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Opposing Scott Court Cases, DeSantis
Signals Friendlier Approach to Medical Pot

| December 10, 2018

DeSantis, a Republican who will take office on Jan. 8, is unwilling to continue some of the court battles now being waged by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

Rick Scott Wins ‘Nasty’ U.S. Senate Race, Ending Bill Nelson’s 46 Years in Government

| November 7, 2018

Scott’s win even more firmly cemented control of Florida and the U.S. Senate for Republicans. Nelson for the past eight years has been the only Democrat elected statewide.

Flurry of Polls Show Gillum and Nelson Decisively Edging Past DeSantis and Scott

| November 5, 2018

Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson have built solid leads among independents, women and minorities, with Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott leading only among white men.

Women and Independents Keep Bill Nelson Ahead of Rick Scott By 6 Points in Latest Poll

| October 22, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson, drawing much higher favorability ratings and strong support from independents–key to all statewide races in Florida–is maintaining a comfortable 52-46 percent advantage over Gov. Rick Scott in the race for U.S. Senate.

Gillum-DeSantis Debate Is a 60-Minute Bout Over Ring-Kissing, Crime, Trump, Race and Algae Blooms

| October 21, 2018

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis shredded each other Sunday night during a nationally televised debate, as the gubernatorial candidates appeared in their first face-to-face showdown.

Saying Scott ‘Exceeded His Authority,’ Supreme Court Rules Next Governor Will Appoint 3 Justices, Not Scott

| October 15, 2018

The winner of the Nov. 6 election between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum “has the sole authority” to fill the court vacancies, the court ruled.

Nelson Calls Scott a Liar, Scott Calls Nelson a Do-Nothing, Both Lob Kavanaugh at Each Other

| October 2, 2018

Scott’s and Nelson’s tangle over Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, was one of many points of contentions in the senate-race debate Tuesday.

In Blow to Scott’s Play for Puerto Rican Vote, Nelson Wins Island Governor’s Endorsement

| October 1, 2018

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s endorsement of Nelson unleashed pushback from Scott, who’s made nine trips to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory a year ago.

Rick Scott Presses His Case For Making Midnight Appointments to Florida Supreme Court

| September 27, 2018

In a case that could alter the future of Florida’s highest court, Scott’s lawyers said the governor retains the power to select replacements for justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who are all leaving in January.

Flagler Unemployment Rises to 4.3% But Labor Force Keeps Expanding

| July 20, 2018

Some 200 people were added to Flagler’s unemployment rolls but in a sign of continuing health the workforce is expanding and is 1,000 workers larger than a year ago.

Scott Signs Death Warrant, His 27th, For 1992 Murderer Jose Antonio Jimenez

| July 18, 2018

Jose Antonio Jimenez was convicted in the October 1992 killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas, whose neighbors heard her shout, “Oh God! Oh my God!” during the attack.

Days After Criticism From Sen. Nelson, Governor Declares Emergency Over Algae Outbreak

| July 9, 2018

On Friday and over the weekend Democrats and Bill Nelson accused Scott of “going through the motions” in dealing with the algae blooms.

Critics Assail Scott Policy Shift That Would Reduce Eligibility Window For Medicaid

| June 21, 2018

The majority of the 39,000 people impacted by the change would be seniors and people with disabilities. But Gov. Scott wants the shift to save nearly $100 million.

Beyond Donation of 25 FHP Used Cars to Puerto Rico, an Island’s Policing in Crisis

| June 13, 2018

Puerto Rico right now is all about a cattle pen of system failures — but one of the most important is its broken and bleeding law enforcement structure.

Trump Expected to Loom Over Nelson-Scott Senate Battle as Governor Announces Run

| April 9, 2018

The Senate contest between Bill nelson and Rick Scott is termed a “proxy battle” about Donald Trump and a referendum by Floridians on Trump’s presidency.

Gov. Scott Fuels Speculation About Senate Run By Tapping Brad Piepenbrink Again

| March 26, 2018

The chief of staff announcement was made within minutes of social-media postings from the governor saying he will make a “big announcement” in two weeks.

Federal Judge Declares Florida’s Arbitrary and Governor-Controlled Method of Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights Unconstitutional

| February 1, 2018

In a stinging blow to Gov. Rick Scott, a federal judge ruled that the governor’s near-exclusive authority to restore, and more often deny, voting rights to ex-felon is unconstitutional.

Gov. Scott Calls Trump’s Reference to “Shithole” Countries “Absolutely Wrong”

| January 12, 2018

Trump reportedly questioned why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa, and singled out Haiti in particular.

Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State: Full Text

| January 9, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address, his last, as prepared for delivery today at the Florida Capitol, before a joint session of the House and Senate.

Scott’s Arab-Baiting Over Jerusalem

| December 3, 2017

Continuing to prepare for his Senate run, Gov. Rick Scott’s Jerusalem ploy is demeaning Palestinians in the occupied lands to appeal to Jews in South Florida. He learned the trick at Trump’s knee.

Pariente Stays: Supreme Court Rejects Scott’s Bid to Remove Justice in Succession Case

| November 30, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Gov. Rick Scott to remove Justice Barbara Pariente from a case that could determine the shape of the state’s highest court for decades.

Embroiled In Supremacist Controversy, Trump Reaches For Scott As Lunch Buddy

| August 17, 2017

Scott had lunch with Trump at a New Jersey golf resort, as the president continued to draw criticism for comments about a white nationalist rally.

Flagler Secures Millions for Beach, Roads, Judges, But That’s Before Scott Lifts Veto Pen

| May 31, 2017

Millions of dollars through numerous Flagler-bound appropriations could potentially be vetoed as Gov. Scott today received the state’s budget, and will soon decide what stays and what goes.

Nominating Commission Sends 3 Names to Scott for Next Supreme Court Appointment

| November 29, 2016

Fifth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge C. Alan Lawson, appellate Judge Wendy Berger and Orlando lawyer Dan Gerber made the final cut of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Gov. Scott’s Pick from Judges Applying to Replace Perry Will Shift Supreme Court Right

| November 14, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission plans to provide Scott a short list of six names, from 11 applicants, by Nov. 29, giving the governor plenty of time to make a decision before Justice James E.C. Perry’s resignation goes into effect Dec. 30.

Gov. Scott on Frank Meeker’s Commission Seat Replacement: “We’re Working On It”

| November 7, 2016

Ten men, all Republicans, applied in the 107 days that have elapsed since Commissioner Frank meeker’s death. Rep. Paul Renner says he expects an appointment in late November or early December.

Worse Than Trump: Gov. Scott Refuses to Disavow Claim that “Islam Hates Us”

| March 10, 2016

In an appearance on Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott refused to denounce Donald Trump’s claim the day before that “Islam hates us.” The smear on Florida is the latest of many lows in a lurid election season.

Florida Lawmakers Unveil $82.3 Billion Budget That Abandons Scott’s Top Priorities

| March 8, 2016

Because Scott’s tax-cut proposal was sharply reduced and a $250 million package of business incentives was dropped entirely, the governor is expected to lean heavily on his line-item veto pen.

Rick Scott, Who Made Millions as Hospital CEO, Now Faults Hospital Costs

| September 28, 2015

The proposals are the latest in a series of moves by Scott, who made millions as CEO of HCA/Columbia, to revamp the hospital industry. The Legislature will have to enact his proposals.

FSU Shooter Myron May, an Attorney, Said to Have Been in a “State of Crisis”

| November 21, 2014

Myron May was an FSU student senator in 2002 and had been practicing law since 2009 before he shot and injured students at FSU’s Strozier Library.

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