Emily L. Mahoney, Tampa Bay Times

Emily L. Mahoney

Tampa Bay Times

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Past articles by Emily:

DeSantis isn’t running for president yet. But it looks like it in Tampa Bay.

With the release of a new book and planned stops in Iowa, DeSantis’ presidential aspirations are on full display. → Read More

DeSantis’ book is part memoir, part policy paper, part airing of grievances

5 takeaways from the governor’s story of his political rise. → Read More

Rick Scott exempts Social Security, Medicare from his sunset proposal after bipartisan criticism

The U.S. senator from Florida has been rebuked by President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. → Read More

Nikki Fried announces bid for Florida Democratic Party chairperson

The previous chairperson of the party abruptly resigned after Democrats’ massive 2022 losses. → Read More

Does Joe Biden or Rick Scott want to cut Social Security, Medicare? The fight, explained.

The president and the U.S. senator from Florida came to Hillsborough County on back-to-back days to tell voters they are the ones standing up for the landmark programs. → Read More

President Joe Biden visits Tampa to talk health care as 2024 race looms

The president also emphasized themes from his State of the Union address. → Read More

Joe Biden will come to Tampa to tout agenda in increasingly red Florida

Democratic strategists expect the president to both set the stage for his reelection and to draw contrasts with DeSantis. → Read More

DeSantis floats bill making it easier to sue news outlets

Seated behind a news anchor-style desk, the governor did not offer specifics, but told viewers to “stay tuned.” → Read More

DeSantis has executive privilege, a judge ruled, setting up legal battle over secrecy

A Tallahassee judge found that DeSantis has the right to shield some information of his choosing from the public. → Read More

The pandemic is central to Ron DeSantis’ brand. Will voters still care in 2024?

Polls show that other issues have long replaced the coronavirus pandemic as the public’s top concern. → Read More

Florida officials react to the Andrew Warren v. DeSantis ruling

Some officials were cautious in their responses, while others opined on whether the federal judge was correct. → Read More

DeSantis prevailed over Andrew Warren. Other lawsuits show what might come next

We run through DeSantis’ legal history, including Stop WOKE, “sanctuary cities” and other major cases. → Read More

Can Florida’s members of Congress help constituents amid speaker chaos? Confusion reigns.

The stalemate over the GOP’s next speaker is causing some members-elect to say they can’t help constituents or have lost their security clearances. → 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

DeSantis political committee has received close to $900,000 since election

A few prominent backers of Donald Trump are among those sending money the Florida governor’s way. → Read More

Prominent DeSantis ally, Florida political donor found dead, was under investigation

Kent Stermon was on the board that oversees the state’s public universities. → Read More

Rick Scott didn’t flip the Senate for Republicans, then he lost to McConnell. Now what?

Florida’s junior U.S. senator has been at the center of two big political stories of the midterms, but not likely in the way he planned. → Read More

How DeSantis-endorsed candidates fared nationally

Most of the candidates he backed overlapped with Trump, with a few notable exceptions. → Read More

Florida’s Rick Scott says he’s challenging McConnell for US Senate leadership

The leadership clash comes after disappointing results for Republicans last week. → Read More

Trump bashes DeSantis in lengthy statement for ‘playing games’ with 2024 buzz

Two days after Gov. Ron DeSantis’ landslide win, the former president goes nuclear on the man he previously endorsed. → Read More