Thursday, July 19, 2018

Writers

Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.



Rick Scott. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Court could decide whether Rick Scott fully disclosed his wealth

Will there be a trial over whether Gov. Rick Scott is violating the state's financial disclosure and blind trust laws and failing to disclose all the companies and investment he controls while governor?That is the question the First...
Published: 07/17/18
Florida Gov. Rick Scott interacts with people at Restaurant El Arepazo 2 in March in Doral.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott asks court to end lawsuit demanding he and his wife disclose their investments

Tallahassee attorney Don Hinkle's persistent legal battle to force Gov. Rick Scott to disclose everything he has invested in while in office goes before a panel of appellate court judges today.Hinkle alleges that the...
Published: 07/17/18
Classical Preparatory charter school in Pasco County opened in 2014, and continues to grow. [Times | 2014]

Lawsuit challenges education amendment on Florida ballot

A constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow charter school organizers to bypass local school boards to get approval is "intentionally misleading" because it doesn't directly explain to voters that the amendment is...
Published: 07/12/18
Collier County School Board member Erika Donalds explains her school board member term limit proposal March 21, 2018, to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. [The Florida Channel]

Lawsuit challenges education amendment on Florida ballot

A constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow charter school organizers to bypass local school boards to get approval is "intentionally misleading" because it doesn't directly explain to voters that the amendment is...
Published: 07/12/18
Algae piles up against the shore of the St. Lucie Canal, which connects with Lake Okeechobee’s east shore, July 11, 2018. An algae bloom has residents and government officials concerned, particularly after the 2016 algae bloom that impacted the environment and economies in Central Florida.(Charlie Trainor/Miami Herald)

Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — In Florida's midterm elections, draining the swamp has suddenly taken on a new and uncomfortable meaning.As waves of green continued to drift on the surface of Lake Okeechobee toward its eastern shores Wednesday,...
Published: 07/12/18
Rick Scott [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust: Here’s what we know and what we don’t

TALLAHASSEE — The reason Gov. Rick Scott's net income rose 55 percent in 2017 has to do with electric cars, China partnerships, a company turnaround, and a single transaction that resulted in a revenue boost of as much as $550 million to...
Published: 07/11/18
Rick Scott is enjoying life.  [ADAM SMITH | Tampa Bay Times]

Rick Scott had a good year. His net worth jumped by $83 millon.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott had a very good year in 2017, as he saw his net worth increase by more than $83 million, a surge in his millionaire status as he launched a campaign for U.S. Senate.Scott, a Republican and former businessman who...
Updated one month ago
Campaign donations in Florida governor’s race hit $80 million

Campaign donations in Florida governor’s race hit $80 million

A Ukrainian oligarch with property in South Beach; a conservative Chicago entrepreneur and a liberal hedge fund billionaire; two candidate's dads, a couple of loyal business partners and three of Florida's most powerful...
Updated one month ago
SCOTT KEELER | TIMESAnnual Associated Industries of Florida party for FL Legislature, AIF headquarters, Tallahassee.

Billionaires, bankers and a Ukrainian oligarch: See who’s funding Florida’s campaigns for governor

From national advocacy groups to hedge fund managers to local real estate tycoons, lots of big donors have placed their bets in the race for Florida governor.But not all of them are household names — in fact, several large...
Updated one month ago
Jeff Greene with his wife Mei Sze and sons, Malcolm, 8, Brandon, 6 and CamerAn, 4, at the Florida Division of Elections office on Tuesday, where Greene filed his qualification papers to run for governor.

Florida’s millionaire governor’s candidates are divided on whether they trust blind trusts

Jeff Greene’s entry into the Florida governor’s race Wednesday underscored the unavoidable conclusion: Florida’s highest offices are quite appealing to the
Updated one month ago