Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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.



Stephen Bittel, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party.

Latvala’s accusers remain anonymous

As women across the country come forward and publicly call out sexual harassers, accusers in the Sunshine State have remained in the shade.At least six women have alleged that they are victims of sexual harassment by state Sen. Jack Latvala,...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/18/17
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Florida Capitol looking east, Tallahassee.  FOR FILE.

Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

For decades, sex has been a tool and a toy for the politically powerful in the male-dominated world of politics in Florida’s capital. Now it’s a weapon.
Updated one month ago
Senate budget chairman Senator Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

TALLAHASSEE — For decades, sex has been a tool and a toy for the politically powerful in the male-dominated world of politics in Florida’s capital. Now it’s a weapon.Allegations of sexual assault, harassment and infidelity...
Updated one month ago
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Senate budget chairman Senator Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater, talks about budget negotiations, Thursday, 5/4/17, in Tallahassee.

Jack Latvala on sexual harassment allegations: "I’m going to clear my name"

Florida Senate President Joe Negron ordered an internal investigation Friday of sexual harassment allegations made by six unnamed women who accused Sen. Jack Latvala of groping and inappropriate touching."There has been a news report alleging...
Updated one month ago

Who gets to appoint 3 new Florida justices, Rick Scott or the next governor?

TALLAHASSEE — The traditionally staid justices in black robes on Florida’s Supreme Court got emotional and animated Wednesday as lawyers asked them to weigh in on something more intimate than what usually comes before them: their jobs. The...
Updated one month ago

Someone's spying on Florida legislators. Tallahassee is on edge.

For at least three days in the final week of the 2017 legislative session, a covert surveillance camera recorded the comings and goings of legislators and lobbyists living on the sixth floor of the Tennyson condominium near the Capitol.
Updated one month ago
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times 
Florida Senator Jeff Clemens. 5/4/17.  Senate Floor, Tallahassee FOR FILE.

Florida Senate’s top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate’s top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible while serving in...
Updated one month ago
Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]

Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster. A 23-page annual audit...
Updated one month ago
Protesters in Tallahassee argue against cuts to energy efficiency goals. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the reductions.

Report: Review shows Florida's utility watchdog has become a lapdog

A report faults the Public Service Commission's decisionmaking.
Updated: 2 months ago
Former GOP state Rep. Ritch Workman was a surprise pick by the governor for the state’s Public Service Commission.

Florida's new utility regulator: Uber driver, donkey farmer, legislator

As a legislator, he took political money from power companies.
Updated: 2 months ago