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. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, opens a special session on Dec. 12, 2022, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to consider changing state law to allow juries to impose the death penalty without unanimous agreement. “Maybe eight out of 12 have to agree or something, but we can’t be in a situation where one person can just derail this,” DeSantis said.
  3. On Sunday, August 21, 2022, transgender protester Avani, 28, right-center, rallies the crowd gathered outside the Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 in Doral, Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at a campaign event for school board candidates he endorsed.
  4. About 900,000 people covered by Florida's Medicaid are likely to be kicked off the program beginning April 1 as the federal government winds downs "continuous coverage" payments given to states during the pandemic.
  5. Jan. 17• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Capt. Luis Soler, a captain in the United States Navy Reserve, to direct the State Guard.
  6. People arrive at the Historic Capitol before the start of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee.
  7. La temporada de 2022 se destacó por la devastación causada por el huracán Ian, una tormenta cercana a la categoría 5 que azotó el suroeste de Florida y mató a más de 100 personas.
  8. The beach remains saturated after surge inundated Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, as Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  9. Marijuana plants grow in a greenhouse environment in this room at the Curaleaf Homestead Cultivation Facility. This environment controls the amount of natural sunlight and artificial light the plants are exposed to, as well as the temperature.
  10. Dec. 15, 2022• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Traffic streams over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
  11. Dec. 13, 2022• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The governor has previously raised concerns about side effects from mRNA COVID vaccines and has railed against vaccination requirements by some employers. The majority of public health experts say COVID-19 vaccines are safe and serious side effects are extremely rare.
  12. Florida state Rep. Joe Harding listens during a Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing in a legislative session on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee. Harding on Thursday submitted his resignation after being indicted on on charges of money laundering and wire fraud.
  13. The federal indictment accuses Florida Rep. Joe Harding, R-Ocala, of scheming to defraud the Small Business Administration in order to get Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
  14. Voters drop off mail-in ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office in Tampa on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
  15. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 in Tallahassee.
  16. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tampa.
  17. House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, left, and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, discussed the rising cost of living for Floridians, housing and Hurricane Ian.
  18. Nov. 18, 2022• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, debates a bill during session in Tallahassee in 2019. Thompson is challenging the nominations of three people up for judgeships in Florida's 6th District Court of Appeal.
  19. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during a rally on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in Sun City Center.
  20. In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, then-President Donald Trump stands behind then-gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at a rally in Pensacola.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday. Statewide, nearly two-thirds of registered Republicans showed up to the polls, compared to just half of registered Democrats, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis.
  22. The U.S Capitol is seen on Election Day in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
  23. Workers run ballots through voting machines during a logic and accuracy test at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections warehouse in Tampa on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.