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Emily L. Mahoney - Times Political Editor

Times Political Editor

I'm the Tampa Bay Times' Political Editor, but really my job is to write about how struggles over politics and power define our state and impact people's lives. From Washington to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay, the political landscape is changing. It's my job to help you make sense of it all, while holding leaders to account and digging into how unelected interests wield their clout. I previously covered real estate and before that, worked in our Tallahassee bureau, which gave me an up-close view of how our state government works. I'm originally from Arizona, a state that instilled in me a love of hiking and tacos al pastor. Have a tip or story idea? Drop me a line.

  1. Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, a Tampa entrepreneurship and startup acceleration hub.
  2. An interior room of Derek Jeter's former home features waterfront views and a fireplace.
  3. Florida first lady Casey DeSantis speaks at an event.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
  5. Apartments and businesses seen on East Kennedy Blvd. on in Tampa's Channel District on Friday, March 19, 2021.
  6. An aerial photo depicts the Ceridian Office Park in St. Petersburg that was purchased by Altis Cardinal.
  7. Rick Nociti poses for a portrait in front of the Belleair Beach house he purchased in July with his wife. The sale meant the property taxes reset to reflect the current market, increasing his expected bill to more than $8,000 next year.
  8. A rendering depicts the 61-unit Uptown Sky affordable housing development, scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022 in Tampa.
  9. Oakhill Village, a mobile home park in Valrico, Fla. | Times (2017)
  10. Stacy Davis and Ellen Bell load up their Black Friday purchases at a Target in St. Petersburg.
  11. This single-family home at 11132 Windpoint Dr., in Tampa, was purchased by an investor earlier this year, which beat out six other offers. The sale punctuates the historic high of investor purchases of homes in the Tampa Bay area, which creates intense and sometimes insurmountable competition for regular buyers looking for places to live.
  12. A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
  13. A protester holds an anti-eviction sign. [Tribune News Service]
  14. Aidan Schmitz who was 10 at the time, prepares to give Winter a fish as trainer Abby Stone directs the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2011. Aidan has Fibular Hemimelia and was born with only one bone in her lower leg. As a result, she had to have her foot amputated and now has a prosthetic leg.
  15. John Palmer's roughly 1,500-square foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home has no drywall anywhere in its construction. The curves seem to lead visitors through the home, with a centerpiece round living room, pitched ceiling and large skylights. The swimming pool is a replacement; the original was a “floating pool” that was John Palmer's own invention.
  16. 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.
  17. Waterfront homes are pictured in the Vina Del Mar neighborhood on St. Pete Beach. "In Florida, the former head of FEMA made very clear that everyone should look at their driver’s license and if it says ‘Florida’ they should buy flood insurance," Neptune Flood CEO Trevor Burgess said.
  18. This Tampa mansion is being featured in an upcoming episode of Mansion Global on the Fox Business Network.
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Demolition of the old St. Petersburg police department headquarters begins Tuesday, making way for a new development, Orange Station at the Edge, with condos, apartments, retail and office space.
  20. [Photo by Ivy Ceballo. Illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones   |   Times]
  21. A rendering depicts a balcony off of one of the condos in The Residences at 400 Central.
  22. An example of a room staged by Dwell Staging, which uses neutral but trendy decor.