Florida Gov. Rick Scott News

Florida Commissioner McCarty May Have Survived Scott’s Ouster Bid

Florida’s insurance commissioner appears to have survived in his appointed post for now as a move by the state’s newly re-elected governor to oust him has failed to win support of the other state officials needed to make the change. …

Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty’s Reappointment in Doubt

Florida’s insurance regulator’s tenure could be coming to an end after more than a decade as the newly re-elected governor looks to shake up his administration by replacing the heads of state agencies. Rumors have been circulating that Insurance Commissioner …

Florida Gov. Scott Facing Rising Seas, Climate Change Politics

When Florida Governor Rick Scott won re-election Nov. 4, he triumphed over both his Democratic challenger and California billionaire Thomas Steyer, who spent $20 million painting him as a climate-change denier. Scott, a 61-year-old Republican who during the campaign deflected …

‘Fangate’ Stirs Florida Insurance Industry Fears Over Gubernatorial Election

If Florida’s insurance industry was looking for any certainty about the results of the looming governor’s race between Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, they didn’t find it after last week’s gubernatorial debate, which almost did not happen …

Florida Supreme Court Fate to Rest With Winner in Governor’s Race

If former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is elected governor as a Democrat in November, all seven state Supreme Court justices might be his appointments. If Republican Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, he could completely reshape the court that has frustrated …

Florida Gov. Scott Agrees to Meet with Climate Scientists

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said  his administration would be “happy to meet” with 10 scientists from Florida universities who want to talk about climate change, a subject he has been reluctant to address. A letter from the scientists was delivered …

Florida Gov. Scott to Veto 75 mph Speed Limit Bill

Responding to pleas from highway troopers and the state’s sheriffs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will veto a bill that could increase the speed limit on Florida highways from 70 to 75 mph. Scott said that he has …

Scott Still Trails Ex-Gov. Crist in Florida Gubernatorial Poll

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 8 points in a new poll. The poll by Quinnipiac University also found that 54 percent do not think Scott deserves a second term as governor and that 41 …

Florida’s Citizens Delays Launch of Clearinghouse

Florida’s state-backed property insurer officials announced they are delaying the launch of a new web-based clearinghouse in order to ensure it is working efficiently and to allow more private insurers to participate. Citizens Property Insurance President Barry Gilway told state …

Florida, Alabama Officials Back Mississippi’s Suit Over Flood Insurance

Florida and Alabama government officials have filed an amicus brief this week supporting the Mississippi insurance department’s lawsuit against the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program’s rate hike. “We are supporting Mississippi in their lawsuit against FEMA because the NFIP …