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Romy Ellenbogen - Tallahassee Correspondent

Tallahassee Correspondent

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. An unidentified Tampa Police officer speaks to a driver, who was pulled over for speeding, along Bayshore Boulevard Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Tampa. The driver of the vehicle asked not to be identified.
  2. People gather in Lafayette Park to see the White House illuminated with rainbow colors after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015.
  3. Republican Shawn Harrison is a former Tampa City Council and state House member.
  4. Jun. 16• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Marion Hammer, a longtime Florida lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, is retiring.
  5. Jarrid "Jay" Collins, seen in June 2019 preparing for a rugby match at the Warrior Games in Tampa, is running for Florida's Senate District 14.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a bill signing on Monday, March 28, 2022.
  7. Jillian Biltz of Seminole places a Sig Sauer MCX556 rifle on a display wall in June 2020 at the Mad Dog Armory guns and ammo store in Largo. A key provision of a bipartisan gun reform deal struck by a group of U.S. senators mirrors an existing Florida “red flag” gun law, passed after the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
  8. Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, was filmed surreptitiously at an event affirming his support for a permitless carry policy.
  9. An airboat is seen hovering over Everglades wetland in Everglades National Park in September of 2021.
  10. Attorney Kevin Hayslett announced he's been endorsed by Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls in the Republican primary for the 13th Congressional District.
  11. Dennis Ross
  12. In the letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist wrote that Florida’s laws have disenfranchised citizens and created a “hostility” around the constitutional right to vote.
  13. A rendering of the Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences building planned for the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus. The university and its supporters anticipated receiving $75 million from the state for funds to begin construction on the building, but the funds were vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 2, 2022 as he signed the state budget.
  14. Tampa Bay Rays pitchers Shane McClanahan (18), Luis Patiño (61) and Cody Reed (54) practice a drill with assistant pitching and rehab coach Rick Knapp (92) at the Charlotte Sports Park spring training complex in Port Charlotte in March. Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a $35 million allocation for a youth sports complex in Odessa in Pasco County that had been earmarked as a potential future spring training site for the Rays.
  15. Jun. 2• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Feb. 7 in Miami.
  16. More than 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa on May 14, 2022, in conjunction with hundreds of rallies in support of abortion rights held coast to coast and in Hawaii. The “Bans off our Bodies” rallies were organized after a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggests it will overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
  17. The LGBTQ Pride display in the Coastal Region Library in Citrus County.
  18. Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, speaks on the floor before her colleagues before they vote on the 15-weeks abortion bill ban at the Florida State House in Tallahassee, on Feb. 16, 2022.
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  23. Former state Rep. Betty Reed, seen here at a candidate forum in 2016, died Friday, May 20, 2022.
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