Rick Scott

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    February 6, 2013

    What Would Rick Scott's Spotify Playlist Sound Like?

    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 >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Here's Video of the "Satanists" for Rick Scott Rally

    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 >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Pro-Rick Scott Satanists Are Actually Part of a Mockumentary

    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.

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    January 16, 2013

    Poll: Charlie Crist Has 14-Point Lead Over Rick Scott in Gov. Race

    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 >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Gov. Rick Scott Stops By City of Miami Commission Meeting to Tell Everyone They're Doing a "Great Job"

    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 >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Rick Scott Gave a $1.6 Million Tax Subsidy to Gun Company

    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.

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    December 28, 2012

    Rick Scott Cost Tax Payers Another $190K in Legal Fight Over Drug Testing Law

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Poll: Rick Scott's Approval Rating Is "Awful," Charlie Crist Has Best Chance To Beat Him

    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 >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Rick Scott Silent on Gun Laws; Marco Rubio Supports Comprehensive Study of Gun Laws

    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. 

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    November 12, 2012

    Rick Scott and Florida Republicans Backing Down on Obamacare Opposition

    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 >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Rick Scott on Florida's Election Debacle: "The Right Thing Happened"

    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.

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    October 10, 2012

    Rick Scott Accidentally Gives Out Phone Sex Number

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Poll: Alex Sink Would Do Better Against Rick Scott Than Charlie Crist

    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 >>

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    August 21, 2012

    GOP Decides to Let Rick Scott Speak at RNC

    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 >>

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    August 20, 2012

    South Beach-Based Author Michael Grunwald Is Changing D.C.'s Mind About the Stimulus

    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 >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Rick Scott's Early Voting Law Would Suppress Black Votes, Federal Court Rules

    Also read "New Voting Laws Could Take Out Obama This Fall."It's becoming a regular morning routine for Floridians: Roll out of bed, sip a cafecito, open the paper to read about the latest bananas Rick Scott law getting tossed out by a federal court. This morning's edition comes courtesy the U.S. Dis ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Gov. Rick Scott's Old Health Care Firm Faces Federal Probe For Unnecessary Heart Surgeries

    What's the most despicable way you can imagine a hospital chain trying to make extra cash? Short of kidnapping people to harvest their organs, it might be performing loads of unnecessary heart surgeries, putting patients at serious risk of death. That's exactly what HCA, the hospital chain founded b ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Rick Scott Appeals "Docs vs. Glocks" Decision

    The latest shot has been fired in what may be Gov. Rick Scott's dumbest legal battle yet.Earlier this month a federal judge struck down the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law that Scott had signed into law last year. Now Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Health to appeal the decision. Keep in ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Rick Scott's "Docs vs. Glocks" Law Struck Down

    Another month, another one of Rick Scott's controversial laws struck down by a federal court. This time around it's a strange NRA-backed provision that banned doctors from asking patients about owning a gun. A Miami-based federal judge had already placed an injunction on the law, and last week struc ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Federal Judge Says Rick Scott's Voter Purge Is A-OK

    Read also "New Voting Laws Could Take Out Barack Obama This Fall," "Department of Justice to Florida: Stop Purging Voters" and "The Daily Show Rips Rick Scott's Voter Registration Laws."Rick Scott's partisan purge of voters from Florida's rolls a few months before a major election -- a move that has ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Florida Police Union Calls Gov. Rick Scott a "Shithead" In Secret Newsletter Message

    Time and again, Florida's Police Benevolent Association has asked Gov. Rick Scott to write for its union newsletter, the Roll Call. Over and over, Scott has ignored the PBA (which, to be fair, did campaign heavily against the governor.) So the union took the mature, adult tact and wrote a respectful ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Things More Popular Than Rick Scott: LeBron James, Gay Marriage

    Floridians continue to hate Gov. Rick Scott. In fact, 56 presently disapprove of his job handling, while only 31 percent approve. Things as polarizing as the Miami Heat and gay marriage are actually more popular in the state right now. Public Policy Polling decided to just ask Floridians how they fe ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Department of Justice to Florida: Stop Purging Voters

    When Gov. Rick Scott's administration began a statewide purge of "non-citizen" voters, it didn't seem like a coincidence that the Miami Herald found the GOP-led effort disproportionately targeted Democrats, Hispanics and independents -- many of whom were in fact eligible to vote. It was also no grea ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Poll: Charlie Crist Would Beat Rick Scott 48-34 in Hypothetical 2014 Governor Race

    It's actually kind of hilarious how far Republican candidates try to flee from any connection to Charlie Crist considering that the former Governor remains modestly popular among Floridians who are not true believers in the Conservative moment. In fact, he's a lot more popular than our current, stri ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Mitt Romney Likes Rick Scott's Controversial Drug Testing Laws

    Mitt Romney may preach smaller government, but he doesn't mind the government getting all up in your body fluids. The Republican presidential candidate said today that he "doesn't disagree" with Florida Governor Rick Scott's controversial plan to drug test state workers.

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    May 9, 2012

    Steve MacNamara, Rick Scott's Chief of Staff, Gave $5 Million No-Bid Contract To Buddy's Partner

    It's official: Gov. Rick Scott's biggest single fuck-up in office is not his spectacularly failed plans to drug test everyone in Florida, his botched ideas for fixing the economy or even his refusal to pee in a cup when the Daily Show asked him so nicely. No, his biggest catastrophe was hiring Tally ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Rick Scott's State Employee Drug Testing Ruled Unconstitutional

    Fire up those spliffs, DMV workers of Florida: A Miami federal judge has ruled that Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test all state employees is unconstitutional. Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled today that random tests of 85,000 state employees would be an unreasonable search and seizure and issued ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    State Sen. Nan Rich to Run Against Rick Scott in 2014

    Florida's next gubernatorial election is more than two years away, but if Gov. Rick Scott's popularity remains below sea level, there's a good chance a Democrat could emerge victorious for the first time since 1994. The question is, of course, which Democrat?State Sen. Nan Rich, the top Democrat in ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Rick Scott's Welfare Drug Testing Law Even Bigger Failure Than Previously Thought

    Gov. Rick Scott championed a controversial law that required all recipients of state welfare to submit to drug tests, claiming it saves the state money. We've known for a while now that in fact the program actually cost the state money, but supporters pointed to potential "hidden savings" of potenti ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Rick Scott is Not Your Ridiculously Photogenic Governor

    Zeddie Little, the dashing being captured mid-marathon looking like Derek Zoolander, is sweeping the internet as "the ridiculously photogenic guy." Well, what do you know, we've found another interesting photo of a, uh, distinguished mug running right on Rick Scott's Flickr. Unfortunately for Scott, ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Rick Scott Vetoes Bill to Give Non-Violent Drug Addicts Treatment Instead of Jail

    After all time wasted in Tally by Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff this session -- from the wrongheaded, like bills to bring casinos to Miami and move Dade's reaches further into the Everglades, to the absurd, like her plan making it legal to dye animals crazy colors -- it's somehow poetic justice that her one ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Mitt Romney Gets Stuck With Rick Scott's Endorsement

    Congratulations, Mitt Romney! You've won the least sought-after endorsement in the Republican Party. Perennially unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott officially endorsed Romney today just hours after Rick Santorum announced he was suspending his campaign -- a move that finally leaves Romney a ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Q Poll: Rick Scott's Approval Numbers Down Again, Obama Leads Republicans

    ​Man, Rick Scott can't catch a break. Back in January his approval rating was 38 percent. Yeah, that's still pathetic, but for Scott they were amazing and perhaps a sign his popularity could be improving. Well, no such luck. In the latest Quinnipiac Poll he was back down to 36 percent. Meanwhile, ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Tea Party Disappointed Rick Scott Hasn't Been a Bigger Tea Party Wingnut

    Reality, or something sort of like it, has finally caught up to Gov. Rick Scott. The Tea Party activists that help elect him? They're apparently not so enamored of Scott any longer. The leaders of what remains of the movement are not too pleased with Scott's performance as governor thus far, even th ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Rick Scott's Cabinet Moves to Buy Office of Critic Who Called Him "Spawn of Satan"

    ​Tallahassee lawyer Stephen R. Andrews has been a pain in Gov. Rick Scott's ass since before he took office. Before Scott won the governor's race, Andrews filed a lawsuit alleging that his ties to Solantic -- the medical firm that would reap a profit bonanza from the drug testing Scott wants to fo ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    The Ten Worst Bills On Their Way to Rick Scott's Desk This Year

    Today is one of our least favorite times of the year: the final day of the Florida legislative session. It's like the dying moments of a drunken high school party, when everyone makes hasty, poor decisions that they will come to regret. So, how have our duly elected representatives spent the past fi ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    "Prayer" in School Bill Heads to Rick Scott's Desk

    ​A bill that is meant to allow student-led prayers in school, a proposed law that could potentially lead to costly legal battles, is heading to Governor Rick Scott's desk after being passed by the Florida legislature today. Though, the bill itself doesn't mention the word "prayer," and instea ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Rick Scott Still Wants To Drug Test State Workers As Miami Court Hears Challenge

    ​Never before has America seen a governor so obsessed with forcing other people to pee in cups as our own Rick Scott. Two of the first orders he issued after taking office required welfare recipients and all state employees to urinate into cups -- all to make sure drug fiends aren't secretly infil ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Rick Scott Won't Be Paying for All of His Re-Election Campaign This Time

    ​Florida Governor Rick Scott sunk about $70 million of his own money in his successful bid for election in 2010. He won't be up for election again for more than two years, but he's already gearing up his campaign. However, this go-around he won't be paying for it all out of his own pocket. A polit ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    The Ten Strangest Responses to Rick Scott's Facebook Fill-in-the-Blank Game

    ​So Gov. Rick Scott, or whoever it is that controls his social media accounts, took to Facebook last night and asked Floridians to play a fun little game of fill-in-the-blank about the legislative session so far. With over 300 replies so far, Scott, who has some of the lowest approval numbers of a ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Is Rick Scott The Real-Life Slender Man?

    ​We expected the Republican primary to be a horror show. But we didn't know it would come to this.If you're an Internet dweeb (like, uh, this friend we have, yeah, that's how we know about this stuff), you've already heard the legend of Slender Man. He's an evil shape-shifter that first appeared o ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Drunk Miami Republicans Rally For Santorum and Rick Scott

    Jacob KatelRick Santorum vs Victor Gonzalez​Alcohol impairs your judgment? Screw it, we'll have a shot of whiskey, a beer, and a Latin Builders Association membership application.Starting early Friday morning in downtown Miami, the LBA invited guests to drink their way to Decision 2012, offering 2 ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Rick Scott Compares Picking on Mitt Romney's Business Past to Holocaust

    ​You've surely heard Martin Niemöller famous quote about the German intellectual and religious communities complacency during the Nazis' rise to power in 1930s Germany. It includes the line, "Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew."Well, Rick Scott decided to a ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Rick Scott Won't Offer Primary Endorsement: Both Newt and Mitt Breathe Sigh of Relief

    It's not exactly like anyone was chasing the big Rick Scott endorsement anyway, but today Florida's popularity challenged governor made it clear that he will not be endorsing anyone ahead of the state's Republican primary. We doubt either Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney will lose much sleep over being ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Occupy Florida Interrupts Rick Scott's "State of the State" Entrance (Video)

    The Occupy movement made its debut at last night's opening of the legislative season in Tallahassee with a move carefully calibrated to resonate with ordinary Floridians -- they yelled some stuff at widely loathed Gov. Rick Scott.As Scott made his way into the House, protesters lined the hallway yel ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    GOP Lawmaker Files Bill to Raise Florida's Sales Tax by 3 Percent

    ​It's not often you see Republican politicians filing bills to raise taxes, but that's exactly what Rep. Fred Costello of Ormond Beach has done. He has introduced a bill that would add a 3 percent surtax to Florida's sales tax. The bill also supports the idea of added taxes to Internet purchases a ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Rick Scott Still Mum on Casinos, Wants More Lotto Sales

    ​The debate over whether Florida should allow destination casinos is certainly one of the biggest in the state. Yet Gov. Rick Scott has remained mostly silent on the issue. That's not to say he doesn't have some form of gambling of the mind. To fund a $1 billion increase in the education budget, h ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    FAMU Students Occupy Rick Scott's Mansion; Governor's Reply Is Kinda Racist

    Thousands of Florida A&M students marched to the governor's mansion last night after Rick Scott demanded the school suspend its president over a band member's hazing death. Scott agreed to meet students out front and, oy, that might have been the wrong decision.The white guv bizarrely attempted ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Rick Scott Hits New Poll Low at 26 Percent; More Now Believe in Ghosts Than Gov.

    ​Boy oh boy does everybody hate, hate, hate Rick Scott. Everybody! Well, more than seven in ten Florida voters can't stand the guy, at least, according to a new poll out this morning from the Public Policy Polling firm.Scott's 26 percent approval rating is so dismal, it got us at Riptide wondering ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Daily Show Reporter Asks Rick Scott to Pee in a Cup

    ​You can bet that whoever let The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi into increasingly unpopular Gov. Rick Scott's press conference today is going to get a dressing down tonight. The comedian, who we're assuming is preparing an upcoming piece on Scott for the show, asked the governor to pee in ... More >>

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