Saturday, March 17, 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.

FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. An aide to Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Florida love for Louise Slaughter

WASHINGTON –  Florida members of Congress expressed appreciation for Rep. Louise Slaughter, who died Friday at age 88.AP:Slaughter was serving her 16th term in the House, and her 31 years in the chamber made her its third...
Published: 03/16/18
The American flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome at sunset. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

Jolly and Murphy continue bipartisan discussion on Congressional gridlock

David Jolly and Patrick Murphy are going to Harvard.The former congressmen said Friday they will continue their town hall tour, "Why Gridlock Rules Washington," with a stop at Harvard University and other schools beginning March...
Published: 03/16/18
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke before a House committee on March 15, 2018.

Does Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have amnesia?

WASHINGTON – Does Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have amnesia?During an appearance Thursday before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Zinke bizarrely claimed "Florida did not get an exemption," from the administration's offshore oil...
Published: 03/15/18
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., center, joined by, from left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks with reporters following weekly policy luncheons where they discussed school safety measures in response to the Parkland, Fla., assault that left 17 dead, at the Capitol on Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo)

Bill Nelson votes to weaken Dodd-Frank rules for banks

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday voted to weaken provisions of Frank-Dodd, an election-year decision...
Published: 03/15/18
Rep. John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville, speaks at a news conference on Feb. 27, 2018, announcing legislation targeting school violence (Alex Leary | Times)

U.S. House passes bipartisan bill to address school safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House nearly unanimously passed a bill that would boost improve school security following the Parkland shooting.The bill was led by a bipartisan group, including
Published: 03/14/18
Sen. Bill Nelson appears at a rally on guns outside the Capitol on March 14, 2018.

Nelson on National School Walkout: ‘Keep on marching and keep on speaking out’

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson joined a large rally outside the Capitol in solidarity with the National School Walkout and urged students to "keep on speaking out.""We are grieving in Florida and now you are giving voice to that grief,"...
Published: 03/14/18
(Associated Press file photo)

Rubio wants U.S. to keep daylight saving time year round

WASHINGTON – Moving on the Florida Legislature's initiative, Sen. Marco Rubio today introduced legislation to make the state's daylight saving time permanent — and Rubio wants the entire country to adopt it.Rubio filed two bills to...
Published: 03/14/18
David Jolly

David Jolly: Trump should be primaried in 2020

Former GOP Congressman David Jolly said Tuesday night he will not seek a return to elective politics this year, citing the bitterly close special election in a Pennsylvania district Donald Trump won by nearly 20 percentage points.Trump, Jolly...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Stormy Daniels talks with Jimmy Kimmel. (YouTube, Jimmy Kimmel Live)

The Stormy Daniels story takes another Tampa detour

A friend of Stormy Daniels says he listened to a phone call in which Donald Trump allegedly offered the porn actress a condo in Tampa."The only thing I ever heard him do is just babble like he always does," photographer Keith Munyan
Published: 03/13/18
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign-style rally at the Pensacola Bay Center, in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Bucs co-chairman Ed Glazer hosting Trump fundraiser tonight

From the LA Times:A fundraiser President Trump is headlining Tuesday night will take place at the Beverly Park mansion of Shari and Edward Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source familiar with security...
Published: 03/13/18