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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

Email: leary@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

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  1. Former Sen. Bob Graham pushes for even more disclosure on 9/11 investigations

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Graham on Wednesday sharply criticized government secrecy over the Sept. 11 attacks, saying the recent release of 28 pages of classified information is merely an opening into what the American public deserves to know.

    "This is removing the cork from the bottle," Graham said at the National Press Club. "Unanswered questions still remain largely unanswered," including whether the 19 hijackers acted alone or had support from Saudi Arabia officials while in the United States....

    Former Sen. Bob Graham, Wednesday at the National Press Club, says there are still unanswered questions about Sept. 11.
  2. Deeming Rubio's debate challenge a 'stunt,' Murphy agrees to only one so far

    Blog

    Patrick Murphy does not share Marco Rubio’s enthusiasm for debates, the Democrat’s campaign saying it has committed to only one debate in late October and deeming Rubio’s challenge for six meetings a “stunt.”

    Murphy, who refused to debate Alan Grayson, says he won’t commit to more unless Rubio commits to serving the full six years of the Senate term if elected. A news release deemed Rubio’s challenge a stunt and followed with a statement from Murphy....

    Marco Rubio and Donald Trump debating earlier this year
  3. Kaine's Florida events canceled due to weather

    Blog

    Tim Kaine's visit Thursday and Friday to Florida has been called off due to the storm, the campaign said.

    Kaine was to make stops in Pensacola, Panama City and Jacksonville.

  4. Bob Graham: Government needs to release much more about 9/11 attacks

    Blog

    WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Bob Graham this morning sharply criticized government secrecy over 9/11, saying the recent release of 28 pages of classified information is only an opening into what the American public deserves to know.

    "The legacy of Barack Obama is going to be stained," when it becomes clear how much material remains hidden from view, Graham said at the National Press Club....

    Bob Graham at the National Press Club.
  5. After humiliating defeat, Rubio dominates Florida

    Blog

    More than five months after losing all but one of Florida’s 67 counties in the presidential primary, Marco Rubio won them all Tuesday night in the Senate primary.

    Rubio got roughly 365,000 more votes than Democrat Patrick Murphy, who also won big with 59 percent of the vote but lost seven counties to Alan Grayson.

    Rubio took 72 percent of the vote; Murphy got 59 percent, though faced more competition....

    Marco Rubio during his victory speech in Kissimmee.
  6. Video: Rubio, Murphy victory speeches

    Blog

    Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy went after each other hard Tuesday after winning their respective primaries.

    ...

  7. Winners in other key Florida congressional primaries

    Blog

    Florida had a number of spirited primaries that were settled tonight.

    District 2: Neal Dunn narrowly defeated Mary Thomas in what was a nasty GOP primary for the seat currently held by Democrat Gwen Graham, who chose not to run becuase the district became more solidly Republican.

    District 9: Darren Soto beat Dena Grayson, wife of Alan Grayson, as well as Susannah Randolph for the Democratic nomination....

  8. Longtime Rep. Corrine Brown defeated in Democratic primary

    State Roundup

    Indicted U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville was defeated Tuesday night, scandal upending her long congressional career as Al Lawson of Tallahassee blew past her.

    Brown, first elected in 1992, has endured controversy before, but in June was indicted on fraud charges over connection to a charity, One Door for Education Foundation Inc. She and others are accused of taking money intended for scholarships....

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, left, arrives for an event with supporters on Tuesday in Sunrise.
  9. Wasserman Schultz beats Tim Canova

    Blog

    After all the hype, it was not much of a contest.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz beat primary challenger Tim Canova, ensuring she will return to Congress for a seventh term given the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of the district.

    Unofficial results showed her with 57 percent of the vote to Canova's 42 percent.

    Riding the Bernie Sanders vibe, Canova raised an impressive amount of money and needled Wasserman Schultz from the left. She also suffered the humiliation of being ousted as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee amid an email scandal showing the party favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders....

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  10. Hobbled by scandal, Corrine Brown is defeated by Al Lawson

    Blog

    Indicted Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville was defeated Tuesday night, scandal upending her long congressional career as Al Lawson of Tallahassee blew past her.

    Unofficial results showed Lawson with 47 percent of the vote, to Brown's 39 percent.

    Brown, first elected in 1992, has endured controversy before, but in June she was indicted on fraud charges over connection to a charity, One Door for Education Foundation Inc. She and others are accused of taking money intended for scholarships....

    Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville
  11. Bracing for defeat, Alan Grayson blasts 'corrupt party bosses,' Patrick Murphy's father

    Blog

    Alan Grayson's last gasp.

    The liberal Democrat issued a final fundraising appeal today that rails against "gross party bias" and the big money influence of Patrick Murphy's father.

    Here's the missive in full:

    Corrupt party bosses controlling the un-Democratic Party are trying to steal this election. Don’t let it happen! Contribute to our unbought and unbossed Senate campaign today >>...

  12. Leaving Congress, Gwen Graham hits road for other Democrats -- and for her likely '18 run for governor

    Blog

    With no race of her own, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is traveling Florida this week on behalf of other candidates -- and for her likely 2018 gubernatorial run.

    Graham today was in Miami Lakes with her father to campaign with Patrick Murphy. Wednesday she’ll join a phone bank for state Rep. Amanda Murphy in Holiday then attend a “Women for Hillary” house party at the Tampa residence of Blair and Ron O'Neal....

    Gwen Graham
  13. The '2020' question will hang over Marco Rubio

    Blog

    On the day in June he reversed his vow not to run for re-election, Marco Rubio refused to say if he would serve out a full six-year term. In a fresh sign of how that refusal will play a prominent role in the general election, Patrick Murphy this morning seized on a CNN report in which Rubio says “No one can make that commitment."...

  14. Florida Republicans contribute to growing national NeverTrump list

    Blog

    The New York Times has compiled a list of 110 Republican leaders nationwide who won’t vote for Donald Trump. The online display matches their announcements with controversial statements made by Trump.

    The Floridians on the list:...

  15. Tim Kaine returns to Florida this week

    Blog

    Tim Kaine will campaign in Florida on Thursday and Friday, with stops in Pensacola, Panama City and Jacksonville.

    "In Pensacola, Kaine will discuss Hillary Clinton's commitment to ensuring our military families, who serve alongside our service members, have the support and resources they need to balance their service to the nation with the demands of family life," the Clinton campaign said. "In Panama City and Jacksonville, Kaine will discuss how Trump's campaign has mainstreamed hate, while Trump himself has lobbed insults at African Americans, Latinos, women, veterans and disabled Americans."...