Lawrence Mower - Tallahassee Correspondent

Tallahassee Correspondent

How did I end up in Florida’s capital city? I’m a Las Vegas native (yes, they do exist), and that’s where I got my journalism chops, working the night cops beat for my hometown paper. I covered enough celebrity arrests and police shootings there to make it to the investigative team at The Palm Beach Post, where I wrote about bizarre lottery winners and even weirder elections. I like stories and ideas that challenge what we think we know about the world. Got one? Let me know. Just don’t screen your calls from a 702 area code. Chances are it’s not a vacation offer — it’s just your friendly Capitol journalist.

  1. CONNECT, Florida's Online Reemployment Assistance System.
  2. Jul. 16• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    FILE - In this July 1, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden, right, looks at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, during a briefing with first responders and local officials in Miami on the condo tower that collapsed in Surfside, Fla. As he prepares for a reelection bid next year that could propel him into a presidential campaign, the tragedy in Surfside is exposing voters to a different side of DeSantis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
  3. Crews work in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues at the site of the partially collapsed condo building, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  4. Excavators are seen working in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South collapse, one day after a shift from search-and-rescue to recovery in Surfside, Florida on Thursday, July 8, 2021.
  5. John Pack, 52, fishes from the Dunedin Causeway following Tropical Storm Elsa Wednesday.
  6. Jun. 30• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Pete Antonacci, an attorney seen here in 2009, is Florida's chief administrative law judge.
  7. Jun. 30• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis walks with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as they head to a press conference near the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo at 8777 Collins Ave in Surfside on Monday.
  8. Traffic is seen going westbound on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Tampa
  9. Jun. 2• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    FILE - In this April 30, 2021, file photo surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
  10. Jimmy Patronis, the Chief Financial Officer of the state of Florida.
  11. A view of the I-275 northbound Sunpass lane at the Skyway Bridge.
  12. A menos que el gobernador Ron DeSantis se oponga, los conductores podrán usar luces de emergencia en carreteras con límites de velocidad de 55 mph o más, y solo cuando las condiciones creen "extremadamente poca visibilidad."
  13. Heavy rain fell Friday morning, looking east down 7th Avenue the heavy cloud cover caused the lights on 7th to come on. WTSP is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain for Friday, 70 percent for Saturday and 80 percent for Sunday, with high temperatures in the mid-80s all weekend.  The National Weather Service warned that low-lying areas could flood.
  14. Many states are ending the $300 weekly extended unemployment benefits, arguing it discourages people from seeking work.
  15. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
  16. May 18• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
  17. Aerial photo of the construction site of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center. Courtesy of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center
  18. Hundreds gather in West Palm Beach to honor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he prepares to sign an elections overhaul bill that many say will make it harder for Floridians to vote.
  19. Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally Feb. 27, 2020, in Houston.
  20. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.
  21. Governor Ron Desantis speaks in St. Petersburg, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  22. Apr. 30• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Senate President Wilton Simpson, left, and Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls smile as they speak with members of the media after the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  23. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer talks about the upcoming election, Wednesday, September 30, 2020, during a press conference at the Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, Tampa.