Wednesday, September 19, 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.

Gov. Rick Scott's bus tour stopped in Clearwater [Scott for Florida]

A bumpy bus tour comes to a close for Rick Scott

Rick Scott's "Make Washington Work Bus Tour" came to an end Tuesday in Orlando. It was a bumpy ride — not the smooth and carefully scripted event that Floridians have come to expect from the always-on-message governor.Could the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
File photo of Gov. Rick Scott.

Rick Scott accused of flouting public records law; governor blasts law firm’s ‘dirty tactics’

TALLAHASSEE — A state judge is being asked to levy fines of $1,000 a day on Gov. Rick Scott for not complying with a court order to turn over copies of his calendar and future travel plans.The law office of Steven Andrews filed an...
Published: 09/18/18
Clifton Sanders Jr. [Special to Tampa Bay Times]

Florida took away his right to vote — but it took 30 years to find him

Clifton Sanders Jr. was really looking forward to having his say in the 2018 election.That is, until the state of Florida caught up with him and took away his right to vote, nearly 30 years too late.Sanders, 69, is a retired...
Published: 09/17/18
Three days every week, people wait in line for free food in Marianna [Steve Bousquet - Tampa Bay Times]

A desperate place left far behind in Rick Scott’s economy

MARIANNA — The line forms early at the local food pantry.By 8 a.m. three days a week, two dozen people are standing in the heat and humidity, swatting away gnats while they wait for bags of free beans, rice, cereal and grits. They...
Published: 09/14/18
Gov. Rick Scott [Steve Bousquet - Times]

Locked in legal battle, Rick Scott’s office and health vendor trade charges

Gov. Rick Scott's office and a health care provider are locked in a dispute over public records and whether the vendor would end its legal battles against Scott's office if the state would extend its contract.Scott's office says yes. The...
Published: 09/14/18
File photo of Gov. Rick Scott.

Lawsuit says Rick Scott’s office won’t fulfill public records request

A lawyer who recently won a public records lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott sued his office again Thursday, accusing his administration of ignoring a separate request for public records needed in a pending legal case."You must acknowledge...
Published: 09/13/18
Koch-funded group supports voting rights for felons in Florida

Koch-funded group supports voting rights for felons in Florida

A national group with close ties to the Koch Brothers, Freedom Partners, has thrown its support behind Amendment 4 on the Florida ballot — the proposal to restore voting rights to most convicted felons without hearings or...
Published: 09/13/18
Gov. Rick Scott announces his school safety and gun control plan on Feb. 23,  2018. [The Florida Channel]

Rick Scott orders panel to screen nominees for Supreme Court

In a move likely to provoke new legal challenges, Gov. Rick Scott wants the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission to get to work seeking applicants for three upcoming vacancies on the state's highest court.The nine-member panel...
Published: 09/12/18
Florida’s felon disenfranchisement system under intense national glare

Florida’s felon disenfranchisement system under intense national glare

TALLAHASSEE –For only the third time this year — but this time under a withering national media glare — Florida's highest elected officials sat in judgment Tuesday of people whose mistakes cost them the right to...
Published: 09/11/18

USF’s new leader will need political savvy, fundraising skill

TALLAHASSEE — The Judy Genshaft era at the University of South Florida won’t formally end until July, but the scramble is on to land her successor.University presidents in Florida are chosen in a politically charged atmosphere that values...
Published: 09/10/18