Even Californians Are Attacking Rick Scott's Environmental Record

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Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager billionaire from California, has decided to pour millions into a campaign to remind Floridians that Rick Scott has been terrible to the environment.

Steyer's super PAC, NextGen Climate, is going strong to the hoop with attack ads targeting Scott and his environmental record, as well as his money-tied relationships with oil interests and energy companies like Duke Energy -- the company that charged millions of Floridians for a nuclear power plant project that never actually happened.

All this while Scott finally decided to meet with Florida scientists to discuss his climate-change stance.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

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Rick Scott Suddenly Cares About the Environment

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Gov. Rick "I'm No Scientist" Scott is suddenly all about helping the environment, after spending four years pretty much ruining it.

During a campaign stop in Martin County on Monday, Scott is expected to pledge hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental programs, if we completely ignore how he's screwed the environment in the first term and elect him for a second term.

Particularly, he's pledging to spend $500 million to springs restoration, according to the Associated Press. You might be shocked to know that he pledged a similar amount to springs restoration before. But thanks to this new fangled thing called the Internet, we're able to learn that Scott never came through with that promise the first time around, all while his administration has been pretty much gutting Florida's environmental protection programs.

See also: Rick Scott's Cuts Dilute Water Laws

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Rick Scott Met by Protesters at GEO Group Fundraiser (Video)

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Rick Scott attended the fundraiser held in his honor by GEO Group CEO George Zoley on Monday evening, but not before being met by a bevy of protesters.

People from Florida for All, the Dream Defenders and Dreamers Moms, as well as other protesters unaffiliated with the group, gathered outside the fundraiser carrying signs calling Scott out on his relationship with the CEO of one of the worst private prisons in the U.S.

Zoley, a longtime Scott supporter and campaign contributor, hosted a $10,000 gala in his Boca home.

See also: Rick Scott Fundraiser Being Hosted by GEO Group CEO

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Rick Scott Fundraiser Being Hosted by GEO Group CEO (UPDATED)

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Update: See also: Rick Scott Met by Protesters at GEO Group Fundraiser (Video)

Original post: Rick Scott is in Boca all day Monday, kicking off something called Jobs for the Next Generation tour. And while he's in town talking jobs and tax cuts, he'll also be attending a big-money gala in his honor hosted by the CEO of what many say is the worst private prison in the country.

George Zoley is the CEO of GEO Group, a famously notorious private prison that, among other things, has had federal inspectors discover too few guards on duty at one particular facility with reports of guards being stabbed, bitten, punched, and kicked by inmates and GEO doing very little about it. GEO also owns a facility in Broward that has been the site of a hunger-strike protest over poor treatment of immigrants who are held there.

GEO is also the same company that almost got to put its name on FAU's football stadium, which prompted students and media to nickname the field Owlcatraz.

See also: Vigil at GEO Group CEO's Boca Raton Home Tonight on Behalf of Immigrant Hunger Strikers

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Florida Scientists Want to Chat With Rick Scott About Climate Change

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We're no scientist. But you know who is? Scientists. And a group of them has written Gov. Rick Scott about his noncommittal stance on man-made climate change.

Scott has been wishy-washy on the issue, and whenever he's been pressed about it, he has inexplicably decided to go the Marco Rubio route of exclaiming, "I'm no scientist."

He's done this at least twice, but now ten scientists, including professors from the University of Miami, Florida State, and Florida International University, have penned and signed a letter asking for a sitdown with the guv so they can explain that climate change is indeed man-made and that even nonscientist policymakers like Scott can understand it.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

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Rick Scott Signs In-State Tuition Bill for Undocumented Students

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott signed the DREAM Act bill into law, which will allow in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants in Florida.

According to the bill, undocumented immigrants must meet a certain number of conditions to qualify that include attending a secondary school for at least three straight years before graduating from a Florida high school. After graduating high school, the law gives the student 24 months to apply to a college.

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Rick Scott Reminds People That He's No Scientist When Asked About Manmade Climate Change

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Two weeks after telling reporters he's not a scientist, Rick Scott reminded reporters on Tuesday that... he's no scientist!

Scott had made a stop in Miami on Tuesday when he was asked about the impact of manmade climate change.

"I'm not a scientist," he said, per the Miami Herald. He then tried to deflect the question by talking about his environmental record, which is probably not the hottest idea. But you can't blame him for that since, as he continues to remind us, he's not a scientist.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

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Rick Scott's Ads Are Getting Weird

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Over the years, we have come to expect weirdness from Rick Scott, just as we expect an egg from a chicken. And, just like the chicken, Scott always delivers, pulling things out of his ass that make us scratch our heads.

But even we are a little confused by some of Scott's most recent ads. It seems the governor has lost sight of what exactly makes a good ad.

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Rick Scott Approves Tax Holiday for Hurricane Supplies

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Floridians who go out and purchase hurricane supplies can expect not to pay any sales tax, thanks to Rick Scott signing the hurricane tax-holiday bill, HB 5601, on Monday.

The tax holiday means that things like batteries, generators, radios, tarps, and first-aid kits will be sales-tax-free during hurricane season, which begins June 1.

The hurricane tax holiday will run from May 31 to June 8.

See also: Rick Scott to Ask for More Money for Public Schools

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Rick Scott on Pace to Spend $8 Million on TV Ads in Two Months, Releases Spanish Ad Attacking Charlie Crist

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There are a good six months before Election Day, and Scott is not holding back on attacking Charlie Crist. He's also not holding back on how much money he's willing to spend doing it, nor in what language.

Scott is eyeing a full-on campaign of wooing Hispanic voters by launching a second Spanish-language ad.

This latest one, which is slated to run in parts of South Florida as well as Fort Myers, Tampa, and Orlando, goes right for the main talking point the GOP has been zeroing in on with Crist: namely, his flip-floppiness.

See also: Republican Party of Florida Releases First Charlie Crist Attack Ad

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