Allison Ross - Editor, Government and Politics

Editor, Government and Politics

I’m privileged to lead a talented team of journalists in Tampa Bay and Tallahassee who spend their time helping readers understand the implications of government decisions and politics on the lives of Floridians. Before moving into editing, I was a reporter on this team. And before joining the Times in 2019, I worked in Louisville, Ky., where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. I also spent time working on the east coast of Florida, at the Palm Beach Post and at Bankrate. Reach out to me sometime with thoughts and ideas. I’m happy to chat.

  1. This combination of the photos shows former President Donald Trump, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right.
  2. The Florida Supreme Court building is pictured on Nov. 10, 2018, in Tallahassee.
  3. Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will face off in a debate on Monday, Oct. 24.
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  5. A man was killed in a boat crash in St. Pete Beach after detectives say his boat hit a pylon.
  6. Police tape
  7. People wait in a line on Tuesday that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center, which at the time was the only free public COVID-19 testing site in Hillsborough County. Two more sites will soon be opened.
  8. Hillsborough County Center, located at 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.
  9. Family nurse practitioner Elyse Roelans draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a CVS Minute Clinic in Davie on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
  10. Heavy traffic is seen along the southbound lanes of I-275 on the Howard Frankland bridge Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 in Clearwater.
  11. A machine sorts packages at the United States Postal Service's Ybor City Package Support Annex in Tampa, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
  12. Dionne Christian, the Straz Center special assistant to the COO, on left, checks the Covid vaccination card of Bob Sheehan, 67, and his wife Kathy Sheehan, 66, from Carrollwood, at the Covid entry verification check point as the couple enters the David A. Straz Jr Center for the Performing Arts as the Broadway season reopens with Tootsie after a year of sitting out because of the pandemic on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Tampa. Tampa Bay companies are evaluating new vaccine rules placed on employers that will go into effect on Jan. 4.
  13. Ken Welch is seen during a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Welch was declared the projected winner for St. Petersburg mayor.
  14. Oct. 26, 2021• The Education Gradebook
    Kindergarteners Marlaysia Sanders, left, Armani Samuel, center, and Alaeya Nelson enjoy their lunches at Sandy Lane Elementary School on Monday in Clearwater. The Pinellas County School District is among the area districts experiencing supply chain interruptions that have forced staff to alter school menus.
  15. National and Florida groups are pushing officials to audit the 2020 election.
  16. Shanoah Washington-Davis en una imagen mientras trabaja con estudiantes en Largo.
  17. Shanoah Washington-Davis, 28, works with her students Arya Morales, 2, top, Tyson McCray, 2, far left, and Axel Vines, 3, front, at Washington-Davis’ home Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Largo.
  18. Mayor Rick Kriseman.
  19. File photo of Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley.
  20. Andrew Ranger, 30, displays his bandage after getting a COVID-19 vaccine dose at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
  21. Tampa General Hospital is pictured on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
  22. A car drives through a puddle on Buena Vista Dr N following Tropical Storm Elsa on Wednesday in Dunedin.
  23. Jun. 9, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies to the House Judiciary Committee about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)