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Obama: This Is 'Still a Really Dangerous Hurricane'

600K without power in Florida

(Newser) - President Obama is echoing a meteorologist in warning that Hurricane Matthew is no joke. This is "still a really dangerous hurricane," Obama said Friday, per the AP . He urged people not to be complacent after early headlines suggesting the storm isn't as bad expected, noting that people... More »

'Highly Unusual' Travel Advisory Issued as Florida Gets 10 New Zika Cases

All are in one neighborhood north of Miami

(Newser) - The "good" news is that the only spot in the US where mosquitoes are believed to be transmitting the Zika virus continues to be one small neighborhood north of downtown Miami. The bad news is that more people have been infected. Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced that 10... More »

RNC Crowd Resumes Unofficial Slogan: 'Lock Her Up'

Chant breaks out frequently

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the third night of the Republican National Convention with a speech that invoked the Orlando massacre, one in which he called Donald Trump the better candidate to fight terrorism at home. Scott also labeled Hillary Clinton a failure, which gave the crowd an opportunity... More »

'Guacamole-Thick' Algae Causes Florida Emergency

'The smell is so bad it will make you gag,' one local resident says

(Newser) - Beaches are closed in South Florida, where a massive algae bloom has caused water to turn bright green and Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in four counties—Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, and Palm Beach—over Wednesday and Thursday, reports Weather.com . Health officials are telling people... More »

Woman Chews Out Florida Governor at Starbucks

And it gets caught on video

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped for coffee at the wrong Starbucks on Tuesday. A woman in the Gainesville store spotted him and gave him a pretty fantastic chewing-out, most of which was caught on video . After ripping him for cutting Medicaid and not caring about the working class, she shouted,... More »

Florida Revamping Death Penalty to Reboot Executions

Bill sent to governor requires a 10-2 jury vote for judge to OK execution

(Newser) - In January, the US Supreme Court ruled that the way Florida's death penalty was carried out was unconstitutional. Now, in reaction to that decision, the state is overhauling its system, with the Florida Legislature sending a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that would mandate at least 10 out of... More »

Florida Orders Military Recruiters Out of Storefronts

Gov. Rick Scott says they'll work from local armories for protection

(Newser) - Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida National Guard recruiters today to work from nearby armories in the wake of the attacks in Tennessee . In an executive order, the Republican governor said he wants recruiters to move from six storefront locations into armories until state officials can evaluate and make security improvements,... More »

Florida to Workers: Don't Say 'Climate Change'

'Nuisance flooding' suggested instead of 'sea-level rise'

(Newser) - At Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, employees whose jobs include preparing for the effects of climate change and sea-level rise say life got a little tougher after Rick Scott took office in 2011 and the use of terms like "climate change," "global warming," and "... More »

Governors: Scott Walker, Rick Scott Win; Wendy Davis Loses

Charlie Crist's comeback falls short

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not hand his job back to former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Republican Scott fended off the challenge from Republican-turned-Democrat Crist tonight in one of the higher-profile races of the 36 gubernatorial contests on the ballot. Elsewhere, Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated Mary Burke to keep... More »

Florida Governor Almost Calls Off Debate Over Fan

Heated debate gets off to bizarre start

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott almost called off his debate with Democratic challenger Charlie Crist last night over a fan—and not the kind that would want the Republican's autograph. At the start of the debate, Scott refused to come out for at least six minutes because Crist had an... More »

GOP Governors Are Coming Around on ObamaCare

How lobbying, politics are making them change their tune

(Newser) - Rick Scott's stunning about-face on expanding Medicaid in Florida made him the seventh Republican governor to back the ObamaCare provision, a trend delighting the law's supporters, the New York Times observes today. "I think this means the dominoes are falling," says the head of one consumer... More »

Big Reversal: Florida Gov. Backs Key Part of ObamaCare

Scott now supports expansion of Medicaid

(Newser) - ObamaCare scored a big surprise victory today thanks to one of its most strident critics, reports Politico . Florida Gov. Rick Scott reversed himself and backed an expansion of Medicaid in the state, reports the Tampa Bay Times , which calls it an "amazing policy reversal." Scott said the death... More »

Rick Scott Unwittingly Becomes Satanist Hero

Satanists like his support for 'inspirational messages' in school

(Newser) - When Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved a Senate bill allowing students to read inspirational messages at school assemblies and sports events, he probably wasn't expecting to get the Satanists on his side. But that's exactly what happened, as the Satanic Temple is championing the bill as a "... More »

After Clamoring for Recount, Allen West Losing Harder

Meanwhile, Dems accuse Gov. Rick Scott of interfering in race

(Newser) - It looks pretty clear at this point that Tea Party favorite Allen West did not win re-election to his House seat in Florida, but he's not giving up—and now, Democrats say, even Gov. Rick Scott has interfered in the race, WPTV reports. The Florida secretary of state—who... More »

Oops: Fla. Gov Accidentally Promotes Phone Sex No.

He meant to give out a meningitis hotline

(Newser) - Here's today's face-palm moment, courtesy of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who helpfully, unintentionally, and hysterically promoted the phone number for an adult hotline during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet yesterday, reports WSUF . He apparently got his digits mixed up when trying to direct Floridians to the hotline... More »

Florida Nixes 2 ObamaCare Features

Gov. Rick Scott says state can't foot the bill

(Newser) - And then there were three: Florida will join Wisconsin and Louisiana in refusing to implement two features of the Affordable Care Act, said Gov. Rick Scott yesterday, stating that Florida does not have the money to expand Medicaid or to create a private insurance exchange, reports Reuters . The Medicaid expansion... More »

Romney to Florida: Hush Up on the Great Jobs News

Sources say campaign feels Rick Scott's good news is off message

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been touting the Sunshine State's sunny jobs news—and the Romney campaign would like his forecast to get a little cloudier, two sources tell Bloomberg . Scott's re-election campaign recently boasted that Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 8.6% in May from 8.... More »

Florida Gov Slams Feds' Lawsuit Against Voter Purges

Rick Scott: 'It doesn't make any sense'

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is showing no signs of backing off his showdown with the federal government, giving Fox & Friends today an earful over the feds' lawsuit to stop the Sunshine State's noncitizen voter purges . "We want to make sure that our voters get to vote and... More »

Feds Suing Florida Over Voter Purge

...while Florida sues feds over denied access to database

(Newser) - The Department of Justice is taking Florida's Board of Elections to court for disregarding its warnings and continuing to purge its voter lists . Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez has told Florida officials that the state's attempt to purge people it believes are noncitizens from the rolls needs to... More »

Tampa Paper to Gov. Scott: You're Like George Wallace

Editorial: Stop the Florida voter purge

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Times today calls on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to stop the state's controversial purge of voters , but the editorial is most notable for what accompanies it: a 1963 photo of Gov. George Wallace trying to stop blacks from enrolling at the University of Alabama. It asks... More »

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