FL’s attempt to provide tuition break for illegal immigrants at crossroads

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Education, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE — It’s crunch time for state lawmakers, and with the annual 60-day legislative session winding down to within two weeks, a well-publicized immigration bill is noticeably absent Tuesday from a key budget meeting.
But an effort to add similar language to several other bills is under way.
Simply known as the Post [...]

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FL ‘Gobernador’ Rick Scott sends jobs message in Spanish

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling Spanish-speaking residents he knows their language.

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Alleged scammers burn Miami-Dade fire department from within

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments


By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — South Florida is no stranger to insurance fraud.
But a recently exposed scam involving public workers is sure to leave taxpayers seething and give Miami-Dade’s bravest a black eye.
Anthony Dorta, a fire inspector with the county’s Fire Rescue Department was arrested last week, accused of submitting a bogus insurance [...]

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Politically connected Florida doctor rakes in $21M in Medicare payments

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments


By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A South Florida doctor with campaign finance ties to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., took in a whopping $20.8 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to an Associated Press analysis of physician data released by the Obama administration.
Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist, was tops among [...]

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State launches investigation into possible misuse of $800,000 in taxpayer funds

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

KEN WELCH, chairman of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is under investigation.
The Florida Department of Transportation launched a formal inquiry on Thursday into the Pinellas County-area transit authority’s use of $800,000 in operating funds — supplied through property taxes — to advertise a $1.7-billion light rail plan that hinges on area taxpayers voting themselves [...]

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