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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 would become the slot machine capital under this proposal

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida would become the nation's slot machine capital under a sweeping rewrite of the state's gaming laws filed Thursday that would give Miami-Dade and Broward counties each an additional slots venue and the Seminole Tribe seven full-scale casinos.

      Slot machines, like the ones at this Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood Florida, could become more prevalent under a new plan negotiated by Sen. Bill Galvano. [Willie J. Allen Jr. | Times]
    2. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott says federal government has shortchanged Florida on Zika money

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      Florida Gov. Rick Scott hopes that his ally headed to the White House, President-elect Donald Trump, will speed up funding for Florida to combat the Zika virus.

      Gov. Rick Scott visits Jose De Diego Middle School on Monday, the first day of school in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. Wynwood and Miami Beach were the first areas found to have locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. (Getty Images)
    3. Gov. Scott appoints conservative appellate judge Alan Lawson to Florida Supreme Court

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      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott appointed C. Alan Lawson to be Florida's next justice of the Supreme Court Friday, choosing a conservative appellate judge to leave the governor's mark on a moderate court that has been responsible for some of sharpest defeats of his political career.

      Gov. Rick Scott chose C. Alan Lawson as the new justice of the Florida Supreme Court. From left his mother Velma Lawson, sister Laurie Cox, Gov. Scott, Alan Lawson, his son Caleb Lawson. (Mary Ellen Klas  |  Times/Herald)
    4. Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

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      CLEARWATER — Health officials on both sides of Tampa Bay are scrambling to contain a potential new outbreak of the Zika virus after the first locally transmitted infection was confirmed in Pinellas County Tuesday.

      Rafael Ufret, a senior spray technician with Pinellas County Mosquito Control, takes a sample of stagnant water Tuesday from a fountain at a home in the East Lake Woodlands neighborhood in Oldsmar. Ufret found dozens of mosquito larvae.
    5. Florida Gov. Rick Scott to feds: Help us fight Zika

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      On his third visit to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood since the Zika virus outbreak, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday repeated his plea that Washington help Florida respond to the nation's first outbreak of the infectious disease, even as he fended off accusations that he's not disclosing new cases quickly enough.

    6. Federal judge strikes down law blocking state money from abortion clinics

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      TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Thursday threw out key parts of an abortion law that would have blocked all state funding to clinics such as Planned Parenthood and required the inspection of as many as 35,000 women's health records.

    7. With state fire lab stripped of national accreditation, CFO Jeff Atwater fights back

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      TALLAHASSEE — Florida's only state-run lab that analyzes fire evidence has been stripped of its national accreditation after a review team doubted its work in more than a dozen cases.

      CFO Jeff Atwater also serves as the Florida fire marshal.
    8. All pregnant Florida women can now be tested for Zika at no cost


      PANAMA CITY — All pregnant woman in the state of Florida can now be tested for the Zika virus at no cost, Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday.

    9. CDC asks pregnant women to avoid Miami area linked to Zika cases


      Federal officials on Monday warned pregnant women or those planning pregnancies to avoid a one-square-mile zone north of downtown Miami after it was confirmed that South Florida mosquitoes infected 10 more people with the Zika virus.

    10. Times/Herald exclusive: Jim Greer prison house interview

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      WEWAHITCHKA — He once controlled the Republican Party of Florida, flying on chartered jets, drinking top-shelf bourbon and mingling with the rich and powerful.

      Inmate No. C07705: “It’s an enlightening experience. You have a lot of opportunity to reflect,” says Jim Greer, who is about halfway through an 18-month stint in Gulf Forestry Camp in the Florida Panhandle.