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. 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."...

  2. 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....

  3. 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....

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

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

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    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. ...

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  7. Scott takes to the media to push Ebola preparedness

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    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....

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

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    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....

  9. 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.
  10. Teachers union honors religious leader who blasted its voucher lawsuit

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    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....

  11. Scott to hold Ebola preparedness press conference Friday

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    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."...

  12. 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."...

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

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    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!"...

  15. And the new House leaders are...

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    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....