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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. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a flyer for a public service campaign as he speaks during a news conference, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Friday, the governor's office released a video promoting "One Goal One Florida," a public service campaign that also urges Floridians to keep their distance and wear masks as a way to lower the risk of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  3. In this July 22, 2020, file photo, motorists take part in a caravan protest in front of Senator John Kennedy's office at the Hale Boggs Federal Building asking for the extension of the $600 in unemployment benefits to people out of work because of the coronavirus in New Orleans, La. A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. [STAFF PHOTO BY MAX BECHERER  |  AP]
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions during a roundtable discussion held alongside First Lady Casey DeSantis, regarding mental health and COVID-19 at the Tampa Bay Crisis Center on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Tampa. (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP) [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  AP]
  5. Governor Ron DeSantis answers questions during a roundtable discussion at the Tampa Bay Crisis Center on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Tampa. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to reporters at the state emergency operations center in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, March 14, 2020. [BOBBY CAINA CALVAN  |  AP]
  7. The chairwoman of Hillsborough County Democratic Party, Ione Townsend, assists people wishing to register to vote in January after regaining that right because of Amendment 4.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Miami. DeSantis acknowledged Monday that the new coronavirus is spreading and urged people to take precautions such as wearing masks in public places, social distancing and avoiding crowds. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  9. Florida's three proposed toll roads are not necessary, argues an environmentalist advocate. [FILE PHOTO]
  10. Jimmy Patronis, the Chief Financial Officer of the state of Florida, talks with the media before Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis participate in a roundtable discussion with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to discuss their plans for re-opening at Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Boulevard on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Orlando. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Former felon Yolanda Wilcox, left, fills out a voter registration form as her best friend Gale Buswell looks on at the Supervisor of Elections office, in Orlando in 2019. Former felons in Florida began registering for elections when an amendment that restores their voting rights went into effect. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures as he speaks during a news conference along side Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  13. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times Gov. Ron Desantis, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, and Florida Senate President Bill Galvano talked to members of the Florida Legislature during a luncheon in the Florida Capitol in January.
  14. Cochiese Sanders cleans off the custom leather seat in-between customers inside of a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 minivan outfitted as a mobile barbershop called ManCave Beverly Hills while parked at 11600 9th St. N, on Monday, May 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg. As part of Phase 1 of reopening Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that hair salons, barber shops and nail salons can reopen for business. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. A look inside Saigon Blonde on Central, 265 Central Ave., on Friday, June 26, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Saigon Blonde will not be opening their doors for business later this afternoon to comply with the new regulations. Florida is suspending the drinking of alcohol at bars, according to a tweet from Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  16. Florida will give out $240 million in federal CARES Act money to help families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic pay rent and mortgages.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis, at a news conference in Orlando, on June 23, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The Universal Studios theme park reopened today for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday. Bars and theme parks will be part of Florida's Phase 2 reopening after closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux) [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  20. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 testing site at Hard Rock Stadium, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  21. A worker gets a thumbs up as he hands out paper unemployment applications, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Babcock Park in Hialeah. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks during the Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference dinner held at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa in July. ["OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  23. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee on June 16, 2020 [Florida Channel]