Monday, May 21, 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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. [AP]

Russian hackers, long lines, voting data: What Florida elections officials are talking about this week

The people who count votes in Florida realize the eyes of the nation will be on them again as millions of people make their choices in the 2018 election.Supervisors of elections from the state's 67 counties will meet this week at a Fort...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Voters line up outside the Coliseum in St. Petersburg [Scott Keeler - Times]

Amid election cyber-threats, counties plead with state for more money

Faced with cyber-security threats to their voting systems, Florida election supervisors say they want access to the $19 million in federal election security money Congress approved for all 50 states nearly two months ago.But the state...
Published: 05/17/18
A Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy removes police tape from a makeshift memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 18. [JOHN MCCALL | Sun Sentinel/TNS]

Rick Scott: Law says he canít strip ex-Parkland deputyís pension

Gov. Rick Scott says he cannot deny a monthly pension of $8,700 to the former Broward sheriff's deputy who failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the Feb. 14 mass shooting.Former officer Scot Peterson, 55, resigned Feb. 22...
Published: 05/16/18
Former House Speaker Ray Sansom [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

A decade after scandal, Ray Sansom plots comeback

It has been nearly a decade since former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom of Destin resigned amid allegations that he misused his office to steer tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to a friend and a local college.Sansom, 55,...
Published: 05/15/18
SCOTT KEELER | TimesGov. Rick Scott describes what can be done further in Florida to avoid more shootings like the one in Parkland at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Rick Scott wants federal grant to close gun-check loophole

Facing a new election year gun safety issue, Gov. Rick Scott wants state law enforcement officials to seek federal help to tackle a long-running gun-check loophole in Florida.While traveling in Israel Monday, Scott sent a letter to...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/15/18

Rick Scott airs new campaign TV ad in Spanish

Gov. Rick Scott has a new TV ad in his U.S. Senate campaign that...
Published: 05/14/18
Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Seminole County [Steve Bousquet - Times}

On campaign trail, Rick Scott says he wonít Ďfit iní in D.C.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — After two terms as governor, Rick Scott still wants you to think he's an outsider.He also tells voters he's a bad fit for Washington — and they applaud.Scott spoke at the Seminole County Republican...
Published: 05/14/18
Rick Scott's political Twitter account showed him campaigning [Twitter}

Rick Scottís campaign-first strategy: Will it work?

Gov. Rick Scott travels to Jacksonville Friday for his latest U.S. Senate campaign event as part of his plan to "Make Washington Work."It raises a question: Lately under Scott, how well is Florida working?While Scott was raising...
Published: 05/11/18
Outside an early voting site in Florida [Steve Bousquet - Times}

Florida voting officials fire back at Rubioís criticism over cyber-threats

As the threat of another attempted cyber attack hovers ominously over Florida's 2018 election, voting officials in the state are livid at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for claiming they are "overconfident" and not taking the possibility seriously...
Published: 05/11/18
Jimmy Patronis,[MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Cabinet cancellation puts brakes on state banking regulatorís fate

In the Rick Scott era, the Florida Cabinet meets less frequently than ever and discusses fewer matters of substance, and its only scheduled May meeting has been cancelled.
Published: 05/09/18