Emily L. Mahoney, Tallahassee Correspondent

Emily L. Mahoney

Tallahassee Correspondent

I cover Florida’s capital and the politics surrounding it, which means there’s never a slow day. From the Legislative session to state elections, life is fast-paced in the nation’s largest swing state – and I prefer it that way. I hail from Arizona, a state that raised me to love tacos al pastor and the sound of hiking boots hitting the dirt. Now, I’m based in Tallahassee, where the Tampa Bay Times shares a bureau with the Miami Herald, and I’m proud to work for two of the state’s strongest newspapers. When it comes to policy, I focus on education and criminal justice – two areas where government unequivocally shapes peoples’ lives. Want to discuss a story idea? Drop me a line.

New lawsuit alleges Florida teachers owed up to $30 million

Students raise their hands to answer questions in Mellissa Manzi’s third grade class at Fairmount Park Elementary school in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]
The plaintiff, a former Orlando elementary school teacher, wants to recoup what he says he and 100,000 other educators are owed by law.

Israel trip: Hereís how much private donors paid for DeSantis, Florida leaders to travel abroad

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press briefing on the last day of the Florida trade trip to Israel. [JEFFREY SCHWEERS | USA Today Network - Florida]
Private companies and donors covered about $316,000 in expenses on the trip for the governor and others.

Ron DeSantisí PAC raises $1.3 million, Disney, The Villages among contributors

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a stop at Armwood High School Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 in Tampa.
His top donor for April through June was a home-building company run by a state senatorís family.

Civil rights groups raise privacy concerns over post-Parkland school security database

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students Victoria Gonzalez and Liam Kiernan embrace at a memorial in front of the school Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, during one year anniversary of the shooting deaths of 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The groups planned to send a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday morning.

Jimmy Patronis suffers again in Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

Florida Cabinet meets in Jerusalem. Left to right: Attorney General Ashley Moody, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. [Florida Channel]
But Israeliís tourism economy scores a win, thanks to a very large Florida delegation.