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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. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

      State Roundup

      First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

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    2. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?


      TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

      Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
    3. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you


      On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

      From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
    4. Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam push for federal citrus relief

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — As lawmakers were poised to vote on a $36 billion disaster relief package, top Florida officials on Wednesday implored the state's congressional delegation to secure $2.5 billion more for the battered agriculture industry.

      Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, right, engages in a sharp exchange with Gov. Rick Scott, second from left, as she tells him more must be done for hurricane debris removal.
    5. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

      "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
    6. Fight Club: Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

      State Roundup

      The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hard. More of the boys jumped in, punching and slamming him over and over, then pile-driving his 135-pound body.

      A Miami Herald investigation found that youths detained in state facilities have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare. [Miami Herald]
    7. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned


      TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

      Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]
    8. Florida schools will take Puerto Rico students. But who will pay?

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Families from Puerto Rico who were displaced by Hurricane Maria won't have to worry about having transcripts or immunization records if they enroll their children in Florida's public schools this month, state education officials announced Friday.

      A row of school buses lines the parking lot of the Hernando County Schools Transportation Center in Spring Hill in July. 

 [CHARLIE KAIJO | Tampa Bay Times]
    9. Yes, Florida's pool of voters is shrinking. Here's why.


      TALLAHASSEE — Even as Florida attracts hundreds of new residents every day, the state's pool of active voters is actually shrinking.

      The voter roll expands in presidential election years, then shrinks.
    10. Two days before his execution, a convicted killer speaks out

      State Roundup

      STARKE — Two days before his scheduled execution, Michael Lambrix decided he won't go quietly — not after 34 years on death row.

      Convicted killer Michael Lambrix in March 2016.  In 1984 Lambrix was sentenced to death for the murders of Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore Jr. in rural Glades county.  He was scheduled to die in February 2016 but his execution was put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's death penalty system is unconstitutional. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]