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Jeremy Wallace, Times / Herald Tallahassee bureau

Jeremy Wallace, Times / Herald Tallahassee bureau

Jeremy Wallace covers state government and politics in Tallahassee for the Tampa Bay Times. Prior to joining the Times in 2015, he spent 15 years covering state and local politics in Florida, most recently for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He previously covered Washington, D.C., for the Boston Globe and the Detroit Free-Press. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He and his wife have three children.



State data shows FHP troopers are not writing violations for speeding or other infractions like they did back in 2011, even though there's 1 million more licensed drivers in Florida.

Lost Highway: As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

The agency struggles to recruit new troopers.
Updated: 5 months ago

As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover. While that might be good news for highway travelers who want to speed this...
Updated: 5 months ago

Jeb money trickles into Putnam's bid for governor

Money from a Jeb Bush super PAC has made its way into Florida’s 2018 governors race.   A year ago, Bush’s Right to Rise PAC put $1,171 in money
Updated: 5 months ago

Gov. Rick Scott signs tax cut bill into law

It's hardly the $618 million tax cut Gov. Rick Scott asked for four months ago. Still, the Republican governor was more than ready on Thursday to celebrate signing a new package of tax cuts from the Florida Legislature into law....
Updated: 5 months ago

Florida Specialty Insurance acquires Pinellas Park's Mount Beacon Insurance

Tens of thousands of homeowners who were pushed out of Citizens Property Insurance for a private carrier since 2014 are finding themselves changing insurance companies yet again.In 2014 and 2015, just over 76,000 policies were moved from...
Updated: 5 months ago
2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam and Gov. Rick Scott talk on the first day of the Legislature's annual session in March.

Adam Putnam: Too much of education bill was done 'behind closed doors'

Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam joined the chorus of critics of the Florida Legislature’s massive K-12 education bill that heavily favors charter schools over traditional public schools. "I have concerns about the way...
Updated: 5 months ago

Florida concealed weapons permit holders exposed in computer hack

More than 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders in Florida may have had their names accidentally made public because of a data breach at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The agency released a...
Updated: 5 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott

Rick Scott touts Enterprise Florida even as agency's budget gets slashed

Gov. Rick Scott appears to have already lost the battle over protecting Enterprise Florida’s funding, but you wouldn’t know if from his latest press releases touting the agency’s most recent accomplishments. Scott released a...
Updated: 5 months ago
Jack Latvala is considering   running for governor.

Latvala consulting his team about 2018 run

State Sen. Jack Latvala continues to make moves that suggest he is serious about running for governor in 2018.A political committee the Clearwater Republican runs is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today on Treasure Island with top...
Updated: 5 months ago
State Sen. Jack Latvala

Another sign Latvala may run for governor?

State Sen. Jack Latvala continues to make moves that suggest he is serious about running for governor in 2018. A political committee the Clearwater Republican runs is scheduled to meet on Sunday at 5 p.m. on Treasure Island with a group of top...
Updated: 5 months ago