It's amazing what $25.6 million can buy you these days. A condo in South Beach. A season of CC Sabathia's pitching services. Or if you're Rick Scott, a five-point lead in a hotly contested governor's race. That's what a new poll out this morning from the Tampa Bay Times finds after Scott's record ea ... More >>
With primaries out of the way, tomorrow will be the official start of the general election for Florida's next governor. It's also the day that Rick Scott's former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll releases her autobiography, When You Get There. Spoiler alert: she's not very nice to Gov. Scott in it.
Rick Scott announced plans this morning to raise per student spending on education in the state to its highest levels ever. Interestingly, the announcement came just a week after likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist criss-crossed the state in a yellow school bus reminding people how much Sco ... More >>
Global warming and rising sea levels could lead to some of Florida's biggest cities sitting under water. You'd think preparing for such a scenario would be at the top of the list of Florida leader's agenda. Well, for the first time since taking off Gov. Rick Scott actually had a brief meeting with ... More >>
Leave it to Florida Democrats to somehow screw up a race that less than a year ago seemed impossible to lose. According to the latest poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist by 3 points in a head-to-head match up. That lead increases to six points when Libe ... More >>
Climate change -- the accompanying rising sea levels -- is one of the biggest issues facing Florida's future. Yet, Governor Rick Scott has done very little to address it. Well, he's finally decided to at least listen. His office announced today that he'll meet with climate change scientists later ... More >>
Daily Show alum John Oliver's new HBO show Last Week Tonight is only on its 11th episode, but obviously a comedy program poking fun at politics and the news can only go so long until it features a few Rick Scott jokes. On Sunday's episode, Oliver dug into America's prison fetish, and particularly ... More >>
When LeBron James announced he'd be heading back to Cleveland, most high profile Floridians responded with understanding and a gratefulness for what he accomplished here. Governor Rick Scott, of all people, was one of the lone exceptions. In a cheap campaign attack that is as insulting to Floridia ... More >>
How dumb is the continued refusal of Florida's GOP-dominated legislature to accept the federally funded Medicare expansion? So dumb that even Gov. Rick Scott -- who essentially ran on an anti-Obamacare platform -- reversed course last year and admitted, yeah, a state full of uninsured poor folks pro ... More >>
We're still five months away from when Florida elects a new governor, but the latest round of advertisements in the race have gotten ugly. Florida Republicans are urging television stations not to air a new ad from Democrats highlighting the legal problems of Scott's former companies. Meanwhile, ... More >>
Rick Scott, a man who ran the first time around on a later abandoned platform of bringing Arizona-style immigration laws to Florida, is now desperate to get the Hispanic vote in November. Someone at Scott reelection HQ noticed that Hispanics tend to like soccer, and with this whole World Cup thing g ... More >>
Need more proof that spending dump trucks full of cash can win elections in America? Take a look at Florida's percolating governor's race, where Rick Scott -- yes, the same guy who has had trouble cracking 30 percent approval ratings for the past four years -- has suddenly pulled even with likely ch ... More >>
If you're a scandal-plagued Republican governor, who better to campaign with you than another scandal-plagued Republican governor? Yes, New Jersey's Chris Christie is in Florida this afternoon to help raise funds and campaign for good ol' Rick Scott.
My God! Rick Scott did something right. Florida's governor announced yesterday he will veto a bill, approved by the state Senate and House, that would raise the speed limit on much oft the state's highway system. Though law enforcement mostly supported the plan -- Scott proposed the veto after at ... More >>
Remember when in the summer of 2012, just months before the presidential election, Gov. Rick Scott launched a purge of potentially ineligible voters? Thousands of Floridians -- including World War II veterans -- mistakenly received the threatening letters. The state spent hundreds of thousands of do ... More >>
Elected as Rick Scott's running mate, Jennifer Carroll became Florida first black female lieutenant governor ever. But to hear her tell it now it doesn't appear that Scott was particularly eager to have a woman serving as his number two. In a candid interview yesterday with a Cocoa Beach AM radio ... More >>
At this point, Gov. Rick Scott has turned into your embarrassing uncle who won't stop ranting at dinner about how the government should drug-test everyone, no matter how clearly you explain that such a plan definitely violates the Constitution. Except in this case, it's the federal court system tha ... More >>
In the past two days, two new polls released regarding the Florida gubernatorial race tell two very different stories. One shows Democrat Charlie Crist back up to a two-digit lead over incumbent Rick Scott, but another shows Scott with a one-point lead.
Florida is still a long way from legalized medical marijuana. The Sheriff's Association is waging a fierce campaign against it. The governor has hinted he might not sign any new laws on it. The conservative House has yet to take up the issue. Yet history was made in the Florida Senate yesterday, w ... More >>
Will Florida's 2014 governor's race become the election that was over before it even began? Ever since Governor Rick Scott's approval ratings plummeted shortly into his tenure, rumors have floated that Charlie Crist would officially become a Democrat and trounce Scott in an election ... and that see ... More >>
Rick Scott has apparently never met a person he doesn't want to drug test. Whether welfare recipients or state employees, the governor has created quite the controversy throughout his first term by unleashing strict plans to drug test Floridians -- only to see those plans challenged and derailed in ... More >>
Around 6 p.m. last night, Gov. Rick Scott took off his jacket, perched onto an uncomfortable folding chair in an empty room and flipped open his Macbook to have a reasonable Facebook question-and-answer session with the fine folks in his state. But then somewhere around the 19th personal attack we ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling. A trial run of the program found that almost no state employees were failing, while an ap ... More >>
Rick Scott's 2010 campaign was such a Tea Party-assisted, out-of-nowhere effort that many Floridians barely had time to fully comprehend his past. Well, this time around Democratic groups have ample time to remind voters of the governor's checkered business past. Democratic political committee Ame ... More >>
A few months before the 2012 presidential election, Gov. Rick Scott sold a massive voter purge as a way to eliminate hundreds of "non-citizens" who were supposedly threatening democracy. Instead, the effort was a xenophobic joke. In Miami alone, hundreds of mostly Latino voters were forced to prove ... More >>
Governor Rick Scott has found time in his busy schedule to write a book. It's called Chasing Sunshine: Remarkable People Who Found the American Dream in Florida. One of those people happens to be Tramar Dillard AKA the rapper Flo Rida AKA the guy who had a number one song that started with the lyri ... More >>
Because obviously the key to getting Rick Scott reelected is to show people lots and lots of pictures of Rick Scott, the Governor's campaign has officially started its own Instagram account. Using the handle @ScottForFlorida (because @RickScott was taken by this very nice seeming husband and firefig ... More >>
82 percent of Floridians may support the legalization of medical marijuana, but Governor Rick Scott isn't one of them. Despite the issue apparently heading to the ballot at the same time as his reelection, and its broad support, Scott announced that he would vote against legalization.
Florida hasn't had a Lieutenant Governor for well over nine months, and the pressure is on Governor Rick Scott to finally get around to picking a replacement. After several candidates on a leaked short list publicly removed themselves from consideration, Scott seems to have expanded the search and a ... More >>
It's been over nine months since former Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll resigned in disgrace, and Rick Scott has still not picked a replacement. Sure, it's not like the lieutenant governor, and as long as Scott doesn't bite the dust, Florida can run pretty smoothly without one. But new lawsuit claims that ... More >>
In addition to the public polls touted by the news media, politicians have pollsters taking the public's pulse for their own internal campaign purposes. Usually when those internal polls get leaked to the press its because they're more favorable to the candidate than the independent media polls. We ... More >>
It seems almost too obvious to state that a key requirement to being Lieutenant Governor is actually wanting to be Lieutenant Governor, but that's apparently something Governor Rick Scott didn't take into account during his long dragging search to replaced disgraced ex-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. I ... More >>
Florida hasn't had a lieutenant governor for 256 days, but now Gov. Rick Scott has finally gotten around to forming a short list of candidates to replace the disgraced Jennifer Carroll. Naturally, one of the candidates in the running has already dropped out.
Well, the possibility of a rival team in Miami wasn't the only thing that had soccer fans in Orlando booing last night. Rick Scott showed up to the announcement of the new Orlando MLS team and was promptly booed off stage.
Charlie Crist has only been running for governor for 12 days, but he's already raised nearly $900,000. And according to the first poll released since his announcement, he has a 10-point lead over incumbent Rick Scott.
Since the day he was elected, Rick Scott has been one of the most unpopular governors in America, often hovering below 30 percent in polls. He's tried everything from casual Fridays to flipping hamburgers in local restaurants to boost his numbers. But the most recent Q poll still shows nearly 60 per ... More >>
With Capitol Hill still locked in a debt-ceiling full nelson, President Obama offered a compromise last night on one thorny shutdown issue: States can now reopen national parks using their own money. Governors in at least four states have jumped at the offer. After all, millions of tourism dollars h ... More >>
As I'm reminded everytime I log onto Facebook or Twitter this week, just about everyone has an opinion on the federal government shutdown. Well, almost everyone. Rick Scott is refusing to clarify where he stands on the issue.
Remember during Rick Scott's campaign he promised to bring Arizona-style immigration laws to Florida, open our coasts to offshore drilling, and ban embryonic stem cell research in the state? Yeah, well none of that has actually happened. In some cases Scott didn't even bother to actually pursue thos ... More >>
As his reelection efforts ramp up, Florida Governor Rick Scott thought it would be a good idea to raise money by killing some of Florida's most iconic creatures. He was all set to host a $25,000-a-person gator hunt in mid-October. Now Scott has canceled the event. Not because it was a weird way to ... More >>
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has pretty much admitted she values money more than justice. Bondi has come under fire for having the execution of a cold-blooded killer and rapist who committed ghastly crimes in Miami-Dade county postponed so that she could instead attend a lavish fundraiser th ... More >>
When the most important verdict in his state's recent history came down, Gov. Rick Scott was a thousand miles away in New York. He didn't exactly rush back to Tallahassee to face protestors upset at George Zimmerman's acquittal, finally returning to the capital on Tuesday, but quickly decamping for ... More >>
Every right-thinking American who's not a local municipal bean counter knows that red-light cameras are a total scam. Numerous studies have suggested they actually make intersections less safe, and last month a Tampa TV station even found proof that Florida had covertly changed the rules to allow sh ... More >>
Rick Scott is personally reaching out to businesses in other states to try and get them to relocate to Florida. Which, OK, sure, we're all for, but because Scott is apparently and almost comically incapable of doing anything without controversy, it seems he's only trying to poach companies from stat ... More >>
Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 86 days, the longest stretch the position has been vacant since it was reinstated in 1969. Gov. Rick Scott, however, is in no particular rush to fill the seat. When Jennifer Carroll resigned form the job on March 11 amidst a scandal involving ... More >>
Perhaps the definitive moment of Rick Scott's governorship was his decision to axe a federally funded high speed rail line in Florida, but that doesn't mean he's totally opposed to asking for federal handouts. In advance of Obama's visit to the Port of Miami today, Scott blasted the administration a ... More >>
Whether you like it or not, the 2014 campaign cycle is officially here. Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled the first ad in his reelection campaign, and while it might be incredibly early, you can't blame the guy for wanting to get a head start in boosting his poll numbers.The 107-second web ad premieres w ... More >>