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Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Alex Leary

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement.

Alex is a graduate of Ithaca College (journalism/anthropology) and began his career at the Valley News in New Hampshire. Alex was born in La Crosse, Wis., and raised in upstate New York along with six brothers and sisters. He lives in Washington.

Phone: (202) 306-4807


Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

  1. Legislators from Florida react to Netanyahu's speech


    One no-show, three escorts for Netanyahu

    Among Florida Democrats, only Rep. Corrine Brown boycotted the speech. Three Floridians were among the House members who escorted Netanyahu into the chamber: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Ted Deutch and Rep. Alcee Hastings.

    Reaction from the Florida delegation

    Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, said that a visibly "angry" Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, walked past him and a couple other members and bashed Netanyahu's speech as "horrible" and "insulting." . . . "The pure anger caught us off guard. . . . It reflects the spirit in which she is approaching this issue."...

  2. Rubio, Lee team up on sweeping tax proposal


    Sens. Marco Rubio and Mike Lee will introduce this morning a proposal that reduces seven tax brackets to two: 15 percent and 35 percent.

    It drops the corporate tax rate to a maximum of 25 percent from 35 percent, including so-called pass through entities, and eliminates capital gains and dividends taxes.

    “And under our proposal, firms with overseas operations will no longer be taxed twice (once abroad and again at home), but only in the country where income is actually earned,” they wrote in a op/ed in the Wall Street Journal that went online tonight....

  3. Clinton email controversy raises questions about Jeb Bush, Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    News that Hillary Clinton used a private email account during her time as Secretary of State draws contrasts and similarities to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Gov. Rick Scott, both of whom have drawn criticism for using private email.

    Bush, a leading Republican contender for president, quickly jumped on the news against an expected rival, whom critics have long cast as secretive. "Transparency matters," Bush wrote Monday night on Twitter. "Unclassified @HillaryClinton emails should be released. You can see mine, here."...

  4. Five Florida Republicans help pass 'clean' Homeland Security funding


    The U.S. House voted this afternoon to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the fiscal year with no attempt to undo President Obama's executive action on immigration. The latest standoff was averted before a partial shutdown was to go into effect Friday and 75 Republicans voted with Democrats....

  5. Corrine Brown's Netanyahu moment


    We're compiling reaction to Bibi Netanyahu's speech but this news release from Rep. Corrine Brown deserves its own space. Read to the end for the kicker:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   March 3, 2015

    (Washington, DC)  Congresswoman Corrine Brown, a strong supporter and friend of the Jewish nation of Israel, wholeheartedly applauded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his address today to a joint session of Congress:...

  6. Florida reaction to Netanyahu speech


    Here's a running list of Florida reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress.

    First: Only one Florida Democrats, Rep. Corrine Brown, is boycotting. (Yet she issued a statement glowing with praise for Netanyahu.) Rep. Frederica Wilson, whose office did not say yesterday whether she would attend, is in the audience....

  7. Hillary Clinton's private email account draws a contrast to Jeb Bush


    Hillary Clinton used a personal email account during her time at the State Department, the New York Times reports, and may have violated federal rules....

    Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election.
  8. Jeb Bush, in Vegas, distances himself from his family


    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distanced himself from his family on Monday as he courted senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar.

    Taking questions in an early voting state for the first time this year, the leading Republican White House prospect declared that each of his family members is different and challenged a questioner who suggested otherwise. Bush is the son and brother of former presidents who were unpopular when they left office....

  9. Rep. Corrine Brown will boycott Netanyahu's speech to Congress


    Only one Florida Democrat, Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, is confirmed to boycott today's speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, according to a survey by the Tampa Bay Times.

    The speech before a joint session of Congress has created a firestorm because it was arranged without the White House, a breach of diplomatic decorum that highlights icy relations between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. Critics also worry it could undermine ongoing talks with Iran....

  10. Erick Erickson: 'Jeb Bush is in this to win this and he just might'


    Jeb Bush didn't just bus in troops to counter detractors at CPAC. He also met privately with some leading conservatives, including Erick Erickson of Red State. And Erickson came away impressed.

    "Watch out conservatives," he wrote in a piece this morning. "Jeb Bush is in this to win this and he just might. I met privately with Governor Bush at CPAC. He struck me as far more polished than many of the other candidates and he clearly recognizes the quality, however superficial it might be to some, of looking the part....

  11. Almost all Florida Democrats plan to attend Netanyahu speech


    Only one Florida Democrat, Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, is confirmed to boycott a speech Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, according to a survey by the Tampa Bay Times.

    The speech has created a firestorm of criticism because it was arranged without the White House, a breach of diplomatic decorum that underscores icy relations between Netanyahu and President Obama. Critics also say it could undermine talks with Iran.

    But while some Democrats are protesting, they won’t get much backup from Florida. Of the state's 27 House members, 10 are Democrats.

    Confirmed attendace: Reps. Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch, Gwen Graham, Lois Frankel, Alan Grayson, Alcee Hastings, Patrick Murphy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Sen. Bill Nelson....

  12. Rubio's team wants to raise $50 million by next year's Iowa caucuses


    Sen.  Marco Rubio talks with The Associated Press and says he's close to annoucing his decision on a 2016 presidential run. It's been increasingly clear which direction he's going, but details make it even more certain. April could be a big month for him.

    From the story:...

  13. What Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are up to this week


    Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush will spend another week on the unofficial presidential primary campaign trail. Here's a rundown for the week of March 2.

    Bush will be in Las Vegas today and visit the Mountain Shadows Community Center to “meet with local residents and discuss the need to restore the promise of America by expanding opportunity for families across the nation.” He’ll likely raise money in the state....

  14. Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll; Jeb Bush takes fifth


    Sen. Rand Paul, as expected won the CPAC straw poll, but Gov. Scott Walker showed his ascendancy and took second place. Jeb Bush didn't do great, coming in fifth, but he surpassed Marco Rubio. (In 2013, Rubio came in second.)

    Could that have anything to do with Bush busing in supporters? Does the poll even matter? In any event ......

  15. The email that rallied Jeb Bush's troops at CPAC


    Setting aside Jeb Bush's solid performance on the CPAC stage yesterday, the headlines would have been quite different today had he been repeatedly booed or faced a mass walk out.

    People booed and heckled, and some walked out. But hundreds of Bush supporters filled the spacious room and sent up waves of cheers and applause. The strategy began with a Feb. 19 email:...

    Jeb Bush met with supporters after his CPAC appearance on Feb. 27, 2015.