Thursday, May 24, 2018

Writers

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.



FPL energy grid equipment in Fort Lauderdale. The parent company of FPL announced Monday that it will buy the largest electricity producer in Northwest Florida, Gulf Power, in a $6.4 billion deal. 
[Miami Herald file, 2016]

FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

TALLAHASSEE — The parent company of Florida utility giant Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will buy the largest electricity producer in Northwest Florida, Gulf Power, in a $6.4 billion deal.Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc.
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18
The gang of four who voted for the state's current system of restoring felon rights: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Gov. Rick Scott, former Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam (back turned).

$385 million is what it costs Florida every year to deny civil rights for non-violent felons, report says

Seven years after Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted to end the state policy that automatically restored the civil rights of nonviolent offenders after they complete their sentences, a price tag has emerged.Florida lost an...
Published: 05/21/18
Greyhound racing in Florida could come to an end if voters approved Amendment 13 on the November ballot.

Greyhound industry files lawsuit to remove Amendment 3 from the ballot

The predicted lawsuits aimed at throwing out some of the more controversial amendments put on the November ballot by the Florida Constitution Revision Committee has begun.The Florida Greyhound Association, which represents dog owners and...
Published: 05/17/18
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan speaks to guests of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa on April 21, 2017.  (CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times)

John Morgan calls Rick Scott a ‘bald-headed Eveready Bunny’ and says Corcoran made the right call not to run

Orlando attorney John Morgan said Wednesday he has no regrets on his decision to stay out of the 2018 governor's race and thinks that his friend, Richard Corcoran, made the right move to drop out."To run for governor, you've got to be...
Published: 05/17/18
Cathy Jordan inhales a marijuana joint in 2013 to slow the progression of ALS. Florida doesn't allow the smoking of medical marijuana. [CHERIE DIEZ | Tampa Bay Times]

Why can’t patients smoke marijuana in Florida? John Morgan pushes for answers today in court.

In dramatic testimony, two patients who treat their debilitating diseases with marijuana testified in court Wednesday that although they qualify to receive the drug legally, they are alive only because they break the law and smoke...
Published: 05/16/18
People watch coverage of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas in March 2018. The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. [Associated Press]

Sports betting in play

TALLAHASSEE — In a ruling that could have sweeping consequences for sports operations across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned sports betting, opening the door to another form of gaming in Florida if the...
Published: 05/14/18
Could this be coming to Florida? [NYT]

Sports betting possible in Florida after SCOTUS ruling

In a ruling that could have sweeping consequences for sports operations across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned sports betting, opening the door to another form of gaming in Florida if the Legislature...
Published: 05/14/18
Joseph Edward Ables, 69, faces charges including first-degree murder after he shot Highlands County Deputy William Gentry in the head on May 6, 2018. [Highlands County Sheriff's Office]

A dead deputy and a felon on probation: Is Florida’s depleted prisons budget to blame?

The death of Highlands County sheriff's deputy William Gentry, who police say was shot by a 69-year-old felon who was known to be violent, raised new questions about Florida's depleted supervision and prison resources this week.Joseph...
Published: 05/12/18

Here are the resumes of the current and former division head at Dept. of Revenue

The Florida Department of Revenue ousted top employees and kept positions vacant for months to make room for Gov. Rick Scott’s loyal staffers who will be out of their jobs when he leaves office this year, even though none of them have any...
Published: 05/11/18
What's ahead for Corcoran? [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Why Richard Corcoran failed in his bid for Florida governor

There is a reason no speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in modern times has ever been elected governor and Richard Corcoran thought he could prove the exception.But his detailed study of the flaws of the institution and his...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/10/18