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. Yesterday• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The former lawyer of former President Donald Trump, John Eastman, appears on the screen during the fourth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on June 21, 2022, in Washington, D.C..
  2. Sharon Lettman-Hicks, center, leaves the federal courthouse on June 22, 2022 in Tallahassee after she and former candidate for governor Andrew Gillum were indicted.
  3. Jun. 24• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    More than 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa in support of abortion rights in May.
  4. Andrew Gillum, habla en una parada de campaña en su candidatura a gobernador, el lunes 5 de noviembre de 2018, en Crawfordville, Florida. Gillum, el candidato demócrata a gobernador de Florida en 2018, enfrenta 21 cargos federales relacionados con un plan para buscar donaciones y canalizar una parte de ellas a través de terceros. La oficina del fiscal federal anunció la acusación el miércoles 22 de junio de 2022.
  5. Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum leaves federal court in Tallahassee on June 22, 2022, after being indicted on wire fraud and other counts.
  6. Ron DeSantis speaks before he signs the state budget at The Villages, Florida, on June 2, 2022.
  7. David Leatherwood, a right-wing social media influencer, shows some of his social media equipment at his St. Petersburg home on Friday, May 20, 2022. Leatherwood goes by the online moniker of Brokeback Patriot and is part of a growing community of conservative media personalities in Tampa Bay and Florida in general.
  8. Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida speaks during a news conference on Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington.
  9. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves as he arrives to sign a record $109.9 billion state budget Thursday at The Villages.
  10. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at a news conference on Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee. Lee is running for Congressional District 15.
  11. Jerry Torres, a Green Beret veteran and retired defense contractor, is self-funding his congressional campaign and says he's prepared to spend up to $15 million to get elected.
  12. State Rep. Ben Diamond announced he is dropping his bid for Congressional District 13.
  13. As part of a new campaign called “Blue Shift Florida,” Democrats pledged to spend $15 million to accomplish a series of goals, including hiring around 200 organizers, registering voters, increasing the party’s presence throughout the state by opening approximately 80 offices, and converting election-year efforts into year-round operations.
  14. People attend a pro-abortion rights rally and march Tuesday organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberalism Tampa Bay along Central Avenue in downtown Petersburg in the wake of a leaked draft of a majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court detailing the intent to strike down Roe v. Wade.
  15. A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report published Monday night in Politico. It’s unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives to speak at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando on Feb. 24. DeSantis’ fight with Disney has drawn national attention in part because it’s unusual for Florida politicians to defy a company that’s long enjoyed VIP treatment from lawmakers as one of the state’s largest employers and a generous campaign donor.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes hands with Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 2, 2021. DeSantis has endorsed Simpson in the Republican primary for agriculture commissioner, ending speculation.
  18. Clearwater Police identified a man they said is responsible for a shooting that left one person severely injured.
  19. The newly painted Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is seen with the crest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theme park on Aug. 30, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  20. Nikki Fried, Florida's agriculture commissioner, who's also running for governor as a Democrat, holds a news conference outside Silver Oaks Apartments in Tampa on Tuesday. “Here at Silver Oaks Apartments … management has flouted not just the federal rules but the rules of common decency and respect,” she said.
  21. A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from just north of the North Shore Aquatic Complex.
  22. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis listens to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody during a news conference last year.
  23. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks moments before signing the Parental Rights in Education bill during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory School in Shady Hills.

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