Friday, June 22, 2018


Alex Leary, Times Washington bureau chief

Alex Leary, Times Washington bureau chief

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Bill Nelson [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

Confirmed: Nelson and Scott in dogfight

Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott remain neck-and-neck in their high profile showdown, a poll released today to the Tampa Bay Times shows.Nelson gets 48 percent of the vote with Scott taking 46 percent, within the margin of...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz outside a federal facility in Homestead, Fla., on June 19. (Photo taken from 10 News WTSP)

Shut out no longer, Bill Nelson will tour Homestead immigrant facility on Saturday

WASHINGTON -Denied access on Tuesday, Sen. Bill Nelson will tour the Homestead immigrant holding center on Saturday "and speak to some of the 94 children there who were separated from their families and find out exactly what's being done to...
Published: 06/21/18
Gabby Giffords in 2013 (Associated Press)

Gabby Giffords to campaign with Vern Buchanan opponent David Shapiro

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords will be in Sarasota this morning for a campaign event with David Shapiro, a Democrat taking on Rep. Vern Buchanan.The meeting with community leaders and students comes in "the wake of a changing...
Published: 06/21/18
Unaccompanied undocumented children at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children play soccer on Monday, June 18, 2018. [ELLIS RUA | Miami Herald]

Despite Trump’s move, immigrant children will remain held in Florida for now

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump may have signed an executive order retreating from his child separation policy, but...
Published: 06/20/18
Updated: 06/21/18
(John Moore | Getty Images)

Florida reacts as Trump eases ‘zero tolerance’ border crisis

WASHINGTON – In a remarkable about-face, President Trump signed an
Published: 06/20/18
Sen. Bill Nelson on June 20, 2018, discusses his visit to a Homestead, Fla., immigration center  a day earlier.

Nelson: ‘Why did they not want the senator from Florida to get into this detention facility’

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of trying to hide what's going on in the Homestead, Fla., immigration center he was denied entry into yesterday."Why did they not want the senator...
Published: 06/20/18
President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. (Associated Press)

Tampa’s Berkeley Prep grads lead revolt against one of their own: Kirstjen Nielsen

WASHINGTON – When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen went on national television Monday and dismissed criticism over the child separation policy — falsely pinning it on a "law passed by the U.S. Congress" — a special...
Published: 06/20/18
An ad by Senate Majority PAC in support of Bill Nelson. Credit: SMP via YouTube [screen grab]

Super PAC reserves $23 million in air time for Bill Nelson.

WASHINGTON – The super PAC helping Bill Nelson withstand an avalanche of money from Rick Scott has reserved $23 million in air time, a significant boost for the outspent Democrat.Senate Majority PAC had already announced it would...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
The Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children [Miami Herald]

Emotions erupt as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

The raw emotions over President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration swept across the Florida political landscape Tuesday in the midst of a pivotal midterm election.A growing chorus of Florida Republicans, including Gov.
Published: 06/19/18
Immigrants sit in a detention facility in McAllen, Texas. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

Florida Republicans in Washington buck Trump on border kids

WASHINGTON – Florida Republicans are coming out against President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from adults at the border.Democrats have universally opposed the practice. Here is what Republicans have...
Published: 06/19/18