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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.]

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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.



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.



Gov. Rick Scott, Solantic and conflict of interest: What’s the deal? by Melissa Gridley

By Kris Hundley, Times Staff Writer

If you have a $62 million investment, representing the biggest single chunk of your $218 million in wealth, and you put it in a trust under your wife’s name, does that mean you’re no longer involved in the company?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says it does.

Read the full text at tampabay.com.



Huffington Post Asks, “Are Floridians Getting Wise to Scott?” by Melissa Gridley

Floridians Are Maybe Starting To Understand Their Governor Is A Grifter

by Jason Linkins, via HuffPost Politics

Despite his being best known as a cartoon villain fraudster who bilked Medicare and incurred a record-setting fine from authorities, Florida Governor Rick Scott outspent and outgunned his primary opponent Bill McCollum and then slipped past Democratic challenger Alex Sink in the 2010 GOP wave.

And now, after three months in office, he’s become the very face of buyer’s remorse:

A PPP poll of registered voters released today shows that in a hypothetical re-do of last year’s gubernatorial election, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) would lose to Democrat Alex Sink by a nearly 20-point margin, 56%-37%. Scott won a squeaker of an election last year, edging out Sink by about one point.

Eye-popping as those figures are on their own, they get even starker when you start making comparisons.

Read the full text at HuffPost Politics.

Ed. Note: Some of us knew it all along, Jason. But it doesn’t make us feel any better.



Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Gov. Rick Scott’s rulemaking freeze by Recall Rick Scott
March 30, 2011, 1:55 PM
Filed under: Corruption, Florida, Government, Greed, Politics, Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott’s rulemaking freeze has been challenged in court as unconstitutional.
By Janet Zink
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE — A blind woman from Miami seeking to reapply for food stamps has filed a petition in the Florida Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Rick Scott’s rule-making freeze. The freeze was one of Scott’s first acts as governor, included in an executive order signed less than an hour after his Jan. 4 inauguration.

It’s the second lawsuit filed in the Florida Supreme Court this month charging that Scott has exceeded his power. The first came from state Sens. Sens. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, over Scott’s decision to reject federal money for high-speed rail. The court rejected that suit.

Read more at the Miami Herald website.