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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. Complaint against Gov. Rick Scott over on-duty police at Tampa event gets dismissed

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A state elections panel has tossed out a highly publicized complaint filed against Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the presence of on-duty police at a July campaign event in Tampa.

    2. Scott steps back only slightly from 'swindler' attack ad

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      Gov. Rick Scott slightly backed away Wednesday from his attack ad that links Charlie Crist to a convicted Ponzi schemer's crime.

    3. Climate scientists ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott for 'solutions summit'

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — If Florida's climate scientists have proven anything this summer, it is that they are careful listeners.

      Five of the state's top climate scientists met with Gov. Scott to discuss climate change last month. [AP photo]
    4. Iraq war veteran sues Gov. Scott, state of Florida over job demotion

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A decorated combat veteran of war in Iraq and Afghanistan sued Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, claiming the state illegally eliminated his state job while he was serving his country overseas.

      Walter Kreitlow III says that his new office with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation was a storage closet and that his bosses removed his flag.
    5. Scott makes appeal to women voters at Tampa campaign stop


      TAMPA — With polls showing women favor his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott and his backers urged a mostly female gathering Tuesday to flip the gender gap to his advantage.

      Gov. Rick Scott greets Whitney Jones, 33, as first lady Ann Scott, right, talks with others in the crowd during a campaign rally at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa. Polls give Scott’s opponent, Charlie Crist, an edge with female voters.
    6. Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

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      With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott's latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

    7. Bousquet column: Panhandle key to Rick Scott's re-election bid

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      The country song Where I Come From, an anthem of small-town pride, was blaring from speakers outside a Panama City Beach landmark Friday morning.

    8. Tampa Bay is ground zero as governor's race ad war hits $40 million

      State Roundup

      The race for Florida governor is about to be a $40 million affair. And, with about eight weeks to go, expect that amount to double — or perhaps triple.

      Like Gov. Rick Scott, left, most of Charlie Crist's TV ads are negative. [AP photos]
    9. Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointing fewer black judges than predecessors

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      TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-Americans to Florida judgeships than either Charlie Crist or Jeb Bush did in the same period of time.

      James Perry was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.
    10. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie catches Gov. Rick Scott's campaign bus, slams Charlie Crist

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      PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gov. Rick Scott's campaign for re-election got a jolt of partisan energy Friday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired up crowds in two North Florida cities by mocking Charlie Crist's candidacy.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, during a campaign stop Friday at a Sonny's restaurant in Lynn Haven. Christie ordered pulled pork; Scott ordered turkey. [STEVE BOUSQUET   |   Times]