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    October 11, 2013

    Important Meeting on Common Core Standards -- One of Just Three in the State -- Is Wednesday in Davie

    Forty-five states, including Florida, were all ready to implement the Common Core standards in public schools until a few factions got all riled up about it this year. Gov. Rick Scott abruptly abandoned the plan, and chaos erupted in the education system. Common Core standards have been in develop ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Rick Scott Voter Purge Tour Leaves Questions Unanswered, Says Voting Rights Coalition

    Governor Evil's Rick Scott's secretary of state, Ken Detzner, hit Ft. Lauderdale yesterday on the last stop of his "Project Integrity" road show, which the state describes as an effort to "[protect] the voting rights of eligible voters from those who may cast an illegal vote." Voter fraud is commo ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Broward County to Have Obamacare Navigators, Despite Rick Scott's Crusade to Ban Them

    Rick Scott has been one tenacious little monkey when it comes to banning Obamacare navigators from Florida hospitals, he's taken the fight all the way to Congress. But, Broward County officials ain't care about what Scott wants, and have decided to go ahead and allow the navigators to do their thin ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Rick Scott's Voter Purge Crusade is Going On Tour

    As we have documented over and over again, Gov. Rick Scott is hellbent on purging Florida voters because of Rick Scotty reasons. And now, he's all set to take his crusade on the road when he conducts public roundtable discussions with 67 supervisors of elections, including in Ft. Lauderdale

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    September 11, 2013

    Rick Scott to Broward Voters: I Want to Buy Your Vote

    Gov. Rick Scott swung through Fort Lauderdale yesterday as part of a campaign-style "tax cut tour" to galvanize support for a quixotic $500 million tax cut he wants to jam through the state Legislature this coming term. Calling it his "primary goal" for next year, Scott again reiterated the appare ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Rick Scott's Tax Cut Tour Kicks Off in West Palm and Fort Lauderdale This Week

    Gov. Rick Scott is taking time out of his voter suppression crusade to launch his "Ain't No One Got Time for Taxes" Tour 2013. It's actually called the "It's Your Money" Tour, but we think ours is snazzier. Scott kicks off the tour Tuesday morning right from our own backyard, as he will first appe ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Gov. Scott a No-Show at "Governor's Education Summit"; Gets Trolled by "Badass Teachers Association"

    UPDATE 9:03 a.m. Jackie Schutz says "Governor Scott asked Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to convene the summit to provide the opportunity to openly discuss ideas and options to continue improving Florida's public school system. Governor Scott was not scheduled to attend." She also provided a ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Rick Scott Has Decided to Resume His Dumb Voter Purge

    It looks like Gov. Rick Scott has decided to get back on that voter purge of "noncitizens" horse again, thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Scott went on his mostly ineffective, mostly arbitrary voter purge last year after state officials sent local elec ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Jesse Jackson Sort of Compared Rick Scott to George Wallace; Scott Demands Apology

    So, apparently, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called Florida an "Apartheid State" and the "Selma of our time" and made a comparison between Gov. Rick Scott and historically racist 1960s Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Naturally, Scott is demanding an apology. Jackson made the comments while visiting the Dre ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Rick Scott Meets With Stand Your Ground Protesters

    Gov. Rick Scott returned to the state Capitol Thursday evening and sat down with members of the Dream Defenders organization, which had been staging a sit-in protest since Tuesday. Spurred by the George Zimmerman verdict last weekend, the group bused in hundreds of protesters, mostly college studen ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Rick Scott's Day of Prayer For Unity In Florida Is a Joke

    In attempt to show leadership and that he means business with his leadershipness, Gov Rick Scott has officially issued a statewide call for a "day of prayer for unity in Florida" for this coming Sunday, because when faced with tough decisions, leaders need to step up and arbitrarily proclaim things ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Rick Scott Says "No" To Dream Defenders, Protest Continues

    On Tuesday, we told you about the group, Dream Defenders, busing in protesters from all over the state to stage a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee. The group is staging its protest to demand that Scott call a special session to review the "Stand Your Ground" law and enact anti-raci ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Rick Scott's Office Inundated With Sit-In Protesters

    Dream Defenders, an organization committed to confronting inequality, are busing college students to Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday to demand that he calls a special session to review the "Stand Your Ground" law and enact anti-racial-profiling training for law enforcement officers. Through its pe ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Rick Scott Kills Florida Wildflower Bill, Because No Free Handouts for Them Either!

    Looks like literally every living thing in Florida wants a handout these days! What is this? Mother Russia? First, people want the government to help them pay for their obscenely high and burdensome medical bills. Pfft! Then, people want the government to make it OK for businesses to keep paying ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013
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    June 5, 2013

    Rick Scott Doesn't Want Undocumented Immigrants' Kids to Have Drivers Licenses

    Sorry kids of undocumented immigraaants. You're just gonna have to hitchhike to get to class on time. Thanks to Governatron Rick Scott, who vetoed the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" bill, which would have allowed you to have a temporary Florida driver's license. The measure would have giv ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Appeals Court (Maybe?) Sides With Rick Scott on State Employee Drug Testing

    This is obviously why it takes three years to get through law school: the courts are whack as hell. Case in point, today's decision coming out of the federal appeals court on whether Rick Scott can pee-test state employees for drug use. Following the announcement, both sides of the dispute are claim ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Rick Scott Signs Texting-and-Driving Ban Into Law

    Looks like Florida has finally joined in on the texting-and-driving-ban palooza after Gov. Rick Scott officially made it illegal to do so. Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, making Florida the 40th state to enact some sort of text-while-driving ban. Florida drivers will not be able to write or rea ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Rick Scott To Sign Texting-and-Driving Ban Bill

    It looks like Florida's texting-and-driving ban, which was at one point was almost derailed by the House added some frivolous amendments to it last month, will become a thing when Rick Scott signs it into law next week. The bill barely made it to the governor's desk thanks to an amendment the House ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Rick Scott Signs Bill That Extends Early Voting Days, Two Years After He Shortened Them

    Remember when Rick Scott shortened early voting days, and then denied a request to extend it by a whole day back in November when reports kept coming in that people were waiting up to 8 hours in line to vote? WELL, NEITHER DOES RICK SCOTT. Because he's your early voting champion now. And he made i ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    While Rick Scott Vetoes Tuition Hike, BroCo & PBC Get $11 Million In Pork Spending

    It's veto day! The happiest day of the year for Rick Scott, who, for a moment at least, can appear both judicious and magnanimous. On this day, he can decide, with one stroke of his mighty gubernatorial pen, which projects will net funding. And which will not. Rick Scott announced yesterday he'll ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Allen West as Rick Scott's Lieutenant Governor? We Say Yes!

    Rick Scott may have opened the door to what would be quite the dynamic duo of derpness at the top. Scott told a Tampa-area radio station that he would be cool with considering former Rep. Allen West as his next lieutenant governor. Actually, Scott basically just gave a polite answer when asked abou ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Texting and Driving Ban Passes Senate, Now Needs Gov. Rick Scott's Signature

    It's been beaten up, watered down and almost died a slow painful death, but it looks like the bill that will ban texting and driving in Florida is going to become a law as soon as Gov. Rick Scott signs it. See also: - Texting-and-Driving Ban May Be Dying a Slow Death Just days ago, it seemed as if ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    New Florida Law Will Speed Up Death Row Executions; Will Rick Scott Sign Bill?

    A defining moment of Rick Scott's political career is at hand, in a form no one would have predicted. New legislation concerning the death penalty is on its way to his desk. If he signs it, the Sunshine State may embark on an official killing spree. Florida has long stood out among the 50 states in ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Drone-Banning Bill Passes Florida Senate Unanimously

    Good news, everyone! It looks like it's going to be a little harder for the government to vaporize you with a drone, thanks to a 39-0 vote by the Florida Senate for SB 92. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Negron, who is the chamber's appropriations chair, the bill will keep local law enforcement officials fro ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Internet Cafés Are Officially Banned in Florida

    Gov. Rick Scott officially made internet cafés go kaput Wednesday afternoon, when he signed legislation that bans up to 1,000 internet gaming storefronts across the state. See also: -Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Has Resigned The new law is in large part thanks to Allied Veterans, an intern ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Rick Scott and Rick Perry Brought Their Comedy Show to Palm Beach

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought their zany comedy-duo routine to the Palm Beach Strategic Forum at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Monday when they both took the stage at the same time. It was like Lex Luthor and Montogmery Burns together in one room! The Ricks s ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Rick Scott Asks Court To Please Let Him Drug Test State Workers

    Rick Scott really, really, still very much wants people to pee into a cup randomly if he's going to give them financial help or let government workers keep getting a paycheck. Last month, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously ruled that an earlier ruling by a lower court to stop ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Huffington Post Totally Clueless About Rick Scott

    We get a lot of e-mails from Rick Scott. Like a lot. He never forgets his friendly neighborhood media, and he's always appointing someone to some bureaucracy somewhere. But two days ago, he hit us with this Huffington Post article that made everyone go, "Wuuuuuuhhhh"?? The article concerns how swe ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Rick Scott Would Lose to Charlie Crist by 16 Points, According to Latest Poll

    Rick Scott continues to be unliked by many amounts of people, despite the fact that he's changed his mind about things like Medicaid expansion and despite adding more early voting days and declaring his love for Florida panthers. The latest Quinnipiac University poll, released early Wednesday, ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Five Florida Politicians Who Hate Women: Happy International Women's Day!

    Today is National Women's Day! Yes, it's the one day of the year we allow the dames to come out of the kitchen or put the baby down so we can recognize them for all the lady things they do. We love you, ladies. You're real swell. But because it's enough already with asking to be paid the same sala ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Rick Scott Has His Drug Test Appeal Shot Down by Federal Court

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously ruled that a lower court's decision to halt the enforcement of Rick Scott's law that forced welfare recipients to take drug tests was good. Back in May 2011, Scott signed into law a bill requiring that Florida's TANF welfare recipients ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Rick Scott Dancing Nightmare Fuel

    Rick Scott stopped into an elementary school music class last week and then proceeded to dance a creepy jig as the students played their instruments. You can watch the video here. But we figured the above gif was a more appropriate way to properly ruin your President's Day nap. follow Chris Joseph ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Rick Scott Congratulating You On Your Newborn Baby Is Not Creepy In The Least

    Having a baby is many things: wonderful, scary, exuberant, life-affirming, and life-changing. Rick Scott wants to add "creepy as shit" to that list. Governor Voldemort has teamed up with Hallmark and several local hospitals to send cards to new moms with greetings, congratulations, and immuniz ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Dan Marino, Rick Scott, and Donald Trump Perform a Dramatic Reading of New Times' Biogensis Story

    The local personalities, egos, and public figures who swung through the news cycle this week, ranked by New Times' crack research department using a highly scientific algorithm (i.e., charting where all those 18 shell casings fell on Las Olas, then comparing with a map of the zodiac).

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    January 16, 2013

    Rick Scott Admits He Got Rid of His Dog Reagan After Winning the Election

    Yesterday the internet nearly broke in half when an exhaustive Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed that Rick Scott dumped his dog Reagan after publicly adopting him during his election campaign in 2010. At the time, Scott paraded the fact that he had adopted the dog and even had a name-the-dog c ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    State CFO Jeff Atwater Courts Glenn Beck Fans, Rick Scott

    It was not as thrilling as, perhaps, the sight of Dick Cheney on trial for war crimes, but Wednesday's meeting of the South Florida chapter of weepoid conspiracy monger Glenn Beck's 9-12 movement was quite the satisfying experience. This is particularly true because it comes under the looming shadow ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Rick Scott Is Knowingly Using Bad Math to Avoid Implementing Obamacare

    Remember when Rick Scott began to soften his stance against Obamacare and said there should be a conversation about it? Yea, scratch that. Scott did the math and well, the numbers just don't add up. So. No Obamacare for you, Florida! Oh. Sure. He still walks around like he's all hey I'd be totall ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Rick Scott's 2012? Surprisingly Awesome. Why He Deserves a Little Credit

    Several weeks ago, we made a terrible mistake, one that warranted immediate regret. We asked to start receiving Gov. Rick Scott's news releases. And then came a deluge of good news. If we hadn't known any better, we would have thought Rick Scott was doing something, well, not evil. Which brought ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Rick Scott's Approval Ratings Are "Just Plain Awful"

    It's official. Everyone pretty much thinks Rick Scott is crappy at his job. That, according to a new Quinnipiac poll that has a large number of people saying Governor Voldemort doesn't deserve a second term. (And that number includes GOPers!) Rick Scott has feverishly been trying to make people f ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Rick Scott Is Changing His Mind About Things, Part II: More Early Voting Days

    At first Rick Scott was all, NO EXTRA EARLY VOTING DAYS FOR OUR STATE, EVAR! And then everyone started to hate him and think he's awful because they realized he's a beady-eyed pustule with dumb GOPer agendas and an affinity to eat people's souls (allegedly!). But now, all of a sudden as if by magi ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Rick Scott Impeachment Petition Lands on White House Web Site

    Politicians have to be All-Pro when it comes to shouldering hits from the sideline about job performance and bungled expectations. But it's still got to be a little bit embarrassing when the electorate decides to trash your term in office on the White House's front steps, electronically speaking.&nb ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Rick Scott: State Workers to Get Christmas Eve Off

    Apparently nobody trolls Rick Scott quite like... Rick Scott.After the governor insisted he would reject any and all of Obama's health-care laws that come his way, he then turned around and changed his mind. Then, after suppressing the vote in November before the elections, he vowed that voting pro ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Rick Scott: ADT Will Bring 120 New Jobs to Boca Raton

    Rick Scott announced today that home and business security company, ADT, will be bringing 120 new jobs over the next two years in Boca Raton. Last month, Palm Beach County commissioners approved $184,000 in incentives to ADT. These new jobs will add to the nearly 700 ADT employees already based i ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Rick Scott Is Changing His Mind About Things, Part I: Health Care Overhaul

    At first Rick Scott was all, NO HEALTH CARE FOR OUR STATE, EVAR! And then everyone started to hate him because they realized he's a beady-eyed pustule with dumb GOPer agendas and an affinity to eat people's souls (allegedly!). But now, all of a sudden as if by magic and wonderment, Scott is changi ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Rick Scott Will Still Opt Out of Healthcare, Despite What Voters Said

    On Tuesday, Floridians went to the polls and voted against the state GOPer Legislature instilled amendment that would have banned government mandated health insurance requirements. Basically, had the amendment passed, it would have exempt Floridians from the Affordable Care Act. But it failed to p ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    I'm Embarrassed: Florida Still Up in the Air; Rick Scott Is to Blame

    It's almost 8 in the morning the day after the election and Florida still doesn't have a winner in the presidential election. People were still voting around 2 o'clock this morning. Is anyone else embarrassed?I hope Gov. Rick Scott is. And I hope he -- and his Republican majorities in the state Legi ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Rick Scott Denies Request to Extend Early Voting by One Day

    During the 2008 elections, early voting lines went long. So then-Gov. Charlie Christ extended early voting, allowing more people the chance to vote. That was pretty much when the Republicans started to hate him because a lot of them blamed Obama winning Florida on that move. Because everyone being a ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Rick Scott Doesn't Believe Mitt Romney Is Up By Seven in Florida

    Maybe it's because he's trying to temper expectations. Or, maybe it's because he doesn't want Republicans to get complacent and stop working. Or, maybe it's because he's naturally dickish and can't help himself. But Gov. Rick Scott doesn't believe the latest polls that say Mitt Romney is up by s ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Rick Scott Gave Out an Adult Phone Line Instead of Meningitis Hotline

    This might be the most Rick Scott thing ever. During a meeting of the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday, Scott stepped up to give an update on the fungal meningitis outbreak the state has recently been dealing with. But Scott screwed up and gave out the wrong number for the meningitis hotline, which was ... More >>

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