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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. Florida Cabinet chal­leng­es plan to make getting your driver's license slower

      State Roundup

      ST. AUGUSTINE — Two skeptical Cabinet members urged caution Tuesday on a controversial state plan to mail drivers' licenses to motorists like other states do, rather than issuing them over the counter the way Florida does now.

    2. Emergency loans offered to Tampa Bay small businesses damaged by flooding

      State Roundup

      The state of Florida is committing up to $10 million to help small businesses around Tampa Bay recover from the deluge of rain and flooding that pounded the region in recent weeks.

    3. Gov. Rick Scott blasts Legislature for trimming request for $85 million to job incentive programs

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott picked a new battle with his fellow Republicans on Thursday, blasting legislators for cutting his request for $85 million to attract jobs to Florida next year.

      “The Legislature didn’t fully fund our tool kit. It’s pretty frustrating. We will not be able to get deals done moving forward.” Gov. Rick Scott
    4. Florida taxpayers paid $3 million to protect Scott and out-of-state visitors

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal likes to visit Florida, and that costs Florida taxpayers money.

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions from Florida Gov. Rick Scott during Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista in June. Christie made at least 10 visits to Florida in the past year, including spending multiple days on the trail with Scott, at a cost of $17,000 to Florida taxpayers for security. [Associated Press]
    5. Take 3: Florida lawmakers try to fix 'tainted' lines for Congress

      Legislature

      TALLAHASSEE — They look like simple lines on a map, but they will make and break political careers.

      Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, shown here during a West Palm Beach event  last year, is among the politicians who stand to gain the most from changes in congressional districts. The state Legislature meets in a special session beginning Monday to redraw congressional maps. Crist is considering running in a redrawn 13th District. [GETTY IMAGES]
    6. Gov. Rick Scott agrees to pay $700,000 to end public records lawsuit

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to pay a Tallahassee lawyer $700,000 in taxpayer money to settle seven public records lawsuits alleging he and members of his staff violated state law when they created email accounts to shield their communications from state public records laws and then withheld the …

       Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to pay a Tallahassee lawyer $700,000 in taxpayer money to settle seven public records lawsuits alleging he and several members of his staff violated state law when they created email accounts to shield their communications from state public records laws and then withheld the documents.  [AP photo]
    7. State pleads for patience as it addresses driver's test failure rates

      News

      TALLAHASSEE — The state's top highway safety official asked Wednesday for patience from Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet as her agency struggles to deal with record failure rates on the state's new written driver's license exam.

      Terry Rhodes, DHSMV executive director, stands by the test but is reviewing questions.
    8. Planned Parenthood investigation ordered by Gov. Rick Scott finds violations at four clinics

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — An inspection ordered by Gov. Rick Scott into Planned Parenthood clinics didn't find fetal organs being sold, but state officials Wednesday said they are citing four locations for other violations.

    9. Activists question Gov. Rick Scott's rush job on environmental appointment

      Legislature

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's decision to speed up the reappointment of Florida's top environmental regulator is drawing suspicion from grass roots activists across the state.

      Jon Steverson may be reappointed as the head of DEP today.
    10. Florida Republican Party battles slump in fundraising

      News

      TALLAHASSEE — This should be a time for the Republican Party of Florida to rake in the dollars.

      Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, right, chairman of the Florida Republican Party, talks on the House floor with  Reps. Richard Corcoran, R- Land O Lakes, and Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, in April. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]