The Florida Independent

Teacher’s union says education budget keeps spending at 2007 levels

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By | 04.17.12 | 10:20 am

Gov. Rick Scott has said that the 2012-2013 state budget he will sign Tuesday, which includes a $1 billion increase for K-12 public education over the 2011 budget, is a significant investment, a statement the Florida Education Association disputes.

Obama, Romney and the importance of the Latino vote

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By | 04.16.12 | 9:29 am

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney discussed the importance of the Latino vote over the weekend.

Bill reorganizing state health department presented to Scott

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By | 04.13.12 | 4:05 pm

A bill that critics say will weaken Florida’s health department was presented to Gov. Rick Scott today.

USF Polytechnic decision coming soon

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By | 04.13.12 | 3:56 pm

Gov. Rick Scott has only eight days to decide whether to sign a bill that would split off USF Polytechnic into the state’s 12th university.

Report: Florida leads nation in campaign contributions to state party committees

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By | 04.13.12 | 12:58 pm

A new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics finds that Florida is No. 1 in the country for the amount of money that state party committees receive in campaign donations. More than $100 million in campaign contributions flooded the coffers of the Democratic and Republican Party committees during the 2009-2010 election cycle.

Tax Watch announces budget line-item veto recommendations

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By | 04.13.12 | 12:41 pm

Florida Tax Watch, a nonprofit critical of government spending, today released its list of recommendations of programs and spending it believes Gov. Rick Scott should veto in the state’s $70 billion budget.

West raises cash off comment about 80 House Democrats being communists

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By | 04.13.12 | 10:32 am

Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, is standing by comments he made during a town hall a few days ago, in which he claimed up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.

Big business continues to withdraw from American Legislative Exchange Council

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By | 04.13.12 | 10:28 am

A campaign launched by several progressive organizations has led eight major corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, where state legislators and business representatives meet to draft model legislation.

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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