Rick Scott Really Does Want to Run for President

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Gov. Rick Scott has never received 50 percent of the vote in Florida. He spent most of his first term with approval ratings that would make Enron executives blush with shame. His personal narrative includes a detour into the largest Medicare fraud penalty in American history.

This is a man who, someday, wants to run for president.

See also: Some Republicans Actually Want Rick Scott to Run for President

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Medical Marijuana Supporters Take First Step to Getting Amendment Back on Ballot in 2016

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Medical marijuana supporters have officially started to repack their bowls for 2016.

Attorney and main supporter John Morgan has officially filed a new amendment with the Florida Secretary of State today with hope of getting it on the ballot in time for the next presidential election.

See also: Don't Worry, Florida, Medical Marijuana Will Be Back in Two Years and Will Probably Pass

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Marco Rubio: Florida Should Continue Fighting Gay Marriage

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Even most hard-line Florida Republicans have accepted that gay marriage is here to stay. As thousands of LGBT couples from the Panhandle to Key West have tied the knot and business leaders have trumpeted the economic boost gay weddings will bring, the state GOP's response has ranged from Attorney General Pam Bondi's complete silence to Jeb Bush's grudging acceptance.

One man, though, remains firmly planted in 2008. And he just happens to be posturing for a presidential run. Prepare to read some painfully stupid quotes from Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Marco Rubio Really, Really Confident He Can Win Presidency (Oh, Also, Buy His Book)

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You can't accuse Marco Rubio of self doubt. The Florida senator has not yet made a decision about whether or not he'll run for president, but he's seems pretty damn certain that if he did run, he'd totally be sitting in the Oval Office come January 2017.

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Only Florida's Two Least Important Former Governors Will Attend Rick Scott's Inauguration

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Remember last year when we reelected Rick Scott as governor? Yeah, crazy stuff. Well, his second term officially begins tomorrow, and it doesn't seem that many people are that excited about it... including Florida's former governors.

Traditionally, living ex-governors are invited to inaugurations (as is the case in presidential inaugurations as well), but only two are bothering to show up tomorrow.

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Jeb Bush Would Only Deter Marco Rubio From Running for Mosquito Board, Not President

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Marco Rubio doesn't seem to have noticed that this stock has fallen a bit since 2010. He's no longer trumpeted as the "Republican savior" or "GOP Obama," but rather just the second most popular Republican from Florida.

Despite that (and a whole lot of polls), he's still openly talking about the possibility of running for president in 2016 and says one-time mentor Jeb Bush's semi-entrance into the race won't deter him.

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Marco Rubio Not Backing Down From Possible Presidential Run

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It's January 1, 2015 -- which means it's the perfect time to ramp up speculation about the presidential race that's now only 677 days away!

In Florida, of course, that means we're talking primarily about two Republican heavyweights, the former governor and conservative family dynasty torchbearer Jeb Bush and his perennially-considered golden boy successor (like, in kind of a creepy way -- remember that sword passing thing?) Marco Rubio. After months of questions over which pol, if either, would jump into the 2016 scramble, Bush, of course, made the big quasi-announcement a couple weeks back that he had decided to "actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States."

See also: Florida Republicans Really Don't Want Marco Rubio to Run for President

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More Than $500,000 Has Been Raised for Rick Scott's Inauguration

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Rick Scott may be having a scaled-back inauguration this time around, but that doesn't mean donors aren't still writing big checks for the event. More than $500,000 has been given to the Republican Party of Florida for the festivities.

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Miami-Dade Schools Rehires Attorney Who Halted Northwestern Sex Abuse Probe

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Northwestern's championship football squad was at the center of the case.
In September 2006, the crime that sparked one of the darkest sagas in Miami-Dade Public Schools history happened in a Northwestern High School bathroom. That's where the school's star 18-year-old quarterback had sex with a 14-year-old freshman girl. The crime soon began the focus of a mass coverup allegation as the quarterback was allowed to lead Northwestern to a state title just days later.

Even worse, a grand jury later found that school administrators had knowingly shut down a criminal investigation into the case. Some of the harshest criticism went toward Ronda Vangates, who was in charge of overseeing district investigations and who ordered the probe shut down.

Now, Vangates has a new job: Back in the Miami-Dade Public Schools, this time as an assistant attorney.

See also: Solomon Stinson and Miami-Dade Public Schools Top Brass Back Ronda Vangates

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Rick Scott Is Still Spending Tons Of Taxpayer Cash Trying To Drug Test State Employees

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A federal judge told him to drop the plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals told him it was illegal. Then the U.S. Supreme Court refused to listen to his arguments.

But despite losing over and over in every court around, Gov. Rick Scott is still fighting for the right to force state employees to pee in a cup. And the legal bills for his quixotic quest are now inching toward a cool million bucks -- funded, of course, by taxpayers.

See also: Rick Scott Won't Get to Drug Test Poor People After All: Federal Court Rejects Welfare Testing

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