Florida Governor Rick Scott

Governor Scott helping clear debris with the Florida Department of Transportation and volunteers.
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Governor Rick Scott spent Wednesday clearing debris with a group of volunteers from state agencies.

Gov. Rick Scott speaking at the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
Nick Evans

Updated: Tropical Depression Nine is now Tropical Storm Hermine. It is expected to make landfall in the panhandle. The Coastal areas of Franklin and Wakulla County are under evacuation notices, and Big Bend school districts have announced closures.

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Florida officials announced a new locally transmitted Zika case Wednesday—this time in Palm Beach County. It’s the second case stemming from local mosquitos in the county, but officials say the two cases aren’t connected.

Governor Confirms New Zika Hot Zone

Aug 19, 2016
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  Florida Governor Rick Scott confirmed Friday afternoon that Zika is being locally transmitted in Miami Beach. The governor said five people have been infected, bringing the total number of local cases to 36.

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With state lawmakers tussling over water policy ahead of next year’s legislative session, the governor is reiterating his bid for cleaner water.  He’s also asking the feds for money to clean up algae.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s spat with a gold star family is putting Florida’s top elected officials in an awkward position.

The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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After a bruising primary, the GOP has officially settled on Donald Trump to lead the party into November.  Elected officials from Florida—likely one of the most important swing states come Election Day—were out in force to support the Republican candidate.

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Florida Republicans—both early Donald Trump supporters and late—are making their presence felt at the Republican National Convention.

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Florida’s Planned Parenthood clinics are suing the state over a law that cuts funding for non-abortion services.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is getting more popular, according to a survey of the popularity of U.S. governors. Scott has gone from one of the most disliked leaders in the U.S. to about the middle of the pack.

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Pundits are floating Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson as a possible vice presidential nominee. But Nelson is quiet on the subject.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is honoring six local police officers for their actions during a shooting at Strozier library in 2014.  Tuesday he awarded them the governor’s medal of heroism.

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Florida’s insurance commissioner is on his way out the door, but the Cabinet has again faltered in its efforts to name a successor.  They’re holding a follow-up meeting Friday.

People seeking help for mental disorders or substance abuse now have more options. 

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Governor Rick Scott’s second veto of the year denies money for private dental care in rural communities. 

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida is reorganizing after the Legislature rejected Governor Rick Scott’s funding request for a “Quick Action Closing Fund,” the state’s incentive program for recruiting companies to Florida. 

Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Enterprise Florida, is facing a major reorganization. That’s after the legislature denied a request from Gov. Rick Scott to give the agency $250 million for economic incentives.

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Calling in a false threat, such as a bomb scare, is now a second degree felony. 

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is backing Republican front runner Donald Trump’s bid to be the party’s presidential candidate.

Senate Lawmakers Slash Gov. Scott's Tax Cut Plan

Mar 3, 2016
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Florida lawmakers dealt another blow to Governor Rick Scott’s budget priorities Thursday, when the Senate Appropriations Committee pushed through a scaled back tax cut package.

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In an effort to promote a proposed gaming agreement between Florida and the Seminole Indian Tribe, Gov. Rick Scott and representatives from the tribe met Monday. The group discussed the benefits of the compact, which include more money and more jobs, as well as a chance to retain the jobs the Seminole casinos currently provide.

Governor Rick Scott.
Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott made his billion dollar tax cut pitch before a senate tax panel Monday.   Lawmakers also took up a handful of other tax proposals in the Finance and Tax Committee.

Governor Rick Scott speaking to the Enterprise Florida board.
The Florida Channel

It wouldn’t be politics without a little bickering, so it’s probably a good thing Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed Enterprise Florida’s Board Thursday.  While the Legislature is coming to terms over the state’s congressional map, Scott is complaining about lack of funding for the economic development agency.

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On Tuesday Governor Rick Scott used the power of a pen to approve the 2015-2016 state budget of $78.2 billion, just as he used that same power to veto more than $461 million in special projects. Some lawmakers are upset over the amount of vetoed bills.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has invited the Republican Party’s presidential hopefuls to discuss one of his favorite topics—jobs.  The governor’s economic summit kicked off Tuesday in Orlando.

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