Saturday, September 22, 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.

President Trump with Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court, in the White House residence on Monday. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

73 Florida House Republicans send letter backing Judge Kavanaugh. Two from Tampa Bay didn’t sign.

All but two of the 75 Republicans in the Florida House have signed a letter calling for the U.S. Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, calling his life and career "a model of civic virtue."The letter, originated by...
Published: 09/20/18
A rejected mail ballot in Pinellas [Steve Bousquet - Tampa Bay Times]

Study: Mail ballots have higher rejection rates and they vary widely by county

A study of Florida's past two presidential elections finds that mail ballots were more likely to be rejected than votes cast at early voting sites or on election day.
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18
First Lady Ann Scott [Governor's Office]

Online scammers once ripped off Florida First Lady Ann Scott and stole $350,000

TALLAHASSEE — Long before Russian operatives tried to tamper with Florida voting systems, a different online scam attacked the personal email account of First Lady Ann Scott and stole $350,000 of her money.It happened twice, in...
Published: 09/19/18
Gov. Rick Scott's bus tour stopped in Clearwater [Scott for Florida]

A bumpy bus tour comes to a close for Rick Scott

Rick Scott's "Make Washington Work Bus Tour" came to an end Tuesday in Orlando. It was a bumpy ride — not the smooth and carefully scripted event that Floridians have come to expect from the always-on-message governor.Could the...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
File photo of Gov. Rick Scott.

Rick Scott accused of flouting public records law; governor blasts law firm’s ‘dirty tactics’

TALLAHASSEE — A state judge is being asked to levy fines of $1,000 a day on Gov. Rick Scott for not complying with a court order to turn over copies of his calendar and future travel plans.The law office of Steven Andrews filed an...
Published: 09/18/18
Clifton Sanders Jr. [Special to Tampa Bay Times]

Florida took away his right to vote — but it took 30 years to find him

Clifton Sanders Jr. was really looking forward to having his say in the 2018 election.That is, until the state of Florida caught up with him and took away his right to vote, nearly 30 years too late.Sanders, 69, is a retired...
Published: 09/17/18
Three days every week, people wait in line for free food in Marianna [Steve Bousquet - Tampa Bay Times]

A desperate place left far behind in Rick Scott’s economy

MARIANNA — The line forms early at the local food pantry.By 8 a.m. three days a week, two dozen people are standing in the heat and humidity, swatting away gnats while they wait for bags of free beans, rice, cereal and grits. They...
Published: 09/14/18
Gov. Rick Scott [Steve Bousquet - Times]

Locked in legal battle, Rick Scott’s office and health vendor trade charges

Gov. Rick Scott's office and a health care provider are locked in a dispute over public records and whether the vendor would end its legal battles against Scott's office if the state would extend its contract.Scott's office says yes. The...
Published: 09/14/18
File photo of Gov. Rick Scott.

Lawsuit says Rick Scott’s office won’t fulfill public records request

A lawyer who recently won a public records lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott sued his office again Thursday, accusing his administration of ignoring a separate request for public records needed in a pending legal case."You must acknowledge...
Published: 09/13/18
Koch-funded group supports voting rights for felons in Florida

Koch-funded group supports voting rights for felons in Florida

A national group with close ties to the Koch Brothers, Freedom Partners, has thrown its support behind Amendment 4 on the Florida ballot — the proposal to restore voting rights to most convicted felons without hearings or...
Published: 09/13/18