Kristen M. Clark - Former Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Writer

Former Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Writer

Kristen Clark covered the Florida Legislature and state government in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau.

  1. "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
  2. A row of school buses lines the parking lot of the Hernando County Schools Transportation Center in Spring Hill in July. 

 [CHARLIE KAIJO | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Francisco Martinez, 9, a student at the public school Jose Facundo Cintron, waits in line Sunday to get gasoline with his family in the town of Yabucoa after Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico on September 20.
  4. Kindergarten students, shown here in May 2016, make their way back to class after lunch at Kid's Community College, a charter school in Riverview. The state's funding of charters will be the focus of a lawsuit filed this week by the Palm Beach County School Board. Another lawsuit involving more than a dozen other Florida counties, which includes Pinellas, is expected to be filed soon. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  5. People line up to get on a Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas, relief boat that is sailing to Ft. Lauderdale with evacuees that are fleeing after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 28 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Florida lawmakers asked Education Commissioner Pam Steward on Monday to ensure that schools would received additional funding to absorb the anticipated new students.  [JOE READLE | Getty Images]
  6. Convicted killer Michael Lambrix is interviewed at the Florida State Prison in Raiford on March 2, 2016. In 1984 Lambrix was sentenced to death for the murders of Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore Jr. in rural Glades county. He was scheduled to die in February 2016 but his execution was put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's death penalty system is unconstitutional. On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court said it would not reconsider Lambrix's case. [Times (2016)]
  7. With a push by the Florida Turpike to encourage more drivers traveling the Veterans and Suncoast Parkway to buy a Sunpass, motorists will begin to see more lanes converted to handle Sunpass. [Tampa Bay Times]
  8. Sept. 14, 2017• Florida Politics
    The Santa Fe River spills onto the roadway of I 75 near O'Leno State Park in High Springs, FL just north of the CR 236 exit on Wednesday. [CHERIE DIEZ | Tampa Bay Times]
  9. The Santa Fe River reaches the edges of Interstate 75 near O’Leno State Park in High Springs.
  10. Heavy westbound traffic comes to a stop on Interstate 4 near the Celebration exit Monday in Lake Buena Vista as Florida residents make their way back home after evacuating from Hurricane Irma.
  11. Scene on Thursday just south of Valdosta, Ga. Traffic flow 0-25 mph. [JEN JANECEK | Special to the Times]
  12. Chamberlain High School is one of  three Hillsborough County schools applying for "Schools of Hope" money, a controversial program that state lawmakers passed this spring. [OCTAVIO JONES | Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater
  14. Gov. Rick Scott won't offer an opinion on whether a Confederate monument should be moved from the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee.
  15. State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana
  16. A monument honoring slain Confederate soldiers stands on the grounds of the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee. Some politicians want the monument removed in the wake of the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, on Aug. 11-12.
  17. An unmanned patrol car from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement sits parked near a monument honoring slain Confederate soldiers at the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon.
  18. By Dec. 1, each school district must tell the state Department of Education how many classroom teachers they have eligible for the "Best and Brightest" bonuses.
  19. The First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee
  20. State Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City
  21. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho (center) and Miami-Dade School Board members will gather for a workshop Wednesday to weigh the districtâ??s legal options in response to House Bill 7069, which could include joining the effort of other districts in suing the state.