Governor RIck Scott

A Broward County judge on Monday ordered three additional law enforcement officers to oversee the county’s ballot tabulation process and called for an end to explosive rhetoric about election fraud.

Circuit Court judge Jack Tuter considered a motion filed by Gov. Rick Scott’s senate campaign for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to impound vote-counting machines and ballots when votes are not being counted at Broward’s election office.


Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that federal funds will be used after all to beef up security for the state's voting systems in time for November's elections.

Workers’ Comp, Health Care Bills Go To Scott

Mar 14, 2018

Three health care-related bills, including one to expand workers’ compensation insurance benefits for injured first responders, were sent Monday to Gov. Rick Scott. 

Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation tightening gun restrictions in the state. Among other things, the legislation raises the legal age for gun purchases to 21, institutes a waiting period of three days, and allows for the arming of school personnel who are not full-time teachers.

In a statement, Scott's office highlights mental health provisions in the bill:

Three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.


On this week's podcast, we've got the highly-regarded political analyst Susan MacManus in the studio to unpack Governor Rick Scott's last State of the State address. MacManus also answers the question of why Florida's national elections are so closely divided between Republicans and Democrats, while our state representatives are overwhelmingly Republican. Dr. MacManus joins WUSF's Florida Matters co-host Robin Sussingham and producer Stephanie Colombini.

President Donald Trump planned to lunch with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday, as he spends the holidays in Palm Beach.

Florida's presidential primary is more than nine months away, but there's already one winner in the contest: Gov. Rick Scott.

No, he's not jumping in the race, but the governor who is still trying to boost his approval ratings in his home state had a big day Tuesday sharing the stage with the GOP's top tier of presidential candidates and likely candidates at a summit he organized through his Let's Get to Work political committee.

The Republican Party of Florida has elected a new chair, state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill). That means Governor Rick Scott’s hand-picked chairwoman, Leslie Dougher is out.

Dougher was appointed by Scott in May. She replaced Lenny Curry, who resigned in order to run for Mayor of Jacksonville. Dougher led the party to victory during the recent election cycle—and Republicans won a super-majority in the Florida House, and secured all cabinet positions, including Governor Rick Scott’s re-election. She was campaigning for a two-year term.

A former Florida Department of Law Enforcement official is accusing Governor Rick Scott of political payback after he removed Gerald Bailey as head of FDLE. It’s not unusual for a governor to shuffle agency heads at the start of a second term, but in Bailey’s case, the issue is about how and why his departure occurred.

Governor Rick Scott kicked off his “Jobs Jamboree” tour in Miami Monday, in lieu of traditional inaugural events.

Instead of an inaugural ball or parade, Scott decided to hold a series of informal barbecues and prayer breakfasts across the state, and he launched the tour Monday—also his 62nd birthday. In a video posted by the Florida GOP, Scott talks, of course, about jobs—a premiere point in his campaign.

AP Photo/Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

A Florida man is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday, and he’ll be the nineteenth inmate put to death during Governor Rick Scott’s first term.

Scott is close to meeting the all-time record of 21 executions set by former Governor Jeb Bush’s during his two terms.

Scott has also signed more death warrants than any other modern day Florida Governor in one term.

Following Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, Scott said it’s his duty.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says the black vote is crucial to winning the upcoming general election against Republican Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, Crist made those remarks in Tallahassee at the historically black university, Florida A and M.

During a campaign event touting higher education, Crist said the turnout in the African American community is very critical, and encouraged FAMU students to help get others to the polls.

Blocks away from the Florida Capitol today, a group targeting climate-change deniers kicked off what it’s calling “Rick Scott’s Ark Tour.” The NextGen Climate Action Committee has spent more than $3.6 million so far in an attempt to inject climate change as an issue in the Florida governor’s race, according to finance records filed with the state.

Noah’s ark, or what looks just like it, was parked at a meter on a busy Tallahassee street. During the lunch-hour rush  here, about two dozen college students were waving signs and handing out T-shirts to passing drivers.

Federal officials have confirmed the authenticity of a video that shows journalist Steven Sotloff being murdered by an ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militant.

Charlie Crist Campaigns in Tampa Ahead of Primary

Aug 25, 2014
Megan Milanese / WUSF Public Media

Former Gov. Charlie Crist was in Tampa today as part of a multi-city tour to drum up voter support before tomorrow's primary election. During the visit to his campaign office, Crist took pictures with supporters and made a few calls to voters in a final push to get people to the polls.

Crist, formerly a Republican, is running against Nan Rich for the Democratic nomination for the governor's race. Rather than discuss his primary opponent, however, Crist focused on current Gov. Rick Scott.

Gov. Scott, Reporters Duel Over Questions

Jul 15, 2014
Tessa Wiseman / WUSF

Gov. Rick Scott dodged questions on Monday at a campaign event in Largo about a recent  campaign stop in Tampa, to which on-duty police officers were invited. Then on Tuesday, when Scott was in Tampa on official business on hurricane preparedness, reporters again asked him questions outside that topic.

PolitiFact Says Promise Kept for Scott on Taxes

Jun 25, 2014

Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott is no fan of taxes, promising to "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."

And PolitiFact Florida says Scott has followed through on that promise.

Despite spending millions on television ads, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is trailing former Gov. Charlie Crist by 10 points in a new poll.

The poll released by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday has Crist leading Scott 48 percent to 38 percent.

Pollsters also found that 53 percent do not think Scott deserves a second term as governor and that 42 percent approve of the job he's doing.

Supreme Court Turns Down Scott on Worker Drug Testing

Apr 21, 2014

In a blow to Gov. Rick Scott, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not take up his appeal of a ruling that blocked across-the-board drug testing for state employees.

The Supreme Court did not give a reason for its decision, which was included in a list of dozens of other cases it declined to hear. Justices receive thousands of appeals a year but decide to hear arguments in only about 100.

Gov. Scott Bashes Charlie Crist on Tuition

Mar 26, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Sitting in a circle with five current high school students and their parents, Gov. Rick Scott talked about the cost of college and the importance of keeping tuition low.

Scott stopped by Jefferson High School in Tampa on Wednesday to talk with students about college tuition and took the opportunity to bash his opponent, Charlie Crist.

"We've got to reduce the tuition increases that Charlie Crist created back when he was governor, we have to un-do that wrong," he said.

Florida Dept. of Corrections

The South Miami-Dade farmhand who raped, murdered and dismembered 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce nearly two decades ago will be executed on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., the governor's office said.

Juan Carlos Chavez was convicted of the 1995 murder that shocked Florida and led to the passage of a law that allows the state to indefinitely detain sexual predators.

Chavez, 46, will be executed by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday.

Katy Hennig / USF News

On Monday, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner turned down a request from USF researchers to conduct exhumations on possible graveshafts at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, leading Sen. Bill Nelson to "tweet" his disappointment with Detzner's boss, Gov. Rick Scott.

Nelson spoke out once again today, saying the buck stops with Scott.

"It clearly is, if not a direct attempt to sidestep, it is a lack of leadership," he said on a conference call from Washington, D.C.

"The people of Florida deserve the answers, the families deserve the answers - that's what leadership is all about and the Governor ought to step up and require this. He is the chief executive officer, he certainly can influence the Department of State.

Gov. Scott Raising Millions for Re-election

Jul 10, 2013
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott continues to set aside millions for his 2014 re-election campaign, putting considerable distance between himself and his announced challengers.

Scott largely financed his initial campaign for governor out of his own pocket. But as an incumbent he is now drawing in large donations to a political committee he set up.

That committee — Let's Get to Work — raised more than $4.1 million during the last three months and it has raised nearly $14 million since Scott revived it during the summer of 2011.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The search for Florida's next lieutenant governor will be an inside job.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Governor Rick Scott said on Monday that the search for Jennifer Carroll's replacement will be run by his chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, and it will be an internal process with no vetting by outsiders.

The national debate over immigration may be churning on in Washington, D.C., but there's one policy a growing number of states can agree on: driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Vermont, Connecticut and Colorado passed new laws this month allowing drivers without Social Security numbers to receive licenses or authorization cards. They join Nevada, Maryland and Oregon, whose governors signed similar laws in May. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn started the trend this year when he signed Senate Bill 957 in January.

While Florida's unemployment dropped 0.1 percent to 7.1 percent in May, the actual number of jobs in the state also fell last month by 6,200. At the same time, state economists have released a report that show a key reason for the drop has been people leaving the workforce or not actively looking for a job.

While most of Florida's public universities bucked Governor Rick Scott's wishes and accepted an automatic 1.7 percent tuition increase dictated by state law, the state Board of Governors agreed with Scott and decided to decline a request from some of the schools to increase one fee.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is already executing prisoners faster than any Florida governor in modern times, signed a bill Monday designed to speed up the death penalty process.

Six weeks ago, Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley moved in the opposite direction: He signed a bill abolishing the death penalty, making Maryland the sixth state to end capital punishment in as many years.

Despite approving similar $25 fees for license tags supporting Freemasons, the American Legion, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Lauren's Kids, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a similar fee for a tag for the Florida Wildflower Foundation. In addition, the governor vetoed a law that would have exempted the email addresses listed on voter registration applications from public records.