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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.  

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 03:37 p.m.

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.

By John Bartosek, Aaron Sharockman, Amy Sherman :: Published on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 11:51 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 04:16 p.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 02:14 p.m.

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.

By John Bartosek, Becky Bowers, Louis Jacobson, Aaron Sharockman, Amy Sherman :: Published on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 05:30 p.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 09:03 p.m.

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…

By John Bartosek, Becky Bowers, Louis Jacobson, Aaron Sharockman, Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 06:15 p.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 09:15 p.m.

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.

By John Bartosek :: Published on Monday, October 18th, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 06:07 p.m.

Fact-checking Florida's gubernatorial debate

Friday night, the end of a long, hard work week, and what better way to kick back than a rollicking Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican candidate Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink?

By John Bartosek :: Published on Monday, October 11th, 2010 at 08:38 a.m.

PolitiFact Florida exclusive: Rick Scott wouldn't be Florida's first bald governor

John Thrasher said this weekend that, if elected, Rick Scott would be Florida's first bald governor. PolitiFact Florida dropped everything to analyze this critically important detail.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 09:56 a.m.

Fact-checking the 'Ground Zero mosque' debate

We temper emotional appeals over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero with a few fact-checks.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, August 20th, 2010 at 07:22 p.m.

Florida 2010 primary: Sorting through those attack ads

Fueled by unprecedented amounts of money and a bottomless barrel of attacks, the primary campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate have trapped Floridians in two escalating TV ad wars.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 04:42 p.m.

McCollum, Scott trade attacks over illegal immigration debate

Republican gubernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill McCollum are trading attacks routinely as their campaigns heat up. PolitiFact Florida had to weigh in on dueling claims over the issue of illegal immigration in Florida.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 04:27 p.m.

Rick Scott and the fraud case of Columbia/HCA

With former Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott now leading Attorney General Bill McCollum in polls for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, the attacks are flying. Focus on the fraud, they all say. The fraud, the fraud, the fraud. PolitiFact Florida had to bite. We sort out whether Scott’s old company committed fraud, and also explain Scott’s role with the company.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 11:14 a.m.

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