Monday, January 22, 2018

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Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.



Florida Senate changes policy, but not rules, after sexual harassment saga

Florida Senate changes policy, but not rules, after sexual harassment saga

The Florida Senate, where incidences of a hostile work environment have spawned formal and informal complaints of sexual harassment and led to the resignation of a powerful state senator last month, on Thursday decided it was time to crack...
Published: 01/18/18
Senate Republicans return in-kind contribution from Palm Beach gentlemen's club

Senate Republicans return in-kind contribution from Palm Beach gentlemen's club

The Florida Republican Senatorial Committee blew the optics test this month when it reported it had taken $2,100 in in-kind contributions for a Dec. 18 fundraiser from Monroe’s of Palm Beach, a...
Published: 01/16/18
Legislative Assistant Laura McLeod, who was also a former lobbyist, says she left the profession after being sexually harassed by former state Sen. Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater for the last three years. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Jack Latvala’s latest accuser: ‘He unbuttoned my jacket and he felt me up.’

When the text messages from Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala would appear on lobbyist Laura McLeod's cell phone, her heart would race, her eyes would tear up, and she'd be overcome with a familiar, nauseous feeling and the thought: "Why won't this...
Published: 01/16/18
Former Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

Jack Latvala responds to latest accuser

Jack Latvala commentsWhen asked to respond to Laura McLeod's story, former Sen.
Published: 01/16/18
Senate's sexual harassment solution: one hour of training each session

Senate's sexual harassment solution: one hour of training each session

After months of dealing with allegations of sexual harassment against one of states’ most powerful legislators -- and fear of retaliation by his accusers -- the Florida Senate has concluded it needs to make just one modest change to the rules...
Published: 01/12/18
Senators Anitere Flores, front, and Oscar Braynon, back, listen to Florida Senate President Joe Negron talk about sexual harassment in the Florida Senate. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon apologize, appearing to confirm affair

The Florida Legislature opened its annual session Tuesday as issues of sexual misconduct continued to overshadow policy with the release of video from a secret surveillance camera prompting two Miami-Dade senators to admit to having an extramarital...
Published: 01/09/18
Senators Anitere Flores, front, and Oscar Braynon, back, listen to Florida Senate President Joe Negron talk about sexual harassment in the Florida Senate. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Sexual misconduct themes overshadow opening day of 2018 legislative session

As sexual misconduct issues continued to overshadow policy in the Florida Legislature Tuesday, House Speaker Richard Corcoran predicted that with Sen. Jack Latvala’s departure “the Senate will have a...
Published: 01/09/18
Hollywood stars wore black to the Golden Globes in support of women who have been sexually harassed and abused.

Women say #TimesUp with plan to open legislative session dressed in black

When Florida legislators open their annual session on Tuesday, many women will be wearing black to send the same message of solidarity with the #MeToo movement as Hollywood stars did at the Golden Globes.The initiative is expected to cross...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18
State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, is the Senate sponsor of a bill that takes on the issue of sexual harassment by legislators and others in the state capital.

Lawmakers seek to create new penalties for sexual misconduct

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations that toppled one of the most powerful lawmakers in Florida's Capitol, two Broward Democrats filed legislation Friday to create new penalties for sexual misconduct by public officials and establish a...
Published: 01/08/18
Snow in Tallahassee on Wednesday was the first significant frozen precipitation in nearly 30 years.

It’s snowing in Florida’s capital for the first time since 1989

Florida's capital woke up to snow and sleet on Wednesday, the first significant accumulation of frozen precipitation since 1989.At 8:05 a.m. the National Weather Service in Tallahassee declared: "Snow has reached Tallahassee. Precip will end...
Updated one month ago