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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. Andrew Gillum addresses Democratic convention


    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum addressed the Democratic National Convention this afternoon. His prepared remarks:

    As I prepared for tonight, I thought back on the path that led me to this moment. Born the fifth of seven kids in Miami to my daddy, a construction worker, and my mama, a school bus driver. My parents worked their entire lives to provide me and my siblings with greater opportunities than they had ever been afforded. ...

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum addresses the DNC
  2. Hillary Clinton's challenge with young voters


    PHILADELPHIA - Hillary Clinton has a problem with young voters: Many just don't like her.

    They find Bernie Sanders more authentic and true to liberalism. 

    "Bernie Sanders appears like a grandfather to young voters. The sort of grandfather that would say the truth to you. If you are failing in school, you should study more," said Miguel Valdez, 32, of Gainesville, who is attending the convention. "Young people are craving integrity, honestly, straightforwardness and that's why he connects so well."...

    Miguel Valdez of Gainesville is attending the Democratic National Convention
  3. Trunp's comments in Doral brings swift rebuke from Clinton campaign


    Democrats, and some Republicans, criticized Donald Trump's comments from Doral today encouraging Russian hackers to surface Hillary Clinton's emails.

    "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," said Hillary Clinton advisor Jake Sullivan. "That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."...

  4. Hillary Clinton's next challenge: Persuading Bernie Sanders' young backers to vote for her

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — It's over for Bernie Sanders. But not for them, the fresh-faced army that packed a downtown square Tuesday afternoon, punching fists in the air to cries of "Bernie or bust."

    The rally — hours before Hillary Clinton officially captured the Democratic presidential nomination — illustrated the passion that drove 74-year-old Sanders' remarkable run.

    It also shows a glaring weakness of Clinton: young voters....

    Sanders supporter Alyssa Behrendt, 19, of Iowa said she won’t vote for Clinton. “I just don’t like her.”
  5. 'I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven' (w/video)


    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Tryvon Martin, addressed the Democratic convention tonight.

    "I am an unwilling participant in this movement. I would not have signed up for this. None of us would have," she said in prepared remarks.

    "But I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven. And for my other son, Jahvaris, who is still here on earth. I didn't want this spotlight. But will I do everything I can to focus some of that light on a path out of this darkness....

    Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendleton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson from Mothers of the Movement speak during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
  6. Florida women help make case for Hillary Clinton


    Three Florida women addressed the Democratic convention tonight.

    Rep. Lois Frankel:

    I'm Congresswoman Lois Frankel of Florida. I'm the proud mother of a United States Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and our military families give everything to our country. They embody our highest ideals: service, selflessness, and bravery....

  7. Florida delegates vote for 'the first woman president of the United States, Hillary Clinton'


    Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant, surrounded by fellow Democrats on the convention floor in Philadelphia, cast 163 votes for Hillary Clinton.

    "Madame Secretary, on behalf of the state of Florida -- the great Sunshine State, the home of Senator Bill Nelson, the state that went blue for President Obama and it's going to go blue for Hillary Clinton -- I proudly cast 72 votes for Senator Bernie Sanders and 163 votes for the first woman president of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton."...

  8. Bill Nelson: It was a 'mistake' for convention organizers not to feature more Floridians


    PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Bill Nelson said it was a "mistake" for Democratic convention organizers not to feature more Floridians.

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks Wednesday and Syrbina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will speak today. But that's it, a thin showing from the biggest swing state in the country.

    "They should have had maybe a mayor in South Florida. But you can't be perfect in everything," Nelson said at the Florida delegation breakfast....

    Sens. Al Franken and Bill Nelson ran into each other this morning
  9. Surprise: Bernie Sanders crashes Florida Democratic breakfast


    PHILADELPHIA - Bernie Sanders made an unannounced visit to the Florida delegation breakfast, imploring Democrats to come together to defeat Donald Trump.

    "Thank you very much for allowing me to barge in," he said, taking the microphone from Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa.

    "We did not do particularly well in Florida, but I want to thank all of you who were there with us. Now, whether you supported me or you supported Secretary Clinton, we all know what our task is and that is to make sure Donald Trump is not elected president."...

    Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to Florida Democrats in Philadelphia
  10. Discord marks opening of DNC, while Bernie Sanders says 'choice is not even close'

    State Roundup


    Discord tore through Monday's opening of the Democratic National Convention even as Sen. Bernie Sanders called on his supporters to back Hillary Clinton — a plea rejected by many angered over a scandal involving leaked party emails, ruining plans to draw a contrast with the messy GOP convention.

    "It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That's what this campaign has been about. That's what democracy is about," Sanders said, adding that the movement had successfully produced "the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party."...

    Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Monday in Philadelphia. He said Hillary Clinton "must become president."
  11. How Florida delegates will watch the convention


    PHILADELPHIA - Florida delegates have good seats for convention but they aren't dead in the middle of the arena as Republican delegates enjoyed last week in Cleveland.

    Florida is stage left. The most prime seats go to New York and Virginia, home to Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

    The convention floor in Philadelphia
  12. Wasserman Schultz will not gavel in convention


    PHILADELPHIA - DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not gavel in the convention.

    "I stepped down the other day because I wanted to make sure that having brought us to this momentous day and to Philadelphia and planned the convention that is going to be the best one we've ever had in our party's history that this needs to be all about making sure that everyone knows that Hillary Clinton would make the best president," she told the Sun-Sentinel....

  13. Embattled Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted by loud, angry Florida crowd (w/video)

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — Angry protesters drowned out U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday morning as the soon-to-be-former Democratic National Committee chairwoman called for unity, a raucous scene that underscored hard feelings among supporters of Bernie Sanders.

    The fallout continued later in the day for Wasserman Schultz, who scrapped plans to gavel in the convention, a move that would have likely repeated the mayhem at the hotel....

    Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and his wife, Adele, at the Florida delegation breakfast Monday morning as protesters shout down U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Louis Jacobson  |  Times)
  14. Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted by loud, angry crowd


    PHILADELPHIA -- Angry protesters drowned out Debbie Wasserman Schultz this morning as the soon-to-be-former Democratic National Committee chairwoman made a futile plea for unity, a raucous scene that underscored hard feelings among supporters of Bernie Sanders

    "Shame. Shame. Shame!" the crowd yelled, holding signs that read "e-mails," a reference to the WikiLeaks controversy that has engulfed Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic National Committee....

    An angry group of protesters nearly drowned out Debbie Wasserman Schultz this morning as she called for unity at a Florida delegation breakfast.
  15. Florida delegates to hear from top-name Democrats


    Here's the speaker lineup for Florida Democratic breakfasts in Philadelphia.


    Senator Bob Graham

    Senator Cory Booker

    Senator Chris Murphy

    Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro


    Senator Bill Nelson

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi 

    Senator Amy Klobuchar...