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Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.

    

    1. Aramis Ayala defends stance against death penalty: 'I did what I believe was proper'

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Aramis Ayala, the elected Orlando prosecutor who refuses to seek the death penalty, defended her actions Wednesday as she faced a flurry of hostile questions from Florida Supreme Court justices.

      Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala, far right, said she was "very well pleased" with her lawyer's case. "I violated no laws." [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
    2. Rick Scott appoints longtime ally Jimmy Patronis as Florida CFO

      State Roundup

      PANAMA CITY — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday picked close friend and supporter Jimmy Patronis to be Florida's next chief financial officer, a lucrative prize for loyalty that casts new light on Patronis' pro-business votes as a legislator and his support for higher electricity costs as a regulator.

      Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
    3. Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

      State Roundup

      WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

      State Senator Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton (left) and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran ranked on opposite sides of the spectrum in an analysis of support for open records. Galvano scored a B-minus and Corcoran scored a D-plus.
[Times file photo]
    4. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

      Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
    5. 'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

      Water

      To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.

      Three samples that were displayed by Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman at a public meeting on Waste Management's deep well injection proposal. The sample on the left is full of leachate from the Jackson County landfill, the stuff that would be injected into the well. The sample on the right shows leachate after it's been treated at a wastewater treatment plant. The one in the middle is tap water.
    6. Rick Scott eyes Patronis as CFO, but it may not help him in Panhandle

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next chief financial officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

      Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, left, is being considered by Gov. Rick Scott for the state’s chief financial officer. Patronis, seen with Scott in 2011, is considered one of the governor’s chief loyalists. (Associated Press)

    7. Security threats on voting system loom as Florida's elections officials gather in Polk County

      State Roundup

      DAVENPORT — Voting experts in Florida, the national epicenter of electoral suspense, have one concern above all others as they prepare for the 2018 election.

      Click. Cybersecurity.

      Ben Martin is chief operating officer of VR Systems, the Florida firm targeted by a Russian "phishing" attack in 2016. [Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
    8. Legislature's most interesting man is also its most contradictory

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — If he were being cast for a television commercial, House Speaker Richard Corcoran would likely win the part this year as "the most interesting man in Tallahassee."

      Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    9. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

      Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]
    10. 'Hollow victory?' Some lawmakers say new K-12 spending isn't enough

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized a new K-12 schools budget the Legislature approved for 2017-18 that would boost spending by $100 per student over this school year — calling the additional dollars a "hollow victory" and "not enough" to truly address public education.

      Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, debates the education portion of the budget bill during session on Friday. [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]