Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Mary Ellen Klas - page 2

Mitch Perry Report for 8.23.16 – Terry McAuliffe fulfills his promise

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Donald Trump calls himself “the law and order candidate,” so one shouldn’t be surprised about his reaction to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe‘s announcement yesterday that he had signed papers restoring the voting rights of nearly 13,000 ex-felons. Tump accused McAuliffe of “getting thousands of violent felons to the voting booth in an effort to cancel out the votes of both law enforcement and crime victims.” Nevermind the fact that Virginia was just one of less than a handful of states that does not automatically…

Keep Reading

Putting the sugar industry’s history of political contributions into some much-needed context

in Peter/Top Headlines by

Last week, the Miami Herald Mary Ellen Klas reported that Florida’s sugar industry has spent a “whopping” $57.8 million over the last 22 years on political campaign contributions. This number sounds huge. But to those actively involved in Florida’s political process, the number is not so whopping when you’re plying your trade as a health care, theme park/entertainment, utilities or telecommunications industry lobbyist. Here’s why: while Florida sugar companies have contributed significantly, their contributions are right in line or below what other…

Keep Reading

On Mary Ellen Klas

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

If you’ve been reading the blog today, you probably noticed the series of “Schorsch On (fill in the blank)” posts. That’s because I am working through a built-up to-do list many weeks in the making. I figured I’d skip the witty headlines and just dive into the subjects still stuck in my craw. Subjects like Mary Ellen Klas, the Tallahassee bureau chief for the Miami Herald. Don’t worry, this is not a Peter-hates-Adam-Smith rant against Klas. It’s the holidays after all.…

Keep Reading

Don’t go roping Will Weatherford into the Florida Senate’s mess, Andy Gardiner

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Thursday was a another wild day in the Florida Capitol, and particularly for the Senate, which seemed for a moment to have adopted a “not one damn” comma approach to its tweaks to the congressional “base map” drawn by staff earlier this month. Hours before, a story by the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas again stoked the fires of senatorial map-making malpractice. The article detailed new depositions and court documents related to the shadow redistricting process undertaken by the chamber, complete with inappropriate communications between…

Keep Reading

Report: Shadow process plagued Florida Senate redistricting

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Recently filed documents in Leon County Court as part of an ongoing legal challenge to the process unveiled a legislative underworld of lobbyists and consultants colluding with GOP lawmakers to help preserve the GOP’s 26-14 advantage and to protect incumbents. As recently reported by Mary Ellen Klas in the Miami Herald, and previous to the documents’ release, in Politico before that, the Senate’s redistricting process was mired in staged testimony, inappropriate communications between outside consultants and Senate staff, and supposedly neutral maps…

Keep Reading

Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in the state in the Florida Society of News Editors competition this year. According to the paper, the Times took away 12 first-place awards and 29 others. Among the first-place finishers this year were Adam Smith and Michael Kruse for work in the Features and Arts Writing category under “Knowing Charlie Crist.” Times’ coverage of the Florida State University shooting took home a first place finish under…

Keep Reading

Reporters’ roundtable: Lawmakers back again, and again, to Tallahassee

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Expect Florida lawmakers to spend a long hot summer in Tallahassee. And they will be at the state Capitol for a pretty contentious fall as well. And they just might, with a little luck, be able to fit in a holiday break before returning for the 2016 legislative session in January. That’s the consensus of a handful of Capitol reporters who spoke Wednesday at a Florida Leadership luncheon co-hosted by Sachs Media Group about the busted 2015 session that failed to…

Keep Reading

Go to Top