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Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.


    1. Florida Insiders assess the #MeToo, post-Jack Latvala era in Tallahassee


      Infidelity. Snooping private investigators. Big money. Conflicting political ambitions. Sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement. Donald Trump. Paranoia. And the interests of 20 million Floridians.

    2. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay


      A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

    3. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

      State Roundup

      Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

    4. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?


      TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

      Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
    5. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

      Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
    6. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction


      CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

    7. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

      Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
    8. Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist


      TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible in while serving in the high profile role.

      "Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," Jeff Clemens said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person."
    9. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

      State Roundup

      First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

      Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
    10. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?


      TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

      Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]