Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Alex Leary, Times Washington bureau chief

Alex Leary, Times Washington bureau chief

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.



A mosque in downtown Utica was once a Methodist church that had been abandoned and was going to cost the city about $1 million to raze. The Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica took it over and revitalized the property, which now serves a diverse Muslim population. (ALEX LEARY  |  Times)

In struggling upstate New York cities, refugees vital to rebirth

UTICA, N.Y.Pat Marino pulled into the shop on a cold, wet Thursday and stood close as a young mechanic with gelled-up hair and earrings lifted the truck and ducked underneath."You need a little bit more oil," the mechanic...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, engaged in a sharp exchange with Gov. Rick Scott over hurricane debris removal during a meeting of the Florida delegation on Wednesday. (Alex Leary  |  Times)

Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam push for federal citrus relief

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers were poised to vote on a $36 billion disaster relief package, top Florida officials on Wednesday implored the state’s congressional delegation to secure $2.5 billion more for the battered agriculture industry.But as...
Updated one month ago
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, right, engages in a sharp exchange with Gov. Rick Scott, second from left, as she tells him more must be done for hurricane debris removal.

Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam push for federal citrus relief

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers were poised to vote on a $36 billion disaster relief package, top Florida officials on Wednesday implored the state's congressional delegation to secure $2.5 billion more for the battered agriculture industry.But...
Updated one month ago
Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, proposed a bill that would repeal Florida's no-fault auto insurance system. | [Courtesy of Sen. Tom Lee]

Government denies Mar-a-Lago records

Nothing to see here.That's the federal government's response to a watchdog group that has sought names of visitors to President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Last month, the government provided names of people related to a visit by the...
Updated one month ago
People line up with gas cans to get fuel Sept. 25 in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Basic human necessities — food, water, power — were scarce after the storm.

Wave of Puerto Ricans fleeing Hurricane Maria devastation may shift Florida landscape

Thousands fleeing the humanitarian crisis may impact Florida schools, jobs and politics.
Updated: 2 months ago

Wave of Puerto Rican evacuees may shift Florida landscape

Politics will follow, but right now, humanitarian concerns are at the forefront.
Updated: 2 months ago
A Central Electric Power Association lineman repairs a line in Scott County, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that was damaged by an apparent tornado Tuesday afternoon. The tornado, one of at least five that authorities believe passed through the state Tuesday afternoon and overnight, caused much havoc by downing power and phone lines, toppling trees, stripping roofing, destroying sheds and damaging homes. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) MSRS108

Comey's letter hurt her in Florida, Clinton writes

Her new book includes her hopes of winning Florida, and going to the Trump wedding.
Updated: 2 months ago

Bondi applauds Trump move to give surplus military equipment to local law enforcement

Attorney General Pam Bondi welcomed President Trump's order lifting a ban on local law enforcement from obtaining surplus military equipment. "This executive order will help ensure our brave law enforcement officers have the gear they need to...
Updated: 3 months ago

Charlottesville questions continue to trail elected officials in Florida

Elected officials continue to face questions over race and violence following the events in Charlottesville and Florida Rep. Brian Mast became the latest to echo President Trump's "both sides" argument. "There were multiple people from multiple...
Updated: 3 months ago
Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio

As Rubio applauds Trump's move on Venezeula, Nelson says sanctions fall short

Here’s something you don’t see: Bill Nelson getting to the right of Marco Rubio. Nelson, up for re-election next year, today said the new sanctions against Venezuela are inadequate. "These new sanctions are a step in...
Updated: 3 months ago