HuffPo's Sam Stein: Rick Scott competes with Wisc.'s Scott Walker for 'most isolated GOP governor'

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…down in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott’s steadfast opposition to a national high-speed rail project has put him squarely on an island, with federal, state and even local officials all petitioning him to change course.

The latest chapter in the saga came on Tuesday, when leading Republican and Democratic state Senators formally sued the governor in Florida Supreme Court in an attempt to salvage the high-speed rail plans. Just hours later, the Court announced Scott had until noon on Wednesday to respond in kind. His office responded to the lawsuit (not the Court) with a statement from the governor declaring that his “position remains unchanged.”

And why not? Scott has, if anything, shown remarkable imperviousness to political pressure…Continue reading Sam Stein’s column here.

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