Gov. Rick Scott kicks journalists out of House chamber; practices for State of the State in private

MIAMI HERALD BLOG

March 3, 2014

By: Tia Mitchell

UPDATE: Here are more details on the State of the State rehearsal dustup.

The governor had reserved the House Chambers for a block of time Monday afternoon to practice his State of the State speech. The governor refused to start practicing his address while members of the media were watching and . . . → Read More: Gov. Rick Scott kicks journalists out of House chamber; practices for State of the State in private

Fla. governor and AG sued over public records

WINK News

Published:Nov 25, 2013 6:26 PM EST

Updated:Nov 25, 2013 6:26 PM EST

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A persistent critic of Gov. Rick Scott filed lawsuits on Monday accusing top Florida officials of flouting the state’s public records laws by failing turn over emails and other documents.

The lawsuits contend the Scott administration altered calendars of one top aide, . . . → Read More: Fla. governor and AG sued over public records

Scott: Bondi asked to delay execution, didn’t say why

By: Steve Bousquet        Miami Herald

Sep. 9, 2013

 

Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Monday that he agreed with Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to delay the upcoming execution of a murderer because it conflicted with her campaign kickoff in Tampa on Tuesday evening. But Scott told reporters he did it as a courtesy and did not know the reason . . . → Read More: Scott: Bondi asked to delay execution, didn’t say why

Rick Scott’s ‘not a public record’ plan for a six-block park as his Tallahassee legacy

Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:25am

Some governors left bronze statues behind. Others contributed a library or a sunroom to the Governor’s Mansion.

Gov. Rick Scott envisions a legacy that would create Governor’s Park, across a six block by three and a half block area in downtown Tallahassee.

The boundaries of the proposal are contained . . . → Read More: Rick Scott’s ‘not a public record’ plan for a six-block park as his Tallahassee legacy

Clouding government transparency

By TBO.COM | Staff
Published: December 10, 2012

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders always insist they are out to protect taxpayers, but they are jeopardizing a program that would empower taxpayers to fight government waste and excess.

A budget-tracking computer program has been developed that would enable citizens to detect such expenditures as the luxurious “Taj Mahal” courthouse and other . . . → Read More: Clouding government transparency

Gov. Rick Scott’s ‘Sunburst’ email project frustrates advocates of open government

By Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
In Print: Friday, November 30, 2012

TALLAHASSEE — Bad news and controversy are routine in the vast state government under Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s control. But don’t look for clues in Project Sunburst, Scott’s program for email transparency.

That’s because Scott doesn’t use email as a primary form of communication, and neither does his . . . → Read More: Gov. Rick Scott’s ‘Sunburst’ email project frustrates advocates of open government

Count and accountability

Under Gov. Rick Scott, Florida has ramped up its efforts to use tax incentives, and in some cases cash subsidies, to lure businesses to the state and boost job growth.
After misses like the Redpine fiasco in Bay County, state officials say they are committed to a more-stringent vetting process to ensure public dollars are going only . . . → Read More: Count and accountability

Letter: Scott’s privatization effort tries to exclude voters from deliberations

Pat Giancola, Vero Beach

Letter: Scott’s privatization effort tries to exclude voters from deliberation.

I received an email today from Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO mobilization coordinator informing me of two pieces of legislation that the governor and his cronies are trying to pass regarding privatization of state services without any review.

I find it appalling that legislators want to . . . → Read More: Letter: Scott’s privatization effort tries to exclude voters from deliberations

Palm Beach Post: Reopen governor’s office; let new gatekeeper have new attitude

EDITORIAL

Gov. Scott has named a new director of his Office of Open Government, a department that in the early days of his administration seemed a misnomer but lately has gotten better marks from journalists and open-government advocates. Bonnie Hazelton will be responsible for providing the best public access to government records, but to deliver she must . . . → Read More: Palm Beach Post: Reopen governor’s office; let new gatekeeper have new attitude

Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

EDITORIAL

Gaetz, of Niceville, near Pensacola in the Panhandle, is laying his power on the line to make an important point.

That point is that emails are public records, just like paper files, and they are to be protected and stored for public inspection — even during transitions of power from one governor to the next.

Gaetz’s legislation to . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida