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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. The Las Vegas Sands casino sits behind the Fisherman's Wharf in Macau. Las Vegas Sands is financing a petition drive in support of a constitutional amendment to expand casino gaming in Florida.
  2. In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks during a bill signing ceremony at St. John the Apostle School in Hialeah.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  4. Ron DeSantis, left, listens as Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks  in Fort Lauderdale in 2019. Corcoran is a longtime colleague of Trey Traviesa, the former Republican lawmaker who leads MGT Consulting. During a bidding process that was open for only one week, MGT was the only pre-approved vendor to submit a proposal.
  5. State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-Tampa, proposed an alternative map that would not have congressional districts split Pinellas County.
  6. Jan. 5• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Protesters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. A new poll shows that a year after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump as very violent or extremely violent.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy listens during a news conference at the Assault Brigade 2506 Honorary Museum on Aug. 5 in Hialeah.
  8. Dec. 10, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Former Rep. Jamie Grant.
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a $99.7 billion state budget on Thursday.
  10. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, addresses an audience during a Tuesday news conference in Oldsmar as state Rep. Chris Latvala, in background on right, looks on at R E Olds Park, 107 Shore Dr. W.
  11. From left, State Attorney General Ashley Moody, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson stand behind Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference last week. DeSantis said Monday he is asking the Legislature to temporarily lower the state gas tax.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to speak before signing bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on private, state government employees and school districts at Brandon Honda in in Brandon on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
  14. Florida State Representatives participate in a special legislative session considering bills targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida lawmakers on Monday began debating a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates, continuing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' fight against virus rules.
  15. Nov. 16, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    People carry signs, as several hundred anti-mandate demonstrators rally outside the Capitol during a special legislative session considering bills targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida Republicans continued Tuesday to advance legislation to blunt coronavirus vaccine mandates in businesses as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis' push to combat White House virus rules.
  16. Nov. 16, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson waves to people in the gallery, as he presides over the opening of a special legislative session targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. The special session was called by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has aggressively opposed the application of vaccine and masking mandates in the state.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, with House Speaker Chris Sprowls, center, and Senate President Wilton Simpson.
  18. 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.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced a slate of vaccine-related bills state lawmakers will take up next week, and they still allow private employers to require that their employees be vaccinated.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis unfurls a University of Florida baseball jersey given to him the day it was announced that the school achieved a No. 5 ranking among public universities on Sept. 13, 2021. The gift was presented by UF board of trustees chairperson Mori Hosseini, at left.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
  22. Six months ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an elections bill on Fox News that he said had “the strongest election integrity measures in the country.” On Wednesday he said Florida needs more reforms.
  23. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.