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. Safety net hospitals win reprieve from federal repayment penalty

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It was an issue that threatened the bottom lines of Florida's safety net hospitals, which are now breathing a collective sigh of relief.

    The federal government had accused them of receiving $267 million in Medicaid payments erroneously over the past eight years and wanted it back immediately. Hospitals asked for a compromise that would have spread the penalty over three years to soften the blow, as well as give them time to finalize audits and possibly dispute the charges....

  2. Feds OK continuing Medicaid managed care, give hospitals reprieve on money issue

    Blog

    It was an issue that threatened the bottom lines of Florida's safety net hospitals, who are now breathing a sigh of relief.

    The federal government had accused them of receiving $267 million in Medicaid payments erroneously over the past eight years and wanted to recoup the dollars immediately. Hospitals asked for a compromise that would have spread the penalty over three years to soften the blow and give them time to finalize audits and possibly dispute the charges....

  3. Emergency hearing scheduled in dispute over House District 64 race

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — An emergency hearing has been scheduled for Monday in a case that could determine whether or not Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, has an August primary.

    The write-in candidate challenging Grant, Daniel Matthews, was kicked out of the race by a Leon County judge. Circuit Court Judge Angela Dempsey ruled Thursday that Matthews did not live in the district at the time of qualifying and therefore was ineligible to run for that office. As a result, she also ruled that the primary between Grant and fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg must be moved to November and opened to all voters in the district....

  4. Appeals filed in cases challenging residency of write-in candidates

    Blog

    An emergency hearing has been scheduled for Monday in a case that could determine whether or not Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, has an August primary.

    The write-in candidate challenging Grant, Daniel Matthews, was kicked out of the race by a Leon County judge. Circuit Court Judge Angela Dempsey ruled Thursday that Matthews did not live in the district at the time of qualifying and therefore was ineligible to run for that office. As a result, she also ruled that the primary between Grant and fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg be moved to November and opened to all voters in the district....

  5. Judge throws write-in candidate off ballot, canceling primary in House District 64

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Until Thursday, it looked like state Rep. Jamie Grant would know within a few weeks whether he'd get to keep his job representing the citizens of Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor.

    But now a judge's ruling disqualifying his write-in opponent means the August primary in the House District 64 seat is canceled. Instead, the contest will have to wait until Nov. 4, even though both Grant and his remaining opponent are Republicans....

    Jamie Grant must wait weeks longer to learn if he keeps his job.
  6. Judge disqualifies write-in challenger to Rep. Jamie Grant, opens primary

    Blog

    Another conflicting ruling about residency requirements for write-in candidates means the issue is even more likely to be appealed and challenged all the way to the Florida Supreme Court.

    Leon County Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey decided Thursday that Donald John Matthews is not eligible to run as a write-in candidate for the House District 64 seat in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties because he was not living inside the district at the time of qualifying....

  7. Parents, Goldwater Institute seek to intervene in voucher lawsuit

    Blog

    Six families -- and their powerful attorneys -- want to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a controversial new school choice law.

    The families have asked a judge to help defend the law, which creates scholarships for children with profound special needs. The money can be used for private-school tuition, tutoring, educational materials and various types of therapy. The average award is expected to be about $10,000....

  8. Families say FEA's school choice lawsuit will hurt special needs kids

    Blog

    Six families -- and their powerful attorneys -- want to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a controversial new school choice law.

    The families have asked a judge to help defend the law, which creates scholarships for children with profound special needs. The money can be used for private-school tuition, tutoring, educational materials and various types of therapy. The average award is expected to be about $10,000....

  9. 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.
  10. 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:...

  11. 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....

  12. 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."...

  13. 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....

  14. 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....

  15. 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]