(CNN) – Florida's Republican-appointed secretary of state issued a tough rebuke to the United States Justice Department late Wednesday, writing his state's effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from voter rolls was both consistent with federal law and necessary to protect against fraud.
Ken Detzner, appointed to his post by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was responding to Justice Department questions about the legality of the voter roll "purge," which comes five months ahead of a presidential election in which swing state Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, will play an influential role. In defending his state's decision, Detzner slammed the federal government for restricting access to federal citizenship databases, saying such a constraint was illegal.
(CNN) – The Republican governor of Florida rejected Tuesday a request from Tampa's mayor to issue a temporary ban on firearms during the Republican National Convention, slated to take place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the end of August.
In a letter addressed to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Gov. Rick Scott wrote such a ban would infringe on Floridians' constitutional right to bear arms.
(CNN) – Florida's Republican governor predicted Mitt Romney will win his state's primary on Tuesday, aided by support from the Latino community.
Gov. Rick Scott, who was elected in 2010, on Sunday attributed Romney's approval among Hispanic voters to successes in his private and public life.
(CNN) – Gov. Rick Scott knows what Florida Republicans want.
During an interview on CNN’s “John King, USA,” Scott discussed what the Floridian electorate is looking for in a president–based on his own successful gubernatorial run.
(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Rick Perry's statements about Social Security will not hurt his chances among Sunshine State voters in the 2012 presidential campaign.
"I don't think it's a problem," Scott said on MSNBC Wednesday. "I think everybody realizes it's an issue we have to deal with."
(CNN) - Despite his own party's growing push to raise the federal debt ceiling, Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida insisted Wednesday the government should resist any increase in the debt limit.
"We can stop borrowing money at the federal level if we cut our spending at the federal level," Scott said on CNN's "American Morning." "We don't have to keep borrowing more money."
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Starting on July 1 in Florida, anyone who applies for welfare must first pass a drug test.
Some welfare recipients say it's a good idea, for the most part.
(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides "personal accountability."
"It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for somebody's drug addiction," Scott told CNN's T.J. Holmes on Sunday. "On top of that, this is going to increase personal responsibility, personal accountability. We shouldn't be subsidizing people's addiction."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Nearly six in ten Floridians are giving a thumbs down to the job their new governor is doing, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 57 percent of Florida voters disapprove of how Republican Gov. Rick Scott is handling his duties, up nine points from early April. Twenty-nine percent of people questioned in the poll say they approve of how Scott's performing in office, down six points over the past month.