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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. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Many Florida unemployed workers are still trying to apply for and receive unemployment benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  2. Traffic is seen along Busch Boulevard in Tampa.
  3. Apr. 16• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  4. A SunPass lane.
  5. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.
  6. Heavy traffic is seen along the Memorial Causeway as beach goers head to Clearwater Beach Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
  7. Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala.
  8. President Joe Biden.
  9. Effluent flows from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Palmetto, Fla., where authorities responding to a leaking wastewater pond at the old Piney Point phosphate plant.
  10. Aerial view overlooking the site of the Piney Point wastewater release on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Palmetto.
  11. Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Surfside, Fla.
  12. Four of Florida's five district appellate courts have secure courthouses. But the 2nd District Court of Appeal, which meets in Tampa, leases space in the Stetson Law Center near downtown. In May, a stray bullet pierced a judge's third-floor office window and richoted near his stand-up work station.  [OCTAVIO JONES  | Times]
  13. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
  14. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Many Florida unemployed workers are still trying to apply for and receive unemployment benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
  15. The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a bill from Sen. Joe Gruters that would require out-of-state online companies to collect sales tax from Floridians. The estimated $1 billion raised each year would then go to replenish the unemployment trust fund and spare businesses from paying more into that fund.
  16. The Renaissance at West River, 1545 W. Main St, on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Tampa. The Renaissance at West River is the first apartment complex to be completed in the West River urban renewal project. The six-story, 160-unit complex is a part of Tampa's commitment to provide 10,000 affordable housing units by 2027.
  17. Linda Bock, working with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office, informs early voters of a mail ballot drop-off location outside of The Centre of Palm Harbor during early voting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Palm Harbor.
  18. FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, in Surfside, Fla.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
  19. Sen. Jeff Brandes sponsored the bill that would make it harder for Floridians to sue businesses, governments and health care companies for COVID-19-related claims.
  20. Hillsborough County Library Service employee Stephen Duran wears a mask and gloves to protect himself from the coronavirus outbreak as he hands out unemployment paperwork to residents Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library in Tampa.
  21. Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, left and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, right.
  22. Florida's Cabinet: From left, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
  23. Gov. Ron DeSantis waves after delivering the State address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.