Clear79° FULL FORECASTClear79° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

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

link
  1. Obama to visit Florida on Wednesday to urge action on climate change

    Blog

    President Barack Obama will travel to Florida on Wednesday for an Earth Day event in the Everglades to call attention to climate change.

    “The Everglades is one of the most special places in our country,” Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday. “But it’s also one of the most fragile.  Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure – and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry – at risk.”...

  2. Climate change group praises Jeb Bush for 'leadership'

    Blog

    Jeb Bush on Friday in New Hampshire called for the U.S. "to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.”

    The remarks at a "Politics & Eggs" event brought praise from billionaire Tom Steyer's group NextGen Climate, which has spent millions in recent elections blasting Republicans on climate change.

    "Jeb Bush demonstrated leadership today on the issue of climate change—distancing himself from the other Republican presidential hopefuls and demonstrating why climate change doesn’t have to be a partisan issue," the group said in an email to reporters. "Today in New Hampshire, Bush expressed his concern about the fact that the climate is changing and pledged to “to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions. This is a critical step forward for the Republican candidate, but it can only be the beginning if America hopes to truly lead the world in combating climate change once and for all. In the coming weeks, we urge Jeb Bush to outline his specific plan to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the greatest challenge of our generation. Providing strong solutions to reduce carbon emissions will not only mitigate the impacts of climate change but also strengthen our economy and create good-paying jobs across the country."...

  3. Hillary Clinton staying away from Florida for now, but supporters get rolling

    State Roundup

    Florida Democrats are ready for Hillary, even if Hillary Clinton is not yet ready for them.

    "In my 35 years in politics I've never seen anything like it. Every day my email box is filled, people asking, 'How do I get involved, how do I help?' " said Alan Clendenin of Tampa, vice chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and leader of Florida's "Ready for Hillary" committee, which has spent more than a year raising money and signing up volunteers....

    Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit on April 15 in Norwalk, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  4. Rubio disputes his positions are 'yesterday'

    Blog

    Step inside the press gaggle with Marco Rubio today in New Hampshire, with video courtesy of Michael C. Bender of Bloomberg News.

    He's asked about evolution (it should be taught) and addresses a point we wrote about today: Whether his positions on gay marriage, climate change and Cuba are the stances of "yesterday." He also talks about Jeb Bush....

  5. Americans for Prosperity launches ad against Medicaid expansion

    Blog

    Americans for Prosperity said Friday it is launching a statewide ad that calls Medicaid expansion "bad for Florida."

    The group, which has previously gone after Republicans supporting the expansion for budget reasons, did not detail the scope of the ad. UPDATE: "We have scheduled to run this as a digital ad statewide through the end of session, promoting on all the major policy websites and via social media and have not ruled out using other forms of media," spokesman Andres Malave said....

  6. What happend to the sword Jeb Bush gave Marco Rubio?

    Blog

    We were wondering the other day what happened to the sword Jeb Bush gave Marco Rubio, a symbolism of Bush passing the conservative torch as Rubio prepared to take over as Florida House speaker. A spokewoman said she'd find out.

    Today, Rubio answered the question.

    “I have it somewhere at home," he told reporters in New Hampshire. "I have young kids. I don’t want them to run around with a sword." (h/t Zeke Miller, Time)...

    Marco Rubio with the sword Jeb Bush gave him in 2005
  7. Yes, a Bush/Rubio ticket is legal but it won't happen

    Blog

    From Jon Greenberg at PunditFact:

    Lawrence O’Donnell said the president and vice president can't be from the same state. That’s incorrect, there is no law or regulation preventing a ticket from coming from the same state.

    All the Constitution does is prevent electors in the Electoral College from voting for a president and vice president who are both from their home state....

  8. Jeb digs in to New Hampshire

    Blog

    He's suffered for months, eating like a bird, sweating it out at the Biltmore gym.

    Tonight, in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush went for it.

    "To hell with the diet," Bush said as he plowed into a slice of blueberry pie. Credit: Kasie Hunt of NBC News.

    Jeb Bush at "politics and pies" event Thursday night in NH
  9. Rep. Alan Grayson moving closer to Senate run

    Blog

    Rep. Alan Grayson says he’s moving closer to getting in the race for U.S. Senate, citing difficulty of Republicans to field a top-tier candidate.

    “It sure does encourage me more,” the liberal Orlando Democrat said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday afternoon. “I’m closer.

    “I like the fact that we got an unequivocal statement that Marco Rubio is running for president. I think he will pay a big price with the electorate if he ends up changing his mind (and runs for re-election)."...

  10. Chris Christie says the Bush juggernaut has 'slowed down pretty significantly'

    Blog

    Chris Christie took a shot at Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio, during an interview Thursday on the Today Show.

    Christie, struggling to regain his mojo, was asked if “moderate Republican” Bush is his biggest rival. “I don’t know,” he said. “You would have thought when he announced in December that he would be. But it seems to me that that train has slowed down pretty significantly.”...

  11. Marco Rubio begins fundraising sprint

    Blog

    The campaign is launched. Now comes the money chase.

    Marco Rubio is raising money today in New York, then Boston, en route to New Hampshire, where he has campaign events on Friday.

    Rubio is also doing an online “money bomb” that ends Friday at midnight, with proceeds going to what he’s calling “The Fund for the New American Century.” Goal is to raise $100,000 (which is the per person admission to some of Jeb Bush’s events)....

  12. Opponents race to define Marco Rubio as the true candidate of 'yesterday'

    State Roundup

    Is Marco Rubio the face of the future?

    Days after he launched a presidential campaign that declared "yesterday is over," the Florida Republican's positions on a number of issues have provided an opening for opponents.

    Rubio, 43, faces changing public opinion on gay marriage, climate change and Cuba, among other topics, including increasing the minimum wage. Social media has lit up with criticism of him on those points....

    A man protests Marco Rubio outside the Freedom Tower on Monday.
  13. Opponents race to define Rubio as the true candidate of 'yesterday'

    Blog

    Is Marco Rubio the face of the future?

    Days after he launched a presidential campaign that declared "yesterday is over," the Florida Republican's positions on a number of issues have provided an opening for opponents.

    Rubio, 43, faces changing public opinion on gay marriage, climate change and Cuba, among other topics, including increasing the minimum wage. Social media has lit up with criticism of him on those points....

    A man protests Marco Rubio outside the Freedom Tower on Monday
  14. Will Weatherford won't run for U.S. Senate

    Blog

    Will Weatherford said Wednesday he will not run for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat, citing family obligations.

    The former Republican House speaker wrote on Twitter: "Many good candidates looking at 2016 Senate race, I will not be one of them. / My wife and I have an agreement that I will not run for office while we still have children in diapers / I look forward to seeing a great field of Republican candidates and holding R majority in U.S. Senate."...

  15. Rubio defends tax plan against conservative critics who call it 'redistribution'

    Blog

    Newly minted presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday defended a tax proposal that has come under attack from conservatives as a budget busting handout and political gambit to win votes from the middle class.

    "Our argument is that this is not redistribution because this money doesn’t belong to the government in the first place," Rubio said at an event at the Heritage Foundation. He said parents who choose to raise children vs. those who do not have “additional costs that they are contributing not just to their family but to America’s future and the tax code doesn’t recognize that. … I’m looking forward to a vibrant debate.”...