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. Scott, Crist continue trading jabs on education spending

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    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist released a new TV ad on Friday, accusing Republican Gov. Rick Scott of lying to a constituent about his education record.

     

    "We thought it really important to remind Floridians that you cannot trust Rick Scott about public education," said former state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, speaking for the Crist campaign. "You cannot trust him to care about your school children or to fund your schools properly."...

  2. FDP: Scott, Bondi should let gay-marriage rulings stand

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    A day after a federal judge struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriages, the state Democratic Party urged Republican Gov. Rick Scott to let the decision stand.

    "While we had a great victory yesterday, we are hoping to see that change be implemented quickly," Florida Democratic Party Political Director Christian Ulvert told reporters on a press call. "It is now on the attorney general and Gov. Rick Scott to stop their efforts to appeal, in hopes that we can achieve the full equality that all Florida residents deserve."...

  3. Gov. Rick Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The governor's race on Thursday turned into a contest to see who would spend more on education.

    Days after Democratic frontrunner Charlie Crist pledged to boost the education budget while touring the state in a yellow school bus, Republican Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan to raise school spending to a record high next year.

    Scott called upon the state to spend $7,176 for each student in the public school system — a $232 increase over the current level and a $50 increase over the high-water mark set in 2007-08....

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lakeland last week. [DEMETRIUS FREEMAN   |   Times]
  4. Scott rolls out plan to increase education funding

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    Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

    Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

    "I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state's history," Scott said in a statement. "We already have the highest total spending in K-12 this year and gave every teacher the opportunity for a pay raise. Because we were able to get Florida's economy back on track, revenues are now projected to stay at a strong enough rate to support historic investments in education."...

  5. State votes to close charter school where Scott rolled out education policy in 2011

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    As thousands of students went back to school on Monday, the state Board of Education voted to close three failing charter schools.

    One of the schools, Florida International Elementary Academy, has been in the news before.

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott visited its sister middle school, Florida International Academy, just days after taking office in 2011. While touring the Miami-Dade campus, he and former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced a plan to increase the number of charter schools statewide....

  6. Crist drums up support in major media markets, slams Scott's education record

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    Traveling on a yellow school bus, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist toured the state last week to tell Floridians that public schools would fare better under his watch than that of Gov. Rick Scott.

    Along the way, Crist battled the weather, competed with Scott supporters at several campaign stops and repeated his attacks on Scott’s education budgets....

  7. Charlie Crist campaigns in school bus to boast his education record

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Traveling on a yellow school bus, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist toured the state last week to tell Floridians that public schools would fare better under his watch than that of Gov. Rick Scott.

    Along the way, Crist battled the weather, competed with Scott supporters at several campaign stops and repeated his attacks on Scott's education budgets.

    "The notion that Rick Scott would get into office and cut education by $1.3 billion is unfathomable," Crist told teachers and fellow Democrats on Thursday at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, a message he trumpeted often on his three-day education bus tour through Florida....

    Charlie Crist give a news conference during a three-day bus tour stop at Al Lopez Park in Tampa on Thursday. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  8. Fender bender holds up Charlie Crist bus tour (w/video)

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    The yellow school bus carrying Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist was about to leave Orlando on Thursday — and then it got clipped by a gray Dodge.

    Nobody was injured.

    The driver of the Dodge had to leave, but gave the bus driver her business card.

    The campaign team, meanwhile, stuck around and waited for the Florida Highway Patrol.

    When the driver of the Dodge came back about 90 minutes later, Crist and his running mate, former Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman Annette Taddeo, went outside to meet her. Crist gave her a hug....

    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his running mate, Annette Taddeo, comfort Tina Pun after she clipped their campaign bus in Orlando on Thursday.
  9. Crist bus back in action after fender bender in Orlando

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    Accident
    The yellow school bus carrying Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist was about to leave Orlando on Thursday -- and then it got clipped by a gray Dodge....

  10. Crist education tour heads to Orlando

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    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his team are in Lake Buena Vista this morning, preparing for the second day of their statewide bus tour.

    The theme: education spending.

    The (fitting) mode of transportation: a yellow school bus.

    Crist has been hammering incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott for cutting $1.3 billion from the state education budget during his first year in office. Crist has also been pressing to make education the focus of the 2014 gubernatorial race....

  11. Crist: The priority needs to be education

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    Crist

    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist kicked off his "Restore the Cuts" school bus tour in a Tallahassee park on Wednesday....

  12. Rich's mailer touts record as progressive

    State Roundup

    With early voting already under way in several counties, Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has a new mailer out.

    One side includes an endorsement from former Democratic Gov. Buddy MacKay.

    The other highlights Rich's experience in the Florida Senate, where she served for eight years, and stresses her progressive credentials.

    "Nan has always been a leading progressive advocate for children, women, seniors and social justice issues," the mailer reads. "Her successful efforts to expand support for home and community-based care programs for seniors has allowed thousands of Florida's frail elderly to remain in their own homes instead of moving into nursing homes."...

    Nan Rich highlights her state Senate experience in a new mailer.
  13. RPOF calls Steyer ad "defamatory," responds with ad of its own

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    Days after billionaire climate-change supporter Tom Steyer blasted Gov. Rick Scott in two ads, the Republican Party of Florida is hitting back.

    On Monday, the party released an ad denying claims that Scott had accepted campaign contributions from the Dan A. Hughes Co., a Texas oil company accused of conducting unauthorized drilling activities at its Collier County site....

  14. Rich stresses her progressive credentials as early voting begins

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    Nanrich

    With early voting already underway in several counties, Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has a new mailer out....

  15. Judge won't reinstate candidacy for Florida House hopeful from Miami Beach

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    A Miami Beach publicist won't be on the ballot in Florida House District 113, a judge ruled Friday.

    Republican Laura Rivero Levey was disqualified from the race last month after a check she submitted to the Florida Department of State bounced. 

    The bank accepted responsibility for the returned check, and Levey sued to have her candidacy reinstated. But on Friday, Leon County Judge Charles Francis said he could not extend the qualifying deadline for her....