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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

Email: meklas@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @MaryEllenKlas

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  1. Data Targeting's Christmas card reveals its secret message

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    Data Targeting Christmas
    Data Targeting, the Republican political consulting firm that went to legal war for the last year to keep its redistricting documents shielded from the public record, has had some fun this holiday season at its own expense. ...

  2. PSC gives approval for FPL to invest in natural gas fracking

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    The Public Service Commission gave approval Thursday to a request by Florida Power & Light to charge customers for its exploration of natural gas using fracking technologies.

    The panel concluded that the project, which allows the company to invest $191 million in a joint venture with PetroQuest Energy, Inc., would help to stabilize volatile energy costs and save customers more than $100 million over 30 years – about two cents a month -- and stabilize a fraction of the company's energy costs. ...

  3. Gardiner talks about his session priorities and his take the issues

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    Andy GardinerSenate President Andy Gardiner laid out his priorities in an information meeting with reporters Wednesday and said he will be focused on implementing Amendment 1, bringing more tax relief to Floridians and finding ways to help special needs students get broader employment opportunities....

  4. Gardiner says first Senate bill will be greyhound injury reporting

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    GreyhoundsSenate President Andy Gardiner said Wednesday he will revive the bill to require the greyhound racing industry to report animal injuries and have the measure sent to the House during the first week of the 2015 session....

  5. Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

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    A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott has indicated that the governor's office wants the Department and Children and Families to pay the settlement to the surviving Barahona twin whose sibling died after years of torture by their adoptive parents, but questions remain. 

    "DCF will work with everyone involved to honor the agency's commitment to compensate the victim of this terrible tragedy,'' said Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz in an email to the Miami Herald late Tuesday....

  6. Lawyers ask court to intervene and enforce child abuse settlement with state

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    Lawyers for one of the surviving victims of the Barahona child abuse tragedy asked a judge on Tuesday to order the Florida Department of Children and Families to honor a settlement it agreed to last year and stop trying to delay the payments.

    Neal A. Roth filed a "Motion to Enforce Settlement" with the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County Tuesday, suggesting that the agency's attempts to oppose legislation that authorizes payment to Victor Barahona and his new parents has "breached the settlement agreement and has completely undermined the settlement."...

  7. Legislators vow to get payment to abused child

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    Several influential South Florida legislators said Monday they will not let a legal technicality stand in the way of getting payments to the victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history.

    Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said she “won’t rest” until Victor Barahona and his new parents get the $3.75 million they are owed after he was found near death alongside his twin sister’s decomposing body after years of abuse warnings to the state went unheeded....

  8. Florida legislators vow to get payment to abused child

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Several influential South Florida legislators said Monday they will not let a legal technicality stand in the way of getting payments to the victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history.

    Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said she "won't rest" until Victor Barahona and his new parents get the $3.75 million they are owed after he was found near death alongside his twin sister's decomposing body after years of abuse warnings to the state went unheeded....

  9. State reneging on abuse deal?

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    TALLAHASSEE — When the state of Florida quietly agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the gruesome death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and the torture of her twin brother, Victor, it all but admitted it was at fault.

    Now, the Florida Department of Children and Families and lawyers for the state Legislature want to put the deal on hold and indefinitely delay final payments....

    The body of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona was found in the back of her adoptive father’s pickup in 2011.
  10. Indian tribes may legalize marijuana, feds say

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Will marijuana be as legal as poker chips on Native American tribal lands in Florida?

    That is the question being asked after the U.S. Justice Department published a memo directing federal prosecutors nationwide to allow tribes to cultivate and grow marijuana on their sovereign lands without fear of federal harassment.

    The decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, according to the memo published Thursday, and there is no indication yet that Florida's two federally recognized tribes — the Miccosukees and Seminoles — will participate....

    Jake Howard, 21, shows off marijuana he bought at Next Harvest, a dispensary in Denver. He uses the drug for recreational purposes but said it helps with the pain from crashing his BMX bike. "It was weird at first but once you go in there a few times, it's normal," said Howard, who used to buy pot from a a friend down the street. "It's amazing." [Alex Leary  | Times]
  11. Feds say tribes can sell marijuana; what does that mean for Florida?

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    MarijuanaWill marijuana be as legal as poker chips on Native American tribal lands in Florida?...

  12. Rick Scott says jobs bring people to Florida but mostly it's weather

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    By Amy Sherman, Miami Herald

    Does Florida essentially have a big ol “Help Wanted” sign?

    Coming off fresh from his “jobs jamboree” pit stops around the state to celebrate his re-election, Gov. Rick Scott talked up the Sunshine State’s reputation for jobs during a gaggle with reporters after the Dec. 9 Cabinet meeting....

  13. With Senate redistricting lawsuit pending, court releases disputed documents

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    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Monday thrust into the limelight yet another secret email that reveals the role of political consultants in the redistricting process that could have bearing on the pending lawsuit over Senate redistricting.

    Tom Hofeller of the Republican National Committee wrote to Rich Heffley, a consultant to the Republican Party of Florida, which appeared to underscore the consultants' role in the redistricting process....

  14. Court releases redistricting docs -- this time relating to role of consultants in Senate maps

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    The Florida Supreme Court on Monday thrust into the limelight yet another secret email that reveals the role of political consultants in the redistricting process that could have bearing on the pending lawsuit over Senate redistricting.

    Tom Hofeller, of the Republican National Committee, wrote to Rich Heffley, a consultant to the Republican Party of Florida, which appeared to underscore the consultants' role in the redistricting process....