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.

U.S. Sugar, mystery DC group among top donors to inaugural pot

Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis share their first dance at the Inaugural Ball. | Scott Keeler TIMES
Because Gov. Ron DeSantis' inauguration fundraised through the state Republican Party, it’s impossible to separate donations used for the inaugural festivities and other party needs.

‘We have people counting on that.’ Gov. DeSantis weighs in on using hurricane funds for border wall

Al Cathey, Mayor of Mexico Beach, left, shows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, center, some of the destruction from Hurricane Michael along Canal Parkway, Wednesday, January 9, 2018. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
DeSantis campaigned on his close relationship with President Donald Trump, but he indicated Friday that he's unsure of the legality of Trump declaring a national emergency to end the border wall...

Rick Scott made 84 last-minute appointments. That’s not going over well with Ron DeSantis.

Rick Scott, right, attends the inauguration of his successor, Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, before he let early. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
DeSantis is apparently considering rescinding all of Scott's appointments, then re-appointing the ones he approves.

“Here’s to the winners.” Ron DeSantis, political insiders celebrate win at Inaugural Ball

Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis share their first dance at the Inaugural Ball. | Scott Keeler TIMES
About 1,600 people attended the black-tie event, which featured a live jazz band and an electric violinist.

Ron DeSantis becomes Florida’s newest governor: ‘Our rights are endowed by God, not government’

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady, left,  swears in Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis, right, as his wife Casey DeSantis and their son Mason look on, center at Florida's historic Old Capitol, Tuesday. (SCOTT KEELER  |   Times)
Florida's new 40-year-old governor was sworn in Tuesday at high noon, when he immediately said government should play a smaller role in the lives of Florida residents.