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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. Bondi: State, feds break $1 billion Miami health care fraud ring

    Blog

    Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday announced the arrests of three Miami-Dade residents on felony charges of operating a $1 billion fraud scheme involving Medicaid, Medicare and various Miami-based health care providers.

    Bondi said her offices' Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, working with federal agencies, charged Odette Barcha, 49; Arnaldo Carmouze, 56; and Philip Esformes, 47, with conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering and health care fraud. Bondi said her agency identified more than $100 million in fraudulent Medicaid charges connected to the scheme....

  2. Gov. Scott's statement on mass shooting at club in Fort Myers

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement Monday in response to a mass shooting overnight at a club in Fort Myers in which two people were reported dead and at least 16 people injured, according to multiple news reports. The shooting took place at Club Blu, which held a special "teen night" Sunday for children as young as age 12.

    It was the second time in six weeks that a Florida club was the target of a mass shooting after 49 people were slaughtered at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on June 12....

  3. Hillary Clinton names Virginia Sen. Timothy Kaine as her vice presidential running mate

    Elections

    TAMPA

    Hillary Clinton on Friday evening named U.S. Sen. Timothy Kaine of Virginia as her vice presidential running mate.

    Minutes after 8 p.m., Clinton tweeted her selection: "I'm thrilled to announce my running mate . . . a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others."

    The announcement came after Clinton spent Friday on the I-4 corridor, the fulcrum on which America's biggest swing state turns, to respond to two words in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's acceptance speech — "I alone," as in "I alone can fix it" — with two words of her own: "Stronger together."...

    Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks with community leaders at the Holden Heights Community Center during a round table campaign visit to Orlando on Friday. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Bill Nelson says Tim Kaine would be 'steady hand' as VP

    Blog

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine would be an "absolutely outstanding choice" as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate.

    Speaking to reporters in Orlando, where Clinton scheduled a roundtable meeting with community leaders, Nelson said: "He is a steady hand. There is no question about Tim Kaine's ethics, his morality, nor about his competence, if that's who she chooses."...

    Is Tim Kaine Clinton's choice for VP?
  5. Clinton comforts Pulse victims' families, holds roundtable

    Blog

    A somber Hillary Clinton met privately on Friday with family members and friends of victims of last month's Pulse nightclub killings in Orlando and later held a roundtable with community leaders.

    Three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention, Clinton said the massacre of 49 innocent patrons at a popular gay club by an ISIS loyalist underscores the need for gun control and of the dangers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people....

    Hillary Clinton meets with families of Pulse nightclub victims and holds round table with Orlando community leaders.
  6. Mail ballot requests for Florida's primary surpass 2 million

    Blog

    One of every six voters in Florida, or more than 2 million, will receive a mail ballot in advance of the state's Aug. 30 statewide primary election, and the number will keep growing over the next month.

    The state Division of Elections reported Friday that the requests so far total 2,062,551, with Republican voters outpacing Democrats by about 926,000 to 778,000. The growing number of requests shows the increased popularity of voting by mail, or what used to be known as voting absentee (the Legislature passed a law in 2016 removing the word "absentee" from the statutes)....

  7. Pam Bondi's 'lock her up' speech gives critics new ammunition

    Blog

    Attorney General Pam Bondi followed Gov. Rick Scott to the national stage Wednesday to give Florida an unusual 1-2 punch at the Republican National Convention. She said Trump will secure America's borders, roll back President Barack Obama's executive orders, and appoint conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    "Winning this election means reclaiming something to which I’ve dedicated my entire career: the rule of law," said Bondi, a former Hillsborough assistant state attorney and Florida's first two-term attorney general since Democrat Bob Butterworth left office in 2002.
    ...

  8. Gov. Rick Scott kicks off Day 3: 'How many more Orlandos?'

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the third night of the Republican National Convention Wednesday by calling on Americans to elect Donald Trump president because he's the only candidate who can defeat terrorism.

    He began on a personal note, by thanking Americans everywhere for their sympathy and support for the families of the victims at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando in which 49 people were killed on June 12....

  9. Florida judge under investigation for racist and sexist remarks

    Blog

    Another Florida judge is in serious trouble, this time for allegedly making sexist and racist remarks from the bench. Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey III of Jacksonville faces an investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission that could result in his removal. Here's more from The News Service of Florida:

    Hulsey is accused of using epithets to refer to a female staff attorney and saying blacks should "go back to Africa." A panel of the state JQC found probable cause to pursue charges against Hulsey for being "discourteous and condescending to staff," of having "expressed unnecessary criticism" of staff attorneys and using "language inappropriate for your judicial office." The notice of formal charges was filed Tuesday with the Florida Supreme Court....

  10. Scott's storm-free convention presence is FL's biggest in years

    Blog

    With his prime-time speaking slot and a role as a Donald Trump surrogate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a much bigger presence at this Republican convention than he did four years ago in his home state in Tampa. Not only that, but this is the biggest mark a Florida governor has made at his party's political convention in a long time, and you can thank the weather for that.

    Scott's abbreviated appearance at the Tampa convention in 2012 was due to Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm had dissipated by the time he made an appearance, which added to a perception that Scott wasn't very enthusiastic about Mitt Romney's candidacy. ...

  11. Graham: Unsealed 28 pages 'point very strong finger' at Saudis

    Blog

    Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham told a Tampa radio interviewer Tuesday that the recently declassified 28 pages of a report that studied possible links between Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 terror attacks strongly points in the direction of the Saudi government.

    Interviewed on public radio's WMNF, Graham said: "I think they point a very strong finger that Saudi Arabia was a collaborator with the hijackers."...

  12. High praise for one high-profile GOP'er for skipping convention

    Blog

    Quick, now, as in Quicken Loans Arena: Who's the only statewide elected Republican state official in Florida not attending the party's convention in Cleveland?

    That would be Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who was at work in South Florida Monday before heading back to Tallahassee.

    Atwater has the distinction of being the highest vote-getter in each of the past two mid-term elections. He got nearly 3 million votes in 2010 and 3.4 million in 2014. But he had no interest in going to the convention, and told a Republican club in Sarasota that he wouldn't be endorsing Donald Trump "any time soon," and that was in March. Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi will speak to the convention and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is there too....

  13. Rick Scott's support of Trump puts him on center stage — and at risk

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott was conspicuous by his absence at the last Republican National Convention in Tampa four years ago, but he had a good excuse: a tropical storm was bearing down on Florida.

    Scott will play a prominent role in this week's convention in Cleveland, but finds himself at the center of a political storm that poses risks to his final two years in office and a possible run for U.S. Senate in 2018....

    Gov. Rick Scott attends a June campaign rally for Donald Trump in Tampa. Scott is scheduled to speak Thursday during prime time at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
  14. Trumped-up talk of Tebow convention speech 'rumor,' QB says

    Blog

    The biggest story about the lineup of speakers at next week's Republican convention turns out to be about the Florida man who's not speaking.

    That would be Tim Tebow, the star quarterback for the Florida Gators and leader of a faith-based foundation that helps children, who lit up social media Thursday after a flurry of news coverage that he would address Donald Trump's celebration on its final night next Thursday....

    Tim Tebow, the star quarterback for the Florida Gators and leader of a faith-based foundation that helps children, posted a Facebook video on Thursday evening calling it a "rumor" that he was supposed to speak in Cleveland. The New York Times first reported that he was slated to speak on Thursday, but Tebow's name was not included among the speakers provided by convention planners.
  15. Just in the nick of time, Tim Tebow became a real Republican

    Blog

    Tim Tebow was a crowd favorite as a Florida Gator, and he's sure to electrify the crowd at Donald Trump's Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

    The Heisman-winning QB from Jacksonville was among the surprise names on a list of speakers released Thursday by the convention CEO, Jeff Larson.

    RELATED: Pam Bondi, Rick Scott, Tim Tebow to speak at Donald Trump's GOP convention...

    Tim Tebow, who will speak at next week's Republican National Convention, was registered as "no party affiliation" until he re-registered as a Republican on Feb. 16.