Miami’s Local 10 Blasts Scott for Lax Nursing Home Regulation

In the latest turn in Rick Scott’s growing nursing home scandal, WPLG Miami has aired an explosive investigation into Gov. Scott for his lax regulation of nursing homes.

This lax regulation has persisted even in the wake of the deaths of 14 seniors at a nursing home following Hurricane Irma, WPLG reveals. And WPLG’s Bob Norman has the answer for Scott’s unconscionable deregulation of nursing homes: campaign cash.

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“Rick Scott’s deregulation of the nursing home industry was driven by his desire for campaign cash, not the health and safety of Florida seniors,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “For seven years Rick Scott’s has been putting what is best for him and his wealthy cronies first, and putting Floridians last — and 14 Florida seniors tragically paid the price.”

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This afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott made his first remarks on gun violence following the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It didn’t go well.

Scott was asked: “Can you tell us what specific actions you’ll be doing to prevent mass shootings like this?”

Rick Scott couldn’t even name one. All he could do was stammer the word “evil” nine times in two minutes, which is probably what his pollster told to say if he ever got flustered.

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“Rick Scott has no answer to Floridians who are crying out for solutions to the gun violence that is ravaging our communities. From Pulse in Orlando to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland, the problem of mass gun violence demands specific solutions, not pablum. Politicians like Rick Scott who fail to put the lives of Floridians — and all Americans — ahead of […]

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Rick Scott’s Lobbyist Crony Kept Deadly Nursing Home Open

An explosive new report Friday by CBS Miami reveals that in 2014, the State of Florida wanted to close down the nursing home where 14 people died during Hurricane Irma.

After the previous owners were convicted for Medicare fraud, the state planned to shut down the nursing home. However, lobbyist Bill Rubin, a close crony of Rick Scott, kept the troubled nursing home open for a client.

This is the latest twist in the ongoing nursing home scandal involving Rick Scott. After the tragic — and likely preventable — deaths following Hurricane Irma, Scott came under fire for deleting voicemails from the nursing home asking him for immediate help, a key piece of evidence in the investigation into the tragedy.

“This is just another example of Rick Scott putting what’s good for him and his wealthy friends above what’s good for regular Floridians,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Yet again a wealthy […]

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Questions Pile Up As Rick Scott And Mike Pence Stump Together For Tax Plan in Orlando

Today, Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Orlando to campaign with Gov. Rick Scott for the GOP tax plan that would raise taxes on middle class Floridians and encourage jobs to be shipped overseas.

So it’s no wonder Rick Scott keeps avoiding questions about the GOP tax plan. But as he gets ready to campaign for the passage of this plan that would benefit millionaires like himself, Scott can’t dodge any more.

Here are the key questions Rick Scott needs to answer as he campaigns for the GOP tax plan Pence today:

1. Do you support reducing the tax break for 401(k) retirement plans, which tens of millions of Americans depend on to secure their retirement?

2. How can you support his plan when economic experts — including a former White House adviser for Republican President George H.W. Bush — are sounding the alarm that the GOP tax […]

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Florida Times-Union Editorial: Finally, Word Is Getting Out On The Opioid Crisis

The Florida Times-Union called out Governor Rick Scott in an editorial Friday for putting partisan ideology above Floridians suffering from the escalating opioid crisis.

As detailed in a new five-minute documentary and a 30-page research report released yesterday by American Bridge, Rick Scott’s response to the epidemic has been inadequate and indifferent.

Florida Times Union Editorial: Finally, word is getting out on the opioid crisis
October 12, 2017

The deaths arising from opioid overdoses continue in Jacksonville
Unfortunately, the ideological opposition to Medicaid among many Republicans, including Scott, have denied many Floridians the help they need.
[T]he state Agency for Health Care Administration has proposed budget cuts that would reduce Medicaid payments to hospitals by nearly $1 billion. This would be on top of nearly $500 million in cuts for hospitals during the 2017 legislative session.
A hospital lobbyist called the cuts “devastating” and ‘mind blowing,” as quoted in Sunshine State News.
The state’s approach that uses […]

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A Year After Hurricane Matthew, Counties Ask Rick Scott: Where’s Our Money?

“If you’re not a wealthy insider, Rick Scott just doesn’t care about you. It’s clear that helping North Florida counties recover from catastrophic storms isn’t a priority for Rick Scott — he’s busy helping the wealthy and big corporations get special treatment. After all, he doesn’t have to deal with flooded roads or busted local budgets. He can fly over all that in his private jet,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Tampa Bay Times: A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where’s our money?
By Steve Bousquet, October 12, 2017

“After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott insisted that all counties remove debris, reopen roads.”
“As the costs of Irma’s Category 4 fury are still being calculated, several North Florida counties hammered by Hurricane Matthew — one year ago — are still waiting to be repaid for the cost of debris removal, road repair and police overtime from […]

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American Bridge Releases New Documentary and Report on Rick Scott’s Opioid Crisis

American Bridge today released a new five-minute documentary and a 30-page research reportholding Governor Rick Scott accountable for his abysmal response to the escalating opioid epidemic in Florida.

The five-minute documentary details Rick Scott’s inadequate and indifferent response to Florida’s opioid crisis, and will be promoted on social media channels to American Bridge’s audience in Florida.

To view American Bridge’s documentary, click here.
To read American Bridge’s report on Florida’s opioid crisis, click here.

“Thousands of Floridians are dying every year from opioid abuse and Rick Scott has done next to nothing to help them,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “No matter how many campaign photo-ops he does now, the truth is Rick Scott has been totally unprepared and absent while the opioid crisis in Florida has exploded, and Floridians won’t let him forget it.”

An estimated 5,300 Floridians died of opioid overdoses last […]

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BREAKING: Miami Herald: Audit Warned Florida’s Hurricane Response System Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ For Disaster

“Wasting money. Haphazard management of supplies. Not enough food or beds. Those are just some of the problems identified by audits of Rick Scott’s emergency management in Florida. While Gov. Scott was busy with self-promotion ahead of Hurricane Irma, his administration was in ‘full scramble mode’ as their failure to plan for disaster was being exposed,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Miami Herald: Audit warned Florida’s hurricane response system was ‘ill-prepared’ for disaster
By Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

“Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state’s Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.”
“[I]n audit after audit in recent years, inspectors warned that haphazard management of supplies, poor record keeping and inadequate preparation threatened the state’s ability to respond to a natural disaster.
“Food and water supplies at the distribution center in Orlando were inadequate.”
“Auditors found […]

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American Bridge Releases Memo on Rick Scott’s Unprecedented Appointment of Unqualified Hack to Run Emergency Management

American Bridge today released a memo in response to Governor Rick Scott appointing a totally unqualified political operative to head Florida’s Department of Emergency Management. The memo details the contrast between new appointee, Wes Maul, and all his predecessors appointed since Hurricane Andrew devastated the state in 1992.

While the department heads who came before him all had decades of emergency management experience, Maul is a 29-year old former “traveling aide” for Scott’s campaign who, just four years ago, was a mattress delivery associate while in law school.

“Rick Scott has a long history of hiring political hacks who care more about helping him win his next election than helping Floridians, but this is incredible– even for him,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Instead of prioritizing Floridians safety and treating emergency management like the extremely important job it is, especially in a hurricane-prone state like Florida, Rick […]

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Rick Scott Only Looks Out For Himself and His Cronies, Part 78

“Rick Scott only looks out for himself and his cronies, giving well-paying taxpayer-funded jobs to unqualified political allies. Now, Rick Scott is replacing a seasoned veteran of emergency management with a 29-year-old former campaign aide. The only thing he’s qualified to manage is political damage control — or maybe angry mattress customers,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Miami Herald: After Irma, Scott replaces head of emergency operations with political operative
By Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau | September 26, 2017

“Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced the abrupt departure of the head of the state Department of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, and replaced him with Scott’s former campaign aide and Republican Party of Florida operative, Wes Maul, who has just over a year of emergency operations experience.”
“Maul, 29, will be promoted from chief of staff to interim director.”
“He does not have any prior emergency management experience.”
“Maul’s LinkedIn page also shows he worked […]

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