Gov. Rick Scott

The Governor's Race
2:25 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Scott, Crist Tied on Eve of Election Day

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, right, hugs his running mate Annette Taddeo, as he arrives for campaign event at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, Monday in Miami. At left is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 1:14 pm

The race between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, remains essentially tied as the campaign enters its final day.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed Crist had 42 percent of the vote to Scott's 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie had 7 percent with 9 percent undecided.

A Quinnipiac poll last week showed Crist with a 43-40 lead.

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Politics
9:23 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Election Eve In Florida

The finger-pointing and mudslinging almost is over. There is an end to the negative ads. Floridians will choose their next governor and it's safe to say that man already has served as governor. And he has served as a Republican. 

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Politics
10:08 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Crunch Time For Scott And Crist, Plus Pam Bondi's Lobbyists

Credit Peter Andrew Bosch (Crist), Emily Michot (Scott)/ Miami Herald Staff

It’s down to the final days of the 2014 campaign.

Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist make last minute pitches as more than one million Floridians already have voted.

But this is Florida. And this is an extremely tight race for governor. What will happen if there’s a recount?

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scott Defends Order on Ebola Monitoring

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:16 am

Gov. Rick Scott defended his decision to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-affected countries, saying Monday it's "the right thing to do" to protect Floridians. 

Appearing beside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a campaign event in Wellington, Scott said his executive order would ensure that the state wards off an outbreak and goes beyond actions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I want to make sure that ... we don't do what CDC did — they got behind," he said. "We're not going to get behind. We're going to be prepared."

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Politics
2:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gov. Scott Tries to Drive Up Turnout in Bus Tour of State

Governor Rick Scott urges attendees of a rally in Gainesville to vote early and to encourage others to do the same. The stop was one of many on a "Get Out the Early Vote" bus tour on October 28th

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:33 am

He seemed more at ease here, speaking to a crowd of about 100 to 150 supporters, than he does in major speeches or even press conferences in Tallahassee. Gov. Rick Scott --- light blue shirt sleeves rolled up --- implored people to vote, early if possible.

"I tell people all the time, this election is not about Charlie Crist or Rick Scott," he said Tuesday. "It's about you. What do you want? Do you want more jobs, or do you want less jobs?"

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Newscast
6:26 am
Tue October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014: Pundits Say Florida Governor's Race Too Close To Call

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
7:16 am
Thu October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014: Governor's Race Too Close To Call, FLA AG Warns About Ebola Scams

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
6:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014: Crist, Scott Combative In Final Debate Before Election Day

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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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.
Credit MARC CAPUTO MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM

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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