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. 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. 
  2. Scott gets some help from CDC on Ebola preparations

    Blog

    The federal Centers for Disease Control 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 next week on best practices, Scott said Saturday. The organization has also given Florida the green light to spend about $7 million in federal grant funding on protective suits for health care workers. ...

  3. Scott takes to the media to push Ebola preparedness

    Blog

    Two days after Florida’s gubernatorial debate turned into FanGate, Gov. Rick Scott convened a press conference in Dania Beach to talk about a more serious subject: Ebola.

    The Republican incumbent assured reporters that Florida was prepared for a potential health crisis — and repeated calls for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contact passengers on a plane that stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after carrying an Ebola patient....

  4. Miami pastor receives honor from FEA -- after slamming the union's lawsuit

    Blog

    The statewide teachers union on Friday will honor Bishop Victor T. Curry with its Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award.

    That's the same Bishop Victor T. Curry who last month blasted the union's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the school voucher program....

  5. After fan dispute, Scott shifts the conversation to Ebola

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Two days after Florida's gubernatorial debate turned into Fangate, Gov. Rick Scott convened a news conference in Dania Beach to talk about a more serious subject: Ebola.

    The Republican incumbent assured reporters that Florida was prepared for a potential health crisis — and repeated calls for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contact passengers on a plane that stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after carrying a nurse later diagnosed with Ebola....

    Advisers close to Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign have been urging him to focus on Ebola.
  6. Teachers union honors religious leader who blasted its voucher lawsuit

    Blog

    The statewide teachers union on Friday will honor Bishop Victor T. Curry with its Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award.

    That's the same Bishop Victor T. Curry who last month blasted the union's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the school voucher program....

  7. Scott to hold Ebola preparedness press conference Friday

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday called on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reach out to passengers on a plane that apparently carried an Ebola patient the day before it stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    "The CDC has already admitted that they have been slow to respond to developing cases of Ebola, and we do not want to take any risk of Ebola coming to Florida," Scott said in a statement. "Their immediate action to contact all these passengers is essential to explaining any potential health risks to themselves and their family."...

  8. Gov. Rick Scott calls on CDC to help prevent Ebola in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday called on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reach out to passengers on a plane that apparently carried an Ebola patient the day before it stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    "The CDC has already admitted that they have been slow to respond to developing cases of Ebola, and we do not want to take any risk of Ebola coming to Florida," Scott said in a statement. "Their immediate action to contact all these passengers is essential to explaining any potential health risks to themselves and their family."...

  9. Commissioner of agriculture

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    Commissioner of agriculture

    About the race: The race for agriculture commissioner pits well-known Republican incumbent Adam Putnam against Democrat Thaddeus "Thad" Hamilton. Hamilton won just 2 percent of the vote when he ran for the position with no party affiliation in 2010. Putnam has the upper hand again, having raised more than $2.7 million for his re-election campaign. By Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau...

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  10. Left-leaning group gives new meaning to the term 'FanCam'

    Blog

    The left-leaning American Bridge is following Gov. Rick Scott with a fan.

    "Whether we're canoeing behind candidates or welcoming them home on secret fundraising trips with digital billboards, American Bridge is always a pioneer in the field of tracking," the group wrote in a press release Thursday. "So today, we are proud to unveil our newest technology: Fancam. Wherever Rick Scott goes, Fancam will be there to help him keep his cool and avoid further campaign meltdowns. See you out there, governor!"...

  11. And the new House leaders are...

    Blog

    Incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, has made his picks for the top leadership positions.

    Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, will serve as speaker pro tempore.

    Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, will be House Majority Leader.

    Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, will be the Rules and Calendar chairman.

    Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, will oversee the budget committee....

  12. Can't get enough of FanGate? Tune into CNN at 5 p.m.

    Blog

    One sign Rick Scott might be reeling from FanGate: the Republican governor will be doing a live interview Thursday afternoon with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

    Scott, who has never been keen on live interviews, is scheduled to appear on the Situation Room at 5 p.m., the network reports. ...

  13. Voucher group flexes political muscle

    Blog

    Fresen

    School voucher supporters said they would get involved in Florida statehouse races this year -- and they are deliving on that promise....

  14. Voucher group spends in statehouse, school board races

    Blog

    Fresen

    School voucher supporters said they would get involved in Florida statehouse races this year -- and they are deliving on that promise....

  15. Fifteen families want to fight voucher lawsuit

    Blog

    Fifteen Florida families want to help fend off a legal challenge to the state school voucher program.

    The families are hoping to intervene in a high-profile lawsuit brought by the Florida Education Assocation. The suit claims that the state school voucher program, which helps low-income families pay private school tuition, conflicts with the state's Constitutional duty to provide a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools."...