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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. Unusual election could lead to longer term

    Blog

    It has been an unusually long and complicated election cycle for state Rep. Jamie Grant. A primary election scheduled for August didn’t happen until November, and even then, the results were thrown out.

    But the strange circumstances could benefit the Tampa Republican.

    Some elections experts say Grant, whose election is now set for Feb. 10, could be eligible to serve 14 years in the Florida House, despite a state law limiting lawmakers to eight years per chamber. And an elongated tenure could position Grant to become House speaker in 2022....

  2. Unusual election could yield benefits for Tampa Rep. Jamie Grant

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It has been an unusually long and complicated election cycle for state Rep. Jamie Grant. A primary election scheduled for August didn't happen until November, and even then, the results were thrown out.

    But the strange circumstances could benefit the Tampa Republican.

    Some elections experts say Grant, whose primary election is now set for Feb. 10, could be eligible to serve a total of 14 years in the Florida House, despite a state law limiting lawmakers to eight years per chamber. And an elongated tenure could position Grant to become House speaker in 2022....

    Rep. Jamie Grant could serve up to 14 years in the state House.
  3. Student group calls on Legislature to revisit guns on college campuses

    Blog

    Last Thursday's shooting at Florida State University has spurred a renewed call for allowing guns on college campuses.

    Among those leading the charge: Nathan Scott, one of three people shot and wounded last week when Myron May opened fire at the FSU library. Scott is part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State, which on Tuesday asked state lawmakers to allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry firearms on college grounds....

  4. FSU shooting revives debate over guns on campus

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Thursday's shooting at Florida State University has spurred a renewed call for allowing guns on college campuses.

    Among those leading the charge: Nathan Scott, one of three people shot and wounded last week when Myron May opened fire at the FSU library. Scott is part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State, which on Tuesday asked state lawmakers to allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry firearms on college grounds....

    Three students, including one left paralyzed, were injured in Thursday’s shooting at Florida State University’s Strozier Library. One of the injured students supports allowing holders of concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus.
  5. FSU shooting victim is paralyzed, sister says

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — The moment Myron May began spraying bullets outside the Florida State University library Thursday, Farhan "Ronny" Ahmed knew his life had changed.

    "Ronny immediately knew something was wrong because one of the first bullets struck his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the waist down," his sister, Farhana Ahmed, said Monday.

    Ahmed, a 21-year-old student from Orlando, remained at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Monday, his condition upgraded from critical to serious....

    Ronny Ahmed's friends set up a fundraising website to help pay his medical bills. [YouCaring.com]
  6. Groups ask Florida Supreme Court to throw out 2012 redistricting plan

    Blog

    The coalition challenging the Florida Legislature's 2012 redistricting plan has filed its initial appeal to the state Supreme Court.

    The coalition, made up of individuals and voters rights groups, has been battling to have the maps thrown out, saying they violate Florida's constitutional ban on partisan gerrymandering.

    In August, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that the Congressional map was indeed unconstitutional and ordered two districts to be redrawn. But the coalition says Lewis did not go far enough....

  7. Emails detail GOP consultants' mission to circumvent Fla.'s gerrymandering ban

    Politics

    The Republican consultants had to be hush-hush — "almost paranoid" in the words of one — because of their high-stakes mission: Get go-betweens to help circumvent a Florida Constitutional ban on gerrymandering.

    The plot was spelled out in a newly released batch of once-secret emails that show how the consultants surreptitiously drew congressional and state legislative maps. They then recruited seemingly independent citizens to submit them in an effort to strengthen the hand of Florida Republicans when the GOP-led Legislature redrew lawmaker districts in 2011....

    House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate Reapportionment Chairman Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, confer during August's special session to redraw two congressional districts ruled unconstitutional last month. Newly released documents indicate that the redistricting process was steered by GOP consultants working with Republican legislators to draw districts that intentionally favored incumbents, in violation of the state constitution. [AP photo]
  8. Shaken by campus shooting, FSU fans comforted by game day rituals and a narrow win

    Human Interest

    TALLAHASSEE — Matt Pave showed up at Lot 6 on Saturday like he's done on every game day since 1995 — five hours before kickoff, as soon as tailgating is allowed outside Doak Campbell Stadium.

    He's never considered canceling his tailgate, not even when he learned that Myron May, a 2005 Florida State alumnus, had opened fire on campus Thursday, wounding two students and a library employee before being killed by police. In fact, Pave considered it even more important that the tailgate go on....

    Florida State University alums Trent Marr, 53, right, of Monticello, Michelle Ramsey, 50, center, of Orlando  and Sean Reilly, 48, of Tallahasee, left, share a laugh during a tailgate party before the Florida State football game against Boston College in Tallahassee on Saturday. "It was shocking that a shooting on campus would happen here." said Ramsey. "My daughter Jenna is a student on campus received an alert on a smartphone from the campus police about the shooting. I was very happy about the way the Florida State Police Department and the Tallahassee Police Department responded to the incident." [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  9. High court won't suppress secret redistricting documents

    Blog

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't keep secret documents used in Florida's redistricting case out of the public eye.

    Gainesville political consultant Pat Bainter had asked the high court to keep the documents sealed while he appeals a Florida Supreme Court ruling mandating their release. But Justice Clarence Thomas denied the request Friday....

  10. FSU president John Thrasher wins praise for response to campus shooting

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In the same room where students once jeered his claim to the presidency of Florida State University, John Thrasher won praise Friday for providing reassurance in the aftermath of Thursday's campus library shooting.

    Thrasher attended his first meeting with his new bosses, the FSU trustees who hired him. Weeks ago, they were criticized by students and faculty members for hiring a veteran legislator, former lobbyist and leader of conservative causes at odds with liberal academia....

    Florida State University President John Thrasher speaks during the Gathering of Unity candlelight vigil on campus after the shooting of three FSU students earlier in the day on November 20, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida.  About 3,000 students attended the vigil according to FSU Police Chief David Perry.  [Associated Press]
  11. FSU shooting victim recounts events that shattered a campus

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — The first bullet hit Elijah Velez's bicycle.

    It was just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday and the Florida State University freshman was at the library finishing up an English project. He stepped outside into the freezing night to get his bike.

    That's when he spotted the gunman.

    "He attacked the two people who were standing in front of me, and after that, he went toward me," Velez recalled....

    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]
  12. 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. ...

  13. 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....

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

    Blog

    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....

  15. 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.