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PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott says unemployment compensation recipients are declining since he took over



Catch up on PolitiFact Florida rulings from this week, including today's story that analyzes Gov. Rick Scott's claim that there are 230,000 fewer unemployment compensation recipients than when he took office.

We continued working checking out statements from candidates in the US Senate race.

Up first: Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who said oil marketplace speculators have more than doubled over the past decade -- just like gas prices.

Our only Pants on Fire! of the week went to Republican Congressman Connie Mack, who said, "I have always said that I would be for drilling." Except, he hasn't. Read why.

We researched a claim from one of Mack's Republican colleagues in Congress, Florida Rep. Tom Rooney. Rooney said a Labor Department rule would "would even ban youth from operating a battery-powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose" on a farm. The department withdrew the rule hours after our post (quelle coincidence!).

We threw in a curve ball with our analysis of the viral Forbes column that claimed the University of Florida was cutting its computer science program while pumping up the athletic program's budget. We found the column missed a few important points.

We got local, too, checking out a claim from Pasco County Commission candidate Roy Oakley about his conservative record on a water management board.

Send us your suggestions for next week via Twitter, @PolitiFactFL, or email, [email protected]

[Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 5:09pm]


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