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 our state government, with a focus on criminal justice and health. 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. The Las Vegas Sands casino company was behind a Florida petition drive to expand gaming in the state.
  2. May 29• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Five bills are poised to reshape Florida’s criminal justice system in the coming years.
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the audience during a news conference at Cambridge Christian School, 6101 North Habana Avenue, on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Tampa.
  4. Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner, right, and President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo endorse and encourage Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president, after attending a bill signing ceremony with DeSantis at the Coastal Community Church at Lighthouse Point, Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Lighthouse Point, Fla.
  5. Abortion-rights protesters gathered at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in Tampa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
  6. Speaker of the House Paul Renner answers a question posed by a member of the media during a news conference at the close of the 2023 legislative session Friday, May 5, 2023.
  7. The traditional hanky drop that signifies the end of the legislative session took place in a packed rotunda on Friday.
  8. A pride flag billows in the wind as students join a protest at Gaither High in Tampa against what critics call the Don’t Say Gay bill on Feb. 14, 2022.
  9. Under the proposed legislation, for an insurance company and entities like hospitals to claim a “conscience” objection, they must have governing documents, mission statements or other records delineating their ethical, moral or religious guidelines.
  10. “We really believe that part of a just society is to have appropriate punishment, and so, if you commit a crime that is really, really heinous, you should have the ultimate punishment,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday of a bill that allow for the death penalty to be applied when someone sexually batters a child younger than 12 years old.
  11. The Florida Supreme Court will craft the future of abortion in Florida.
  12. Attendees of the City of Miami Beach's Pride Parade wave their rainbow flags in celebration of LGBTQ+ pride on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on as guests speak a podium at the State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
  14. People celebrate during the St. Pete Pride Parade last year.
  15. In this file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a press conference at Christopher Columbus High School March 27 in Miami.
  16. The Florida Legislature has passed a priority bill of Gov. Ron DeSantis to require the vote of only eight jurors out of 12 in order to implement capital punishment.
  17. April 13• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    An exam room is seen inside Planned Parenthood in Fairview Heights, Ill., on March 10. Many women will travel this year away from their homes in nearby states where abortion access has been restricted.
  18. April 13• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Jazmyn Williams of St. Petersburg raises a fist and marches during an abortion-rights protest on July 2, 2022, in Tampa.  "I'm a woman," Williams said. "I was born with rights that will never be taken away."
  19. Tina Reneé, 50, of Orlando walks in the Trans Pride Parade in St. Petersburg on Saturday, June, 25, 2022.
  20. A drag queen known as “Momma Ashley Rose” waves to attendees of the Tampa Pride Parade on March 26, 2022, in Tampa.
  21. State Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, seen in this 2021 photo, apologized after publicly calling transgender people "demons."
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
  23. An aerial photo of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, with the Historic Capitol in the foreground.