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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. Gov. Rick Scott sues feds over health care money, Medicaid expansion

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid.

      “We will fight to protect the health care of Floridians, and their right to be free from federal overreach.”
Gov. Scott
    2. Florida Legislature heads toward special session because of Medicaid impasse

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Republican leaders said Wednesday that they won't approve a budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session in 15 days because of a showdown over Medicaid expansion.

      House speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, center, said Wednesday, "I would assume most likely we're looking at a special session" of the Florida Legislature. [Associated Press]
    3. Dockery: Gov. Rick Scott missing in action on prison crisis


      People are dying in state care and all Gov. Rick Scott can muster is a blank stare.

    4. Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet refuse to honor Confederate war heroes

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — In an emotional clash between race and Southern heritage, Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday refused to honor three prominent Floridians who were Confederate heroes during the Civil War.

      Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Portrait of Florida's 14th Governor Edward Aylsworth Perry

    5. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Rick Scott on the environment and sea-level rise


      Gov. Rick Scott's record on the environment has faced renewed scrutiny after a news report stated that administrators in his Department of Environmental Protection were banned from using the terms "global warming" or "climate change."

      Were state officials banned from using “global warming” or “climate change”? Without going into specifics, Gov. Rick Scott says simply: “It’s not true.” But what of the rest of his environmental record and related promises?
    6. Climate change? Not in Gov. Rick Scott's administration — still

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's chief of emergency management testified Thursday before the Legislature and had a half dozen chances to use the term "climate change."

      Bryan Koon is Florida’s chief of emergency management.
    7. It's the law: Florida presidential primary is March 15, 2016

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — With two homegrown candidates expected to be in the 2016 race, Gov. Rick Scott wasted no time signing into law a bill setting a new, later date for Florida's presidential primary.

    8. Dockery: Why grow jobs when you can steal them?


      Forget the charm offensive. In Gov. Rick Scott's war against other states for jobs, his strategy is more akin to the taunt offensive. As the nation is emerging from the deep recession and jobs are being created, governors have determined that luring jobs from other states is a legitimate economic development tool.

    9. Gov. Rick Scott eyeing run for U.S. Senate — in 2018

      State Roundup

      You might have seen Gov. Rick Scott recently talking to you in a TV ad — "We are expanding our industries, investing in our ports, making a record commitment to you, devoting more resources to education'' — and wondered if he's running for office again.

      That's the plan, but not right away.

      Gov. Rick Scott says he’s focused on his current term as governor but could run for U.S. Senate in 2018, when his term is over.
    10. Ousted FDLE chief Gerald Bailey met with federal prosecutors

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Ousted FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey confirmed Tuesday that he met two weeks ago with federal prosecutors, who have been prodded to investigate his dismissal and his claims of political interference by Gov. Rick Scott's office.

      Ousted FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey confirmed Tuesday that he met with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tallahassee this month. [Associated Press (2010)]