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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. Scott, other Republican governors delight in dominance under Donald Trump

      State Roundup

      ORLANDO — There aren't many elected Republicans in America happier about Donald Trump's election than Florida Gov. Rick Scott, an early Trump supporter in a battleground state dominated by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio loyalists.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, jokes with governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Nikki Haley of South Carolina during a press conference on Tuesday at the Republican Governors Association Annual Conference in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
    2. Judge rejects Democrats' request to rush voter verification in time for early voting

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Democrats on Thursday failed to persuade a judge to order state officials to more quickly process a surge of voter applications to ensure that more people can vote early without having to cast provisional ballots, which are less reliable.

      Hillsborough elections chief Craig Latimer says rushing the review could cause problems.
    3. Federal judge extends Florida's voter registration by a week to Oct. 18

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Wednesday gave Floridians six more days to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election, citing widespread disruption caused by Hurricane Matthew.

      U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, shown here in May 2016 speaking during graduation ceremonies for the Florida State University College of Law.  [Special to the Times]
    4. Reversing Gov. Rick Scott, federal judge could reshape Florida election

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The judge who extended Florida's voter registration deadline has two more chances to shape the election in the days ahead.

      U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said it was “irrational” to refuse to extend voter registration.
    5. Florida recovers from a Hurricane Matthew that could have been worse


      When Hurricane Matthew was churning in the Atlantic Ocean as a Category 4 storm, Gov. Rick Scott braced for what could have been the worst crisis yet in a summer filled with them.

      George Thornton inspects damage to the Matanzas Innlet Restaurant in St. Augustine, which sat in ruins Saturday after being destroyed by Hurricane Matthew as it passed Florida’s east coast Friday. Thornton is a neighbor of the restaurant’s owners.
    6. Federal judge extends voter registration deadline, rebukes state for 'irrational' decision


      TALLAHASSEE — A judge on Monday extended Florida's voter registration deadline by one more day, through Wednesday, because of Hurricane Matthew, calling it "irrational" for the state to reject the idea.

      Wednesday is the last day for Florida residents to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times]
    7. Florida Democrats sue Gov. Rick Scott over voter registration deadline

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democrats filed a lawsuit Sunday against Gov. Rick Scott asking that the voter registration deadline be extended by a week because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew.

      Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter Sept. 22 at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. Workers are preparing to mail 260,000 vote by mail kits for the November General Election. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
    8. Trump's comments spark panic, outrage with Florida Republicans

      State Roundup

      If the pressure on Republicans over supporting Donald Trump was already painful, it became agonizing this weekend following revelations of his lewd comments in 2005 about groping and seducing women.

      Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, seen here in 2015 during a news conference on the processing of untested sexual assault kits, still favors Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, despite recordings of a 2005 conversation where the GOP nominee bragged about sexual assaulting women. Two of Young's opponents in the race for Senate District 19 are calling for Young to withdraw her support.  [LOREN ELLIOTT  | Times]
    9. Gov. Scott: 'This is a dangerous storm and it is never too early to evacuate'

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As Hurricane Matthew prepared to lash the Bahamas and inched closer to Florida on Wednesday morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he is worried there haven't been enough evacuations yet in advance of a strong storm.

    10. Gov. Rick Scott calls for $85 million for Florida jobs incentive program

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Despite being snubbed by the Legislature six months ago, Gov. Rick Scott is again pressing lawmakers for money to give to businesses in exchange for them moving to Florida and creating jobs.

      Gov. Rick Scott announced March job numbers on April 15 at Beneficial Blends, a coconut oil company, in Tampa.

 (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)