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Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.

Phone: 850-222-3095

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  1. Police say FSU gunman was 'in a state of crisis'

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    Myron May FSUMyron May, the 31-year-old Florida State University graduate who died in a hail of police fire early Friday, was "struggling psychologically" and "in a state of crisis," Tallahassee police said Thursday....

  2. Police describe FSU gunman as 'in a state of crisis'

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    Myron May FSUMyron May, the 31-year-old Florida State University graduate who died in a hail of police fire early Friday, was "struggling psychologically" and "in a state of crisis," Tallahassee police said Thursday....

  3. AP: FSU gunman was alumnus and lawyer

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    Myron MayFrom the Associated Press: ...

  4. FSU police kill gunman after three are injured

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    A lone gunman who opened fire inside the library at Florida State University was shot and killed by campus police early Thursday morning after he wounded three people, authorities said.

    The gunman, who was not identified, walked inside the entrance to FSU’s Strozier Library about 12:30 a.m. and opened fire, striking three people, Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway told reporters at the scene. Victims were not identified....

  5. New leaders Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner vow to continue Legislature's push to the right

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    TALLAHASSEE — The Republican hegemony of the Florida Legislature continued Tuesday with the formal elections of the next leaders of the House and Senate, two like-minded Central Florida lawmakers who vowed to capitalize on the mandate given to them by voters.

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, won unanimous approval to lead the two chambers, both of which are overwhelmingly Republican, for the next two years....

    Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was unanimously elected president of the Senate on Tuesday.
  6. Bainter asks, again, for court to stop release of redistricting docs

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    Gainesville political consultant Pat Bainter is asking the Florida Supreme Court to halt its decision to force him to release of 538 pages of redistricting documents and trial transcripts so that he can have time to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In a rare unanimous ruling from the state court, the justices ordered that the documents be unsealed by Nov. 20 because Bainter waited too long to argue that releasing them was a violation of his First Amendment rights. But Bainter told the court in a motion on  Tuesday that he wants to appeal the ruling to the nation's high court....

  7. Senate elects Orlando's Andy Gardiner as its next president

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    Gardiner swearing inThe Florida Senate returned Tuesday with all but one of the same members as two years ago and elected Orlando Sen. Andy Gardiner as its new leader, adding a younger face to the chamber controlled by conservative, white Republican men....

  8. Friends remember Slade as catalyst for modern Florida GOP

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    Tom SladeFormer chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Tom Slade, 78, was remembered Monday at a ceremony in Tallahassee as a skilled strategist who was responsible for bringing the party to its current dominance in Florida politics today. ...

  9. Half of the state 'barely getting by' poverty report shows

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    Almost half the residents of Florida, including much of the state’s glitzy southern half, are barely getting by, living below the federal poverty level or struggling to pay for food, housing, childcare and other basic needs, according to a United Way study released Tuesday.

    Dubbed the ALICE report, the study looks closely at the working poor — those people squeezed between the nation’s poorest and its middle class, often overlooked and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Statewide, about 2.1 million households fall into the category, the report found. In Miami-Dade County, the rate is even higher: 21 percent of households live below the federal poverty level and an additional 29 percent can’t afford a “survival budget.”...

  10. Report: Law firm uses quotas and public records lawsuits to make profits

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    Joel ChandlerBy Tristram Korten and Trevor Aaronson, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

    The nonprofit Citizens Awareness Foundation was founded to "empower citizens to exercise their right to know," according to its mission statement. The South Florida millionaire backing the foundation hired one of the state's most prominent public records activists to run it, rented office space, and pledged to pay the legal fees to make sure people had access to government records....

  11. Gov. Rick Scott's weak win leaves power with Republican Legislature

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    TALLAHASSEE — The biggest winner in Florida's 2014 election was the Republican-dominated Legislature. It coasted to victory with little effort, broke fundraising records and came away with enough political power to control the agenda — even that of Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida voters gave the governor four more years in office, but more people voted against him than for him. Unofficial election returns gave Scott a 1.1 percent victory over Democrat Charlie Crist, a margin of nearly 66,000 votes out of 6 million cast, nearly identical to Scott's 61,550-vote win over Alex Sink four years ago. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie got 223,000 votes....

    Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said, “We’re going to pick up right where we left off. We will continue to work on what we’ve been working on — providing a good environment for businesses to create jobs and a lower unemployment rate.” Crisafulli is the incoming Florida House speaker.
  12. Scott's weak win empowers already powerful GOP legislature

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    Rick Scott victoryThe biggest winner in Tuesday’s election in Florida was the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature. It coasted to victory with little effort, broke fundraising records and came away with enough political power to control the agenda — even that of Gov. Rick Scott’s....

  13. NextGen: the fight in Florida is just beginning

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    NextGen Florida spent $19.8 million in Florida between Aug. 7 and Oct. 22 this year with the influsion of cash from California billionaire and former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer. Their goals: to defeat Gov. Rick Scott,  raise awareness about climate change and bring young people to the polls. They failed on the first, succeeded on the second, and the report card on the third goal appears to be mixed....

  14. Gardiner taps Galvano as his majority leader

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    Bill GalvanoIncoming Senate President Andy Gardiner named Sen. Bill Galvano of Bradenton as his majority leader Wednesday, as he starts crafting his Republican leadership team. ...

  15. Secretary of State: We showed the nation we can run elections

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    Secretary of State Ken Detzner was the first to declare victory Tuesday in Florida's general election, telling reporters 30 minutes after the polls closed on the state's west coast that "it has been a great Election Day in Florida."

    He continued: "We are proving that Florida knows how to run elections,'' he said, citing the record number of absentee ballots and early votes cast. He dismissed the reports of occasional snafus as "classic" and insignificant. He said the emergency motion filed by the Charlie Crist campaign, which was denied by a Broward judge, was unexpected. ...