Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times

Lawrence Mower

Tampa Bay Times

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Recent:
  • Tampa Bay Times
Past:
  • The Miami Herald
  • Bradenton Herald
  • WSOCTV

Recent articles by Lawrence:

DeSantis’ elections security chief Pete Antonacci dies

Five governors appointed him to varied posts over a long political career. → Read More

Florida migrant flight money went to company tied to DeSantis adviser

Vertol Systems Company was paid $1.56 million by Florida for work it usually doesn’t do, but state officials are mum on why it got the job. → Read More

DeSantis, Florida sued by 3 migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard

“These immigrants...experienced cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country,” the lawsuit alleges. → Read More

Judge prefers a trial for DeSantis’ removal of Tampa prosecutor

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle is thinking of a trial soon instead of immediate reinstatement to settle the matter “once and for all.” → Read More

Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard were not from Florida, DeSantis says

Desantis said his administration is trying to “profile” migrants in Texas to prevent them from reaching Florida. → Read More

DeSantis’ defense of Martha’s Vineyard flights prompts more questions

DeSantis’ administration is only allowed to “transport unauthorized aliens from this state,” according to budget language approved by state lawmakers this year. → Read More

Florida arrested felons for election fraud. It also gave them voter IDs.

Advocates are urging those arrested to fight the charges. → Read More

Here’s who won Florida legislative primary races in Tampa Bay

10 legislative seats were on the ballot Tuesday. → Read More

Florida’s latest insurance crisis was decades in the making

Florida relies heavily on one insurance ratings company. Why? → Read More

From Disney to Andrew Warren, DeSantis shows taste for power — and a fight

“There’s little doubt that he’s attempted to, and pretty much accomplished, his goal of expanding executive power,” says one political science professor. → Read More

DeSantis names Renatha Francis to Florida Supreme Court (again)

Francis was nominated in 2020, but was deemed then to be unqualified. → Read More

DeSantis suspends Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren

“Our government is a government of laws, not a government of men,” DeSantis said. → Read More

After 16 Florida elections, Charlie Crist gears up for one more

Crist has been pulling in support from Democrats as they warily eye a general election against Gov. Ron DeSantis. → Read More

Florida’s transportation agency faulted in SunPass contract deal

The failed bidding process is the latest contracting scandal for the DeSantis administration. → Read More

Florida’s 15-week abortion ban temporarily blocked

A circuit judge’s injunction will be nullified when Gov. Ron DeSantis files an appeal. → Read More

Judge to temporarily stop Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

But it’s unclear when the order will take effect. The abortion ban takes effect Friday. → Read More

Ex-Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum indicted on fraud charges, arrested by FBI

Gillum and an associate are accused of misusing funds. → Read More

DeSantis vetoes Everglades bill that advocates said would harm water quality

The governor said the bill would create “unnecessary and redundant regulatory hurdles” for restoration projects. → Read More

DeSantis’ aide first pitched October gas tax break, emails show

The emails rebut the narrative that lawmakers proposed the October break, which will go into effect right before the election. → Read More

DeSantis cuts GOP priorities as he approves $110B budget

He cut more than $3 billion in all. → Read More