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The 2011 legislative session is nearly over. Will Rick Scott come out a winner?

Rick Scott's first legislative session is ending without much movement on some of his biggest campaign promises. No big corporate income tax rate cut. No Arizona-style immigration law. A compromise on employee pension contributions. But are there silver linings for Florida's new governor?

Tracking Rick Scott's first 100 days in office

Thursday, April 14, 2011, is Florida Gov. Rick Scott's 100th day in office, a symbolic marker in an elected executive's first term. We use the threshold to update our Scott-O-Meter, and provide an overview of Scott's progress.

Rick Scott's first bill-signing moves the Scott-O-Meter

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 736, the so-called "Student Success Act" on March 24, 2011, at a school in Jacksonville. See how Scott's first bill-signing aligns with the 59 campaign promises we're tracking on the Scott-O-Meter.  

PolitiFact Florida turns 1!

We've been so busy covering the hectic first weeks of the 2011 Florida legislative session, we forgot to celebrate an important milestone. We've turned 1. Read about our busy first year.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott's first State of the State message

Florida Gov. Rick Scott used his first State of the State speech to push hard for his budget-cutting, tax-cutting, job-growing agenda. Here’s how he fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott's first State of the State

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his first State of the State speech at 6 p.m. March 8, 2011, the opening day of the spring legislative session -- and we’ll be fact-checking.

Fact-checking the high-speed rail debate

The fight over high-speed rail is rolling into its third week, and claims from both sides of the debate seem only to be intensifying. PolitiFact Florida offers a guide to several of the most-repeated claims.

Mail call: Readers criticize Scott and PolitiFact coverage on high-speed rail

The big news in Florida is Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal funding for a high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando. Readers weighed in on both the governor's decision and the fact-checks we did here at PolitiFact Florida.  

Rick Scott's first state budget: How did he do?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott pushed a lot of buttons with his first state budget proposal, released Feb. 7, 2011. Here's how some of his campaign promises fared.

The Scott-O-Meter launches, and you let us hear it

The launch on Jan. 1, 2011, of our Scott-O-Meter certainly piqued the interest of many of our readers. The most overwhelming comment we heard -- why don't you track the promises of President Barack Obama? Well, we do.

PolitiFact Florida's new 'Scott-O-Meter' to track campaign promises

Rick Scott launched his campaign for governor in April with a single promise — to remake state government. Nine months, nearly $75 million and 2.6 million votes later, the enormity of what he meant is coming into focus.

PolitiFact Florida's Top 10 items of 2010

PolitiFact Florida couldn't have asked for a better first year than 2010 -- an amazing election cycle with plenty of interesting facts to check. Which items did you like most in 2010? We unveil the readers' Top 10 Truth-O-Meter items of the year.

Post election, Florida's politicians find the truth

Something must be wrong. In the month or so since the election, Florida politicians have been getting their facts right. Are we on our way out of a job? We take a look.

Rick Scott, Florida's new governor

After a high-spending campaign with mostly his own money, Republican Rick Scott narrowly won election to become Florida's next governor. Here's a look back through our fact-checking eyes at what he said, and what others said about him.

Fact-checking the unbelievable 2010 election campaigns

No matter the results Tuesday, the biggest loser in Florida's epic 2010 election season may be the truth.

If you can stand the heat, we've got Pants on Fire for you!

When we sweep all the Pants on Fire rulings from this campaign into one pile, we've got quite a bonfire. Read on to see what we said – if you can stand the heat…

CNN/St. Pete Times debate includes talk about Alex Sink's banking background

One of the most heated exchanges between Rick Scott and Alex Sink at their third and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 25, 2010, centered on fraud. But it was Sink, not Scott, in the hot seat. We check the claims from both candidates.

Governor candidates take national stage for CNN debate

At Florida's third and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 25, 2010, the only thing Alex Sink and Rick Scott agreed on is that the minimum wage is $7.55. Both were wrong. (It's $7.25). And so it went.

Early voting begins in Florida, and brawling debates continue

The final countdown begins. Early voting opens today, Oct. 18, 2010, throughout Florida, and the candidates shift into overdrive for their final two-week push with several debates scheduled for the U.S. Senate and governor's races.

Fact-checking the Florida Democrats' latest attack on Rick Scott

Florida Democrats are airing a new, two-minute ad that whacks Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott for alleged fraud at his former health care company, Columbia/HCA, as well as his current health care business, Solantic. Two minutes makes for plenty of facts to examine.