Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Tia Mitchell

Tia Mitchell covers state government and politics in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She joined the politics team in late 2011 after working as a general assignment reporter in the Times' Tampa bureau for most of the year. Tia is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in journalism. She has worked at the Florida Times-Union newspaper in Jacksonville and has also interned at the Tallahassee Democrat and the Ocala Star-Banner. She is originally from Louisville, Ky.

Phone: (850) 224-7263

Email: tmitchell@tampabay.com

Twitter: @TBTia

  1. The Money Race: Crist fundraising outpaces Scott 6-to-1


    Charlie Crist collected $6 for every $1 donated to Gov. Rick Scott during the most recent campaign finance reporting period covering Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

    Scott's campaign and political committees raised just $606,656 in cash and in-kind services, compared to Crist’s $3.2 million. This allowed Crist to move much closer to Scott in the amount of cash he has on hand to spend in the final two weeks of campaigning....

  2. Chief financial officer


    Chief financial officer

    Chief financial officer Jeff Atwater seems all but assured re-election. His opponent, Democrat William Rankin, struggles to raise money, has no name recognition and is getting no help from the state party. The bigger question seems to be if Atwater is laying the groundwork for a 2016 gubernatorial bid. By Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

    William "Will" Rankin, 54Jeff Atwater, 56
    Experience Former director of asset management for Ohio State Treasury; 11 years in the U.S. Army; former Army criminal investigator; publisher of a lifestyle magazine Chief financial officer, 2011-present; State Senate president, 2008-2010; state senator, 2002-2010; Village of North Palm Beach vice mayor, 1993 ...

  3. Court ruling leaves Tampa Bay area state House election up in the air


    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida appeals court ruled Thursday that a write-in candidate was wrongly disqualified from running for a Tampa Bay state House seat, likely cancelling a primary election for the second time.

    Rep. Jamie Grant and fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg were supposed to face off in a primary on Nov. 4 that was open to all voters in House District 64, which includes parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. With only two candidates, the primary — postponed from October over questions involving a write-in candidate — would have settled the question of who represents the district, which includes Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor....

  4. University of Florida president selected: Cornell provost W. Kent Fuchs


    TALLAHASSEE — Cornell University provost W. Kent Fuchs, who wasn't even a candidate until Friday, was chosen to become the 12th president of the University of Florida on Wednesday morning.

    He expects to begin his new job in January, pending approval by the state Board of Governors in November.

    Fuchs — pronounced "fox" — and New York University provost David W. McLaughlin were the two finalists who interviewed Wednesday morning. But the 59-year-old Fuchs' enthusiasm and Ivy League connections won out....

    University of Florida president-elect W. Kent Fuchs speaks during a news conference at Emerson Alumni Hall in Gainesville on Wednesday. Fuchs, Cornell University’s provost, was unanimously selected to be the university’s 12th president. 
  5. The Buzz: Bondi wants Florida Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

    State Roundup

    Attorney General Pam Bondi said Monday night that she wants the state Supreme Court to decide once and for all whether same-sex couples can marry in the Sunshine State.

    "That is unquestionably an important issue, and the Plaintiffs, the State, and all citizens deserve a definitive answer," Bondi's office wrote in a filing to the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal. "Until recently, the issue was squarely before the United States Supreme Court, and it appeared that a definitive answer was coming. . . . Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court decided not to answer the question."...

    Attorney General Pam Bondi wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to decide on gay marriage, now her office has shifted to request that the Florida Supreme Court make a ruling.
  6. FSU trustees expected to approve Thrasher contract, $430K base salary on Monday


    A draft version of the contract between state Sen. John Thrasher and Florida State University shows that they have negotiated a five-year term starting Nov. 10.

    The FSU Board of Trustees plans to meet via conference call Monday to discuss and likely approve the proposed contract. Thrasher, who expects to be re-elected to the Senate on Nov. 4, said he would step down from his Senate seat as soon as the Board of Governors confirms him. That formality should occur when the group meets Nov. 5 and 6....

  7. Michelle Obama to campaign for Crist on Friday


    First Lady Michelle Obama is attending a Friday rally in Orlando to campaign alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

    Tickets for this free "grassroots event" will be available Tuesday through Thursday, but the Crist campaign is requiring people to pick up paper tickets -- no more than two in total -- by visiting one of Crist's three Orlando field offices....

  8. UF search moves forward with three outside candidates


    The next University of Florida president will come from outside of the university, one of three finalists selected by the search advisory committee today.

    The Gainesville Sun reported Saturday that the only internal candidate, UF Provost Joe Glover, withdrew his name from consideration after the applicant pool was unveiled. Glover was considered a front-runner for the job early on, but some heavy hitters from prestigious universities put their name in the running and changed the game last week....

  9. Gov. Rick Scott's jobs incentive program still falling short of promises


    From Sunday's paper:

    Gov. Rick Scott has used tax breaks and other incentives to attract tens of thousands of new jobs to Florida, but after nearly four years, most of the jobs still don't exist, according to state records.

    Scott has built his case for a second term largely on the slow but steady improvement in the Florida economy, especially a drop in unemployment and growth in private sector jobs as measured by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....

  10. Gov. Scott's incentive-based jobs program still falling short of promises


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has used tax breaks and other incentives to attract tens of thousands of new jobs to Florida, but after nearly four years, most of the jobs still don't exist, according to state records.

    Scott has built his case for a second term largely on the slow but steady improvement in the Florida economy, especially a drop in unemployment and growth in private sector jobs as measured by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....

    Robin Croft, left, and Shari Alatorre work together in an open collaborative work space at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tampa on Thursday. The company has filled 160 of the 200 jobs it promised to bring to the client support center.
  11. UF timeline has new president picked Oct. 15


    In more ways than one, it seems, the University of Florida is trying avoid some of the national scandals that have rocked Florida State University. Its presidential search, scheduled to wrap up next week, is another example of UF taking a much different approach....

  12. The Money Race: Scott gets more RGA cash, reliable Democrats back Crist


    The election is one month away, and both Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, who wants his old mansion back, continue to lean heavily on their political committees' ability to raise unlimited dollars.

    Scott's "Let's Get to Work" committee raised $2.6 million during the campaign finance reporting period covering Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, the bulk of that being a $2.5 million check from the Republican Governors Association. In total, the group has given Scott $13.5 million....

  13. Crist running mate Taddeo challenges Lopez-Cantera to LG debate


    Charlie Crist's running mate, Annette Taddeo, has challenged Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to a debate sponsored by a Miami Spanish-language TV station. Taddeo's challenge also includes an invitation for a joint appearance at the CBS affiliate in Miami....

  14. Florida hospitals prepare for Ebola cases


    TAMPA — Tampa General Hospital has planned for the day it might get a suspected Ebola case. Officials designated special rooms for such patients and purchased impermeable Tyvek suits, face shields and heavy duty gloves for the staff who would treat them.

    The only step left is to train workers on how to handle the new equipment — something that will happen much more quickly now that the United States has its first confirmed case, in Texas, said Peggy Thompson, director of infection prevention at Tampa General....

  15. Democrat Rankin challenges CFO Atwater to a debate


    Democrat William Rankin has challenged Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to a debate, but just like nearly everything else with Rankin's campaign the idea is not gaining much traction.

    In a letter dated today, Rankin said he is willing to debate his Republican opponent "anytime and anywhere on the issues." Because they are both from South Florida, he suggested Palm Beach as a location and floated the ideas of a TV station or a local university as the setting....

    A screenshot of the letter Rankin sent to Atwater.