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Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet

Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University.

Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of The Almanac of Florida Politics and to The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida.

Phone: (850) 224-7263

Email: sbousquet@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SteveBousquet

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  1. From ethics to workers comp, the full schedule for 'Legislator U'

    Blog

    Here's the complete schedule for House Speaker Richard Corcoran's "Legislator University," the two-day training seminar for House members to be held at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Dec. 6-7.

    Legislator University Schedule ...

  2. Bondi gets her sit-down with Trump

    Blog

    Attorney General Pam Bondi met in New York on Friday with President-elect Donald Trump, and left Trump Tower smiling but saying very little about whether she's being considered for a White House job.

    Bondi said her afternoon meeting with Trump was related to her duties on the executive committee of Trump's transition team.

    Asked if she was offered a job, Bondi said: "I'm on the transition team, and we're doing everything we can to help him put the best people in place. So right now I'm attorney general of the state of Florida. I think the whole country should be so proud of how hard he is up there working."...

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi waves to reporters as she arrives at Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in New York.
  3. Pam Bondi's career path could lead to post in Trump's White House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Pam Bondi would bring personal loyalty to Donald Trump's future administration — and political baggage, too.

    Her meeting today with the president-elect at Trump Tower, ostensibly to discuss a high-level federal post, is the latest milepost in her stunning rise from local Tampa prosecutor to state attorney general to possible White House insider.

    Six years ago, Bondi told a campaign rally of tea party activists at a park in St. Augustine what kind of an attorney general she would be....

    Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi attend the Palm Beach Lincoln Day Dinner in March at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. [Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images]
  4. Rick Scott proposes 5 percent pay raise for 4,000 state law enforcement officers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott wants to reward 4,000 state law enforcement officers with 5 percent pay raises next year, in a move that signifies a major policy shift.

    Scott said Thursday that the officers deserve more money, citing their efforts at the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando in June and in protecting the safety of Floridians during two hurricanes and a tropical storm.

    Scott announced his proposed pay raises at an Orlando highway patrol station, and said it would be in the budget he proposes to the Legislature in January....

    Florida Highway Patrol officers investigate a 2011 crash in Pinellas County. Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday said he wants to provide troopers with a 5 percent pay raise next year. [MELISSA LYTTLE | TIMES]
  5. Gov. Scott wants 5 percent raises for 4,000 state police officers

    Blog

    TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott wants the Florida Legislature to approve a 5 percent pay raise for about 4,000 state law enforcement officers in next year's budget.

    Scott, who has generally opposed across-the-board raises for all state workers during his six years in office, made the proposal at a Florida Highway Patrol station in Orlando Thursday. He cited their heroic efforts at the Pulse nightclub massacre in June, followed by two hurricanes and a tropical storm....

  6. Lawmakers will return to Capitol for 'Legislator University'

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    A motivational speaker who worked in the White House. A mandatory seminar on sexual harassment. Breakout sessions on the death penalty, workers comp, Medicaid, the courts and the Florida retirement system.

    It's all part of two days of member training next week in the Florida House of Representatives, with code numbers assigned to each seminar, just like at UF and FSU. The "Legislator University" is part of House Speaker Richard Corcoran's plan to upgrade civility and professionalism in a House where more than one-third of the members (46) are newbies....

  7. Ex-Gov. Bob Martinez, former 'drug czar,' offers advice to Bondi

    Blog

    If Attorney General Pam Bondi is considering serving as the nation's next drug czar in Donald Trump's White House, she might think twice -- especially if she talks with another Floridian who held the same job nearly three decades ago.

    That would be Bob Martinez, the former Republican governor and mayor of Tampa, who held the post in 1991 and 1992 in the last two years of President George H.W. Bush's term. When Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992, Martinez headed back to Florida....

    Former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez was the nation's "drug czar" in the early 1990s.
  8. Two election supervisors endorse civil rights ballot proposal

    Blog

    Two Florida supervisors of election want the Florida Supreme Court to approve language for a proposed constitutional amendment to make it easier for convicted felons to regain their civil rights.

    Supervisors Brenda Snipes in Broward, the state's largest Democrat-dominated county, and Ion Sancho in Leon, in the state capital of Tallahassee, filed their advisory opinion with the court....

  9. Infamous Trump check will loom if Pam Bondi heads to D.C.

    State Roundup

    For Attorney General Pam Bondi, the good news is that the next president of the United States may be calling with a big job offer in Washington.

    The bad news: The price of that job could be an arduous, intrusive and constitutionally vital step of a Senate confirmation hearing.

    For a politician who has at times cringed under the spotlight, that could be a deal-breaker.

    This is a pivotal moment for Bondi, a former Tampa prosecutor who was elected attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014....

    Attorney General Pam Bondi may face a Senate hearing if she jumps to a new job.
  10. A leader of Tallahassee's past likes Corcoran's call for change

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    Change never comes easily to Tallahassee, and Richard Pettigrew can attest to that. He was a young and idealistic speaker of the Florida House of Representatives 45 years ago. Now, at 86, the former Democratic lawmaker from Miami is watching as Republican Speaker Richard Corcoran of Land O'Lakes takes aim at the status quo in the state Capitol. The full story is here.   ...

  11. A liberal leader from Tallahassee's past praises Corcoran's call for change

    Perspective

    BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Richard Pettigrew knows a thing or two about shaking things up in the state Capitol in Tallahassee.

    He did it — 45 years ago.

    Like Rep. Richard Corcoran now, Pettigrew was speaker of the Florida House in 1971-72, a time of enormous change and upheaval.

    Florida was a very different place. Pettigrew was a Democrat who helped pull Florida out of the era when a rural and conservative bloc of legislators known as pork choppers had disproportionate control....

    Richard Pettigrew
  12. If Bondi leaves, here's early short list for attorney general's job

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    Attorney General Pam Bondi's absence from Tuesday's one-day organizational session of the Legislature is fueling more speculation that she's a short-timer in Tallahassee. A member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, she's seen as a likely pick for a White House job. Bondi's office ignored three requests Tuesday to disclose the whereabouts of the state's chief legal officer....

    A member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is seen as a likely pick for a White House job.
  13. Negron, Corcoran now officially in charge of Florida Legislature

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    Under new leadership, the Florida Legislature entered a strange new world Tuesday as the House speaker condemned the entrenched power of lobbyists and called for major changes in spending sure to be opposed by the Senate and Gov. Rick Scott.

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, described a Capitol controlled by lobbyists and politically-wired vendors, with lawmakers doing their bidding at the expense of taxpayers....

  14. Florida Senate leaders resist Corcoran's calls for change in Capitol

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Legislature entered a strange new world Tuesday as the incoming House speaker condemned the power of lobbyists and demanded changes in spending that will face resistance from the Senate and Gov. Rick Scott.

    In his inaugural speech as speaker, Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, railed against a Capitol dominated by lobbyists and politically-wired vendors with lawmakers doing their bidding at the expense of taxpayers....

    Florida Senator Oscar Braynon, D- Miami Gardens, is all smiles after he was chosen to by Senate Minority Leader on Monday by fellow Senate Democrats. When asked about Corcoran's new rules, Braynon replied: " He must be expecting criminals and unethical people to come to the House."  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times]

  15. Corcoran says House will seek 'dramatic reform' in fundraising

    Blog

    If Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is determined to break up the status quo in Tallahassee, sooner or later he'll have to attack the root of the problem: Money.

    He says he will. In an interview with the Times/Herald, Corcoran said that after rounding out his leadership team, "I fully anticipate that we will try to have some proposals dealing with campaign finance reform ... It would be dramatic reform." He said he was not prepared to discuss specifics yet....