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. 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]
  2. 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....

  3. 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....

    Domenic Marrone, a banker with SunTrust, said he feels more “objective” without partisan ties.
  4. 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....

  5. 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....

  6. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. 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.
  9. 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....

  10. FSU sets timeline for presidential search

    Blog

    According to the timeline approved by the search committee today, Florida State University could have a new president by the end of September.

    Read more on The Buzz.

  11. FSU search could yield new president by late September

    College

    After weeks of turmoil capped by the resignation of one consultant and the hiring of another, the Florida State University presidential search committee set a timeline Friday that could lead to a new leader being named by the end of September.

    The application deadline is Sept. 2, and the search firm will work to recruit new candidates to join a field led by state Sen. John Thrasher and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston. The advisory committee will meet Sept. 5 to discuss all of the applicants and select finalists to bring to campus for interviews on Sept. 8 and 9. Some or all of those finalists will be invited back to meet with students, faculty, staff and alumni -- Sept. 15 through 18. ...

  12. FSU sets new presidential search timeline

    Blog

    The Florida State University presidential search committee, with the help of its newly hired consultant, set a timeline for evaluating candidates that could have a new leader named by the end of September.

    The application deadline is Sept. 2. Sen. John Thrasher, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston and others who have already applied remain in the running, but the search firm will spend the next two months recruiting additional candidates....

  13. Standards for college boss searches proposed; Florida Polytech set to open

    State Roundup

    A presidential search roiled by political controversy is doing Florida State University no favors, state Board of Governors members said Thursday at their meeting in Orlando.

    "I think it's damaged the national reputation of FSU, the way this search has played out," said board member Dean Colson, a week after FSU's well-regarded search consultant abruptly quit.

    The issues at FSU — highlighted by divisions on the search committee and vocal criticism over state Sen. John Thrasher's front-runner status — come on the heels of embarrassing missteps at other universities, board members said. The most recent: a dispute over the contract of new Florida A&M University president Elmira Mangum that exposed divisions in that school's board of trustees....

  14. Decision raises more questions about secret documents in redistricting case

    Blog

    In Friday's paper:

    The trial challenging Florida's newly drawn congressional map ended two weeks ago and the judge could rule at any time on whether the revised boundaries violate the law.

    Even so, a First District Court of Appeal opinion issued Thursday could jeopardize the use of 538 pages of confidential documents that were introduced as evidence....

  15. Decision raises more questions about documents in redistricting case

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The trial challenging Florida's newly drawn congressional map ended two weeks ago and the judge could rule at any time on whether the revised boundaries violate the law.

    Even so, a 1st District Court of Appeal opinion issued Thursday could jeopardize the use of 538 pages of confidential documents that were introduced as evidence.

    The appeals court voted 5-4 that the Florida Supreme Court should ultimately decide whether the Leon County circuit judge assigned to the case was correct when he gave the plaintiffs in the case — a coalition of citizens groups — access to the secret emails, maps and planning documents held by political consultants to Republican legislators....