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Romy Ellenbogen - Local Politics Reporter

Local Politics Reporter

As a lifelong Floridian, I know how much this state offers beyond the stereotypes and I’m grateful I get to tell some of its story. I cover the legislators we elect here in Tampa Bay and what they’re doing. I’m interested in who gets a voice and who doesn’t, keeping elected leaders accountable and making sure people don’t get lost in the politicking. Tell me what you’re curious about — I bet you’re not the only one wondering. I also welcome conversation about homemade kombucha, yoga and Love Island.

  1. Clearwater attorney J. Kevin Hayslett has announced a run for Congress.
  2. Anna Paulina Luna and her father, George Mayerhofer, pose for a picture together
  3. Garrett James Smith, 22, was arrested on charges of making and possessing a destructive device and loitering, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He remains in jail on a bond of $300,250.
  4. Charlie Crist, candidate for Governor of Florida, speaks during a barbecue event held by the Century Village Democratic club in Deerfield Beach on July 25.
  5. Sen. Jeff Brandes, photographed at his district office, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
  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. State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, is hoping to pass a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana in Florida.
  8. Dec. 22, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    A blackjack table at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The Seminole Tribe, which has a gaming compact with the state, is pushing back against two petition drives seeking to put gaming expansion on the 2022 ballot.
  9. Dec. 16, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The 2nd District Court of Appeal, which meets in Tampa, currently leases space in the Stetson Law Center near downtown. On Wednesday, a new permanent location for the courthouse was announced for downtown St. Pete.
  10. “Our current board of trustees across our state were required to give a campaign contribution to Ron DeSantis, the amount of 100,000 dollars,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Tuesday. She did not provide any proof.
  11. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
  12. Mayoral candidate Ken Welch speaks to reporters after casting his vote on Election Day at Lake Vista Recreation Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  13. Nov. 18, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    People listen to a speaker as several hundred anti-mandate demonstrators rally outside the Capitol during a special legislative session considering bills targeting COVID-19 vaccine rules on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  14. 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.
  15. Anna Paulina Luna (right) and Amanda Makki (left) are two of the four GOP candidates running to represent Florida's 13th congressional district.
  16. The voter registration gap between Democrats and Republicans had been narrowing each year since 2012.
  17. Nov. 3, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Richmond “Richie” Floyd.
  18. La ex fiscal y abogada litigante y defensora del vecindario de Crescent Lake, Lisset Hanewicz, ganó el escaño del Concejo Municipal del Distrito 4 de St Petersburg que Darden Rice dejó vacante. [Lisset Hanewicz]
  19. Candidates Jeff Danner (left) and Richie Floyd (right) are vying for the District 8 St. Petersburg City Council seat in the Nov. 2 general election.
  20. Former prosecutor and trial lawyer and Crescent Lake neighborhood advocate Lisset Hanewicz won the District 4 St. Petersburg City Council seat being vacated by Darden Rice.
  21. Ken Welch is seen during a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Welch was declared the projected winner for St. Petersburg mayor.
  22. Floridia's Surgeon General and Florida Department Of Health Secretary Dr. Joe Ladapo, during a news conference with Governor Ron DeSantis, at the NeoCity Academy in Kissimmee, in September.
  23. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to call lawmakers back to the Capitol in Tallahassee for a special session on vaccine mandates.