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Rick Scott releases excerpts of RGA speech for Monday night

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Gov. Rick Scott has released excerpts of his prepared remarks for Monday night’s Republican Governor’s Association’s Executive Roundtable Reception and Dinner in Orlando. “Expected attendees include around 30 Republican governors from all across the country, including new incoming governors,” said Melissa Stone, spokeswoman for Let’s Get to Work, Scott’s political committee, and his former chief of staff. The unedited excerpts are below: “The most striking part about this election is how the pundits and the so-called ‘experts’ inside the beltway had already…

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Candidates use Rick Scott’s praise to try to boost their primary chances

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Some state Senate candidates may be getting a little boost from Gov. Rick Scott. Ritch Workman in Senate District 17 and Kathleen Passidomo in Senate District 28 have released advertisements featuring Scott. In both of the ads, Scott is shown touting their accomplishments. “When Gov. Scott needed a big job done, he called in the Workman,” an announcer says in a 30-second spot for Workman. “He’s one of the hardest working members of the Florida Legislature, and I got to work closely with him when we…

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Retailers, health care gives Rick Scott committee big boost in August

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The political committee backing Gov. Rick Scott has raised $135,000 in the second week of August, according to newly filed reports. Since Aug. 6, “Let’s Get to Work” brought in $50,000 apiece from Sovereign Healthcare Disbursements and Wal-Mart, with an additional $25,000 coming from the Florida Retail Federation and $10,000 coming from Bradenton-based BI Services. The income was offset by just $3,500 in expenditures between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, including $1,882 in printing expenses to Gandy Printers and $1,565…

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Donald Trump at 47%, Hillary Clinton at 45%, says new poll tied to Rick Scott’s committee

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Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in Florida, 47 percent to 45 percent, with 8 percent undecided, in a new OnMessage poll released on Monday. The group is tied to Rick Scott’s PAC, Let’s Get to Work, and appears to skew more conservative than similar polls. Both candidates are underwater in terms of their personal approval ratings, with Trump at 43/54 percent, and Clinton 42/55 percent. The survey is a rare one in Florida that shows Rick Scott with a positive approval…

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Let’s Get to Work raises $145K in May

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The political committee backing Gov. Rick Scott continued to boost its coffers in May, raising more than $144,000 in the one-month fundraising period. State records show “Let’s Get to Work“ — the political committee that fueled Scott’s 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial campaigns — raised $145,100 in May. Since January, the political committee has raise more than $1.4 million. The committee received a $50,000 contribution from The GEO Group; several $10,000 donations, including ones from the Ferber Company, the Jacksonville Jaguars,…

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Joe Henderson: Rick Scott may have been right rejecting high-speed rail

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One of Rick Scott’s first acts as Florida’s governor was to reject Washington’s “gift” of $2.4 billion for a high-speed train running between Tampa and Orlando. Scott was panned by many for turning down the feds, but he stood firm because he said the plan could end up costing taxpayers here at least $1 billion more. “As you know, my background is in business, not politics.  But you don’t have to be an economics expert to understand that if you…

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Let’s Get to Work adds another $70K so far in May

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Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee, Let’s Get to Work, brought in $70,100 in contributions during the first two weeks of the month. The contributions came in through just five contributions, with $50,000 of that money coming from the political committee of prison contractor the GEO Group, which operates many detention centers across the country the, including Broward Transitional Facility. Also contributing were telecom company Motorola Solutions, which gave $7.500, and the company’s CEO Gregory Brown, who wrote a check for…

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