Rick Scott

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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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    November 9, 2011

    Here's Video of Gov. Rick Scott (AKA DJ Govvy Gov) Dancing

    ​Now, you may think that our tall, white, lanky, bald governor could be a horrible dancer, but we have to say he moves with such grace and enthusiasm it almost moved us to tears. His feet move like finely timed fireworks in slow motion, exploding with elegant energy. He's a master of the lock step ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Rick Scott Is Spending the Day Working at the Port of Miami

    An excuse to use this image again? Yes, please. ​As part of his "Let's Get to Work" publicity stunt, Florida Governor Rick Scott will be spending the day working at the Port of Miami. Scott was spotted in a hardhat, orange vest and work gloves at the port early this morning, and will spend time wo ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Rick Scott on the Occupy Movement: "I'm Glad People Come Out and Tell Us What They Think"

    Even though the Occupy Wall Street movement entering its second month, and similar protests popping up around the globe, most politicians are remaining mum. Those of the Republican variety, in most cases, have been pretty flippant. Take Herman Cain's "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, bla ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Rick Scott: "I Don't Have to Create Any Jobs"

    ​Rick Scott's central campaign promise seemed pretty simple: His economic plan would create 700,000 additional jobs on top of normal job growth over seven years. In the past month, Scott has been flip-flopping wildly on that promise, and this morning on a conservative radio show, he said, "I could ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Disappointed Dad? Rick Scott's Daughter Was an Anthropology Major

    ​Rick Scott's bizarre attack on anthropology majors seemed completely random. Well, apparently his remarks may have had some family drama implications. Turns out that Rick Scott's own daughter majored in anthropology and never found a job in her field.

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    October 11, 2011

    Anthropologists Hit Back at Rick Scott

    ​Rick Scott can't open his mouth without causing some sort of controversy. While pushing the need to get more Florida college students to major in things like science and math, he dissed anthropologists."Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don't think so," he said.N ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Rick Scott Still Trying to Figure Out Exactly What His Campaign Promises Meant

    Back when he was running for Governor, Rick Scott promised that he'd add 700,000 jobs in Florida over seven years in addition to what the economy would produce regardless of who was Governor. It seemed like a simple enough promise at the time, but now ten months into his term he's still ap ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Rick Scott No Longer Promises Floridians 700,000 New Jobs

    Rick Scott's pledge that he'd create 700,000 new jobs for Floridians in addition to expected job growth was perhaps one of the least controversial themes of his election campaign. Yeah, well, sorry -- he's flip-flopped on that. He's no longer promising 700,000 jobs in addition to the jobs the state ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Judge Rules Rick Scott's "Docs and Glocks" Law Unconstitutional

    ​Florida's Republican legislature and Gov. Rick Scott passed and signed so many controversial bills into law this year that it's hard to keep track.Earlier this year, Scott signed into law an NRA-backed bill that for some reason prohibits doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. (So much ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Rick Scott Thinks Obama Stole His Slogan

    ​Well, undoubtedly the line President Obama used most during his jobs speech last week was "Pass this jobs bill." Though, he also managed to slip in the phrase "Lets get to work." Which, besides being a somewhat common phrase in its own right, it also the favored slogan of Florida Governor Ric ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Rick Scott Wins "Worst Governor Ever" Race

    ​It was real neck and neck at the end, what with the surprise surge by Texas Governor Rick Perry. But Florida's own Rick Scott has been named the "Worst Governor Ever" in a drawn-out, online poll conducted by the Transportation Workers Union of America. With the way things are going right now, it ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Rick Scott Supports Oil Drilling in Everglades

    ​What the hell sort of strange Pandora's box did Michele Bachmann reopen by suggesting she'd support drilling for oil in the Everglades. Now, Governor Rick Scott is dipping into the Tea Party's hive mind, and has said he's support some drilling for oil in the Everglades as well. Its ludicrous ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Rick Scott's Office Just Got an $80,000 Upgrade Thanks to Taxpayers

    ​Florida taxpayers are stuck munching on some carpet bills. Even while their cutting budgets, the offices of state lawmakers are getting costly upgrades to their carpets and other amenities. Governor Rick Scott's office just got a near $80,000 facelift. Two hundred thousand dollars has been spent ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Rick Scott Pays Just $360-a-year For His Taxpayer-Subsidized Health Insurance

    According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average health plan costs an American family $13,770 in premiums a year. Governor Rick Scott pays just $360 to insure himself and his wife thanks to a state Government plan he's enrolled in. Yep. the average American pays 38.25 percent more for their he ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Poll: Slightly Fewer People Hate Rate Scott Now

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's popularity is climbing ever so slightly out of the toilet. Now 35 percent of Floridians approve of the way he's handling his job. That's up from only 29 percent in May. That makes Rick Scott probably the only politician in America right now who's happy with a 35 percent appr ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Gov. Rick Scott Makes Doughnuts, Gets Pink-Slipped

    Doh! and Nuts!​On his first day returning to his "hard-worker roots," Gov. Rick Scott got served. Yesterday, Florida's leader was behind the counter of Nicola's Donut Shop in Tampa taking and handing out orders as part of his image rehabilitation campaign to connect with regular folk ravaged by un ... More >>

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