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.

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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.

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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

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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Rick Scott's Drug Test for State Workers Appeal Shot Down by U.S. Supreme Court

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It looks like Gov. Rick Scott's crusade to randomly drug-test Florida's state workers has finally come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a review of a lower court ruling that the policy was unconstitutional.

Scott's quest to have state workers urinate into a cup for a check began back in May 2011, when he signed into law a bill requiring that Florida's welfare recipients pass a drug test. The court eventually ruled that Scott and the state failed to show that their drug testing plan was so critical as to violate the Fourth Amendment to thousands of Floridians.

The state appealed, but was shot down by a three-judge panel that said the lower court was right to halt the law. That's when Scott turned his sights on state workers.

In March of 2013, Scott's lawyers asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate his executive order to administer drug tests on state workers -- about 85,000 of them.

See also: Rick Scott Asks Court to Please Let Him Drug-Test State Workers

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Six Ways Rick Scott Has Screwed Florida

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Earlier this week, Rick Scott was called out on a couple of misleading campaign ads claiming that 300,000 Floridians have lost their insurance due to Obamacare.

But Florida Blue, the insurance company at the center of one of the ads, says this is not true.

Scott, however, is standing by the ad, having told reporters on Wednesday, "Clearly, the ad's accurate," according to the Miami Herald.

But a fact check shows that the ad is not accurate at all.

Of course, this is nothing new. Scott has screwed Florida multiple ways, then wiped down his screw-ups with a veneer of misinformation.

Here are just six of the things he's done that have made him a not-so-popular governor for our state:

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