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Is Rick Scott's Florida No. 1 for corruption? Dems say so

A video by the Florida Democratic Party ties Scott with a study ranking Florida as the most corrupt state.

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A video by the Florida Democratic Party ties Scott with a study ranking Florida as the most corrupt state.

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The Florida Democratic Party is jazzed up about the chance to knock Gov. Rick Scott out of office, producing a Web video that touts the significance of "one" in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

One part features Scott saying, "Florida won't stop until we’re No. 1."

The words "Um, right" appear on the screen, followed by a newspaper headline typed over Scott: "Study ranks Florida No. 1 in government corruption." "No. 1 in government corruption," the text states. "Yep, Rick Scott, you're #1 alright."

PolitiFact Florida decided to check out whether it's fair for Democrats to link Scott with the report on corrupt government officials.

Keep reading the check to find out our rating. (Here's a hint: The report includes a disclaimer that says, "The public corruption conviction data included in this report is from a time period prior to Gov. Rick Scott taking office."

Another check this week delves into the debate between Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson over sequester-driven cuts to the Florida National Guard during hurricane season. Scott said furloughs of civilian guard employees will make Florida more vulnerable in a storm and cost the state more money. Nelson tried to quell that concern, saying he checked in with FEMA's legal team.

"If you as governor activate the National Guard in anticipation of a federal disaster, the state’s costs, including the costs to recall any furloughed guardsmen, will be fully reimbursable by FEMA," Nelson wrote.

PolitiFact Florida found Nelson got good info from FEMA, but his statement omitted critical facts. Check out the fact-check for the rating.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 3:50pm]

    

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