Rick Scott

DOC Office Pensacola
5:34 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Scott Scuttles DOC Move to North Hill

Credit skyscrapercity.com

Gov. Rick Scott’s trip to Pensacola last week involved more than just a closed political fundraiser. He also heard about the controversial plan to relocate a state probation and parole office to the city’s North Hill neighborhood.

The Governor  Friday directed Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews to renew the office’s existing lease at the current facility on North Davis Highway. Plans were to move the offices to the old Coca-Cola plant on Palafox. That drew fire from a number of North Hill residents at the last City Council meeting.

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Rick Scott Campaign
5:20 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Scott Campaign Ad Draws Democratic Fire

Rick Scott with his mother, Esther Scott, as part of a new wave of campaign ads describing his upbringing.
Credit Rick Scott for Florida

fFlorida Gov. Rick Scott is launching a $2.2 million television ad buy for his re-election that aims to reintroduce the Republican incumbent to the state's voters. Florida Democrats consider it an attempt to mislead voters about Scott’s record.

Scott's 30-second ad features the Republican governor mentioning his poor upbringing, and how it affects his work as Chief Executive.

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Reubin Askew
12:06 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Former Gov. Reubin Askew Dies At 85

Credit Florida Governor's Mansion

Flags  are at half-staff at all local and state buildings are flying at half-staff to mark the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew.  He died early this Thursday morning, March 13, at the age of 85. Last Saturday, Askew had been admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare to be treated for aspiration pneumonia. His condition worsened when he also suffered a stroke.

Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history.

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BP Oil Spill
11:54 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Florida Seeks to Join BP Lawsuit

Workers check vulnerable marsh areas for oil impact.
Credit restorethegulf.gov//NOAA

Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.

The litigation was filed Wednesday in Panama City, by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The idea is to join the existing federal lawsuit now on trial in New Orleans.

After Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott was asked about the timing of entering the case.

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Economic Report
1:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Harper: Proposed Florida Budget Gets Larger As State Grows, Job Numbers Improve

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Florida Governor Rick Scott’s proposed 2014-2015 budget, as this year’s Legislative Session gets underway. Gov. Scott is proposing a spending plan of $74.2 billion.

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Performance Based Funding
10:08 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Poor Performance Could Cost UWF

Credit UWF

One of the issues the legislature will take up in this year's session is Performance Based Funding for Florida's Universities.  And, if implemented, the system could cost the University of West Florida a lot of money.

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Florida State of the State
3:41 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Scott Points To Economy, Jobs, and Schools In State Of The State

Credit Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott touted Florida's improving economy in his fourth State of the State Address, which also made a case for re-election as much as it laid out his plan for the final year of his first term.  Any doubts that the 30 minute speech would also serve as the unofficial kickoff to Gov. Scott’s re-election bid were dispelled right out of the gate. The Republican referred to the economy under predecessor Charlie Crist – without mentioning the former Republican who is now running for governor as a Democrat. “Florida was in a hole. Unemployment was around 11%,” said Scott.

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State of the State
9:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Scott To Deliver State Of The State Address

Credit Office of Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott will kick off the 2014 legislative session Tuesday by asking legislators to approve his tax cut package and by asking to keep tuition rates low. 

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Work Plan 2014
4:55 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Senate President Gaetz Pledges Passage of Priority Legislation

Credit Florida Senate

Florida Governor Rick Scott delivers his annual State of the State address Tuesday, March 4, signaling the start of the 2014 Legislative Session. His speech will start at 10 a.m. Central Time.  Again this year, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford have joined together on a priority agenda. “These are issues that rise above politics and we think they can get done. They must get done.  We will get them done,” says Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville.

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Florida Commion Core
5:39 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Florida Makes Changes To Common Core - Starting With The Name

Once almost universally accepted and praised, the Common Core educational standards have come under increased attack recently.  The latest comes from the New York State United Teachers, withdrawing its support for Common Core not because of the standards themselves, but because of what they call the State Department of Education's failed implementation of the plan. Other states, mostly led by Republican governors, call Common Core a federal intrusion and blame the Obama administration for trying to take control of state education standards.  But Common Core began IN the states.

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