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. Republicans eye supermajority in the Florida House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For Republicans in the Florida House, five is the magic number.

    That's how many seats the GOP needs to flip to have a veto-proof majority in the lower chamber — and steamroll any potential opposition from Democrats.

    To accomplish that goal, state Republicans are targeting seven Democratic incumbents in the Nov. 4 election: 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. All seven represent swing districts....

  2. Scott courts votes in Miami-Dade with (who else?) Mr. 305

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    this gem from @PatriciaMazzei of the Miami Herald:

    Looks like Florida Gov. Rick Scott wasn't the biggest name at his Republican fundraiser at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Friday.

    That distinction apparently goes to Miami native Armando Christian Pérez -- better known as Pitbull -- who on posted to his Twitter account (@pitbull) a photo with the guv, Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and state Rep. Erik Fresen....

  3. New Crist ad says Scott "is used to the finer things"

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    From a press release:

    St. Petersburg, Fla. – The day Rick Scott skipped a deposition about his potentially illegal use of private emails to conduct public business, the [Charlie] Crist for Governor campaign released an ad highlighting one of the prime examples: the Scott Administration's use of private emails to raise funds to improve the governor's mansion.

     

    ...

  4. Poll: Teachers disapprove of Rick Scott

    Blog

    Public school teachers really don't like Gov. Rick Scott, according to a poll released Friday by the Democratic Party of Florida. 

    The survey, conducted by the firm Hamilton Campaigns, found that 81 percent of public school teachers who are likely voters have a negative opinion of the way Scott handled education.

    Sure, teachers tend to be Democrats. But 62 percent of the educators who identified themselves as Republicans gave Scott negative marks....

  5. Poll: Teachers disapprove of Rick Scott

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    Public school teachers really don't like Gov. Rick Scott, according to a poll released Friday by the Democratic Party of Florida. 

    The survey, conducted by the firm Hamilton Campaigns, found that 81 percent of public school teachers who are likely voters have a negative opinion of the way Scott handled education.

    Sure, teachers tend to be Democrats. But 62 percent of the educators who identified themselves as Republicans gave Scott negative marks....

  6. Scott calls on feds to monitor healthcare workers returning from West Africa

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    Gov. Rick Scott is once again calling on the federal government to step up its Ebola-prevention efforts. 

    Scott made his latest remarks Friday, after Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus in New York.

    "The news of Dr. Spencer testing positive for Ebola after returning to the U.S. last week from treating Ebola patients makes it clear that the CDC and federal government must do more to protect health care workers around the world and our citizens here at home," he said in a statement....

  7. Crist, Scott court female voters

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    From the sound of things, Florida's gubernatorial candidates consider female voters key to the Nov. 4 election.

    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist stressed his record on women's rights Thursday while campaigning in Broward County....

  8. Hospitals, AHCA quibble over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

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    A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants.

    The coalition, which includes Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, says the state Agency for Health Care Administration has been unlawfully limiting payments to hospitals that provide emergency services to undocumented immigrants.

    "There clearly is a federal intent that these hospitals be paid, and the state is supposed to follow it," said Joanne B. Erde, a Miami attorney representing the hospitals. "It is a condition of participating in the Medicaid program."...

  9. Telephone town hall urges women to vote

    Blog

    Thousands of women across Florida took place in a telephone town hall Wednesday night aimed at getting out the vote.

    Speakers included Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin; Jeanette Wynn, president of AFSCME Florida Council 79; Monica Russo, president of the SEIU Florida State Council; and Maria Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition....

  10. Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants.

    The coalition — which includes Bayfront Health and St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa — says the state Agency for Health Care Administration has been unlawfully limiting payments to hospitals that provide emergency services to undocumented immigrants....

  11. Teachers union re-files challenge to controversial education law

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    The statewide teachers union has re-filed its lawsuit challenging the way a controversial education bill became law.

    The original lawsuit targeted a law that both expanded the school voucher program and created new scholarships for children with disabilities. The Florida Education Association argued that the law violated a constitutional provision limiting legislative proposals to a single subject....

  12. FSBA's Wayne Blanton announces his retirement

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    Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton will retire in February, he announced Tuesday.

    "It has been my honor and privilege to represent school boards and school board members for the last 40 years," Blanton wrote in an email to school leaders. "My professional career has been dedicated to representing public education and assisting local school boards to be the 'Voice of Education' throughout Florida. The friendships I have made and the professional relationships that have been developed over the past 40 years will never be replaced or forgotten. Upon deep personal and professional reflection, I will be retiring at the end of February, 2015."...

  13. Groups work to mobilize immigrant, low-income voters

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    The Florida Immigrant Coalition is coordinating an effort to mobilize immigrant and low-income voters in advance of the Nov. 4 election.

    Last week, volunteers with the Haitian Women of Miami knocked on more than 5,000 doors in Miami's Little Haiti, Miami Shores, North Miami and North Miami Beach neighborhoods. They both encouraged residents to vote on Election Day and collected absentee ballot requests....

  14. South Florida race could give Senate Republicans veto-proof majority

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    The most closely watched race in the Florida Senate is a bare-knuckle battle between two political rivals.

    But the contest between Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs and former Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff is more than just a grudge match. It could also give Republicans a veto-proof majority in the upper chamber — and determine the Senate president in 2016....

  15. CDC to host Ebola conference call with Florida health care workers Monday

    Politics

    The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed Saturday to some, but not all, of Gov. Rick Scott's Ebola-related requests.

    The CDC will hold a conference call with Florida hospitals Monday on best practices, Scott announced. The organization also has given Florida the green light to spend about $7 million in federal grant funding on protective suits for health care workers. ...

    Dr. Thomas Frieden, left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was among those testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday. On Monday, the CDC will hold a conference call with Florida hospitals.