Monday, July 23, 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.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner [Steve Bousquet - Times]

Florida accepts election security money. Now, counties await their checks

Five-and-a-half weeks before a statewide primary election, the Legislature accepted $19.2 million in federal money Thursday to strengthen voting systems against threats of intrusion by Russians and others.A panel of state legislators...
Published: 07/19/18
More than 1.4 million convicted felons in could  be affected by passage of Amendment 4 {Miami Herald file]

A long, hot summer of building support to grant felons the right to vote

The fate of about 1.4 million people will be at stake in November as Florida voters decide whether most convicted felons should have the right to vote.With the election less than four months away, supporters are organizing a statewide...
Published: 07/19/18
An election worker loads mail ballots in Pinellas County in 2016 [Scott Keeler - Times]

Amid cyber-worries, election tensions persist between counties and state

Amid ongoing concern of new interference in Florida's elections, tensions persist between counties and Gov. Rick Scott's administration over how to use federal election security money.The feds created a $380 million program for states to...
Published: 07/18/18
Republican gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis [Broward Republican Party Facebook page]

With Putnam-DeSantis race ‘closing,’ danger lurks for GOP, Chamber’s political guru says

Marian Johnson has tracked political trends in Florida for a long time.The senior vice president for political strategy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce says the Republican race for governor between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis is so...
Published: 07/17/18
Gov. Rick Scott campaigned in St. Petersburg Monday [Scott Keeler - Times]

Scott calls Nelson a ‘hypocrite’ over staff pay

Rick Scott seized on a report that Bill Nelson has been paying campaign staffers on a contract basis, avoiding payroll and other taxes."On top of that, he's all for these government mandates for health care, but he's not even providing...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Gov. Rick Scott campaigned in St. Petersburg Monday [Scott Keeler - Times]

Rick Scott on his wealth: ‘I don’t know how they invested the dollars’

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday did not shed any new light on how his personal wealth skyrocketed last year.At the conclusion of a U.S. Senate campaign event at a business in St. Pete, most of the questions were about the spike in Scott's net...
Published: 07/16/18
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, center, meets with members of the media after a Florida Republican gubernatorial primary debate at the Republican Sunshine Summit in Kissimmee in June. [AP]

Ex-supervisor in Adam Putnam’s gun-license unit warned of ‘gross misconduct,’ sued and got $30,000 settlement

A former supervisor in Adam Putnam's Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sued the agency in 2013, claiming "gross misconduct" in the handling of gun permit applications and that quotas for approving concealed weapon permits...
Published: 07/16/18
A sign of the times on the beach in Amelia Island [Special to the Times]

Rick Scott uses executive power in attempt to quiet beach access furor

Amid a growing public furor in an election year, Gov. Rick Scott is using his executive powers to override a beach access law he signed in March.Scott issued an executive order Thursday that blocks state agencies under his control from...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/14/18
Pinellas election workers Ken Burton and Robert Evens prepare primary ballots for shipment [Pinellas Supervisor of Elections]

First wave of primary election ballots heads to far-away Floridians

Primary election ballots are on their way to far-flung Florida voters who requested ballots and who live overseas or are stationed in the military.Saturday is the deadline for mailing primary ballots to overseas and military voters. In...
Published: 07/13/18
Opponents of Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice gather at the Florida Supreme Court [Steve Bousquet - Times]

Pro-choice, LGBT advocates call for rejection of Kavanaugh

Pro-choice and LGBT advocates assembled Thursday in front of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee to urge that Brett Kavanaugh be rejected as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.Missy Wesolowski, a statewide organizer for Florida...
Published: 07/12/18