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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. Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, signs a 15-week abortion ban into law, Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Kissimmee, Fla.
  2. Andrew Gillum, habla en una parada de campaña en su candidatura a gobernador, el lunes 5 de noviembre de 2018, en Crawfordville, Florida. Gillum, el candidato demócrata a gobernador de Florida en 2018, enfrenta 21 cargos federales relacionados con un plan para buscar donaciones y canalizar una parte de ellas a través de terceros. La oficina del fiscal federal anunció la acusación el miércoles 22 de junio de 2022.
  3. Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum leaves federal court in Tallahassee on June 22, 2022, after being indicted on wire fraud and other counts.
  4. An airboat is seen hovering over Everglades wetland in Everglades National Park in September of 2021.
  5. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before he signs a record $109.9 billion state budget Thursday at The Villages.
  6. Jun. 2• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Feb. 7 in Miami.
  7. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, bangs his gavel Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Legislators were there to work on property insurance reform.
  8. May 24• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    From start to finish, the Legislature spent a total of three days in Tallahassee to address what most agree is a five-alarm crisis in the state’s insurance market.
  9. Shawn Frazier, 61, checks tarps over his Tampa home's roof ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  10. Roofers install shingles on a stilt home on Mexico Beach, seven months after Hurricane Michael made landfall, destroying many of the structures in the small coastal Panhandle town.
  11. The Florida House of Representatives pictured on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee. Florida lawmakers are returning to the Capitol next week for a special legislative session aimed at addressing problems in the state’s turbulent property insurance market.
  12. State Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' pick to be Florida's secretary of state.
  13. May 17• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida requires financial ‘autopsies’ on property insurers that could help get to the bottom of the state's insurance crisis. But many state officials and trade groups didn't know they existed.
  14. Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' pick to be Florida's secretary of state. Byrd is an attorney who has sponsored some of the most controversial bills in the Legislature in recent years.
  15. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at an October news conference in Tallahassee.
  16. A federal appeals court panel has blocked a recent ruling by a federal judge in Tallahassee, temporarily reinstating contested parts of Florida's voting law. The law will likely be in force for the November election.
  17. To alleviate gas prices, lawmakers this year have agreed to suspend collection of the state’s gas tax for a month, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 of this year.
  18. A federal judge ruled that multiple parts of a 2021 Florida voting law are unconstitutional.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to sign the Parental Rights in Education bill during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill.
  20. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen testifies in 2019 before state lawmakers. His last official day will be Sept. 1.
  21. The Florida Legislature adjourned without passing any reforms to deal with the state's turbulent property insurance market.
  22. Florida senators on the floor and visitors in the gallery bow their heads for a morning prayer before the start of a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  23. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, right, talks with Sens. Kelli Stargel, left, and Kathleen Passidomo, center, during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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