Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Writers

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University. Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of The Almanac of Florida Politics and to The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida.



Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.Four former top-level staff members at the state’s tourism promotion and...
Updated one month ago
Stephen Bittel, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party.

Latvala’s accusers remain anonymous

As women across the country come forward and publicly call out sexual harassers, accusers in the Sunshine State have remained in the shade.At least six women have alleged that they are victims of sexual harassment by state Sen. Jack Latvala,...
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Senate budget chairman Senator Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Gov. Rick Scott calls Jack Latvala controversy ‘disgusting’

Gov. Rick Scott addressed the Jack Latvala controversy for the first time Monday, telling reporters in Fort Myers that what he has seen in news reports is "disgusting." In Fort Myers for a tax-cut event, Scott, without prompting from reporters,...
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SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Florida Capitol looking east, Tallahassee.  FOR FILE.

Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

For decades, sex has been a tool and a toy for the politically powerful in the male-dominated world of politics in Florida’s capital. Now it’s a weapon.
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Senate budget chairman Senator Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

TALLAHASSEE — For decades, sex has been a tool and a toy for the politically powerful in the male-dominated world of politics in Florida’s capital. Now it’s a weapon.Allegations of sexual assault, harassment and infidelity...
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SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Senate budget chairman Senator Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater, talks about budget negotiations, Thursday, 5/4/17, in Tallahassee.

Jack Latvala on sexual harassment allegations: "I’m going to clear my name"

Florida Senate President Joe Negron ordered an internal investigation Friday of sexual harassment allegations made by six unnamed women who accused Sen. Jack Latvala of groping and inappropriate touching."There has been a news report alleging...
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Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew is piled on the shoulder of A1A in Vilano Beach on Oct. 8, 2016. [Will Vragovic | Tampa Bay Times]

Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott’s disaster agency

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.The...
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, shown here in July 2016 at a Fort Myers news conference. [Associated Press]

Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott’s disaster agency

Gov. Rick Scott’s disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to expeditiously reimburse cities and counties in Florida for the cost of storm damage, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.The inspector general in...
Updated: 2 months ago
Scott Crellin, a trouble man for Duke Energy, works to cut tree limbs from a Tarpon Springs power line after Hurricane Irma. The utility's problems with getting power restored after the storm, and it's contributions to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's campaign for governor, have become an issue in the governor's race. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]

Power struggle: Latvala targets Putnam’s large donations from electric utilities

TALLAHASSEE — The 2018 race for Florida governor will be about power — not just political power, but electric power.The consensus front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has raised nearly...
Updated: 2 months ago
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida. [Associated Press]

Florida governor declares state of emergency before white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in Alachua County, three days ahead of a scheduled speech at the University of Florida campus by the white nationalist Richard Spencer.Scott has issued such declarations...
Updated: 2 months ago