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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. Officials: FSU victims were shot by Mays, not police

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Myron May had already shot his three victims by the time police arrived at the Florida State University library early Thursday, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs said Friday.

    FSU Police Chief David Perry also said Friday there is "no evidence'' that any of the victims were shot by officers responding to reports of a gunman opening fire at the main library.

    Meggs said his office will conduct a grand jury investigation of the shooting — as it does with all police shootings — in about a month. So far, at least, Meggs said the shooting appears to be justified....

    More details emerged Friday on Myron May's mindset and state of paranoia in the days leading up to his attack at Florida State University's library that left him dead and three others wounded. [Facebook.com]
  2. Secret redistricting docs to remain secret for 10 days

    Blog

    The clock is running out on political consultant Pat Bainter.

    The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the release of emails and trial transcripts used in the recent redistricting case -- documents Bainter considers private and has been battling to keep out of the public eye. ...

  3. A difficult day of emotions on FSU campus following deadly shooting

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — As more than a thousand students gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday, Florida State University president John Thrasher vowed a return to normalcy in the wake of a campus shooting that rocked the state.

    "We're going to get to the point where we do not allow any individual to divide us, to conquer us, and to make us anything less than what we are, and that is Florida State University Seminoles," Thrasher said....

  4. Brevard County gets some love from Florida's top lawmakers

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    Conference

    At their first joint press conference since becoming the state's top lawmakers, Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli touted a new parenting program that started in Brevard County....

  5. Florida House rejects Tampa's District 64 election results; special vote to come

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Residents of Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor won't have a representative in the Florida House — for now.

    State lawmakers voted Tuesday to throw out the results of the House District 64 election, creating a vacancy in the Tampa Bay area. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to call a special election.

    Lawmakers admitted that Tuesday's vote was unusual....

    Jamie Grant received nearly 60 percent of the vote Nov. 4.
  6. Florida House rejects District 64 elections results

    Blog

    Residents of Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor won't have a representative in the Florida House -- for now, at least.

    State lawmakers voted Tuesday to throw out the results of the House District 64 election, creating a vacancy in that district.  

    Gov. Rick Scott is expected to call a special election.

    State Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, had already raised questions about the integrity of the Nov. 4 contest, which he won comfortably. Earlier this month, he pointed out that an appellate judge deemed the election unconstitutional....

  7. Florida Supreme Court: Secret redistricting documents should be made public

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that secret documents used in the high-profile redistricting case should be unsealed.

    "We affirm the trial court's ruling requiring production of the 538 pages of disputed documents," the justices wrote in a rare unanimous ruling. "For all these reasons, and in accordance with the overriding public interest in openness to judicial proceedings and records, we direct that the sealed portions of the trial transcript, as well as the sealed documents themselves, should be and hereby are ordered unsealed."...

  8. Richter named Senate president pro tempore

    Blog

    RichterState Sen. Garrett Richter will be among the most powerful state lawmakers in 2015 and 2016....

  9. Supreme Court: Redistricting documents should be made public

    Blog

    The state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that secret documents used in the high-profile redistricting case should be made public.

    "We affirm the trial court’s ruling requiring production of the 538 pages of disputed documents," the justices wrote in a rare unanimous ruling. "For all these reasons, and in accordance with the overriding public interest in openness to judicial proceedings and records, we direct that the sealed portions of the trial transcript, as well as the sealed documents themselves, should be and hereby are ordered unsealed."...

  10. Crisafulli builds leadership team

    Blog

    Boyd

    State Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, has been named deputy majority leader and whip, Florida House leaders announced Wednesday....

  11. Three teachers lost seats in the Florida House

    Blog

    The state representatives who lost their seats last week had more in common than their political party.

    Three of the six Democrats were classroom teachers who supported the teachers union — and who opposed plans to expand the school voucher program.

    Voucher advocates say they invested "substantial" resources to topple the three incumbents — former state Reps. Karen Castor Dentel of Maitland, Mark Danish of Tampa and Carl Zimmermann of Palm Harbor — as well as former state Rep. Joe Saunders of Orlando....

  12. Election altered balance of Florida's school choice debate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state representatives who lost their seats last week had more in common than their political party.

    Three of the six Democrats were classroom teachers who supported the teachers union — and opposed plans to grow the school voucher program.

    Voucher advocates say they invested "substantial" resources into toppling the three incumbents — former state Reps. Karen Castor Dentel of Maitland, Mark Danish of Tampa and Carl Zimmermann of Palm Harbor — as well as former state Rep. Joe Saunders of Orlando....

  13. Big money, little turnover in Florida House races

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Dana Young spent nearly $250,000 on her re-election campaign this year, including $14,067 for printing and postage, $5,450 for events and more than $75,000 for advertising.

    It made no difference on Election Day. The Tampa Republican had no opponent.

    Young wasn't the only candidate to spend big on her campaign. Politicians seeking a seat in the Florida House spent a combined $23.8 million on their races this year, elections records show. That doesn't include the dollars spent by the parties and outside groups....

    Florida Rep. Erik Fresen of Miami
  14. Republicans flip six Florida House seats

    Blog

    Florida Republicans reclaimed a super-majority in the state House of Representatives, flipping six seats Tuesday night.

    To capture a veto-proof majority, the GOP needed to oust at least five Democratic incumbents.

    Republicans targeted seven sitting lawmakers: 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....

  15. Republicans win super-majority in Florida House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republicans reclaimed a super-majority in the state House of Representatives, flipping six seats Tuesday night.

    To capture a veto-proof majority, the GOP needed to oust at least five Democratic incumbents.

    Republicans targeted seven sitting lawmakers: 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....

    Harrison