Friday, May 25, 2018


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 talks to the media at the end of the legislative session at the Florida State Capitol on Sunday. [MARK WALLHEISER | AP]

Rick Scott, Cabinet defend felons’ rights restoration system in court

Gov. Rick Scott and Florida's three elected Cabinet members Friday mounted a new legal defense of the state's 150-year-old system for restoring the voting rights of convicted felons.In a filing with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Protesters participate in a

Publix suspends political contributions amid statewide protests

Publix, facing consumer boycotts, student protests and threats to its wholesome image for its generous support of Adam Putnam's bid for governor, announced Friday it is suspending all corporate campaign contributions immediately.The...
Updated: 3 hours ago
[Tampa Bay Times]

Sixteen states apply for election security money. Florida? Not yet.

Sixteen states have formally applied for federal money to improve their election security in advance of the 2018 vote.Florida is not yet one of them.The state's chief elections officer, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, says: "We've...
Published: 05/24/18
Matt Masterson is a cybersecurity expert at the Department of Homeland Security [Steve Bousquet - Times]

Is Florida’s elections system safe from a cyber-attack?

FORT LAUDERDALE — The people who run Florida's elections used to fret about having enough poll workers and voting machines.Now they talk about incident response teams and threat detectors.They buy expensive sensors that can...
Published: 05/24/18
Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Tampa last year. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]

Rick Scott overrules elections chief, directs Florida to seek cyber-security money

FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday directed the state's chief elections official to seek $19.2 million in federal money to help counties protect against possible cyber-security attacks in the 2018 election.Scott's...
Published: 05/23/18
Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

No federal cyber-security money before election, state says

Florida's chief elections official, Ken Detzner, says counties desperately waiting for a new pot of federal money to fight cyber-threats to voting systems won't be getting it before the election."The answer is no, and the reason is, we...
Published: 05/23/18
Early voting in Miami-Dade in 2016 [Howard Cohen - Miami Herald]

Florida’s early voting ban on campus challenged in court

A new lawsuit accuses Gov. Rick Scott's administration of making it more difficult for young people to vote by preventing early voting at public buildings on state university campuses.The election-year complaint filed Tuesday by the...
Published: 05/22/18
Gov. Rick Scott and the Petty family at Broward's Lincoln Day dinner [Steve Bousquet - Times]

Why deep blue Broward looms large in Florida’s U.S. Senate race

FORT LAUDERDALE — A safe prediction about the 2018 election in Florida is that Gov. Rick Scott will get trounced in Broward County for a third time.The deepest blue county in the state soundly rejected Scott in both of his races...
Published: 05/21/18
A Florida prison [Miami Herald]

Drug and alcohol advocates to Rick Scott: ‘We have yet to hear’ from you

Two weeks after asking Gov. Rick Scott to step in and resolve a serious budget crisis in Florida's prison system, a leading advocacy group says it hasn't heard a word from the governor's office.The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse...
Published: 05/21/18
Russian President Vladimir Putin. [AP]

Russian hackers, long lines, voting data: What Florida elections officials are talking about this week

The people who count votes in Florida realize the eyes of the nation will be on them again as millions of people make their choices in the 2018 election.Supervisors of elections from the state's 67 counties will meet this week at a Fort...
Published: 05/21/18