Tuesday, January 16, 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.

Jose Felix Diaz with President-elect Trump (Twitter)

Jose Felix Diaz lands job with Brian Ballard’s lobbying firm

Former state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz has landed a job with Brian Ballard's lobbying firm."We are thrilled to welcome Pepi to the firm, he brings a unique combination of integrity, experience and accomplishment that takes our Miami practice to new...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Sen. Marco Rubio outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 7, 2017. Rubio said he won’t vote for the tax cut in December without an expanded child tax credit as Republican lawmakers look for ways to pay for the merged version of the House and Senate bills. [Al Drago | New York Times]

Rubio introduces bill to fight foreign interference in elections

WASHINGTON – Warning that the threat of foreign meddling in elections remains, Sens. Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen today introduced legislation outlining "severe consequences" for those actors, including Russia."We know Russia...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. speaks in Miami, Friday, June 16, 2017, where President Donald Trump announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations. (The Associated Press)

Mario Diaz-Balart refuses to discuss Trump’s slur

Miami Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart continues to duck questions about President Trump's incendiary "shithole" remark, insisting it would not be helpful to Dreamers."This is a president that said things differently than clearly I would say...
Published: 01/16/18
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida (Associated Press)

Bill Nelson raised $2.4 million in last quarter, campaign says

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson raised about $2.4 million in fourth quarter of 2017, his campaign said Monday, and has $8 million cash on hand.The Democrat "received more than 30,600 contributions from more than 21,500 individual donors...
Published: 01/15/18
Members of the South Florida Haitian community protest President Trump in Palm Beach County on Jan. 15, 2018 (screen capture)

Hundreds of Haitians protest Trump in Palm Beach

Several hundred protesters, many of them from South Florida's Haitian community, demanded Monday that President Donald Trump apologize for his disparaging remarks late last week."Haiti is not a shithole," read one sign.The group, many...
Published: 01/15/18
Mitt Romney (The Associated Press)

Jeb Bush: Run, Mitt, run

Jeb Bush likes the sound of Sen. Mitt Romney and offered encouragement that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee get in the race to to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah."Mitt would make a phenomenal addition to the U.S. Senate," Bush wrote...
Published: 01/15/18
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 19: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) listens to testimony at a Congressional field hearing on nursing home preparedness and disaster response October 19, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

Calling Trump a racist and liar, Frederica Wilson says she’ll boycott his speech

WASHINGTON – Rep. Frederica Wilson says she'll will not attend President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, citing his "recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations."The Miami Democrat, who earlier...
Published: 01/14/18
Updated: 01/15/18
Rubio and Nelson say Senate stalling on disaster relief

Rubio and Nelson say Senate stalling on disaster relief

WASHINGTON – Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson today urged their respective leaders to speed up a vote on a massive disaster relief package that will help Florida.Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader...
Published: 01/12/18
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, at left, watches at President Trump signs the Cuba policy in June 2017. (Associated Press)

Mario Diaz-Balart sidesteps Trump’s vulgarity

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, was at the White House meeting where President Trump made the "shithole" remark. He did not respond until Friday, on Twitter, and never addressed the slur.
Published: 01/12/18
Rubio’s reaction to Trump’s ‘s—hole’ remark avoids direct condemnation

Rubio’s reaction to Trump’s ‘s—hole’ remark avoids direct condemnation

WASHINGTON – Instead of issuing a traditional response to questions about President Trump's "shithole" remark,...
Published: 01/12/18