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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. Husband of top Florida House aide lands six-figure gig at Department of Education

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The husband of Florida House chief of staff Kathy Mears was handed the top legal job at the state Department of Education last week.

    Matthew Mears filled a vacancy created five months ago when his wife, the top aide to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, hired Department of Education lawyer Matt Carson to be the House general counsel.

    It's a unique situation that apparently isn't covered by state law. Agencies are prohibited from allowing relatives to hire each other, but Kathy Mears doesn't work for the DOE. Nor did she hire her husband....

  2. Husband of top Florida House aide lands plum Department of Education job

    Blog

    The husband of Florida House speaker Steve Crisafulli's chief aide was handed the top legal job at the state education department last week.

    He filled a vacancy created five months ago by the same aide -- House Chief of Staff Kathy Mears --  when she hired away the education department’s lawyer.

    DOE officials won’t say if the $120,000 general counsel job that went to Matthew Mears on Jan. 20 was advertised or if there were other candidates. Mears and House officials said they didn't advertise the general counsel position that was awarded to Matt Carson from the DOE, leaving the vacancy filled by Mears’ husband. But they did say it was a formal process in which one other attorney, Stuart Williams, was interviewed....

  3. Coincidence? Husband of top House aide lands six-figure gig at DOE

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    The husband of Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli's chief aide was handed the top legal job at the state education department last week.

    He filled a vacancy created five months ago by the same aide -- House Chief of Staff Kathy Mears -- when she hired away the education department’s lawyer.

    DOE officials won’t say if the $120,000 general counsel job that went to Matthew Mears on Jan. 20 was advertised or if there were other candidates. Mears and House officials said they didn't advertise the general counsel position that was awarded to Matt Carson from the DOE, leaving the vacancy filled by Mears’ husband. But they did say it was a formal process in which one other attorney, Stuart Williams, was interviewed. Two other attorneys were asked if they were interested in interviewing, according to the House, but they declined. ...

  4. Scott appoints new Board of Education member

    Blog

    Michael-OlenickGov. Rick Scott has appointed Michael Olenick to the state Board of Education....

  5. Olenick named to state Board of Education

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    Michael-OlenickGov. Rick Scott has appointed Michael Olenick to the state Board of Education....

  6. Scott prioritizes PLSA program in proposed budget

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott has released several key details of his proposed education budget, including his desire to boost the overall K-12 education budget to $19.75 billion.

    His latest education-related recommendation: $5 million for the Personal Learning Scholarship Account program....

  7. Scott recommends money for individuals with disabilities

    Blog

    Another day, another budget recommendation.

    Gov. Rick Scott on Friday unveiled new additional of his budget proposal, including $8 million to enroll all individuals "with critical needs" from the waiting list to the Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program.

    "I am pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, Floridians will be removed from the critical needs waiting list with our proposed funding," he said in a statement....

  8. The latest example of dysfunction in Florida's prisons: "Daddy"

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    Each day, the female inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution would line up at the back gate waiting to talk to "Daddy."

    In the afternoons, the prisoners would take turns visiting his office, passing him slips of paper and asking for favors like special bunk assignments, chocolates or time to liaison with their female partners.Finish

    Assistant Warden Marty Martinez had so many women who wanted to spend time with him that it not only interfered with the daily operation of the facility, it caused jealous fights for his attention among inmates, according to an investigation by the Department of Corrections released Thursday....

  9. Gov. Rick Scott makes pitch to expand Bright Futures scholarships

    Blog

    ScottGov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships, but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the awards....

  10. Gov. Scott proposes Bright Futures expansion but doesn't address criticisms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the awards.

    Scott's plan would direct new money to help students with Bright Futures scholarships pay for summer courses....

    Critics say minority and low-income students are disproportionately left out of the Bright Futures scholarship program.
  11. Braynon to lead Senate Democrats in 2016-18

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    BraynonState Sen. Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens, will be the next Senate Democratic Leader....

  12. "Campus carry" bill starts moving in the Florida House

    Blog

    The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

    The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

    Still, it faces a significant hurdle in the Senate. Former Republican Sen. John Thrasher, who left the upper chamber in November to become the president of Florida State University, adamantly opposes the idea....

  13. Florida House panel approves guns on college campuses

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    The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

    The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

    Still, it faces a significant hurdle in the Senate. Former Republican Sen. John Thrasher, who left the upper chamber in November to become the president of Florida State University, adamantly opposes the idea....

  14. Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend on STEM

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday released new details on his proposed education budget.

    Among his latest recommendations:

    • $1 million for paid summer residencies for teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)
    • $5 million to encourage $10,000 STEM degrees at state colleges
    • $30 million for workforce training programs in STEM-related fields

    "We want Florida to be the global leader for jobs, and we must have a skilled workforce to reach that goal," Scott said. "By investing in science, technology, engineering and math education, we are ensuring our students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century."...

  15. Florida House panel approves guns on college campuses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

    The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

    Still, it faces a significant hurdle in the Senate. Former Republican Sen. John Thrasher, who left the upper chamber in November to become president of Florida State University, adamantly opposes the idea....

    A shooting on Nov. 20 at Florida State University in Tallahassee has brought renewed interest in campus safety. FSU president John Thrasher opposes guns on campus.