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A former Republican lawmaker is taking fellow Republican Governor Rick Scott to task over an attack ad, and he along with another Charlie Crist supporter are calling on Scott to take it down.

Former Senator Mike Fasano and former Corrections Secretary under Crist, Walt McNeil, did so during a press conference at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee, attempting to set the record straight about the ad linking Crist to a convicted Ponzi schemer.

Meanwhile, right across the street, a group of young activists held up signs and chanted “Charlie Swindled Florida.”

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Florida’s First Lady is appealing to a younger crowd of Republicans to encourage them to help get the vote out for her husband’s re-election bid. Ann Scott stumped for her husband on Florida State University’s campus Wednesday.

“It is now my great honor and privilege to introduce to you the First Lady and wife to our current and next Governor of the state of Florida, Ann Scott,” introduced Capital Young Republican President Celia Bass.

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A win by Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist would not only make state history, it would be big for Democrats, who haven’t had a member of their own party serve in the gubernatorial seat since the late 1990s. So, what would an Attorney General win mean for the party and the Crist ticket?

Back during the 2000 election, Florida still elected state education commissioners. Then, Republican Charlie Crist ran against Democrat George Sheldon for the job. The following is one of the ads approved by Crist during the campaign.

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After weeks of not knowing whether Governor Rick Scott would meet with them, several scientists say they’re happy the Governor did meet with them Tuesday to talk to about climate change and its ongoing threat to Florida. But, they’re not too sure they got their point across.

Months ago, when reporters asked Governor Scott about his position on climate change, he told them “I am not a scientist.”

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The main group that helps represent and promote Florida’s biggest money-making industry is the latest to endorse Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association made the announcement at the group’s summit Wednesday in Tampa. And, Governor Scott says he couldn’t be happier.

“Very appreciative of y’all’s endorsement. I’m going to continue to work every day to…hopefully this year, we’ll have 100 million tourists, and next year, we’ll keep growing every year over the next four and half years,” said Scott.

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Monday is the last day for residents to register to vote in Florida’s August primary election.

The August 26th primary may be a few weeks away, but Duval County elections supervisor and Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections President Jerry Holland says it’s important residents start preparing now.

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Governor Rick Scott says his administration is willing to meet with 10 scientists who want to speak with him about climate change. But, the scientists say they don’t want to speak to Scott’s staff about the impacts of man-made global warming has on Florida, they want to speak to Scott directly.

According a short documentary film from the National Geographic gives a short overview about climate change:

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Republican-turned-Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has picked his running mate, and it’s the Florida Democratic Party’s Vice Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.

At a Miami stop Thursday, Crist announced he’d chosen Taddeo-Goldstein to be by his side as he hopes to go head to head against incumbent Governor Rick Scott.

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St. Lucie County is one step closer to becoming the next site for Florida’s newest veterans’ nursing home. That’s after several counties lobbied members of a select panel considering the next location to build the state’s seventh VA nursing home.

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About 160 bills are expected to take effect Tuesday, including this year’s budget. One research institute is hailing it as a victory, after the Governor signed the budget into law containing a provision that helps fund projects to help the Indian River Lagoon.

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The state’s child welfare agency launched a website this week that coincides with a newly signed law that will take effect Tuesday. The rollout of the Florida Department of Children and Families’ new way to track child deaths comes at the same time a scathing grand jury report came out and some are renewing their call to investigate the agency’s integrity.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed the final bill delivered to his desk into law Wednesday aimed at helping children with special needs.

The last bill Scott signed into law requires the appointment of an attorney to represent children with special needs, unless they have pro bono representation.

It can only happen if the child with disabilities meets certain criteria, which includes residing in a nursing facility, is developmentally disabled, or a victim of human trafficking.

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Governor Rick Scott signed two bills into law Tuesday aimed at making Florida’s roadways safer.

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One bill increases penalties for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death or injury of a person from a minimum of two to four years in prison. The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act is named after a cyclist killed in 2012 by a hit-and-run driver.

There are now three bills awaiting the Governor’s approval, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill overhauling Florida’s child welfare system.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) was tasked during the 2014 Legislative Session with drawing up a comprehensive child welfare reform bill in the Senate. Multiple investigations by the Miami Herald about child deaths under the Florida Department of Children and Families’ watch in recent years was the impetus.

So, Sobel says she couldn’t be prouder about the bipartisan effort to reform the troubled child welfare system.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed close to 70 bills into law this week—most of them Friday. They include a slew of gun-related measures, a controversial voucher expansion bill, and a bill dealing with medical marijuana.

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Among the high profile bills the Governor has already signed includes a bill that would legalize a low strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” to help treat seizures.

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Florida’s foster kids may soon have an easier time obtaining a driver’s license and auto insurance. Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law aimed at doing just that Thursday.

Covering the cost of insurance is among the obstacles Guardian Ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz says Florida’s foster kids continually face in trying to learn to drive. And, he says the new law creating a three-year pilot program to help cover those costs will go a long way.

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A man convicted of killing three people is slated for execution Wednesday in Florida. Florida is the third state to put someone to death this week, since a botched execution in Oklahoma took place in April.

Since Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011, he’s okayed 17 Florida executions. And, around 6 p.m. Wednesday, John Henry will be the 18th person put to death. When asked whether he was confident about Florida’s execution process, Scott replied:

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Governor Rick Scott has approved a measure reforming Florida’s juvenile justice system. He signed the bill into law on the same day he bid farewell to the outgoing Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary and named her temporary replacement.

Before presenting her with a resolution during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Scott said a few words about Wansley Walters, his state Department head of Juvenile Justice, who’s slated to end her role in a few weeks.

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Governor Rick Scott signed three measures into law Tuesday, including two bills looking at strengthening Florida’s human trafficking statutes. At a bill signing at the Capitol, he was joined by agency heads and a couple of state lawmakers. That included Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart), one of the bills’ authors.

“We have to make sure that we have the services that are available to individuals once they’re identified and come to our attention so that we can make sure that they will heal and they will get through this, and they will go on to become productive citizens,” said Harrell.

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Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist has now formally qualified to run for Florida Governor again in hopes of unseating current Governor Rick Scott. Qualifying for Florida's 2014 elections officially began Monday at noon.

At around 1:30 p.m. Monday, a Leon County teacher submitted Crist’s qualifying paperwork at the Florida Division of Elections. Crist says it’s because she believes there needs to be a change in leadership.

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Governor Rick Scott recently signed the so-called Immigrant Tuition bill into law that would grant in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants. Since near the end of Session, Scott has been touting the legislation and even did a week-long tour this week. While it’s publicized more as a Hispanic win, other segments of the immigrant population who will also be affected by the new law are also weighing in.

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Governor Rick Scott signed more than 90 bills into law Friday. It includes a bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as a controversial abortion bill.

Among the bills Scott approved is a measure seeking to change the 2016 Legislative Session’s start date from March to January. Originally, the bill would have affected all even-numbered year Sessions, but Rep. Jeanette Nuñez (R-Miami) says it later got watered down.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law redesigning military and veteran specialty license plates as well as updating references to certain wars under Florida’s statute.

The bill signed Thursday contains several provisions, including renaming the Korean Conflict Veteran special license plate to “Korean War.” Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Spokesman Steve Murray says it also makes that change in Florida statute along with replacing references to the “Vietnam Era.”

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Governor Rick Scott has signed the so-called Immigrant Tuition bill, the first of the 105 bills sent to his desk last week. But, some say it’s all just a re-election ploy.

Florida Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein says while she’d like to see the measure do more, she’s happy Scott signed the bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.

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Governor Rick Scott has about two weeks to act on more than a 100 bills delivered to his desk Thursday. They include a bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants as well as a bill legalizing a mild strain of marijuana for medical purposes—a couple controversial measures Scott has already said he’ll sign.

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