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

Email: meklas@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @MaryEllenKlas

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  1. Video: Crist stops by Jacksonville campaign office, says Obama visit unlikely

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    Crist and his wife, Carole, stopped by a campaign field office in Jacksonville on Wednesday, where he greeted volunteers and sat down to talk about issues with five college students.

    They talked about Gov. Rick Scott's cuts to education early in his term, why they should vote, and Crist's decision to restore voting rights for non-violent felons who have served their time. He urged the students to get the word out to encourage people to show up at the polls but, in what is a measure of the size of that hurdle, only two of the students present were registered to vote in Florida. (Two were from other states.)  ...

  2. Gov. Rick Scott says he'll spend his own money in Florida governor's race

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    Florida's high-dollar, mean-spirited race for governor remained exactly tied in a new poll Wednesday, with 1.2 million voters already casting ballots and Gov. Rick Scott finally admitting he'll spend some of his personal millions to win.

    Scott has spent the past few days ducking questions about whether he'll spend his own money — and now he won't say how much he has or will spend against Democrat Charlie Crist....

    Florida governor's race remains deadlocked with Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist each getting just 42 percent of the vote in the latest survey from Quinnipiac University. [Will Dickey/Pool via The New York Times]
  3. Scott tells Miami reporter 'I'll be investing' in his own campaign after all

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    Rick Scott 2014With less than two weeks before Election Day, Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged Wednesday that he will write a personal check to the Republican Party of Florida to fund his campaign....

  4. Judge recuses herself in Sheldon's lawsuit against the governor

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    As proof of how small-town Tallahassee can be, Circuit Court Judge Angela Dempsey on Tuesday recused herself from hearing the lawsuit filed by Democrat Attorney General candidate George Sheldon against Gov. Rick Scott. 

    Sheldon is alleging that the governor has failed to report more than $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form in violation of the Florida Constitution. His lawsuit, filed two weeks ago, was assigned to Dempsey, appointed to the bench by former Gov. Jeb Bush....

  5. In final debate, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist clash bitterly (w/video)

    State Roundup

    JACKSONVILLE — In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience in the home stretch of the costliest and meanest campaign in the country.

    For a live hour on CNN and TV stations across Florida, Scott and Crist disagreed, distorted each other's record and exchanged insults. In a neck-and-neck race, both men are fiercely trying to gain any tactical advantage with voters — only a small percentage of whom remain undecided....

    Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott shake hands before the debate Tuesday in Jacksonville. It was downhill from there.
  6. Clean energy coalition delivers petitions to governor

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    A group of clean energy advocates continued the drumbeat against Gov. Rick Scott's on Monday and delivered more than 92,000 signatures urging him to develop a strong plan for Florida to meet the requirements of the EPA's Clean Power plan. 

    The group, called Florida’s Clean Future coalition, had school children, college students and parents pull red wagons with boxes of petitions to the governor's office at the state Capitol as part of an aggressive initiative by climate change activists to keep a focus on the issue in the governor's race. The EPA requires the state to have a plan to reduce carbon emissions in place by 2030 and the first deadline is in 2015. The governor has remained silent about his plans to address the issue. ...

  7. On the issues, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist offer major differences

    State Roundup

    Florida's race for governor may be one of the nastiest on record as candidates shout out in more than $83 million in television ads, but beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat.

    Here is where they stand, and where they have been, on key issues:

    Abortion...

    Beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, right, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat, left.
  8. Going to the polls early? Check out Crist and Scott on the issues here

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    Crist and Scott at Debate 2Florida’s race for governor may be one of the nastiest on record as candidates shout it out in more than $83 million in television ads, but beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat....

  9. Chamber out with anti-Crist ads in GOP-heavy markets

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    The Florida Chamber of Commerce is out with a new television ad in several GOP-heavy media markets today predictably crediting Florida's job increases, which happened as the national economy improved, to Gov. Rick Scott and blaming the job losses, that occurred in the global economic meltdown, to Charlie Crist. 

    Whether critically-thinking voters buy this faulty logic is yet to be seen, so they've thrown in what might be a more persuasive pitch — at least for right-leaning independents and those who make up the 7 percent of those still undecided. It's that Crist is a trial lawyer....

  10. Scientists asks for another meeting with governor -- to show climate change solutions

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    Scientists, business leaders, local elected officials came up with a lengthy list of ways Florida could help to address climate change and on Friday delivered a letter to the governor and asking him for, yes, another meeting.

    This comes as the governor's silence on climate change, his campaign's receipt of millions from the utility industry, and his failure to create a state energy policy in the face of rising sea waters has become a vulnerability in his race for governor....

  11. Fangate: Wolf Blitzer asks Rick Scott: What were you thinking?

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    CNN fanGov. Rick Scott appeared on Wol...

  12. Gov. Rick Scott releases 2013 tax returns; questions remain

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday released his 2013 tax returns "in the interest of full transparency'' with just weeks to go before the election.

    Scott, a multimillionaire who files his annual return jointly with his wife, Ann, reported that he and his wife had an adjusted gross income of $8.2 million and paid $2 million in taxes. They filed their returns Wednesday, the final day allowed by the IRS for taxpayers who sought the six-month extension....

  13. Scott reports $8 million in 2013 income, questions remain

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    Scott financial disclosureGov. Rick Scott on Thursday released his 2013 tax returns "in the interest of full transparency’’ with just weeks to go before the election.

    Scott, a multi-millionaire who files his annual return jointly with his wife Ann, reported that he and his wife have adjusted gross income of $8.2 million and paid $2 million in taxes. They filed their returns on Wednesday, the final day allowed by the IRS for taxpayers who sought the six-month extension.

    The release of Scott’s tax return, however, left unresolved many questions that have emerged about the accuracy and completeness of his financial disclosures since he filed his 2013 state financial disclosure reports as required to run for re-election.

    The governor reported a net worth of $132.7 million, and put many of his assets in a blind trust managed by his long-time investment advisor, Alan Bazaar. The goal of the blind trust, the governor said, was to shield him from any conflict of interest when the companies in which he holds stock do business with the state.

    Excluded from his reported assets, however, are investments held by his wife, or held by his family’s Scott Family Partnership Trust. The Herald/Times reported last week that documents filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission show that Scott has a history of dividing his assets into those and other multiple trust accounts and he remains the “beneficial owner” on some of the stock....

  14. Gov. Scott has released his 2013 tax return

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    Gov. Rick Scott waited until the deadline Wednesday to file his 2013 income tax return, the final day allowed under law for anyone who received the six-month extention. The campaign has released it today. It his here.