Gov. Rick Scott

Politics
4:58 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Final Gubernatorial Debate Might Lack Controversy

The final gubernatorial debate takes place at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville.
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Governor Rick Scott and opponent Charlie Crist will debate Tuesday for the final time before the Nov. 4 election.

CNN will host both candidates at the WJXT-TV studios in Jacksonville.

Co-moderator Jake Tapper, from CNN's "The Lead," says unlike the debate last week at Broward College in Davie, this debate will take place in a space with no audience and few reporters.

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Newscast
6:18 am
Tue October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott Campaign Ahead of Final Debate

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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The Governor's Race
6:45 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Republicans Try To Turn Out Early Votes In Miami

Gov. Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio urged GOP voters to cast their ballots early.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

It’s about two weeks until voters choose the next governor of Florida.

Absentee votes started being counted last week. And today is the start of early voting in South Florida. Other counties will follow soon.

It’s why Gov. Rick Scott and a slate of Republican candidates met at a Miami park next to a polling place Monday – to cast their early votes and encourage others to do the same.

The race between Republican Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist is tight. Scott says the first votes cast could be the difference in the end.

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Business
12:22 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Medicine, Money & Marijuana

Boston ferns grow under one of Alpha Foliage's 80 acre shade houses in Homestead. Alpha is one of the more than six dozen Florida nurseries that may qualify to grow medical marijuana.
Credit Tom Hudson

John Demott has been growing palm trees, hibiscus flowers, ferns and any number of plants from the rocky South Dade County soil for more than 40 years. He never traveled to Tallahassee for a Florida legislative hearing until this spring, when Florida lawmakers were considering legalizing a certain kind of marijuana for a limited number of diseases.

Lawmakers did approve the bill and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law in June, making growing pot legal in Florida, but with lots of rules.

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It's All Politics
3:16 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

A Guide To Third-Party Candidates

Florida Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie told the Miami Herald, "I'm a middle-class guy. I face the same problems that Floridians are facing. I'm not living in an ivory castle like Rick Scott and Charlie Crist."
Brendan Farrington AP

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:29 pm

Third-party candidates are often written off as long shots or unrealistic. But this November, observers are expecting them to do better than usual.

Polls show voters are tired of both parties. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, that could be creating an opening for third-party candidates in statewide elections.

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Politics
11:57 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Florida Roundup: The Debate That Almost Wasn't

Gubernatorial candidates caused a nationwide stir when Rick Scott delayed their debate start due a fan Charlie Crist had at his podium.
Credit Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Governor Rick cott and former Governor Charlie Crist met for their second debate this week, but only after a delay over one candidate cooling down hot air.

Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the Florida Supreme Court to decide if same-sex couples can get married here.

And in college football, police and amateur athletes on campus are under scrutiny at Florida State.

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Newscast
6:23 am
Fri October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014: Fallout Over FanGate Continues, Anthony Bosch Pleads Guilty

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
6:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014: FanGate Dominates Second Charlie Crist-Rick Scott Debate

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
6:46 am
Wed October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014: Rick Scott And Charlie Crist Prepare For Second Gubernatorial Debate

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Politics
6:22 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Florida Governor's Race: Familiar Faces, Big Money, Brutal Ads

Democrat Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida (left), and Rick Scott, the current Republican governor of Florida, listen to the moderators during a gubernatorial debate on Friday. The two are facing off in a tight race that's fueling a barrage of negative campaign ads.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 9:42 am

Florida is home to the most expensive race in the country this midterm election — one of the nation's closest and nastiest gubernatorial contests.

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Governor's Race
8:38 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Chris Christie Doesn't Want You To Think Rick Scott Can Debate Charlie Crist And Win

GOVERNORS: Campaigning for Rick Scott, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Scott opponent Charlie Crist is probably the better debater.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday will meet his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, for the first of three October debates.

And Crist, of course, will mop the floor with Florida's Republican governor. Says who? Says Scott's new best friend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The chairman of the Republican Governors Association. That's who.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Scott and Crist Using the Same Ponzi Scammer in Commercials: A PolitiFact-Check

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 12:30 pm

The battle for the Florida governor's office is fully engaged now.  

And, oddly, both Republican Governor Rick Scott and his challenger, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, appear to be using some of the same ammunition.

Both the Republican Party of Florida and the Crist campaign have recently cited convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in ads slamming their opponent.

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The Florida Roundup
3:43 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Florida Roundup: Poll Shows Gubernatorial Race Is A Close Call

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On the Florida Roundup: the close race between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, and what the price tag is for each candidate's campaign.

Also, about three dozen guards were fired by the Florida Department of Corrections, accused of misconduct in the deaths of inmates.

Miami Vice, the popular '80s cop show, turns 30 this year. Host Tom Hudson is joined by journalists Gary Fineout, Jim Turner, Julie Brown, Tim Padgett and Howard Cohen. 

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Newscast
6:22 am
Thu September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014: New Poll Gives Gov. Rick Scott A Slight Lead Over Charlie Crist

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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School Supplies
1:25 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Miami-Dade Teachers Still Waiting On School Supply Debit Cards

Miami-Dade teachers are still waiting to use $281 state-funded debit cards for school supplies. The school district said they wanted to wait until they knew which teachers would last through the school year.
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Miami-Dade teachers are still waiting to cash in their $281 debit cards for supplies -- six weeks into the school year.

Gov. Rick Scott pushed the state-funded cards last year. Lawmakers said they intended the cards to be used prior to the school year.

"Basically it’s an issue of making sure that the teachers who spend the money will be the teachers who spend the year in the classrooms," said Miami Herald education reporter Christina Veiga.

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