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Scott signs new funding for sexual assault services

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By | 04.27.12 | 3:39 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed new legislation today that will allocate $1.5 million to pay for relocation services for women who are victims of sexual battery. The bill’s signing comes in the wake of criticism of the governor over his veto of $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, a group that was going to pass along that funding to 30 rape crisis centers across the state.

TV stations around the state highlight loss of funding for local rape crisis centers

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By | 04.27.12 | 11:29 am

This week, in one of my last stories here at The Florida Independent, I wrote about Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to veto $1.5 million from the state’s $70 billion budget during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The money would have gone to rape crisis centers around the state.

Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional

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By | 04.26.12 | 11:21 am

A federal judge in Miami ruled today that Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order mandating that all state workers be randomly drug tested violates the Fourth Amendment rights of people employed by the state.

Rounding up reactions to the Supreme Court hearing on Arizona immigration crackdown

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By | 04.26.12 | 10:06 am

The Supreme Court of the United States, which heard arguments in the lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration enforcement law Wednesday, will not issue its decision until June, but opponents and supporters continue to argue the merits of the state’s crackdown.

Rubio calls for greater American involvement in Latin America

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By | 04.26.12 | 9:19 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke at the Brookings Institution Wednesday, discussing foreign policy and American leadership around the world and in the western hemisphere.

VIDEO: Scott asked about vetoed rape crisis center funding

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By | 04.25.12 | 3:30 pm

After The Florida Independent broke news on Monday that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million for Florida rape crisis centers during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the governor began discussing the elimination today — and he is fumbling his words.

Tampa rape crisis center issues open invitation to Gov. Scott

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By | 04.25.12 | 10:05 am

In response to Gov. Rick Scott’s line item veto stripping funding for 30 rape crisis centers around the state, a Tampa Bay center issued an open invitation to Scott yesterday.

Much at stake as Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona immigration crackdown

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By | 04.25.12 | 7:39 am

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the legality of four provisions contained in Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. Analysts on both side of this issue say the court’s eventual decision will affect the future of state immigration laws across the U.S.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Gov. Rick Scott

The future of Florida, Inc.: Gov. Rick Scott’s policy agenda

On the day Rick Scott became Florida’s chief executive, the Independent’s Travis Pillow laid out what to expect from the Sunshine State’s new governor.

The right-wing roots of Scott’s press strategy

Rick Scott’s 2010 campaign strategy, which mirrored that of many conservative candidates around the country that year, was rooted in the media maneuvers of right-wing movements, and Scott’s campaign in fact shared DNA with both the press management of the district attorney who prosecuted Kansas abortion provider George Tiller and the public relations company that promoted Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in the 2004 presidential campaign.

Rick Scott health care company accused of overbilling Medicare

Two weeks before Florida’s 2010 primary, new allegations of improper Medicare billing by Solantic, a health care company co-founded by Rick Scott, surfaced, in addition to charges made by former Solantic doctors that their names and licenses were used without their consent. Within hours of being pressed for answers by The Florida Independent, Solantic officials and Scott held hastily arranged press conferences to rebut the charges.

Lawsuits alleged a Rick Scott health care company engaged in serial discrimination

Rick Scott’s record as a businessman is controversial. He is famous for earning a fortune in for-profit hospitals, until he was ousted as head of the country’s largest hospital chain in 1997, during an investigation that led to a criminal indictment of the corporation for massive Medicare fraud. To rebound, in 2001, Scott launched Solantic, a statewide chain of walk-in clinics based in Jacksonville. From the beginning, Scott and Solantic were dogged by lawsuits that accused the chain of serial discrimination.

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