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Gov. Scott’s Education Adviser in D.C. Test Score Scandal by Melissa Gridley

By Ralph De La Cruz, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

These days, everything seems to be coming apart for Gov. Rick Scott.

Even his once-vaunted appointment of Michelle Rhee as his education adviser seems … well … unfortunate. Rhee, one of the stars of the film Waiting for Superman is a proponent of the corporatization of education — you know, the movement to fire and financially squeeze teachers, tie pay to test scores, and move schools toward privatization.

Today, Rhee’s very integrity is in question. Something to do with … how to put it? Cheating.

[Read the full text of De La Cruz’s article here or check out the USA Today article that started it all.]


Keys Group Pissed at Scott, Sends Him Urine by Melissa Gridley
April 5, 2011, 10:42 AM
Filed under: Florida, Government, Politics, Protests, Rick Scott | Tags: , , ,

By Todd Wright

When people in the Keys say they are pissed off at Gov. Rick Scott, they really mean it.

A new political action group started to combat Scott’s new drug testing policy for government employees plans on sending the new governor a jar full of urine to save officials the trouble of traveling south.

Read the rest of Keys Group Pissed at Scott, Sends Him Urine.

Honorary Conchs give back honor, citing Scott by Melissa Gridley
April 3, 2011, 8:49 AM
Filed under: Florida, Government, Politics, Protests, Rick Scott

Saturday, April 02, 2011 08:30 AM EDT

In a symbolic sign of protest, two Keys residents on Wednesday returned their honorary Conch certificates to Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers’ office the day after she presented one to Gov. Rick Scott during the annual Florida Keys Day in Tallahassee.

Conch certificates say, among other things, that the holder of one is a “clear-thinking kindred soul eminently worthy to be an honorary Conch and citizen of the fabulous Florida Keys.”

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GOP’s lies about jobs unchallenged by Democrats by Melissa Gridley
April 3, 2011, 8:44 AM
Filed under: Budget cuts, Government, Politics, Rick Scott, Unemployment

Robert Reich, © 2011 Robert Reich

Florida Gov. Rick Scott touts corporate tax cuts, while the state's schools face $3 billion in spending reductions.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been telling this whopper over and over again, in one form or another: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”

It’s not true. Cutting the deficit will create fewer jobs. Less government spending reduces overall demand.

This is particularly worrisome when, as now, consumers and businesses are still holding back. Fewer government workers have paychecks to buy stuff from other Americans, some of whom in turn will lose their jobs without enough customers.

But truth doesn’t seem to matter. Republicans apparently believe that if big lies like this are repeated often enough, people start to believe them. Unless, that is, those big lies are repudiated – and big truths are told in their place.

Read more of Robert Reich’s article at the SFGate website.

Even Scott Fans Can’t Justify His Actions by Melissa Gridley

Drug Testing State Employees is a Big-Government Boondoggle

Published Sunday, April 3, 2011 3:00 am
by Dennis Maley, The Bradenton Times

I have been very fair to Rick Scott thus far, in reminding readers that most of his actions were exactly what the governor promised on the campaign trail, so unless they were part of the minority of Floridians who did not vote for him (or among the nearly half of eligible voters who didn’t bother to vote, and in my book have little room to complain), they are getting their product as advertised.

Rick Scott the candidate told you he was going to deregulate every industry he could. Rick Scott the governor has followed through. Ditto for land development, Medicaid privatization and education. We’re getting what was sold to us. However, it didn’t take long for the governor to start pushing the sort of hypocrisy-ridden policies that advance special interests, while going against his purported ideological beliefs. This is where all Floridians have a right to call him on it.

There is no evidence of ramped drug use among people on public assistance in our state. In fact, more than a decade ago Florida embarked on a costly program to drug test public assistance recipients, spending millions of dollars to learn that the epidemic of the drug-using welfare check casher didn’t exist.

Read the rest at The Bradenton Times website.

Caregivers: Rick Scott’s cuts to disabled services ‘may break our backs’ by Melissa Gridley

By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered deep cuts Thursday to programs that serve tens of thousands of residents with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

Though a range of state services face cuts from this year’s Legislature, the governor invoked his emergency powers to order the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities to immediately roll back payments to group homes and social workers by 15 percent — an amount providers say could put them out of business and threaten their clients’ safety.

Read full text at the Orlando Sentinel.

Gov. Rick Scott is least popular governor in the country by Melissa Gridley

The State Column | Staff | April 1, 2011

According to the latest poll, Florida governor Rick Scott is the least popular governor in the nation.

After just three months in office, Mr. Scott, a Republican, is facing a major backlash from voters. If he stood for re-election today, he would likely lose by a landslide, according to research released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling.

Read full text at The State Column website.