Recall Rick Scott


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.



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.



How Many Ways Can Rick Scott Screw Up Florida? Let’s Count Together! by Recall Rick Scott
March 30, 2011, 9:36 PM
Filed under: Florida, Government, Politics, Rick Scott, State Legislature, Uncategorized

From Mother Jones’ Offbeat Politics: This Week in Zany Florida Republicans
— By Adam Weinstein | Wed Mar. 30, 2011 1:32 PM PDT
In recent weeks, we’ve detailed the hilarity that ensues when tea partiers decide to dismantle the protections of government that had been assembled by Democrats and Republicans alike in this, the fourth-largest state in the union. Included in the fun:

  • an inane winding-down of the public-school system;
  • a Medicaid coup that will benefit the governor’s business interests;
  • mandatory drug testing that also will benefit the governor’s business interests, assuming it’s not ruled unconstitutional;
  • the governor going against law-enforcement officers to ban a database that prevents drug fraud;
  • the GOP plotting to rule over the Florida legislature until at least 2018;
  • the governor having trouble counting past nine, while shafting state employees;
  • said governor professing his undying love of Wal-Mart, again and again and again;
  • and, of course, GOP legislators standing up for truth, justice, and the inalienable right of homeowners to avoid inspections on their septic tanks.

But wait! There’s more!



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.



Civil Rights Group Says Rick Scott Violated The Voting Rights Act With New Restrictions On Felons by Recall Rick Scott
March 29, 2011, 10:11 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, Rick Scott reintroduced Florida to Jim Crow-style voting laws, which essentially disenfranchise a large percentage of African Americans and just so happen to boost Scott’s chances at reelection.

Read the full article at the Broward/Palm Beach New Times blog.