Sunday, November 18, 2018


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.

Rick Scott and Anne Scott. [AP]

Rick Scott and wife invested in parent company bidding on Tampa high-speed rail

As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott canceled a $2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa because it carried "an extremely high risk of overspending taxpayer dollars with no...
Updated: 3 months ago
Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead, seen here in 2004. [Times]

Here’s another legal challenge for Florida’s constitutional amendments

Six of the eight amendments placed on the November ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission require voters to "pay a price for the right to vote for or against them,'' retired Florida chief justice Harry Lee Anstead argued Tuesday in a...
Updated: 3 months ago
Former Sen. Jack Latvala

FDLE closed Jack Latvala case without gathering new info

Documents released this week in the now-closed investigation into the sexual harassment and corruption claims against former state Sen. Jack Latvala show that state investigators did not expand their review beyond the information provided to...
Updated: 3 months ago
Greyhound racing in Florida could come to an end if voters approved Amendment 13 on the November ballot.

State appeals judge’s ruling on greyhound ban, leaving ballot amendment in limbo

A proposed constitutional amendment intended to end dog racing in Florida was thrown off the November ballot by a Tallahassee judge Wednesday, and by Thursday Attorney General Pam Bondi had appealed the ruling to the Florida Supreme...
Updated: 4 months ago
Florida Gov. Rick Scott interacts with people at Restaurant El Arepazo 2 in March in Doral.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott campaign sets up disclosure Q and A, then avoids some answers

Here is the Q and A provided by the Scott campaign as part of the governor's financial disclosure. Note that even some of their own questions didn't get answers.Our updates and context are in italics:"TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
Updated: 4 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times]

Rick Scott reveals highest-ever family assets of at least $255 million

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday released a detailed financial statement as a U.S. Senate candidate, disclosing for the first time that he's worth at least $255 million with more than $173 million in his wife's name outside a blind...
Updated: 4 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott greets supporters at a campaign rally June 26, 2018. Credit: Kirby Wilson, Tampa Bay Times.

Health care company sues to get Rick Scott’s schedule

A not-for-profit health care company that lost a bid to renew its Medicaid contract with the state had a question for Gov. Rick Scott: Where can we find you?They asked his staff to send them a copy of his schedule — in the office...
Updated: 4 months ago
Sen. Jack Latvala.

Jack Latvala cleared of criminal charges by state prosecutor

TALLAHASSEE — Former state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, whose four-decade career in politics collapsed in November in a sexual harassment scandal, will not be charged with a crime.Tallahassee-area state attorney Jack Campbell...
Updated: 4 months ago
Nuclear reactors at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point facility.

Regulators nix FPL’s pitch to charge customers for Vero Beach deal, order a hearing

The Florida Public Service Commission put a temporary halt to Florida Power & Light’s deal to buy the Vero Beach municipal utility Wednesday.After receiving four challenges to its June 5 ruling, the PSC swiftly
Updated: 4 months ago
Rick Scott. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Court could decide whether Rick Scott fully disclosed his wealth

Will there be a trial over whether Gov. Rick Scott is violating the state's financial disclosure and blind trust laws and failing to disclose all the companies and investment he controls while governor?That is the question the First...
Updated: 4 months ago