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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. Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, filed a bill, HB 1161, to implement online voter registration in 2018.
    This week, GOP senators rallied support around Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, to become Senate president for the 2023 and 2024 legislative session.
  2. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker speaking during 2016 graduation ceremonies at the Florida State University College of Law. [Florida State College of Law]
    The ruling, if it’s not overturned, means that President Donald Trump will not automatically be first on the 2020 ballot in Florida.
  3. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Panama City City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. His wife Casey DeSantis is pregnant with the family's third child. He joked that the family will have to transition from "man-to-man to zone defense." (Joshua Boucher/News Herald via AP)
    The federal judge had ordered that 17 felons not be removed from the voter rolls before a lawsuit goes to trial next year.
  4. FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 file photo, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, after meeting with President Donald Trump about about responses to school shootings. Bondi is preparing to defend Trump against accusations that he pressured a foreign government to aid his re-election campaign. And she’s stepping down from a lobbying where she represented foreign interests (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    “People are going to discover all over again what Pam Bondi’s made of,” says the consultant who engineered her foray into politics 10 years ago.
  5. The Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway was built in Tampa as toll road. Commissioners are divided over an elevated toll road proposed for southern Pasco.
    After frustration about their oversight of three potential new toll roads, the department moved up their timeline for scrutinizing the projects.
  6. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times Gov. Rick Scott should not be allowed to pack the Florida Supreme Court by appointing three new justices hours before his successor is scheduled to take office.
    Justices wondered why advocates have changed their position on the amendment, which restored the right to vote to felons.
  7. Hundreds gather along Bay Shore Drive to watch a fireworks show at the North Yacht Basin during First Night 2016, a family oriented celebration of the arts that included music, art and entertainment at more than 25 venues, on Saturday, December 31, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times
    Firefighters and cities have some concerns, however.
  8. Jimmy Patronis Jr., Chief Financial Officer of the state of Florida, meets with residents of Mexico Beach during a press conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at Mexico Beach on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
    His comments echo the talking points of insurance companies, which have blamed public adjusters for claim delays.
  9. Kevin J. Thibault, left, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation sits next to Florida Senate President Bill Galvano during the M-CORES morning session held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
    “These corridors need to exist,” Senate President Bill Galvano said.
  10. Charles Lee an American environmental justice activist attend during the M-CORES Task Force meetings held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
    Task force members are being asked to come up with recommendations for more than 300 miles of toll roads, but without knowing what those roads would look like.