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. 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. ...

  2. 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.
  3. 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....

  4. 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....

  5. 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....

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

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    CNN fanGov. Rick Scott appeared on Wol...

  7. 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....

  8. 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....

  9. 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. 

  10. Twitter world winds up when it gets wind of Florida's 'fangate'

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    It took only eight brief minutes for all the serious questions and answers poised by reporters at the second governor's debate in Florida were forgotten.

    That's the time it took to begin the debate after Charlie Crist arrived on stage with a fan at his feet and Gov. Rick Scott remained off stage, in alleged protest.

    The Twitterverse went crazy and, for the next three hours, politics watchers across the country streamed commentary. Here are some excerpts:
    Luke Russert, NBC capital news reporter:

    "As somebody who uses a fan for occasional live shots, it's a HUGE psychological advantage. Nothing worse than sweating under TV lights"

    Jake Tapper, CNN reporter and host of the next Florida governor's debate:

    "Seriously, who among us ISN'T a fan of Florida politics? cbsloc.al/1vxnUEy"...

  11. Report: Lower budget surplus will make campaign promises hard to reach

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    As Florida's governor's candidates face-off tonight for their second highly-anticipated debate in Broward County tonight, Florida TaxWatch is out with a sobering reminder.

    The business-backed government watchdog group warns that the $336 million budget surplus Gov. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and most of the Florida legislators are counting on to pay for their campaign promises is going to be pretty slim. (Scott, for example has promised $1 billion in cuts in taxes and fees over the next two years on top of new money for education and environment. ) In other words: be careful what you wish for....

  12. Scott decides to pay own legal fees to fight disclosure of records

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    From the Associated Press and Herald/Times:

    A bitter public records dispute is now forcing Florida Gov. Rick Scott to dip into his own pocket, and may force him to testify on his own behalf before next month's election.

    Tallahassee attorney Steven R. Andrews, who clashed with Scott even before he took office, wants information on private Google email accounts that he says were used by the Scott administration to sidestep state law. A Florida judge sided with Andrews, but now Scott has hired lawyers to fight the request in California....

  13. Oct. 15 is tax deadline for Gov. Scott -- will he release 2013 reports?

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    Gov. Rick Scott has touted the fact that he and his wife have released an unprecedented amount of financial data — more than his opponent — this election cycle. But that is not quite true.

    Charlie Crist has released his 2013 tax return, although his wife who files separately has not. Scott, who files jointly with his wife, Ann, has not released his 2013 return.

    Tomorrow, the governor has a chance to close that gap. According to the IRS, Oct. 15 is the deadline for anyone who received a six-month extension to file their return....

  14. Bondi gives in, asks Florida Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban

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    By Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald...