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Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.


    1. Lawmaker to Rick Scott: Restore order in privately run women's prison


      TALLAHASSEE — Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state's largest privately run women's prison, Rep. David Richardson on Thursday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility.

      Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, is asking Gov. Rick Scott to declare an emergency about the conditions at Gadsden Correctional Facility, the state's largest women's prison. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    2. Caught in crossfire between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran, group fights for survival

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — While the prospect of another round of military base closures is getting more talk in Washington, the Florida Legislature is taking steps to kill off a non-profit created to help keep Florida bases off the chopping block.

      A flight crew boards a KC-135 R Stratotanker at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Airforce Base. [Scott Martin | Associated Press]
    3. Bill that attempts to freeze gambling in Florida advances in House


      TALLAHASSEE — A bill that attempts to lock Florida's gambling footprint in place for 20 years — and ice out any casino expansion — passed a key House committee along a party line vote Tuesday leaving the Legislature miles apart over how to resolve the lucrative gambling compact with the Seminole …

       Pictured is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa's new state-of-the-art poker room on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The non-smoking poker room features 46 tables, 40 TV sets, and a drinks and snacks bar.
    4. Rules conflict snags opening of Constitution review commission


      TALLAHASSEE — The state panel assigned to review the state Constitution got off to a rocky start Monday as the 37-member commission met for an organizational session in the Florida Senate chambers but delayed adopting rules after several members privately raised questions about whether the proposals diluted the …

      Gov. Rick Scott selected Republican businessman Carlos Beruff, a former U.S. Senate, to chair the Constitution Revision Commission. [Lara Cerri | Tampa Bay Times]
    5. Will legislators lift the veil on 'dark money' in Florida politics?

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The ritual is so routine it hardly draws attention.

      Rep. Joe Gruters, R- Sarasota, is proposing legislation that would ban the practice of committees tranferring funds to other committees, making it difficult to determine which contributions go to which lawmakers. Along with Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, the legislation intends to improve campaign finance transparency. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    6. Richard Corcoran leaves the Capitol behind as he campaigns around the state

      State Roundup

      PENSACOLA — As most Florida lawmakers headed home over the weekend, House Speaker Richard Corcoran hit the road and continued to build a statewide profile.

      Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes takes a puff off his cigar during a fundraiser barbecue for the Pinellas County Republican Party at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in early February. He's been spending much of his time as speaker out on the road, conducting what seems like a populist campaign for higher office. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    7. Florida prosecutors rebuke Orlando state attorney, promise to continue seeking death penalty


      Nineteen of Florida's 20 state attorneys announced Friday they would continue to seek the death penalty in cases they feel it is justified, a rebuke to the Orlando-area prosecutor who this week declared she would no longer push for capital punishment.

      Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says she will no longer pursue the death penalty.
    8. Fact-checking Tallahassee: See what lobbyists, lawmakers got wrong, and right, during a week of session


      TALLAHASSEE — PolitiFact Florida reporters attended committee hearings, peered in on floor debates and hoofed it to rallies and news conferences during a week of fact-checking lawmakers and lobbyists at the state Capitol.

Florida Capitol looking east, Tallahassee.
    9. Why do Florida House Republicans keep driving money into the World Golf Hall of Fame?

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Republicans in the Florida House proudly declared they were rooting out wasteful "corporate welfare" in state government to protect taxpayers.

      For every $1 the state invests in the World Golf Hall of Fame it gets nothing in return, then loses an additional 8 cents.
    10. Gov. Scott takes cop-slaying case from Orlando prosecutor over her refusal to seek death penalty

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday removed the newly elected prosecutor in Orlando from the high-profile prosecution of a man accused of killing a cop after she announced she would not seek the death penalty in that case or any first-degree murder case.

      On the steps of the Orange County Courthouse  on Thursday,  Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces to reporters that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty.