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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. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Phone: (202) 306-4807


Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

  1. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton clash in first presidential debate


    With a blockbuster matchup drawing worldwide interest, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed over the economy, policing and national security Monday in their first debate, Trump repeatedly put on the defensive for controversies he has stirred while he attacked Clinton's use of a private email server and questioned her stamina for the presidency.

    "Hillary has experience. But it's bad experience," Trump said. "And this country can't afford to have another four years of that kind of experience."...

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughs with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after their presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday. [Associated Press]
  2. Billboard in Miami links Trump and Rubio


    Democratic-aligned groups today unveiled a billboard in Miami that calls attention to Marco Rubio’s support for Donald Trump

    “The digital billboard ad, located directly next to the Palmetto Expressway exit for Rubio’s Miami Senate office, will run for four weeks, warning drivers about not only the danger of a Donald Trump presidency but the danger of the Florida Republican senator’s outspoken endorsement of Trump,” according to a release from Florida’s Voice, which joined with For Florida’s Future, a super PAC tied to Tom Steyer....

    A depiction of the billboard going up near Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Miami
  3. Democrats want FDLE to probe Trump-Bondi connection


    A group of Florida Democrats in Washington want the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Donald Trump’s $25,000 contribution to Attorney General Pam Bondi.

    “Given the suspicious circumstances surrounding the timing of Trump’s donation – which was simultaneous with the office’s decision not to take action against Trump and Trump University – a thorough and proper inquiry of the events surrounding Attorney General Bondi’s treatment of this investigation is clearly warranted,” reads the letter addressed to Commissioner Rick Swearingen....

  4. What Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are up to the week of Sept. 26


    What Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are up to the week of Sept. 26:

    Murphy has House duties in Washington. This weekend he'll be in Sarasota and Tampa.

    Rubio is raising money in Nashville today then will be in Washington Tuesday through Thursday. Campaign events later in the week have not yet been determined, an aide said.

    The thing to watch this week in Washington is the budget deal, which contains $1.1 billion in to fight Zika. After this week, Murphy and Rubio should hit the campaign trail full time....

  5. Hillary Clinton back in Florida on Friday


    Hillary Clinton will campaign in St. Lucie and Broward County on Friday, with a focus on the economy, according to her campaign. Locations had not been revealed as of Sunday afternoon.

    St. Lucie details.

    Broward details....

  6. Bill Clinton to campaign across North Florida


    Bill Clinton will sweep across North Florida on Saturday, according to a release.

    "At public events in Panama City, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville, with additional stops along the way, President Clinton will talk to Floridians about Hillary Clinton's plans to build an economy that works for all, not just those at the top," the Clinton campaign says.

  7. Donald Trump to rally in Melbourne on Tuesday


    Donald Trump returns to must-win Florida on Tuesday for a rally in Melbourne.

    It will be held at 7 p.m. at Orlando Melbourne International Airport's AeroMod Hangar, according to Trump's online schedule.

    Earlier Tuesday Trump has fundraisers in Orlando and Miami.

  8. Tim Kaine to campaign Sunday and Monday in Florida


    Tim Kaine will campaign Sunday and Monday in Miami-Dade, Lakeland and Orlando.

    The Ccampaign said he "will discuss Hillary Clinton’s plan to create an economy that works for all, not just those at the top."

  9. Ted Cruz takes a Rubio like stance toward Trump


    Ted Cruz finally caved.

    The man who enraged and pleased Republicans by speaking at the GOP convention without endorsing Donald Trump did today. In doing so, Trump carved out a position not unlike Marco Rubio, who had a lot of bad things to say about Trump on the campaign trail but had come to support him as a show of party loyalty and to prove he wanted nothing more than to defeat Hillary Clinton....

    Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz during the GOP presidential primary debate at the University of Miami's Bank United Center in Coral Gables on March 10.
  10. Hillary Clinton's challenge with young voters easy to find at USF

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — "I need you," Hillary Clinton humbly declared, a stage behind her filled with a diverse group of college students.

    She was at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday, but the plea was no less directed here, the University of South Florida, home to 30,000 students who could help decide the outcome of the biggest battleground state in the country.

    Clinton, 68, has a problem with young voters. She has been unable to generate the excitement instilled by the man she wants to replace, President Barack Obama, or the man she defeated in the contentious Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Turning that around is vital for her campaign....

    A Jeep on the USF campus is a proxy for the widespread support Bernie Sanders had among college age voters. They liked his bold ideas like free college tuition for all, his rejection of Super PAC money and his unpolished style. Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton and is traveling the country trying to get his supporters on board and urging them not to support a third-party candidate. (Alex Leary  |  Times)
  11. Trump's new Supreme Court list includes Florida Justice Charles Canady


    Donald Trump today is to release an expanded list of possible Supreme Court nominees and has included two Floridians.

    A list obtained early by NBC News shows Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady as well as Federico Moreno, a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida....

  12. 'She's a slob' - New Clinton ad uses Donald Trump's words about women


    Hillary Clinton's campaign has a new TV ad in Florida that juxtaposes Donald Trump's rhetoric about women with images of actual young women.

    "Mirrors" is airing in Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and on national cable, according to the campaign.


  13. At USF, Hillary Clinton's challenge with young voters stands out


    TAMPA - "I need you," Hillary Clinton declared Monday, the stage behind her filled with a diverse group of college students.

    She was at Temple University in Philadelphia, but the plea was no less intended to reach the campus of University of South Florida here, and many others like it across the United States.

    Clinton, 68, has a problem with young voters -- unable to summon the excitement instilled by the man she wants to replace, President Barack Obama. In Florida, the biggest swing state, turning that around is crucial for the Democrat....

    Alexas McLendon, 22,a senior mass communications major from Tampa, says she's not crazy about either candidate for president.
  14. Clinton beats Trump in Florida -- in fundraising, at least


    Hillary Clinton exceeded Donald Trump in fundraising from Florida by more than $800,000 in August, the latest FEC reports show.

    Clinton raised about $2.2 million from Florida for the month, boosting her overall Sunshine State fundraising to $15.5 million.

    Trump approached $1.4 million and has so far drawn $5.5 million.

    Below, the breakdown by city.


  15. Trump adds Miami fundraiser to Tuesday schedule


    Donald Trump is raising money in Miami on Tuesday, his first of two fundraising events that day. He'll likely add campaign stops.