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. Coming soon to Broward: Randi Weingarten

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    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will travel to Fort Lauderdale Thursday to "highlight the stark differences on education between the two Florida gubernatorial candidates," according to a press release.

    Expect to hear support for the AFT's candidate of choice, Democrat Charlie Crist.

    The national teachers union, through its political committee, has pumped at least $750,000 into Crist's campaign....

  2. Republican Party responds to Crist's Bill Clinton ad

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    Here's the latest TV ad from the Republican Party of Florida in support of Gov. Rick Scott.

    It comes one day after Democrat Charlie Crist released this ad featuring former President Bill Clinton....

  3. Anti-human trafficking advocates take aim at Crist

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    Gov. Rick Scott isn't letting go of the fact that his Democratic opponent accepted $90,000 in campaign contributions from strip club owners....

  4. Cabinet candidates seem assured of re-election yet still build war chests

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Both Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater are shoo-ins for re-election on Nov. 4.

    But that hasn't stopped either man from major fundraising efforts: Each candidate is headed toward more than $3 million in campaign contributions.

    The heavy hauls may be a sign of their larger ambitions.

    "Putnam especially has been moving very aggressively toward a governor's run (in 2018)," Miami pollster and Florida International University professor Dario Moreno said. "He's raising money. He's going to meetings of Republicans across the state. He's reaching out to Republican leadership."...

  5. Republicans eye supermajority in the Florida House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For Republicans in the Florida House, five is the magic number.

    That's how many seats the GOP needs to flip to have a veto-proof majority in the lower chamber — and steamroll any potential opposition from Democrats.

    To accomplish that goal, state Republicans are targeting seven Democratic incumbents in the Nov. 4 election: Rep. Karen Castor Dentel of Maitland, Rep. Michael Clelland of Lake Mary, Rep. Mark Danish of Tampa, Rep. Dwight Dudley of St. Petersburg, Rep. José Javier Rodríguez of Miami, Rep. Linda Stewart of Orlando, and Rep. Carl Zimmermann of Palm Harbor. All seven represent swing districts....

  6. Scott courts votes in Miami-Dade with (who else?) Mr. 305

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    this gem from @PatriciaMazzei of the Miami Herald:

    Looks like Florida Gov. Rick Scott wasn't the biggest name at his Republican fundraiser at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Friday.

    That distinction apparently goes to Miami native Armando Christian Pérez -- better known as Pitbull -- who on posted to his Twitter account (@pitbull) a photo with the guv, Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and state Rep. Erik Fresen....

  7. New Crist ad says Scott "is used to the finer things"

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    From a press release:

    St. Petersburg, Fla. – The day Rick Scott skipped a deposition about his potentially illegal use of private emails to conduct public business, the [Charlie] Crist for Governor campaign released an ad highlighting one of the prime examples: the Scott Administration's use of private emails to raise funds to improve the governor's mansion.

     

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  8. Poll: Teachers disapprove of Rick Scott

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    Public school teachers really don't like Gov. Rick Scott, according to a poll released Friday by the Democratic Party of Florida. 

    The survey, conducted by the firm Hamilton Campaigns, found that 81 percent of public school teachers who are likely voters have a negative opinion of the way Scott handled education.

    Sure, teachers tend to be Democrats. But 62 percent of the educators who identified themselves as Republicans gave Scott negative marks....

  9. Poll: Teachers disapprove of Rick Scott

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    Public school teachers really don't like Gov. Rick Scott, according to a poll released Friday by the Democratic Party of Florida. 

    The survey, conducted by the firm Hamilton Campaigns, found that 81 percent of public school teachers who are likely voters have a negative opinion of the way Scott handled education.

    Sure, teachers tend to be Democrats. But 62 percent of the educators who identified themselves as Republicans gave Scott negative marks....

  10. Scott calls on feds to monitor healthcare workers returning from West Africa

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    Gov. Rick Scott is once again calling on the federal government to step up its Ebola-prevention efforts. 

    Scott made his latest remarks Friday, after Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus in New York.

    "The news of Dr. Spencer testing positive for Ebola after returning to the U.S. last week from treating Ebola patients makes it clear that the CDC and federal government must do more to protect health care workers around the world and our citizens here at home," he said in a statement....

  11. Crist, Scott court female voters

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    From the sound of things, Florida's gubernatorial candidates consider female voters key to the Nov. 4 election.

    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist stressed his record on women's rights Thursday while campaigning in Broward County....

  12. Hospitals, AHCA quibble over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

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    A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants.

    The coalition, which includes Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, says the state Agency for Health Care Administration has been unlawfully limiting payments to hospitals that provide emergency services to undocumented immigrants.

    "There clearly is a federal intent that these hospitals be paid, and the state is supposed to follow it," said Joanne B. Erde, a Miami attorney representing the hospitals. "It is a condition of participating in the Medicaid program."...

  13. Telephone town hall urges women to vote

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    Thousands of women across Florida took place in a telephone town hall Wednesday night aimed at getting out the vote.

    Speakers included Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin; Jeanette Wynn, president of AFSCME Florida Council 79; Monica Russo, president of the SEIU Florida State Council; and Maria Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition....

  14. Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants.

    The coalition — which includes Bayfront Health and St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa — says the state Agency for Health Care Administration has been unlawfully limiting payments to hospitals that provide emergency services to undocumented immigrants....

  15. Teachers union re-files challenge to controversial education law

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    The statewide teachers union has re-filed its lawsuit challenging the way a controversial education bill became law.

    The original lawsuit targeted a law that both expanded the school voucher program and created new scholarships for children with disabilities. The Florida Education Association argued that the law violated a constitutional provision limiting legislative proposals to a single subject....