Michael Auslen - Former Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Writer

Former Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Writer

Michael Auslen covered state government and politics in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau.

  1. Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi attend the Palm Beach Lincoln Day Dinner in March at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. [Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images]
  2. Heroin is seen shortly after being emptied out of a baggie and put into a spoon before being injected. As the state has cracked down on prescription pills, the use of heroin and fentanyl has surged. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. State Reps. Paul Renner (left) and Chris Sprowls.
  4. Sens. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, were among the highest-ranking local lawmakers on the Florida Society of News Editors' "Sunshine Scoreboard."
  5. Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  6. Gov. Rick Scott
  7. People gather in Orlando for a vigil earlier this month honoring the 49 lives lost in the June 2016 shooting at Pulse.
  8. Gov. Rick Scott
  9. Then-Rep. Baxter Troutman cracks a cattle whip on the House floor in 2007.
  10. House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa
  11. June 10, 2017• Breaking News
  12. John Morgan and Roger Stone
  13. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, right, answers questions on medical marijuana on the Senate floor during a special session of the legislature this week. [AP Photo | Mark Wallheiser]
  14. Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, answers questions on medical marijuana bill, HB 1397, on the floor at the Florida Capitol, in May. [AP Photo | Mark Wallheiser]
  15. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, listens to debate on the medical marijuana bill he sponsored Friday.
  16. Sens. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, and Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, share a laugh on the Senate floor.
  17. June 8, 2017• Florida Politics
    Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, (right), and Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island.
  18. A medical marijuana oil pill. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
  19. Senate President Joe Negron and Sen. Rob Bradley
  20. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, shakes the hand of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, turns toward the podium before Scott’s speech to the Florida Legislature in March.
  21. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater