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

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  1. Scott agrees to just three October debates

    Gubernatorial

    Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he has agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election:

    • Oct. 10, sponsored by Telemundo

    • Oct. 15 at Broward College, sponsored by Leadership Florida, WPBF-TV and the Florida Press Association...

    Gov. Rick Scott won’t be at a planned event sponsored by the Times, WTSP-Ch. 10 and USF.
  2. Gov. Rick Scott agrees to 3 debates, but not Times'

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election:...

  3. Judge throws out challenge to blind trust law used by Gov. Scott

    Blog

    From the Associated Press:

     A Florida judge is upholding a law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly.

    Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Monday ruled that politicians can use a blind trust and still comply with a 1976 constitutional amendment that requires officials to disclose their finances. The Florida Legislature passed a law last year authorizing the use of a blind trust....

  4. Florida Medical Association members back Medicaid expansion

    Blog

    For the first time, members of the Florida Medical Association have approved a resolution endorsing Medicaid expansion, a politically contentious issue that the group's leaders have generally avoided over the last two legislative sessions.

    By unanimous voice vote at the FMA's annual conference in Orlando on Sunday, several hundred members approved a resolution written by South Florida obstetrician/gynecologist Aaron Elkin calling for FMA to publicly support expanding Medicaid eligibility as long as the program "safeguarded patient access to care while increasing Medicaid payment rates to Medicare levels for all physicians."...

  5. DOH schedules second workshop on medical pot rules

    Blog

    The second workshop on the state's proposed rule to implement new medical marijuana laws will be held Aug. 1.

    The rule carries out Senate Bill 1030, the so-called "Charlotte's Web" bill, passed by the Legislature and approved by Gov. Rick Scott this spring. A second draft addressing issues raised at the first standing-room only workshop will be publicized by the end of the week....

  6. With billions for Floridians at stake, courts issue dueling rulings on health care law

    Health

    About 931,000 Floridians could lose $4.8 billion in subsidies to buy health insurance if a federal appeals court decision Tuesday striking down a major part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law is upheld.

    The ruling in Halbig vs. Burwell by the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit could mean premium increases for millions of Americans who rely on federally run insurance exchanges because their states would not create their own....

  7. Florida surgeon general asks if immigrant children are public health threat

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With thousands of immigrant children seeking shelter in a growing humanitarian crisis, Florida's surgeon general on Friday raised the specter that they could pose a threat to public health.

    More than 57,000 children have arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border without their parents since fall, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As Congress argues about what to do, federal health officials must find safe shelter for them. Some of the children already are in Florida....

    Florida surgeon general Dr. John Armstrong sent a letter to the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expressing concerns that immigrant children may come to Florida without receiving basic medical screenings. [Times files]
  8. Senate Prez-elect Andy Gardiner's staff takes shape

    Blog

    There is the expected churn in the Senate president's office as Don Gaetz winds down his tenure and Andy Gardiner prepares to take the reins.

    Gaetz's chief of staff, Chris Clark, resigned and was recently named senior vice president of public affairs at the Florida Medical Association. Gardiner promoted Clark's deputy, Reynold Meyer, to serve as his chief of staff....

  9. Big surge in no-party voters could reshape Florida politics

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Claudia Duff started her new life in Florida a few months ago by joining a growing movement of voters who could reshape the state's politics simply by declaring their independence from the two-party system.

    Tired of Beltway bickering, turned off by labels, or not ready to be Republicans or Democrats, they are NPAs, voters with no party affiliation who are rejecting both parties in record numbers and fueling a national trend....

    Claudia Duff’s choice when she registered to vote: NPA.
  10. Another DC-Tallahassee rift as feds demand hospitals repay Medicaid funds

    Blog

    From today's paper:

    The federal government wants to recover $267 million from Florida hospitals it says were paid too much to care for the poor. And it wants the entire amount this year — a demand that is hitting safety-net hospitals like Jackson Memorial in Miami and Tampa General hard.

    "Essentially it wipes out any profit we would have next year, so that's kind of why we're struggling with it," said Jackson Health System chief financial officer Mark Knight, noting the state's largest public hospital had operated in the red for years before turning things around....

  11. Demand that hospitals repay Medicaid funds latest sign of D.C.-Tallahassee rift

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The federal government wants to recover $267 million from Florida hospitals it says were paid too much to care for the poor. And it wants the entire amount this year — a demand that is hitting safety-net hospitals like Jackson Memorial in Miami and Tampa General hard.

    "Essentially it wipes out any profit we would have next year, so that's kind of why we're struggling with it," said Jackson Health System chief financial officer Mark Knight, noting the state's largest public hospital had operated in the red for years before turning things around....

  12. Latest Democratic ad hits Rick Scott on education cuts, tuition hikes

    Blog

    The Florida Democratic Party is out with a new ad that criticizes Gov. Rick Scott's education record, including budget cuts and approval of tuition increases. The ad, uploaded today on Youtube but scheduled to air in Central and South Florida, is simply titled, "Why?"

    This is the Democrats' second ad and, like the first, will be aired in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa at a cost in the "high six-figures" according to FDP spokesman Joshua Karp. That mirrors the parts of the state where the Scott campaign has spent the most....

  13. Mayo Jacksonville lobbied for share of Florida cancer research dollars

    Blog

    From today's paper:

    Gov. Rick Scott's plan to spend tax dollars to boost the national prominence of Florida's top cancer centers came as a pleasant surprise to the Mayo Clinic.

    One of the country's most prestigious names in research, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is in three states — the mother ship in Minnesota, plus Florida and Arizona. Mayo Jacksonville officials figured they — and the 14,000 cancer patients seen at the Florida site — would benefit from Scott's plan....

  14. Mayo cancer center vies for a share of Florida research dollars

    State Roundup

    JACKSONVILLE — Gov. Rick Scott's plan to spend tax dollars to boost the national prominence of Florida's top cancer centers came as a pleasant surprise to the Mayo Clinic.

    One of the country's most prestigious names in research, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is in three states — the mother ship in Minnesota, plus Florida and Arizona. Mayo Jacksonville officials figured they — and the 14,000 cancer patients seen at the Florida site — would benefit from Scott's plan....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s new budget gives money to top cancer centers like Moffitt in Tampa in order to boost national prominence. The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville was not part of the funding, and some say that’s because Mayo is part of an out-of-state satellite network.
  15. Jacksonville Rep. Fullwood fails to qualify, blames clerical error

    Blog

    Scroll through the lists of candidates qualified to run for the Florida House and there is one anomaly: incumbent Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, remained listed as "active" and not "qualified" when the noon deadline passed.

    That made him the only incumbent eligible for re-election who didn't qualify. He would have been unopposed. Now there is no one running in District 13 to represent Jacksonville's urban core....