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

Email: leary@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

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  1. Southerland's new ad features his wife, daughters, sister and mother

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    Rep. Steve Southerland brings out the big guns in his latest ad: His wife, daughters, sister and mother.

    The ad is intended to shore up support among women voters and address criticism from Democrats that he hasn't been friendly on issues facing women.

    Tomorrow, Southerland will get help from Sen. Marco Rubio, who will drop by the Tallahassee campaign office in the afternoon.

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  2. Outside money pours into two hot congressional races

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    Outside spending has reached $10 million in two of Florida's competitive U.S. House races, continuing a trend that has seen more than $200 million since the 2010 Citizens United decision.

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  3. Graham campaign: We could get killed on TV

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    Voters could see as many as six times as many ads against Democrat Gwen Graham than for her in the final days of the election, the Graham campaign warned in a memo today.

    "To be absolutely precise about the cable disparity we face, starting today through Election Day November 4th:

    "In the Tallahassee media market – Democratic cable spending currently totals $17,027, while Republican cable spending is $161,652. In the Panama City media market – Democratic cable spending currently totals $28,882, while Republican cable spending is $122,906."...

  4. Common Core opponents to urge support for Rick Scott

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    Anti-Common Core activists haven't been pleased with Gov. Rick Scott's half-measures on the issue but are throwing their support behind him against Charlie Crist.

    "In 2009 Charlie Crist took us into Common Core and is an ardent supporter to this day. With a win in November, it will be a no holds barred move to complete the implementation of Common Core and advance his progressive ‘Cred’ with the left. With his sights on 2016 and beyond, he will be all in with the unions and will drop teacher performance measures and return teacher tenure. Through Crist’s allegiance, we will see Arne Duncan make Florida the poster child of Common Core implementation to fly in the face of states like Indiana and Louisiana where the battle rages on.  In fact, our war will be over in Florida!" ......

  5. Bush, Rubio and Nelson have stake in Colorado Senate race

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    DENVER — Tall, handsomely rugged and sporting black cowboy boots, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is a portrait of confidence. "We're going to shock a lot of the pundits out there saying, 'Oh, we think Colorado is slipping away,' " he told supporters gathered in a parking lot before the final debate of the election.

    He bragged about a huge volunteer army and ripped Republican opponent Cory Gardner as too extreme on everything from abortion to climate change to gay marriage....

    Sen. Mark Udall decries GOP challenger Cory Gardner's record on reproductive rights -- one of Udall's key campaign issues -- at a rally in Denver before the final televised debate Wednesday.
  6. In Colorado, fight for U.S. Senate shows Obama factor in midterms

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    DENVER — Tall, handsomely rugged and sporting black cowboy boots, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is a portrait of confidence. "We're going to shock a lot of the pundits out there saying, 'Oh, we think Colorado is slipping away,' " he told supporters gathered in a parking lot before the final debate of the election.

    He bragged about a huge volunteer army and ripped Republican opponent Cory Gardner as too extreme on everything from abortion to climate change to gay marriage. Yet, as the bluegrass band started up and the candidate charged off to debate Wednesday evening, there was a nagging feeling in the crowd, disbelief that it had come to this: The Democrat, who began 2014 looking like he would walk to a second term, is struggling....

    U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, with, as always, a big smile and an abundance of enthusiasm, stirs a pot of venison chili at a center for the homeless in Denver as he campaigns for U.S. Senate.
  7. Congratulations, Jeb Bush, you're being tracked

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    Oppo researchers aren't waiting for Jeb Bush to decide whether he's running. After appearing at an event Monday for Terri Lynn Land, who is running for Senate in Michigan, Bush was approached a Democratic activist who asked him if the candidate should support the Paycheck Fairness Act....

  8. Koch Bros' Super PAC spends big on new ad for Southerland

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    Freedom Partners Action Fund, the Super PAC launched by the Koch Brothers, will announce later today this new ad in the Steve Southerland-Gwen Graham race.

    It's a whopping $400,000 buy, according to the group. The spot talks up Southerland's support of local fishermen and slams Graham as a "liberal." The message mirrors the group's first ad....

  9. Jeb Bush: 'My wife is supportive' as I consider presidential run

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    Jeb Bush was in Texas today to campaign with his son, George P. Bush, who is running for land commissioner. The Associated Press got an interview and Bush addressed questions about his family and a presidential run.

    Q: Gov. Bush, it's frequently reported that your family has differing views on you mounting a presidential campaign.

    A: "As it relates to my mom, my mom's been around the track ... she just believes that it's something that she doesn't want my family to go through, although she's changed her mind on that. So I'm marking her down to `neutral, trending in a different direction' than she was. ... My wife is supportive, but that doesn't mean that I don't understand the challenges that this brings. This is ultimately my decision with as much consideration as I can to take into account the people that I really love."...

  10. Bush and Rubio have presence in Colorado's Senate race

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    WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running a strong campaign for U.S. Senate, is remarkably on message so it's no surprise he took a pass when the Buzz asked who would be a stronger 2016 presidential candidate, Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio.

    If he has a favorite, he couldn't say anyway; both Florida Republicans are helping him in the hotly contested campaign against incument Sen. Mark Udall....

  11. CNN poll shows Scott-Crist tied at 44

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    (CNN) -- It's a tied race between two unpopular men.

    Three weeks before Election Day, Florida incumbent Gov. Rick Scott finds himself in a neck-and-neck sprint to the finish line against Democratic challenger and former Gov. Charlie Crist....

  12. Gwen Graham responds to Southerland's ISIS ad, criticizes Obama as too slow

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    A day after Rep. Steve Southerland released an alarmist ad suggesting Democrats, and Gwen Graham, are weak on national security, Graham is out with a rebuttal.

    And Graham not only criticizes Southerland but says President Obama and Congress were too slow to address ISIS....

  13. Southerland's latest ad: ISIS could be coming to get us

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    Steve Southerland's latest ad turns to the poltics of fear and security. The ad invokes ISIS and shows footage of terrorists and bemoans "open borders."

    The ad is similar to what other Republican campaigns have produced. Democrats, not to be outdone, are exploring Ebola as an issue....

  14. Rubio headed back to Iowa as Ernst mounts strong campaign

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    Marco Rubio will return to Iowa later this month for a Reagan Day dinner and to campaign with U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

    Rubio will speak at the Scott County GOP’s dinner on Oct. 28. And while it hasn't been announced, he'll also campaign with Ernst, who has a good shot at taking the open seat.

    Rubio was last in Iowa in August to campaign with Ernst, and and before that in June. The potential 2016 presidential candidate has also dispatched his staff to help Ernst. Earlier this week he was in New Hampshire to campaign with Scott Brown; Rubio will go back to the Granite State later this month as well....

    Sen. Marco Rubio with Joni Ernst in Iowa in June
  15. Nelson wants travel restrictions for Ebola

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    Sen. Bill Nelson today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to consider suspending travel visas to people in areas hit by Ebola.

    Dear Secretary Kerry:

    I have reviewed the administration’s comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus and I support the national-security and public-health efforts in this regard.

    It would seem that another means of reducing the chances of exposure to the virus here at home would be to temporarily suspend unnecessary travel to the United States under existing visas and the issuance of new visas for citizens of countries that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies as areas with high rates of infections....