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 >>
Another day, another poll with bad news for Florida Governor Rick Scott. This time it's from Quinnipiac.The poll seems to show a case of too little too late for Scott. While Floridians largely agree with Scott's latest high profile decision to expand Medicare, less than one-third feels he deserves t ... More >>
Last month saw surprisingly good polling news for Rick Scott. Though it came from a lesser-known polling firm that "leaked" the results after conducting it for a private client, a Hamilton Consulting poll showed that Scott was tied with Charlie Crist in a hypothetical match-up.Well, Public Polling P ... More >>
Jennifer Carroll resigned yesterday amid scandal. Gov. Rick Scott has announced he will hold off on choosing a replacement until after the current legislative session, at which point the Cardinals of the Republican Party of Florida will convene at the governor's mansion and meet in secret. Florida w ... More >>
It might have seemed that Rick Scott's defeat in the 2014 gubernatorial race was pretty much a done deal a year before the campaigns even really began, but the latest poll shows Scott might not be such a pushover. The poll of 600 registered voters conducted earlier this month shows Sc ... More >>
Congress has until midnight tomorrow to avoid the threat of a sequester, and Florida's two most prominent Republicans seem to have different attitudes on the situation. Sen. Marco Rubio, oddly, doesn't think sequestration is ideal, but doesn't seem to mind it too much. He told Fox News this morning ... More >>
What did our mothers tell us about overindulgence? "Oh no, don't worry about it. We swear we're just going to have one more cup of this tea," we all said back in 2010 while we were busy here in Florida electing anyone remotely connected to the Tea Party. Next thing we knew, we blacked out and found ... More >>
Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio released his Spotify playlist on the world. It got us thinking about the musical tastes of other Florida politicians. We don't really expect Gov. Rick Scott to be dropping his mixtape anytime soon, so through the wonderful powers of satire, Riptide has imagined ... More >>
So, it turned out that those "Satanists" who announced that they were rallying in favor of Rick Scott were really actors for a mockumentary about "the nicest Satanic cult in the world." Though it may have been fiction, the rally still went down as planned this week on the steps of the Old Capitol in ... More >>
So remember when we pointed you to a press release touting members of a Satanic church rallying for Gov. Rick Scott and wondered if it was a real or some high level trolling? Turns out it was the later. Florida's Satanic Temple is only slightly less real than Manti Te'o's girlfriend.
If recent Democrat convert Charlie Crist decides to run for governor, as he's widely rumored to do, he'd wipe the floor with incumbent Republican Rick Scott 53 percent to 49 percent. Though, several other possible Democratic candidates also beat Scott in head-to-head match-ups, Crist leads Scott by ... More >>
Around 4 p.m. today, Florida governor and über-tool Rick Scott popped into the City of Miami Commission meeting to say "hello." Why? We assume because it's never too early to start campaigning for re-election.Introduced by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Rick Scott spoke for about 30 seconds to tell ev ... More >>
Florida Republicans are perhaps the most loyal lapdogs of the National Rifle Association. So maybe it's not much of a surprise that Rick Scott gave a gun manufacturer a "sweetheart" $1.6 million tax subsidy back in 2011.
Not only was Rick Scott's zeal for drug testing just about anyone he could laughably bad policy, it's also been quite costly to the state. In the four months a program to drug test welfare recipients was in practice it ended up costing that state just over $118,000. Then it got struck down, and has ... More >>
Maybe it was the bungled Election Day, or the Stand Your Ground backlash, or the drug testing programs gone awry, or just the fact that he still looks like a cyborg sent from the future to slash entitlement programs. Either way, Gov. Rick Scott continues posting historically bad poll numbers.A new Q ... More >>
Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- a man who has signed laws forbidding doctors from asking about patients' gun ownership and forcing municipalities to stop enforcing stricter local gun laws -- was silent today about gun laws when asked about the Sandy Hook massacre.
Not only did Floridians vote to reelect President Obama on Tuesday, they also, by a wider margin, voted down a proposed state constitutional amendment that sought, in theory at least, to limit the effects of Obamacare in Florida.Dejected, Rick Scott, the former health care CEO, is now backing down o ... More >>
Facing criticism that his voter reforms and refusal to extend early voting hours lead to Florida's election debacle on Tuesday, Rick Scott told a radio station today, "Well, I'm very comfortable that the right thing happened."Hmm, let's just check the definitions of "right" from Merriam-Webster.
Floridians worried about meningitis might have ended up calling a phone sex hotline thanks to Rick Scott. During a Florida cabinet meeting, the governor was giving an update on the fungal meningitis outbreak and told any concerned citizens to call an 866 number. Turns out he gave the wrong ... More >>
At this point, Democrats could probably put a glitter covered pinecone with goggly eyes on the ballot and still beat Governor Rick Scott in 2014. Of course, it appears that some goggly eyed pinecones would do better than others. A new Mason-Dixon poll shows that Alex Sink has an 8 point lead ov ... More >>
So, the Republican are having their National Convention in Florida, which is slightly uncomfortable for conservatives as Florida has one of the least popular Republican governors in the country. Despite some early speculation to the contrary, however, the Romney campaign has given Gov. Rick Scott a ... More >>
In our nation's capital, real consensus happens as often as a noncreepy Rick Scott grin. Yet for the past couple of years, everyone in Washington, D.C., has agreed on this: President Obama's mammoth 2009 stimulus was kind of laughable. Green-energy initiatives? Saving America from financial ruin? Ha ... More >>