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. Ethics complaint claims Charlie Crist failed to disclose income, leases

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist failed to accurately report his income on his financial disclosure forms, according to an ethics complaint filed Wednesday.

    The complaint, brought by Sarasota Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters, says Crist misrepresented his financial relationship with the St. Joe Company, a Panhandle-based real estate and timber firm that paid Crist to serve on its board....

  2. Ethics complaint alleges lapses in Crist's financial disclosures

    Blog

    An ethics complaint filed Wednesday is calling additional attention to Charlie Crist's finances.

    The complaint, filed by Sarasota Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters, alleges that the Democratic candidate for governor failed to disclose two liabilities: his leases on a Jeep Cherokee and a St. Petersburg apartment. Crist mentioned both the car and the condo in a June 17 interview with the Herald/Times....

  3. Florida business leaders call for immigration reform

    Blog

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida joined forces with faith-based leaders Wednesday to call for national immigration reform.  

    "Inaction by Congress is not a path forward," said Leticia Adams, the chamber's director of infrastructure and governance policy. "The problems with our immigration system have grown and multiplied, and have become a threat to the productivity of key industries in Florida."...

  4. First Charlie Crist TV ad supports higher minimum wage, equal pay for women

    Gubernatorial

    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist debuted his first television ad Monday, a 30-second spot promising an increase in the minimum wage and equal pay for women.

    The campaign had high hopes for the ad, saying it would "be seen by a majority of Floridians over the next couple of weeks."

    But in the battle playing out over the state's TV airwaves, Crist is already behind....

  5. Crist, Scott spar over education records

    Blog

    Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are using a similar weapon in their battle for the governor’s mansion: teachers.

    Schoolteachers play a starring role in Scott's latest round of campaign television ads.

    "Rick Scott has put a lot of money back into education," a teacher named Vicki says in one ad, standing before her whiteboard.

    Crist has also enlisted educators in his gubernatorial bid. The Democratic frontrunner recently hosted a roundtable discussion with educators, and asked one of them to deliver his qualifying documents to the elections department in Tallahassee....

  6. Education records at odds in race between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are using a similar weapon in their battle for the Governor's Mansion: teachers.

    Schoolteachers play a starring role in Scott's latest round of campaign television ads.

    "Rick Scott has put a lot of money back into education," a teacher named Vicki says in one ad, standing before her whiteboard.

    Crist also has enlisted educators in his gubernatorial bid. The Democratic front-runner recently hosted a roundtable discussion with educators, and asked one of them to deliver his qualifying documents to the elections department in Tallahassee. He has since met with teachers in Orlando and Miami....

    Gov. Rick Scott has struggled to win over teachers since taking office. He cut the education budget by $1.3 billion, but restored it when the economy rebounded.
  7. Charlie Crist files legal brief in support of marriage equality

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist filed a legal brief in support of marriage equality on Friday.

    The brief comes as six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses prepare for their day in court. They are suing Miami-Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin.

    A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Miami-Dade circuit court.

    Crist was governor when Florida passed a constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same-sex marriages in 2008....

  8. Crist: Courts should knock down Florida's gay marriage ban

    Blog

    Rounding out a busy week on Friday, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist filed a legal brief in support of marriage equality.

    The brief comes as six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses prepare for their day in court. They are suing Miami-Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin.

    A hearing is scheduled for July 2 in Miami....

  9. Charlie Crist releases 10 more years of income tax returns — but not his wife's

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Prodded by a pointedly personal TV ad by Gov. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist released a decade's worth of tax returns Thursday, but it was old news that mainly reinforced Crist's frugal reputation.

    The Democratic candidate for governor released tax returns for 2001 through 2010 and promised many more years to come, but the first batch held no revelations.

    That's because Crist had released the same tax returns every year during the decade where he held the three statewide elected positions of education commissioner, attorney general and governor. The returns were reported on at the time and have been sitting in the files of the Commission on Ethics....

  10. Crist releases more federal income tax returns -- but not his wife's

    Blog

    Responding to criticism from Gov. Rick Scott's campaign, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Thursday released 10 years of federal income tax returns. (You can view them here.)

    During that time, Crist drew a six-figure salary as a state employee and had virtually no debt, the records show. By the end of the decade, his net worth was approaching $500,000....

  11. Two road safety bills become Florida law

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed two road safety bills into law Tuesday.

    One of the new laws, Senate Bill 102, increases penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash in which a person is killed. The minimum mandatory sentence will now be four years, the same as for DUI manslaughter.

    The legislation is called the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, in memory of a Miami cyclist who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2012....

    Aaron Cohen’s widow, Patty Cohen, right, says a new law that raises penalties for hit-and-run drivers will help other families.
  12. Scott signs tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott signed two road-safety bills into law Tuesday.

    One of the new laws (SB 102) increases the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash in which a person is killed. The minimum mandatory sentence will now be four years, the same as for DUI manslaughter.

    The legislation is called the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, in memory of a Miami cyclist who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2012. ...

  13. Charlie Crist cancels trip to Cuba

    Blog

    Charlie Crist will not visit Cuba this summer as planned, his campaign said in a statement Monday.

    “Despite his stark disagreements with the government in Cuba, the governor continues to believe the embargo hasn’t worked for the Cuban people and is bad for Florida’s economy,” said Brendan Gilfillan, Crist campaign spokesperson. “If at some point after the election there is an opportunity to travel there to learn from the people of Cuba and help find opportunities for Florida businesses the governor will go.”...

  14. Former state worker wins whistle-blower suit; taxpayers' liability could reach $1.9 billion

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state's economic development office improperly reported thousands of Floridians to collection agencies, a former employee said Monday.

    Dianne Parcell, a 30-year state employee, won a whistle-blower lawsuit against the state in April. She went public with the case on Monday, saying the fraudulent practice had yet to be corrected and could damage the credit scores of thousands affected....

  15. Optimist, road warrior and Charlie Crist foe Nan Rich does it her way

    Elections

    PENSACOLA — Nan Rich is a long way from home.

    In this ultraconservative city on the western edge of the Florida Panhandle, the Democratic candidate for governor is more than 650 miles from her base of support in left-leaning Broward County.

    Any farther and she would be in Alabama.

    Rich is keenly aware of the distance as she settles in for a meet and greet at a trendy restaurant that serves both sushi and Southern comfort food. Winning votes here is a long shot. But so is winning the Governor's Mansion....

    Joe Snodgrass, a retired electrician from Crescent City, photographs Nan Rich supporters Tuesday beside his “Nan Van” in Tallahassee.