Rick Scott

Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) is pictured in Jerusalem with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to drop his appeal of a recent court ruling regarding Amendment 4, which restores the voting rights of millions of ex-felons in Florida, and to reform the state’s controversial Clemency Board, the statewide body that decides whether felons can have their rights restored.

A ballot in a voting booth.
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In a state where razor-thin election margins have become the norm in major races, Democrats are seeking to make inroads by trying to do away with a decades-old Florida law that requires candidates who are of the same party as the governor to appear first on the ballot.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters.
Abukar Adan / WJCT News

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Schultz Center in Jacksonville Monday to kick off a 26 city tour to build support for a new trade deal.

RYAN DAILEY / WFSU News

The Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida has a new poll of Florida registered voters that reveals a majority approve of the job Ron DeSantis is doing as governor after he was inaugurated nearly months ago. The survey also shows job approval for Sen. Marco Rubio is higher than job approval for newly elected Sen. Rick Scott.

Scott and Rubio in office
Marco Rubio via Facebook

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hosted a press event Friday to highlight his accomplishments over the past two years, but he spent most of his time fielding questions from reporters about the ongoing government shutdown and border security.

vote by mail ballot envelope
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Floridians whose votes were thrown out because of mismatched or missing signatures have until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, to “cure” — or fix them— and have their votes counted.

That’s after a federal judge Thursday sided with Democratic incumbent Senator Bill Nelson and extended the signature curing deadline by two days.

Based on Thursday afternoon unofficial election returns, it's looking like the governor's race is headed toward a recount along with the high profile U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races.

Groups Seek To Extend Florida Supreme Court Justice Selection Deadline

Oct 30, 2018
Florida Supreme Court justices official portrait
News Service of Florida

The application process for three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court should be extended until at least early January, according to new legal arguments.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (left) and Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott (right).
FLGOV.COM AND SENATE.GOV

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has a razor-thin lead against GOP challenger Gov. Rick Scott in the latest Mason-Dixon poll.

Fred Lewis questions lawyers on Tuesday, Oct. 2
Florida Supreme Court via Facebook

With some justices appearing torn between legal precedents and the circumstances of the case, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether Gov. Rick Scott should be able to appoint a replacement for a Northeast Florida judge who is stepping down at the end of the year.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Via News Service of Florida

On Thursday’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Gov. Rick Scott made his eighth trip to Puerto Rico since the storm left the U.S. territory in tatters.

Via News Service of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott has started what will be a closely watched process to replace three Florida Supreme Court justices who will retire in January, with the appointments possibly leading to a major ideological shift on the court.

FLGOV.COM AND SENATE.GOV

Little more than a month before their showdown for a U.S. Senate seat, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott will square off Oct. 2 in a debate hosted by Telemundo, the campaigns announced. 

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Dispute Over Northeast Florida Judicial Appointment

Aug 13, 2018
Florida Supreme Court exterior
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The state Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction Thursday in a dispute over whether Gov. Rick Scott has the authority to appoint a replacement for a 4th Judicial Circuit judge who resigned before his term expired, rather than put the seat up for election.

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner wants clarification from the U.S. Senate on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s comments to reporters that Russians have “penetrated” some voter-registration systems.

Florida Supreme Court Blocks Northeast Florida Judge Appointment

Aug 6, 2018

A divided Florida Supreme Court on Friday at least temporarily blocked Gov. Rick Scott from following through on the appointment of a Jacksonville-area circuit judge.

Via Associated Press and flgov.com

With both candidates receiving solid support from their political bases, Gov. Rick Scott has opened a small lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in their high-stakes battle for a U.S. Senate seat, a new poll shows.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

In a strongly worded ruling, a state appeals court Thursday backed Gov. Rick Scott in a dispute about his authority to appoint a replacement for a retiring Northeast Florida judge.

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This week Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced $16 million for projects meant to aid cities with job growth. Of that, Clay County is getting $2.06 million to build a road.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

A committee interviewing applicants for a Northeast Florida judge seat Monday was halted in the middle of its work by an order from a Tallahassee judge.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Crime in the Jacksonville area has seen a drop, but still trends higher than statewide numbers, according to the 2017 Uniform Crime Report which was released Tuesday.

Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi would continue with the state’s legal approach to defending a controversial process for restoring felons’ voting rights.

But Democrats seeking the state Cabinet post oppose Bondi’s handling of the legal battle and support a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters in November, would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Jacksonville Wednesday for the first time since announcing his run for U.S. Senate.

The Northeast Florida pit stop followed the filing of a complaint accusing him of skirting campaign-finance law.

Rick Scott Announces Senate Bid For Bill Nelson's Seat

Apr 9, 2018
Gov. Rick Scott's Facebook page

Beginning what is likely to be a costly, negative campaign, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday opened his challenge to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by slamming “career politicians” and calling Washington, D.C., a “disaster.”

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Tariffs on aluminum will hurt beer drinkers — that’s according to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who took a tour of Anheuser-Busch’s Jacksonville brewery on Monday.

Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott named a new chief of staff Monday in a potential prelude to an anticipated run for the U.S. Senate.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is outlining next steps for school districts, following his signing this month of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act.

Cathedral Arts Project

Florida arts organizations are saying they feel like losers in this year’s state budget process.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval County is joining other school districts around the state demanding Governor Rick Scott call lawmakers back to Tallahassee to retool the state’s K-12 education budget.

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