Emily L. Mahoney, Tallahassee Correspondent

Emily L. Mahoney

Tallahassee Correspondent

I cover Florida’s capital and the politics surrounding it, which means there’s never a slow day. From the Legislative session to state elections, life is fast-paced in the nation’s largest swing state – and I prefer it that way. I hail from Arizona, a state that raised me to love tacos al pastor and the sound of hiking boots hitting the dirt. Now, I’m based in Tallahassee, where the Tampa Bay Times shares a bureau with the Miami Herald, and I’m proud to work for two of the state’s strongest newspapers. When it comes to policy, I focus on education and criminal justice – two areas where government unequivocally shapes peoples’ lives. Want to discuss a story idea? Drop me a line.

Ron DeSantis to meet with Netanyahu while in Israel next week

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Florida’s governor has expressed admiration for Israel’s prime minister in the past, but Netanyahu is currently embroiled in a corruption scandal.

DeSantis, Florida Cabinet’s trip to Israel will include top-tier lobbyists, academics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton on  Jan. 15. DeSantis spoke about sanctions against Airbnb unless it reverses its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank in the Middle East.  (Bruce R. Bennett/Palm Beach Post via AP)
The governor’s office released a list of attendees on Wednesday. The official trip begins Saturday.

How an unpredictable Ron DeSantis is advancing Florida conservatism

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis leaves a K-9 bill signing in the Capitol courtyard, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 during the last week of the 2019 Florida legislative session. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
In his first legislative session as Florida’s leader, DeSantis defied easy political categorization. Lawmakers describe an ideological and assertive governor who nevertheless rolled with the...

Seminole Tribe halts $350 million annual casino payment to Florida

The Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel. [Tampa Bay Times]
The Tribe hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, saying that it will stop paying the state of Florida while the state and the Tribe settle a years-long dispute over multiplayer...

Ron DeSantis ‘not allowed’ to disclose which two Florida counties were hacked by Russians

CHRIS URSO  |   TimesFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks with reporters and photographers on April 15, 2019 in Tampa.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said two counties had their elections information accessed, but the hackers weren’t able to change or “manipulate” any data.