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Allison Ross - State accountability reporter

State accountability reporter

My role as state accountability reporter means I get to look at what is and isn’t working in the Sunshine State and how that impacts the people who live in it. What happens here affects me and my family, so I won’t pull punches when I see a problem. If you’ve got a story to tell or an idea to share, I’m here to listen. I’m not a native Floridian, but this is my second stint living in this state. I used to work in South Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later at Bankrate. Before joining the Times in 2019, I spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. Reach out to me sometime; I’m always looking for tips.

  1. Linda Hadley, 57, from St. Petersburg, shows off her "I registered to vote today" sticker after filling out her paper work and registering to vote for her very first time at the Pinellas County Election Services, 501 1st Ave N, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in St. Petersburg. When asked why she has decided to register to vote now for her first time Hadley said, "Because I'm desperate to try to get the one that's in the White House out now." Hadley said, "I feel like I'm trying to save the country. It's more important now than ever." Hadley says she is currently supporting Mayor Pete or Bernie.
  2. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, shown in a 2011 public hearing in Largo.
  3. A voting technician sorts ballots at the Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections facility in Riviera Beach, Fla., Nov. 10, 2018. Florida’s 67 counties submitted their midterm vote tallies to state elections authorities on Saturday, setting the stage for a recount of three statewide races as the contests for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner came in too close to call. (Scott McIntyre/The New York Times) XNYT
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  5. Thomas Sellers, a former director at Moffitt Cancer Center, has filed a lawsuit saying he was unjustifiably forced to resign.
  6. Aramis Ayala, state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties, speaks with an attendee following her keynote address at the Center for Health Equity in St. Petersburg as part of the 2020 Legacy Week.
  7. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office is seen Wednesday in St. Petersburg. The deadline to register to vote in the Florida primary is Feb. 18.
  8. A dozen Florida law enforcement agencies have tried out or bought access to the facial recognition system from a little-known company called Clearview AI.
  9. A Republican observer looks at a ballot during a hand recount, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Fla.  Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest is headed to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) FLWL102
  10. Caucus goers seated in the section for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold up their first votes as they are counted at the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  11. Leading the way up Seddon Channel during the 2014 pirate invasion is the Jose Gasparilla, escorted by a Tampa Police Department boat and surrounded by hundreds of private vessels.
  12. Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, middle, looks over an absentee ballot.
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  14. Pinellas and Miami-Dade counties lead the state in keeping youth offenders out of the school-to-prison cycle but, in many parts of the state, law enforcement continues to arrest kids eligible for diversion programs and that’s costing taxpayers.
  15. The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will waive some late charges for residents who have had their driver's license suspended as part of Operation Green Light.
  16. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he returns to the White House from Camp David, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington.
  17. Snap shot of video that shows multiple guards at Lake Correctional Institution beating an inmate. [YouTube]
  18. Captura de video que muestra a varios guardias en la Institución Correccional de Lake golpeando a un preso. [Youtube]
  19. [AP Photo | John Minchillo]