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Emily L. Mahoney - Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

I cover Florida’s capital and the politics surrounding it, which means there’s never a slow day. From the Legislative session to state elections, life is fast-paced in the nation’s largest swing state – and I prefer it that way. I hail from Arizona, a state that raised me to love tacos al pastor and the sound of hiking boots hitting the dirt. Now, I’m based in Tallahassee, where the Tampa Bay Times shares a bureau with the Miami Herald, and I’m proud to work for two of the state’s strongest newspapers. When it comes to policy, I focus on education and criminal justice – two areas where government unequivocally shapes peoples’ lives. Want to discuss a story idea? Drop me a line.

  1. Florida Senator Wilton Simpson, R- Trilby, left, greets Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, right, during a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
  2. The Florida Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. Janiyah, left, and Stephanie Davis of Philadelphia, stand as they are recognized by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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  5. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, San Petersburg.
  6. Graduates from the Eckerd College Collegium of Natural Sciences make their way to the forty-second annual commencement on the Eckerd's campus in St. Petersburg Sunday, May 22, 2005.  (Times photo by James Borchuck)
  7. Thousands of Florida teachers and their supporters rallied in Tallahassee last month, a show of momentum for raising teacher pay in the state. In contrast to previous years, Florida business leaders have been more vocal in joining the call for teacher raises.
  8. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times
Pride preparations are well underway in St. Petersburg, with rainbow flags flying in front of local businesses or in shop windows, as well as art installations and other decorations. June 19, 2018.
  9. A student walks on the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida, which recently chose a new president.
  10. Rep. Shevrin Jones, -D, West Park, shakes hands with Rep. Kamia Brown, D-Ocoee, last year.
  11. Hot topics such as teacher pay, LGBTQ student rights and the Common Core continue to dominate Florida's education debate.
  12. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images/TNS]
  13. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
  14. Rep.  Jennifer Sullivan, R- Mount Dora.
  15. Archive photo of death row at Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution. [Associated Press]
  16. Thousands rallied and marched from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Florida Historic Capitol to demand more money for public schools Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  17. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times
  18. Victoria Arriaga, left, does a letter-matching activity during Priscilla Perez's pre-kindergarten class at West Tampa Elementary School. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  20. The Florida Supreme Court, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
  21. In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
  22. Left to Right: Ryan Petty and Andrew Pollack talk about the death of their daughters during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland before a meeting in the Capitol in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  23. Florida Senator Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, watches the action on the first day of the session, 1/14/2020.
  24. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis waves to members of the Florida Legislature during a joint session of lawmakers, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Tallahassee.