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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. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

      Gov. Rick Scott appointed Ken Lawson, right, as Visit Florida’s CEO and president this year.
    2. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction


      CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

    3. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

      Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
    4. Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist


      TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible in while serving in the high profile role.

      "Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," Jeff Clemens said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person."
    5. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

      State Roundup

      First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

      Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
    6. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?


      TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

      Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
    7. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you


      On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

      From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
    8. Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam push for federal citrus relief

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — As lawmakers were poised to vote on a $36 billion disaster relief package, top Florida officials on Wednesday implored the state's congressional delegation to secure $2.5 billion more for the battered agriculture industry.

      Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, right, engages in a sharp exchange with Gov. Rick Scott, second from left, as she tells him more must be done for hurricane debris removal.
    9. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

      "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
    10. Fight Club: Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

      State Roundup

      The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hard. More of the boys jumped in, punching and slamming him over and over, then pile-driving his 135-pound body.

      A Miami Herald investigation found that youths detained in state facilities have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare. [Miami Herald]