Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095

Email: kmcgrory@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

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  1. Professor's murder stuns Tallahassee

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    Thirty-six hours before he was gunned down in his Tallahassee home, law professor Dan Markel was pondering the death penalty.

    On that night, July 16, his thoughts drifted to the number of Death Row inmates whose sentences had been vacated in California. He posted an essay on the subject to his widely read legal blog before going to bed.

    Around 11 a.m. on July 18, Markel, 41, was shot in the head. He died the following day....

  2. Legal community rocked by FSU law professor's killing

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    TALLAHASSEE — Thirty-six hours before he was gunned down in his Tallahassee home, law professor Dan Markel was pondering the death penalty.

    On that night, July 16, his thoughts drifted to the number of Death Row inmates whose sentences had been vacated in California. He posted an essay on the subject to his widely read legal blog before going to bed.

    About 11 a.m. on July 18, Markel, 41, was shot in the head. He died the following day....

    Dan Markel, a criminal law professor at Florida State University and leader in the world of online legal scholarship, was shot at his home in Tallahassee on July 19. [Florida State University College of Law via The New York Times]
  3. Judge skeptical about fixing Florida's congressional maps now

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of voting-rights groups on Thursday urged a judge to redraw Florida's congressional map and push back the August primary — or risk having the election be invalid.

    Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis said he was "extremely skeptical" he could do what was asked.

    "Logistically, it is going to be very difficult to get a map drawn within a reasonable amount of time," Lewis said, adding that he wasn't sure if he had the power to reconfigure the districts or delay federal elections....

  4. Judge: Write-in candidates can live outside of the district

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    It just got easier to be a write-in candidate in Florida.

    On Friday, a Leon County judge struck down a state law requiring write-in candidates to live in the district where they are running for office.

    The ruling may seem inconsequential, considering no write-in candidate has ever won an election in Florida. But it could have a profound impact on the state’s quirky election system....

  5. Florida judge: Write-in candidates don't have to live in district where they run for office

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It just got easier to be a write-in candidate in Florida.

    On Friday, a Leon County judge struck down a state law requiring write-in candidates to live in the district where they are running for office.

    The ruling may seem inconsequential, considering no write-in candidate has ever won an election in Florida. But it could have a profound impact on the state's quirky election system....

  6. Marriage-equality supporters celebrate ruling

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    There was dancing in the street in Tallahassee Thursday after a judge overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban....

  7. Florida teachers union challenges voucher expansion bill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state teachers union filed a challenge to a controversial education law Wednesday, saying it violates a constitutional requirement that each law be limited to a single subject.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 850 last month over loud objections from the union, parent groups, the NAACP and the League of Women Voters.

    Among other things, the law expands Florida's school voucher program and creates new scholarships for children with profound disabilities. The scholarships, which can be used for private tutoring, educational materials and various types of therapies, are being rolled out this week....

    Lee County social studies teacher Tom Faasse(cq) and Florida Education Vice President Joanne McCall announce a new lawsuit on Wednesday in Tallahassee challenging a controversial education law. The union says the law violates the constitutional requirement that each legislation proposal be limited to one subject.  A lawsuit filed by Florida teachers union at a presser Wednesday, July 16, 2014,  in Tallahassee.
  8. Teachers union files legal challenge to voucher expansion

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    The state teachers union filed a legal challenge to a controversial education bill Wednesday, saying it violates the constitutional requirement that legislative proposals be limited to a single subject.

    The bill, SB 850, was signed into law last month. Among other things, it expands the state school voucher program and creates new scholarships for children with special needs. The scholarships can be used for private tutoring, educational materials and various types of therapies....

  9. Teachers union: Education law violates state Constitution

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    The state teachers union filed a legal challenge to a controversial education bill Wednesday, saying it violates the constitutional requirement that legislative proposals be limited to a single subject.

    The bill, SB 850, was signed into law last month. Among other things, it expands the state school voucher program and creates new scholarships for children with special needs. The scholarships can be used for private tutoring, educational materials and various types of therapies....

  10. Miami Beach publicist wants back on the ballot in Florida House race

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    Miami Beach publicist Laura Rivero Levey isn’t giving up her bid for the Florida House just yet.

    The Republican was disqualified from the District 113 race earlier this month, after a check she submitted to the Department of State bounced.

    Without any other opposition, incumbent Rep. David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat, was automatically re-elected....

  11. Teachers union to challenge SB 850

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    The statewide teachers union is taking legal action against a new law that expands the school voucher program and creates new scholarships for children with special needs.

    The Florida Education Association will release details Wednesday during a 10 a.m. news conference in Tallahassee. Vice President Joanne McCall, attorney Ron Meyer and Lee County social studies teacher Tom Faasse are expected to speak....

  12. FEA to take legal action against new school voucher law

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    The statewide teachers union is taking legal action against a new law that expands the school voucher program and creates new scholarships for children with special needs.

    The Florida Education Association will release details Wednesday during a 10 a.m. news conference in Tallahassee. Vice President Joanne McCall, attorney Ron Meyer and Lee County social studies teacher Tom Faasse are expected to speak....

  13. Running-mate rumors build

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    The governor’s race is barreling forward, but one key aspect of Democrat Charlie Crist's campaign remains a mystery.

    Who will be his No. 2?

    If Crist wins the primary on Aug. 26 as is expected, he will have just nine days to designate a lieutenant governor as his running mate. That gives him less than two months to vet candidates and make his choice.

    The lieutenant governor job in Florida comes with no official responsibilities, except to take the place of a governor who is incapacitated. Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott left the position open for eight months after former Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned in 2013....

  14. Who will be Charlie Crist's running mate?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The governor's race is barreling forward, but one key aspect of Democrat Charlie Crist's campaign remains a mystery.

    Who will be his No. 2?

    If Crist wins the primary on Aug. 26 as is expected, he will have just nine days to designate a running mate. That gives him less than two months to vet candidates and make his choice.

    The lieutenant governor job in Florida comes with no official responsibilities, except to take the place of a governor who is incapacitated. Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott left the position open for more than 10 months after former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned in 2013....

    Ex-Sen. Dan Gelber, Miami Beach, is a campaign  adviser to Charlie Crist.
  15. New Spanish-language TV ad attacks Scott's education record

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    Democrats are taking aim at Gov. Rick Scott's education record -- en Español.

    On Thursday, the party released its first Spanish-language TV ad, a 30-second spot called "Recortes," or "Cuts."

    It opens with an image of the Republican governor on a chalkboard.

    "Our community needs a governor who fights on our side," a woman says in Spanish. "That's why it's alarming to know that Gov. Rick Scott cut more than a $1 billion from our public schools."...