Friday, February 23, 2018
Perspective

Meet the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

The Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald merged Tallahassee bureaus in 2008, creating a six-person team where assignments are divided evenly and each newspaper publishes work of the combined staff. For the 2013 legislative session, both papers have sent an extra reporter. For the Times, that is a PolitiFact Florida reporter. Meet the Times/Herald team:

Steve Bousquet Times bureau chief

Beats: Gov. Rick Scott, elections, criminal justice

Contact: [email protected] tampabay.com, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @stevebousquet

Mary Ellen Klas Herald bureau chief

Beats: Ethics/campaign finance, environment, Senate

Contact: [email protected] MiamiHerald.com, 850-222-3095

Twitter: @MaryEllenKlas

Rochelle Koff Times staff writer

Beats: General assignment

Contact [email protected], 850-224-7263

Twitter: @rkoff

Kathleen McGrory Herald staff writer

Beats: K-12 education

Contact: [email protected], 850-222-3095

Twitter: @kmcgrory

Tia Mitchell Times staff writer

Beats: Health care, higher education

Contact: tmitchell @tampabay.com, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @TBTia

Toluse Olorunnipa Herald staff writer

Beats: Economy, insurance

Contact: tolorunnipa @MiamiHerald.com, 850-222-3095

Twitter: @ToluseO

Katie Sanders PolitiFact Florida staff writer

Contact: [email protected] tampabay.com, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Michael Van Sickler Times staff writer

Beats: Budget, growth/transportation, House

Contact: [email protected], 850-224-7263

Twitter: @mikevansickler

     
     
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PolitiFact: Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

PolitiFact: Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

The indictments of 13 Russians detailing how they used Facebook and Twitter to undercut Hillary Clinton and promote President Donald Trump spurred a flurry of tweets from Trump over the Presidents Day weekend."I never said Russia did not meddle in th...
Published: 02/22/18
PolitiFact: The facts behind Donald Trumpís exaggerations on immigration, MS-13 and crime

PolitiFact: The facts behind Donald Trumpís exaggerations on immigration, MS-13 and crime

President Donald Trump has linked illegal immigration to the violence of the MS-13 gang, claiming "open borders" have caused the deaths of many people in the United States.During his State of the Union speech, Trump highlighted the 2016 killings of t...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Perspective: Diplomacy, not fire and fury

Perspective: Diplomacy, not fire and fury

President Donald Trump infamously used the expression "fire and fury" to threaten North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Then, at the United Nations, he vowed to "totally destroy North Korea." These words would be considered criminal if uttered by ordina...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Perspective: Trust the polls, not the pundits

Perspective: Trust the polls, not the pundits

Itís not easy being a pollster these days. When I started in 1984, two out of three people we reached on the then-universal landline said they were happy to take a poll. "Shh! Someone is calling me from New York and asking me important questions. I w...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Perspective: The future of globalism

Perspective: The future of globalism

Oh my, were we naive. The Cold War ended with a sort of whimper and we looked forward to making the world safe for democracy and perhaps even for a more compassionate capitalism. We understood that increasingly extreme inequities in wealth are diffic...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18

Column: The Trump administration is starting to pay attention to Africa

President Donald Trumpís first policy statement about Africa took place at the United Nations last September when he hosted a lunch for African heads of state. He correctly identified two major internal conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Rep...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Perspective: A national security strategy of coming to terms with competition

Perspective: A national security strategy of coming to terms with competition

The Trump administration, in a series of required national security documents, has signaled a dramatic departure from the Bush and Obama administrationsí visions of the U.S. role in the international order.The National Security Strategy (NSS) and the...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Perspective: We need to prepare for instability in North Korea

Perspective: We need to prepare for instability in North Korea

North Korea has been a top foreign policy priority since President Donald Trump settled into the Oval Office. The president has repeatedly expressed his intention to "solve" the North Korean crisis, emphasizing that all policy options ó including mil...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Perspective: St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs will bring the world home to you

Perspective: St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs will bring the world home to you

Editorís note: In advance of this weekís sixth annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, several of the experts who will participate have written essays for todayís Perspective about key areas of concern, among them North Korea, national sec...
Published: 02/12/18
Updated: 02/16/18

Perspective: Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford

By Priya Fielding-SinghThe verdict is in: Food deserts donít drive nutritional disparities in the United States the way we thought. Over the past decade, study after study has shown that differences in access to healthful food canít fully explain why...
Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/09/18