Saturday, August 18, 2018


Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University. Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of The Almanac of Florida Politics and to The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida.

Early voting in Miami in 2016 [Associated Press]

More than 800,000 ballots cast as early voting is set to go statewide

More than 800,000 ballots had been cast by Friday morning, 11 days before a closed primary election when both parties will nominate candidates for governor and other state and local offices.
Published: 08/17/18
Sen. Bill Nelson [The New York Times]

An election supervisor gives Bill Nelson Ďa fití over his Russian claims

When U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson made a campaign stop in Madison this week, Tommy Hardee asked for a face-to-face meeting — to "eat his lunch.""I was trying to give him as much of a fit as I could," Hardee said.Hardee is the...
Published: 08/17/18
A bilingual voting sign in Hillsborough []

Citing hurricane in Puerto Rico, lawsuit seeks bilingual ballots in 32 more Florida counties

Voter advocacy groups aligned with Hispanics and Democrats filed a lawsuit Thursday calling on Gov. Rick Scott's administration to order all ballots and election materials to be printed in English and Spanish in 32 counties in the November...
Published: 08/16/18
Sen. Bill Nelson at a recent stop in Tallahassee [Steve Bousquet - Times}

Back on Senate campaign trail, Bill Nelson stands by meddling claim

QUINCY — Sen. Bill Nelson campaigned in rural Quincy Monday night, still fielding questions about his claim that Russians have penetrated Florida's elections apparatus in the current election cycle.Ending an unusual period of...
Published: 08/14/18
Setting up equipment for early voting in Hillsborough [Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office]

Early voting begins in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade as mail ballots keep pouring in

The second phase of primary voting begins Monday as Florida counties begin offering up to two full weeks of early voting.The biggest counties to begin early voting are Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Palm Beach. The others include Bradford,...
Published: 08/13/18
Bill Nelson, left, and Rick Scott, right.

Rick Scott demands Bill Nelson provide proof of Russian election meddling

Amid growing concerns over the security of Florida voter registration systems, Gov. Rick Scott demanded Friday that Sen. Bill Nelson prove a vague claim that Russians have penetrated state safeguards."Either Bill Nelson knows of crucial...
Published: 08/10/18
Mail ballot returns reach 500,000 with Miami-Dade, Hillsborough ahead

Mail ballot returns reach 500,000 with Miami-Dade, Hillsborough ahead

Vote-by-mail returns in Florida's primary reached the 500,000 mark on Friday, with voters in Miami-Dade and Hillsborough returning the most ballots.Republicans continue to outpace Democrats in ballot returns, with about 234,000 for the...
Published: 08/10/18
Sen. Bill Nelson [The New York Times]

Bill Nelsonís warning of Russian interference in Florida sparks a backlash

Sen. Bill Nelson's claim that Russians have "penetrated" some Florida voter registration systems drew increasing backlash Thursday with the state's chief elections officer demanding information from officials in Washington and others...
Published: 08/09/18
Sen. Bill Nelson on the Senate floor on May 23, 2018, criticizing the state of Florida's response to election security concerns.

Bill Nelson: The Russians have penetrated some Florida voter registration systems

TAMPA — Russian operatives have "penetrated" some of Florida's voter registration systems ahead of the 2018 midterms, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday, adding new urgency to concerns about hacking.The state, however, said it...
Published: 08/08/18
Dead fish line the mangroves on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach near the Cortez Road bridge on the inter coastal waterway on Monday. A bloom of red tide algae has swept in from Naples to Tampa, killing marine life. [Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via AP]

Like Rick Scott, Bill Nelson wanted EPA to delay strict water standards

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and other Florida Democrats have sharply criticized Gov. Rick Scott's environmental record in recent days as algae blooms and red tide foul the state's waterways and endanger its image as a wholesome tourist...
Published: 08/08/18