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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.  

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 06:42 a.m.

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.

By John Bartosek, Angie Drobnic Holan, Katie Sanders, Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.

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.

By John Bartosek :: Published on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 09:17 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 02:06 p.m.

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.

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