayor to obtain private employment.
According to the charges, Bateman had a deal with the nonprofit Community Health of South Florida (CHI) to be paid $125 an hour for consulting services. Authorities also believe CHI set aside a total of $120,000 to pay him and hired an assistant for him.
On The Florida Roundup: From the ball fields of South Dade to Yankee Stadium, Alex Rodriguez fights to stay in baseball. Major League Baseball suspended him for more than a season for using performance-enhancing drugs.
We speak to Julie Brown of the Miami Herald about the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, that is at the center of the MLB scandal. Also joining us will be Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, who broke the story about the clinic, which supplied drugs to not just MLB players but also college and high school athletes as well.
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House and Senate are taking ethics and elections seriously this year. Bills to widen voting opportunities by restoring pre-2011 early voting days and hours are making their way through both chambers.
But there's a bill in the House that would originally have increased campaign contribution limits from their current $500 to $10,000.
Do you have what it takes to navigate the political swampland of Florida and come out clean?
WLRN and the Miami Herald have partnered to create a new interactive experience that will allow you to put your political integrity to the test. After a cutthroat election, you have officially begun your career as a Florida politician.
Now it is up to you to make the right political and personal choices.
On the Florida Roundup, we take a look at the week in news in our region and state:
As President Obama addressed the Congress and the nation, how is the state of Florida’s union? From voting and gun rights to climate change, we take a look at what resonated here from the President’s speech.
Carl Adams, co-founder of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, says that the biggest priority for state lawmakers should be "to re-establish the public perception of the process as fair, transparent and responsible."
The job of lobbyists is to improve the image of their clients. But lobbyists themselves could use some PR.
Carl Adams, who was a Tallahassee lobbyist for 35 years and founded the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, thinks that the system - campaign finance laws and the prohibition on private deliberation - is flawed, not the people.
TALLAHASSEE -- Senators looking into the state's efforts to make budget information available online are expressing skepticism about Transparency 2.0, a site developed under a $5.5 million no-bid contract that is nonetheless endorsed by some ethics advocates.
The hesitance by members of the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, which surfaced at a Thursday meeting, raises questions about whether the project has any prospects for revival.