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Mary Ellen Klas
Tallahassee
Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief, news junkie, passionate about getting pols to tell truth
Interests: politics, food, wine and family
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A proposed constitutional amendment intended to end dog racing in Florida was thrown off the November ballot by a Tallahassee judge Wednesday, and by Thursday Attorney General Pam Bondi had appealed the ruling to the Florida Supreme Court. Proposed Amendment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Here is the Q and A provided by the Scott campaign as part of the governor's financial disclosure. Note that even some of their own questions didn't get answers. Our updates and context are in blue italics: "TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
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A not-for-profit healthcare company that lost a bid to renew its Medicaid contract with the state had a question for Gov. Rick Scott: Where can we find you? They asked his staff to send them a copy of his schedule... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The Florida Public Service Commission put a temporary halt to Florida Power & Light's deal to buy the Vero Beach municipal utility Wednesday. After receiving four challenges to its June 5 ruling, the PSC swiftly declared the order "null and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Tallahassee attorney Don Hinkle's persistent legal battle to force Gov. Rick Scott to disclose everything he has invested in while in office goes before a panel of appellate court judges today. Hinkle alleges that the governor is violating the state's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The reason Gov. Rick Scott's net income rose 55 percent in 2017 has to do with electric cars, China partnerships, a company turnaround, and a single transaction that resulted in a revenue boost of as much as $550 million to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Jeff Greene's entry into the Florida governor's race Wednesday underscored the unavoidable conclusion: Florida's highest offices are quite appealing to the state's richest people. Greene, a Palm Beach real estate investor who has said he will spend as much as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The state agency charged with collecting taxes purged the top employees at the Division of Property Tax Oversight, left positions vacant for months, filled the positions with people close to the governor and refused to provide a reason. Should the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The state agency in charge of regulating taxation in Florida has four equal bosses — Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected members of the Cabinet — but in the past two years, in public meetings and correspondence, they have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Second time, same story. Two days after a Leon County circuit court judge ordered the state to allow the smoking of medical marijuana, the Florida Department of Health has persuaded an appeals court to expedite their review. The first District... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Naked Politics
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By Jeffrey Solochek, Tampa Bay Times To almost no one's surprise, a last ditch effort to bring Florida lawmakers back to Tallahassee for another conversation about public education funding has failed. A group of House Democrats, led by Reps. Shevrin... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The predicted lawsuits aimed at throwing out some of the more controversial amendments put on the November ballot by the Florida Constitution Revision Committee has begun. The Florida Greyhound Association, which represents dog owners and breeders, filed a complaint against... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Orlando attorney John Morgan said Wednesday he has no regrets on his decision to stay out of the 2018 governor's race and thinks that his friend, Richard Corcoran, made the right move to drop out. "To run for governor, you've... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The Florida Department of Revenue has ousted top employees and kept positions vacant for months to make room for many of Gov. Rick Scott's loyal staffers who will be out of their jobs when he leaves office this year, even... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Naked Politics
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A advocacy group representing a coalition pursuing prison and sentencing reform has filed a public records request with the Florida Department of Corrections in an effort to find out if other options were considered before the agency moved forward with... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The conservative Florida Family Policy Council has announced it is hosting a forum May 5 in Orlando with GOP candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis and is willing to include Richard Corcoran, if the House speaker makes the long-awaiting announcement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Signaling its predictable opposition, the Florida Petroleum Council issued a statement Wednesday opposing the proposed amendment to the state constitution that bundles a ban on oil drilling in state waters with a ban on vaping in indoor work spaces. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Florida legislative leaders are expected to decide this week whether to pursue a special session to expand slot machines in some counties while it asks the Seminole Tribe to renew its gaming deal with the state, but the head of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Naked Politics
Fresh off a new round of questions into the Russian attempt to infiltrate voting systems in Florida and 20 other states, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio warned that the 2016 hackers were “probing” system vulnerabilities and he expects them to return... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was in full-alarm mode Tuesday on the second day of a two-week swing around the state during the spring recess. He warned that President Donald Trump's scheduled meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un is potentially... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio departed from his Miami colleagues Tuesday and said the decision by Commerce Secretary Ross on Monday to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census is, essentially, no big deal. "I personally don't see the problem... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Naked Politics
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BY ANITA KUMAR AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ The White House said Sunday the federal government will help provide “rigorous firearms training” for qualified volunteer school personnel as part of a package of policy changes he will proposal in the wake of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Jared Moskowitz seethed in anger as he met with the families of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the evening of Feb. 14 as they waited in agony for police to tell them if their child was one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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With the first gun control measure signed into law in decades, a key Republican member of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission has drafted a proposal to make sure the age limits and waiting period stand up to any constitutional challenge... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The tensions that have divided the nation over gun control have also split the Florida Legislature's Democrats as a bitterly divided House Democratic caucus voted 21-9 Wednesday to oppose the school safety bill because what many consider a "poison pill"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Naked Politics