| Aug 27, 2014
| 4:12 PM
An Orange County jury Wednesday found former Orlando expressway-authority board member Scott Batterson guilty of two bribery-related charges for offering a $5 million-a-year contract to an engineering consultant in exchange for hiring his friends....
| Aug 21, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Norman Pellegrini has been the point person when it comes to selling bonds for Orlando's toll-road agency, meeting regularly with board members and winning more than $2 billion worth of business and $9.5 million in commissions and fees for his employers...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 4:45 PM
The silliest story making headlines lately involves the International Drive developer who has announced plans for a "seven-star" hotel.
It reminds me of asking a 4-year-old how many pieces of candy they would like to eat — and the toddler...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A Longwood developer who once pushed the button to start his company's implosion of the old Amway Arena is awaiting sentencing for attempting to bribe South Carolina officials with a Porsche, pricey meals and strippers.
The path that led ZMG...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 3:31 PM
Political newcomer Stephen Facella says he's not getting a fair shake from the political establishment in his House District 44 Republican primary race on Aug. 26 against incumbent Eric Eisnaugle.
Facella, 31, director of sales operations at Wyndham...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 12:47 PM
The state on Wednesday dropped a charge of violating Florida's public meeting law against Rebekah Hammond, the girlfriend of former state representative-turned-lobbyist Chris Dorworth.
Hammond, Dorworth and former Orlando expressway authority board...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 5:59 AM
Today, Central Florida is supposed to turn the page and begin a new chapter in the scandal-filled history of its toll-road agency.
The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority and it's "culture of corruption" have been abolished.
But unless local...
| May 8, 2014
| 4:47 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that politicians in Florida and elsewhere can continue to pray during public meetings. And frankly, I'm concerned.
Not because I'm worried about how atheists will react.
I'm worried about how God will....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:24 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Despite an indictment of one board member, a legislative plan to blow up Metro Orlando's expressway authority and impose new ethical rules on its successor has stalled in the Florida House days before the Legislature adjourns.
The plan to...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:40 AM
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House agreed to go along with plans to merge Orlando’s scandal-plagued roadway authority in exchange for exempting Osceola County from much of the immediate cost-sharing.
The House amended a Senate bill, SB 230,...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:26 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- A plan to merge Central Florida's road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was amended Thursday by the state Senate to address the past pay-to-play culture tainting Orlando's expressway authority.
The bill, SB 230, would...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:30 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Without any debate, the Florida House passed a plan Wednesday to blow up Orlando's scandal-plagued tollway authority and replace it with a larger, regional expressway.
The 115-0 vote sends SB 230 back to the Senate, where it is...