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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. Yesterday• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    A Tampa police officer's body-worn camera captured the Aug. 18 arrest of Romona Oliver on charges of voter fraud for voting illegally in 2020. Oliver, 55, spent 18 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge, making her ineligible to vote.
  2. Tony Patterson, a registered sex offender, when told by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent that he was being arrested for voting illegally in 2020.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis
  4. From left, Ashley Moody won a second term as attorney general, Jimmy Patronis won a second term as chief financial officer and Senate President Wilton Simpson won the race for agricultural commissioner. (Photos special to the Times).
  5. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  6. State Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach
  7. Nov. 7• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on  Aug. 18, 2022, when he announced voter fraud arrests across the state.
  8. Sean Cousins pushes a pallet of mail-in-ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections warehouse as workers transport them to begin distributing them in Tampa on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.
  9. A Tampa police officer's body-worn camera captured the Aug. 18 arrest of Romona Oliver on charges of voter fraud for voting illegally in 2020. Oliver, 55, spent 18 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge, making her ineligible to vote. She now faces up to 5 years in prison.
  10. Aside from the unlikely scenario of Charlie Crist beating him in the governor’s race, Democrats’ best chance to thwart Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ agenda lies with its candidates running for the state Cabinet seats.
  11. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist are meeting tonight for their only debate.
  12. Oct. 21• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on  Aug. 18, 2022, when he announced the voter fraud arrests across the state.
  13. A Tampa police officer's body-worn camera captured the Aug. 18 arrest of Romona Oliver on charges of voter fraud. Oliver spent 18 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge, making her ineligible to vote. She now faces up to five years in prison.
  14. Tony Patterson, a registered sex offender, when told by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent that he was being arrested on charges related to voting illegally in 2020.
  15. State Attorney General Ashley Moody, left, Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson stand behind Gov. Ron DeSantis while he shows signed bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates last year. A panel of lawmakers awarded 238 projects last month across Florida worth $175 million, including more than 30 in Tampa Bay. But DeSantis did not distribute the money to state agencies by a Sept. 30 deadline.
  16. President Joe Biden speaks about the ongoing federal response efforts for Hurricane Ian from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
  17. Water remains on the homes at Palmetto Palms Mobile Home Park off Summerlin Road on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference as Florida awaits Hurricane Ian’s arrival at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center on Monday. On Thursday DeSantis disputed a comment by President Joe Biden that Ian could be Florida's deadliest storm in history.
  19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended tolls on Monday in anticipation of evacuations before Hurricane Ian.
  20. Sep. 23• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    As Broward elections supervisor, Peter Antonacci spoke at the Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill on the first day of in-person early voting on Oct. 19, 2020. He's been hired by Gov. Ron DeSantis to run the state's new elections crimes office.
  21. Florida governor Ron DeSantis pictured April 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.
  22. FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens to a question during a press conference Sept. 7, 2022, in Miami, Fla. The Republican governors of Florida and Texas have delivered migrants on planes and buses to Washington, D.C., New York City and even Martha's Vineyard, but they may just be getting El gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, escucha una pregunta durante una conferencia de prensa el 7 de septiembre en Miami. Tres de los casi 50 migrantes que fueron trasladados en avión a Martha's Vineyard por el estado de Florida la semana pasada están demandando al gobernador Ron DeSantis y otros funcionarios estatales.. Foto: AP /Rebecca Blackwell
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens to a question during a news conference Sept. 7 in Miami. Three of the nearly 50 migrants who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week by the state of Florida are suing Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials.
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