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. Scott agrees to just three October debates


      Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he has agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election:

      • Oct. 10, sponsored by Telemundo

      Gov. Rick Scott won’t be at a planned event sponsored by the Times, WTSP-Ch. 10 and USF.
    2. Judge upholds Florida's blind trust disclosure law

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      TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge is upholding a law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Monday ruled that politicians can use a blind trust and still comply with a 1976 constitutional amendment …

    3. A history of Florida's gift ban: Scandal. Reform. Repeat.

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      TALLAHASSEE — Free hunting trips, whether to King Ranch in Texas or destinations closer to home, are a fixture of Florida politics.

      Willie Meggs charged more than two dozen state lawmakers.
    4. King Ranch's storied history: from cattle rearing to luxury hunting

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      Sprawled across 1,300 square miles of Texas hills, desert and coastal prairies, King Ranch is among the top hunting destinations in North America, and one of the Lone Star State's most historic treasures.

      A horse trainer works at King Ranch near Kingsville, Texas. Hunting accounts for a growing portion of revenue at the King Ranch that rivals, if not surpasses, money made from ranching.
    5. Adam Putnam on King Ranch hunting trips: Better than golf

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      TALLAHASSEE — The closest any Florida public official came to providing answers about hunting trips to King Ranch came after a June 17 meeting of the state Cabinet. As Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam walked from the meeting to his office in the Capitol, a Times/Herald reporter asked him about his …

      Florida Agriculture chief Adam Putnam said he had been to the King Ranch in Texas “for campaign purposes as well as to see more of their ag operations.’’
    6. Why won't Florida GOP leaders talk about hunting trips to King Ranch in Texas?

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      On a Friday in February 2013, Gov. Rick Scott stepped aboard a Texas-bound plane to take part in a secret ritual for Florida's power elite.

    7. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

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      In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

      Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
    8. New poll: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie helps Gov. Rick Scott catch Charlie Crist

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      Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are essentially tied 37-39 percent in Florida's hotly contested governor's race, partly because a little-known Libertarian candidate is sapping support from the Democratic challenger, a new poll indicates.

      Little-polled until now, Adrian Wyllie's name appears to be an emerging and significant factor in the race. LARA CERRI |Times
    9. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist touts per-pupil spending vs. Rick Scott

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      Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive against Gov. Rick Scott, launching a TV ad campaign and pulling no punches in interviews.

    10. Climate war on: Charlie Crist agrees to meet with scientists, so Gov. Rick Scott follows suit

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      TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.