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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. The Buzz: Scott's rich, but another governor is worth much more

    State Roundup

    The big surge in Gov. Rick Scott's personal wealth in the past year raises a question: Is Florida's governor the richest governor in the country?

    The short answer is no, not by a long shot, but he's way up there. Scott's net worth is $147 million. He got rich running the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, left the firm in 1997, became an investor and has successfully nurtured an extensive portfolio....

    In this photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. After months of flirting with politics, Trump said Monday, May 16, 2011, that he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over entering the race for the Republican nomination.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew) WX202
  2. Eyeing Senate bid, Lopez-Cantera faces decision: Stay or go?

    Blog

    After 18 months in Gov. Rick Scott's shadow, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera faces his first big decision -- and it might also be his last.

    Should he stay as Scott's No. 2 or make a declaration of independence and go? The story is here.

  3. Eyeing Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera must decide whether to stay or go

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After 18 months in Gov. Rick Scott's shadow, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has to make his first big decision.

    Before he enters Florida's wide-open race for the U.S. Senate, he'll reach a political crossroads as the state's No. 2 executive: Should he stay or go?

    Lopez-Cantera won't say, and the public probably would not notice the difference.

    He's not required to immediately resign his $125,000-a-year state job to run for another office, but observers say he faces a number of potential problems if he doesn't cut ties with Scott....

    Carlos Lopez-Cantera was chosen lieutenant governor in 2013 after Jennifer Carroll was forced out.
  4. Gov. Scott is a very wealthy man, but he's not THAT rich ... is he?

    Blog

    The big surge in Gov. Rick Scott's personal wealth in the past year raises a question: Is Florida's governor the richest governor in the country? The short answer is no, not by a longshot, but he's way up there.

    Scott's net worth is $147 million. He got rich running the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, left the firm in 1997 with a $10 million severance package and stock worth $300 million, became an investor and has nurtured an extensive portfolio, nearly all of which is in a blind trust. The annual statement he filed with the state this week shows his net worth grew by $14 million over the past year but is still well below the $217 million he reported when he filed to run for governor in June 2010. Scott has not yet made up the $73 million he spent in that campaign....

  5. Putnam's plea for pre-veto face time with Gov. Scott was ignored

    Blog

    Here's yet another backstory on Gov. Rick Scott's budget vetoes, and this one could definitely give Scott headaches at future Cabinet meetings. As the budget time clock was ticking, Scott and his staff dissed Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who simply wanted to make his case for agency projects.

    It began to unfold on Friday, June 19. As the Legislature was passing a budget, ending a three-week special session, Putnam immediately sought face time with the governor to argue his case for spending priorities."I request a meeting with you at your earliest convenience," Putnam wrote....

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam speaks at a Feb. 5 Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
  6. Gov. Rick Scott's net worth grows to $147 million

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's personal net worth ballooned in the past year to nearly $147 million, an increase of 11 percent and nearly twice what it was two years ago.

    The richest governor in Florida history reported his bigger bottom line on an annual financial disclosure statement with the state Commission on Ethics that become public Wednesday.

    Thanks to a vast portfolio of investments and extensive sales of stock in a bull market, Scott's year-to-year net worth grew by more than $14 million in 2014, but exactly how remained a secret, because Scott places his assets in a blind trust....

    Thanks to a vast portfolio of investments and sales of stock, Florida Governor Rick Scott's year-to-year net worth grew by $15 million in 2014. [Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP]
  7. The bottom line: Gov. Scott's net worth grows to $147 million

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott reports his net worth has grown to nearly $147 million, an increase of about $14 million or nearly 11 percent more than the year before, and double what it was the year before that. The wealthiest governor in Florida history filed his annual financial disclosure statement with the Commission on Ethics and the agency posted it online Wednesday....

  8. Senate president calls Gov. Scott's UCF veto 'a shot at Orlando'

    Blog

    If Republicans in the Florida Senate are getting over their anger at Gov. Rick Scott's rash of vetoes, they sure don't sound like it.

    Appearing on News 13's Political Connections, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, did not mince words in describing Scott's zeroing out of money for programs for people with disabilities and for the start of a downtown Orlando campus of the University of Central Florida....

  9. Lopez-Cantera huddling with Broward Commissioner LaMarca

    Blog

    Making the rounds in anticipation of announcing a U.S. Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera huddled Tuesday with Chip LaMarca, Broward’s lone Republican county commissioner, at an undisclosed location in Fort Lauderdale, according to Lopez-Cantera’s official schedule.

    “LOL, just meeting him for coffee and to catch up,” LaMarca told The Miami Herald's Amy Sherman via text. “I’m sure that he wants to talk about the U.S. Senate campaign in Broward County. ... I’m happy to assist him because he’s a friend and has been supportive of me as well.”...

  10. Silence of the Pam: Bondi tight-lipped on DEP chief's job status

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott and the three Cabinet members will soon reappoint permanent directors of two Cabinet-level agencies snubbed by the Senate this spring. The selection process is slowed by new Cabinet rules that require more transparent application and interview systems, leaving the two leaders in a limbo-like "interim" status.

    FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen is sure to win reappointment because neither Scott nor the Cabinet asked to interview anyone else for a job that requires extensive law enforcement experience. But it's a different story for Secretary Jon Steverson of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), who faces competition and a possible re-application process....

  11. Steve Bousquet: FDLE chief working overtime to shed 'interim' tag

    Legislature

    It might be the longest job interview in Florida history, at six months and counting.

    That's how long ago Rick Swearingen got the shocking phone call that changed his life and set off a slow-motion political disaster for Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet.

    It's all because Scott and the three elected Cabinet members botched the removal of Swearingen's predecessor as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Gerald Bailey's hush-hush firing by Scott last Dec. 16 exposed a lack of oversight by asleep-at-the-switch Cabinet members and damaged morale at an agency that reports to the Cabinet so as to be protected from political meddling by one person, even the governor....

  12. As Scott's vetoes reverberate across state, a critic is impressed

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott's liberal use of his veto pen in the new state budget continues to reverberate across the state in a number of pointed editorials and woe-is-us news stories. But one of Scott's most persistent critics isn't complaining.

    Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen penned a piece over the weekend that actually sprinkled some praise on Scott for a "rare display of might" in dealing with a "malfunctioning" Florida Legislature, and the popular author also concluded that Scott axed so much spending ($461.4 million) that he couldn't have been playing favorites. "The slashing was evenhanded," Hiaasen writes....

  13. Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes leave lingering damage with lawmakers

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's sudden and sweeping vetoes of lawmakers' projects have stirred up more bad blood with the Senate that is likely to linger.

    It won't take long for the governor to find out the price he'll pay the next time he needs support for his priorities. The next session begins in just six months.

    Acting with a swiftness not seen before in Florida, Scott blindsided legislators from the cozy privacy of his Capitol office on Tuesday and wiped out $461 million for virtually every type of program, from free medical clinics to college construction to programs to help ex-offenders rejoin society....

    The governor’s vetoes hit close to home for, from left, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Sens. Garrett Richter, 
R-Naples, Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Tom Lee, R-Brandon. 
  14. Services set for former Sen. Durell Peaden, 69, of Crestview

    Blog

    Funeral services will be held this weekend for former state Sen. Durell Peaden, who died this week.

    Secretary of the Senate Debbie Brown sent the following details to senators: Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time on Saturday  and a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 599 8th Avenue, Crestview....

  15. Scott's trip to Connecticut: How it played in Hartford, New Haven

    Blog

    "You're raising taxes on everybody," Gov. Rick Scott is quoted as saying about Connectiut's Democratic governor and Legislature in Friday's Hartford Courant. Here's how the trip is playing in the state's largest newspaper. In an interview with the Associated Press in Hartford, Scott said "it truly helps me when a governor raises taxes."...