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Lawrence Mower - Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

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. Florida Rights and Restoration Coalition president Desmond Meade spoke at a press conference during an event, which headlined John Legend, in support of Florida’s Amendment 4 in Orlando last October. {Times (2018)]
  2. Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Tallahassee on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, while a federal judge heard arguments for an against the the Legislature's bill implementing Amendment 4.
  3. John MacIver, Gov. Ron DeSantis' pick to be the chief judge of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.
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  5. Russell Weigel. (Courtesy of Russell Weigel)
  6. Florida Senator Tom Lee, R- Thonotosassa. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  7. Mayor Jane Castor enters the 'Gathering Room' during the start of the oath of office ceremony held at Armature Works in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
  8. Rep. Jamie Grant, R- Tampa and Senator Jeff Brandes, R- St. Petersburg listen to Amendment 4 debate in the Florida Senate last year. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  9. The Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee.
  10. Gail Schwartz, chairwoman of Ban Assault Weapons Now, speaks outside the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Schwartz's nephew, Alex Schachter, was killed in the 2018 Parkland shooting.
  11. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gives remarks during the banquet program at the Federalist Society Sixth Annual Florida Chapters Conference held at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Friday, January 31, 2020.
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AR-15 style guns are displayed at the In Guns We Trust LLC booth during the Tampa Gun Show Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at the State Fairgrounds. The show will continue Sunday.
  13. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit Judge Gregory Katsas, left, looks on while U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, center, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis greet each other during the banquet program at the Federalist Society Sixth Annual Florida Chapters Conference held at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Friday, January 31, 2020.
  14. In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, people gather around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" truck as they learn about Amendment 4 and eat free ice cream at Charles Hadley Park in Miami. A federal judge has temporarily set aside a Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling handed down Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle means thousands of felons who were denied the right to vote will be able to cast ballots unless the state gets a higher court to intervene or if Hinkle later upholds the constitutionality of the state law.
  15. Jimmy Patronis had been appointed to the state’s Public Service Commission by Gov. Scott.
  16. The Florida Supreme Court, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
  17. State Rep. Adam Hattersley, D-Riverview, speaks before volunteers with the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action outside the Florida Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.
  18. Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum told a House committee that the state should change state law to limit cities and counties from filing lawsuits against corporations on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.
  19. Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.
  20. Robert L. Rubin
  21. In 2018, people gather around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" truck as they learn about Amendment 4 and eat free ice cream at Charles Hadley Park in Miami. The amendment passed that year but has been muddied by the Florida Legislature and continued litigation.
  22. Visitors head to Florida's Old Capitol building on Tuesday, the first day of the annual session. The same day, the advocacy group Equality Florida denounced four bills filed by Republican lawmakers, calling them “the most overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda from the Florida legislature in recent memory.”
  23. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, members of the Florida Cabinet, left, and the Florida Supreme Court, right, stand at attention as the colors are posted in the Florida Senate during the first day of the Florida legislative session in Tallahassee, Tuesday, January 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.