Mary Ellen Klas, Tampa Bay Times

Mary Ellen Klas

Tampa Bay Times

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Recent articles by Mary:

State lawmakers consider giving DeSantis OK to transport migrants from anywhere in US

The proposal is expected to come up during a special legislative session next week. → Read More

Florida lawmakers to hold special session to consider state-run board for Disney tax district

The corporation’s Reedy Creek district is one of several items legislators are expected to discuss in special session. → Read More

Lawyers say they’re ready to sue DeSantis over AP African American studies course

Florida civil rights attorney Ben Crump said three Leon County high school students are prepared to be plaintiffs. → Read More

Amid political scandals, FPL CEO announces retirement

Armando Pimentel will now be president and CEO of FPL. → Read More

Kamala Harris comes to Florida to rally abortion supporters on DeSantis’ doorstep

Harris will “deliver a major address” in Tallahassee about abortion and the need for Congress to codify the protections of Roe into law, a White House spokesperson said. → Read More

Florida legislators dodge chance to get answers on migrant flights, ask no questions

The committee scheduled one hour for Jared Perdue. After 10 minutes of introductions, Perdue spent 40 minutes providing an overview of agency operations. → Read More

DeSantis wants ban on COVID mask and vaccine mandates to be permanent

He was joined Tuesday by state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo. → Read More

Judge refuses DeSantis administration’s request to toss migrant flights lawsuit

The challenge was brought by Democratic state Sen. Jason Pizzo. A trial date has been set. → Read More

Florida helping feds with migrants coming by boat but not directly intervening

The Florida National Guard’s main role appears to primarily be aerial surveillance. → Read More

DeSantis inauguration was overbooked, leaving big donors without seats

The CEO of Publix, lobbyists and lawmakers were relegated to the “mosh pit.” → Read More

DeSantis tailors ‘free state’ messaging to wider audience in 2nd inauguration address

By contrasting Florida with the rest of the country, DeSantis was able to pivot from a roll call of his accomplishments to an indictment against other states. → Read More

Ahead of DeSantis’ second inauguration, many wondering about 2024

After his swearing-in, the governor will deliver his first speech to a broad audience since his election night address. → Read More

DeSantis inauguration includes public swearing-in, private donor events

DeSantis will take the oath of office Tuesday for his second term as the 46th governor of Florida → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ shifting positions on vaccines under fire

Network TV focused on video from late 2020 and early 2021 showing DeSantis touting the COVID vaccine as safe and effective to prevent serious illness. → Read More

Feds urge court to reverse invalidation of Florida’s gambling compact with Seminole Tribe

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida agreed last year on a deal over sports betting. → Read More

With Florida’s high property insurance rates, many are forced to ‘go bare’

The number of Florida homeowners with no property insurance is nearly double the national average, according to one estimate. → Read More

Legislators have goals for fixing Florida’s property insurance market

As industry warnings mount, Florida legislators have produced wide-ranging proposals for this week’s special session on property insurance. → Read More

Records show further Florida payments to company involved in migrant flights

It’s not clear exactly what the payments are for. → Read More

Compromise talks underway in Florida Legislature on Disney special district

A key lawmaker denied reports that legislators have drafted a bill providing a resolution yet. → Read More

Trump didn’t mention DeSantis in presidential announcement — but others are

It’s a long road to 2024. → Read More