Rick Scott

Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott.
Sen. Bill Nelson's YouTube; Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida’s newest U.S. Senator is Governor Rick Scott. He defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in a close and contentious election. 

Gov. Rick Scott, undated.

Superintendents from around the state are petitioning Gov. Rick Scott to hold a special session to address what they feel is a paltry increase to K-12 schools’ per-student funding.

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott may have to resign early if he goes ahead with an anticipated run for the U.S. Senate. But thanks to a little-noticed change approved this month by state legislators, Scott may be able to wait until after the November elections to make up his mind.

FL Gov. Rick Scott
The Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott is targeting jobs from two states--Kentucky and Connecticut.  He hopes to lure those state’s private employers to Florida.

Associated Press

Call it the “CC” word. The allegations have been floating around the Capitol for weeks – Governor Rick Scott has a gag order on members of his administration – use any words or phrases related to climate change and you’re history.

Florida Democrats have managed to narrow an early Republican lead in the number of ballots cast before Election Day. The numbers appear to favor Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist—at first glance. But  a state election-law change makes this election’s outcome harder to predict.

Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic Challenger, Charlie Crist, are sparring over their education records. When it comes to how both the current and former governors have handled education policies, there’s more fiction than truth behind the narratives.

Former Lawmaker Takes Aim At Scott AND Crist

May 21, 2014

A former Florida-lawmaker-turned-political-commentator has called out the leading two candidates for Florida governor. The charge is both contenders are trying to co-opt the legacy of recently deceased Florida Gov. Reubin Askew.

Former state Sen. Robert McKnight says current Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Republican-predecessor-turned-Democratic-candidate Charlie Crist are trying to use Askew’s legacy for their own gain in the gubernatorial race.

Florida’s largest teachers’ union is backing Charlie Crist for governor.

Governor Rick Scott says he’s been boosting education funding for the past two years, including more pay for teachers. But the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association, isn’t impressed. The union has endorsed Scott’s probable gubernatorial rival—former Governor Charlie Crist. 

Young protestors dance on Florida Capitol outcroppings, in support of more incentives for solar energy.
Stan Jastrzebski / WFSU News

There was an uprising at the Florida Capitol Thursday. Not long after the sun rose over the building, those advocating more support for solar power followed suit. But it wasn’t long before the event turned political.


Twenty-nine candidates are running to be Florida’s next governor—but most voters likely can’t name more than two or three of them. How much is the news media to blame for that name recognition gap? The answer depends on whom you ask.

The 2014 Florida Gubernatorial race has been billed by national pundits as one of the major races to watch.

Since formally announcing his plans to run as a Democrat to get his old job back, former Governor Charlie Crist has been on the fundraising trail. During a recent trip to Tallahassee for a fundraiser, Crist took a moment to blast the policies of Governor Rick Scott:

Capital Report: 11-08-2013

Nov 8, 2013

After a legislative bid to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed this week, the focus now turns to whether opponents of the existing law will now throw their weight behind a proposal aimed at tweaking the law.  Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida Politicians Rally Behind Oyster Industry

Aug 16, 2013
R.Benk / WFSU-News

More than 200 community members filled the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, waving signs, chanting slogans and signing petitions. There was also no shortage of politicians in Franklin County Tuesday. Those running for office like Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham and those holding office like her opponent Republican Congressman Steve Southerland found themselves on the same side of an issue. State Senator Bill Montford, whose district includes Apalachicola, told a thunderous crowd oysters aren’t a partisan issue.

Dream Defenders Vacate Capitol Building

Aug 16, 2013
R.Benk / WFSU-News

After a month of occupying the Florida Governor’s office, activists supporting the repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law are finally moving out, this comes in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Protesters say vacating the Capitol building doesn’t mean an end to their movement.

Governor Scott Calls For Review Of FSCJ Debt

Oct 1, 2012

Governor Rick Scott is calling for an investigation into the Florida State College in Jacksonville after learning the college owes almost $5 million to the federal government.  The governor says that the leadership of the college needs serious review.  The college owes the US Department of Education $4.7 million after nearly two years of incorrectly approving federal loans and Pell Grants.  A recent report cites a lax culture within the college’s financial aid department as a major cause of the mistakes.  Officials are reviewing school President Steve Wallace’s expenditures as well.

HCA, the nation’s biggest private hospital chain, is once again under investigation by the federal government—this time for potentially performing unnecessary and dangerous heart procedures to boost profits, mainly in Florida, where the company does about 20 percent of its business. The investigation comes after the company uncovered questionable procedures on its own and apparently failed to report them to regulators or insurers, as required by law.

Sascha Cordner

Governor Rick Scott joined other officials at the Capitol Wednesday in the induction of the first members into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Sascha Cordner has more.

The Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame sprang out of a 2010 bill, co-authored by the now Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Democratic Representative Alan Williams, and former Senator Tony Hill.

In commemorating the last day of Black History Month, they joined other community leaders as well as Governor Rick Scott in the induction of the hall of fame’s first members:

Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen slightly to just under 10-percent, the lowest it’s been in more than two-and-a-half years. Lynn Hatter reports the state’s Republican leaders have wasted no time in claiming credit for the job gains.

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced the state’s unemployment rate is now 9.9-percent, the lowest it’s been since April of 2009. Scott also took credit for the more than 141-thousand private sector jobs that have spung up since January of last year, saying the rate is a reflection of his policies.

Governor Rick Scott has chosen Florida’s new elections chief. As Sascha Cordner reports, Scott tapped Tallahassee insider Ken Detzner to replace retiring Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

Scott says he has every bit of confidence in Ken Detzner, a man who’s already had a short stint as a former Secretary of State under former Governor Jeb Bush.