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Diane Rado

Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

DeSantis expands state of emergency statewide as Tropical Storm Ian threatens Florida

By: - September 24, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday expanded a state of emergency statewide in Florida as “Tropical Depression Nine strengthened into Tropical Storm Ian, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour,” according to a more expansive executive order. Tropical Storm Ian is forecasted to become a major hurricane before making landfall along Florida’s West Coast, […]

Despite a slowdown of COVID-19 cases, Florida has reached the 7 million mark

By: - August 29, 2022

Federal data on COVID-19 show 6,998,561 Florida cases, reaching a 7 million mark that only two other states have reached in the United States. California’s cases are at 11,006,684 and Texas at 7,681,476. That said, in the category of case rates per 100,000, Florida’s COVID-19 cases are higher than both California and Texas, according to […]

When it comes to geography, the gubernatorial teams are now very similar: Pinellas and Miami-Dade

By: and - August 27, 2022

Democrat Charlie Crist’s running mate Karla Hernández-Mats, a Miami-Dade teacher union president, has set the tone for what will be very similar gubernatorial teams — in the way of geography. Both Crist and Ron DeSantis, who both have been elected governors, grew up in Pinellas County on the Gulf side of the peninsula. They both […]

Charlie Crist will announce his Lt. Gov. pick Saturday, but the word is out: It’s Karla Hernández-Mats

By: - August 26, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist plans to make a major campaign announcement in South Florida on Saturday, but the word has already gotten out: It’s Karla Hernández-Mats. Here’s the top of a story by the Tallahassee Democrat, which states that the selection was first reported by CBS 4-Miami.” “Charlie Crist, the Democrat challenging Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, […]

FL congressional races all over the map; some U.S. House incumbents need to campaign in November

By: - August 23, 2022

Several U.S. House members from Florida held on to their congressional seats on Tuesday, but others will need to keep campaigning for the November 8 general election, election data show. For example, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, in the Panhandle, overcame two Republican candidates in the primary election for District 1, even after he made Twitter […]

FL Cabinet races: The primary winners for Agriculture Commissioner and Attorney General are…

By: - August 23, 2022

Wilton Simpson, who is finishing a term as the Legislature’s Senate President, is well ahead of his contender and expects to secure the Republican nomination for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner. On the Democratic side, Naomi Esther Blemur, appears to have captured far more votes than her competitors and expects to win the Democratic nomination, according to […]

Primary election day in FL: The biggest prize goes to Democrat Crist or Fried to take on DeSantis

By: , , and - August 23, 2022

Democratic voters will decide Tuesday whether to entrust their nomination to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who could become Florida’s first woman governor, or U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who served four years as a Republican governor but turned Democrat as his party veered to the right. Either would face tough sledding against the Republican incumbent, Gov. […]

The suspension of elected prosecutor Andrew Warren won’t be considered in the FL Senate for awhile

By: - August 18, 2022

Andrew Warren’s suspension from public office won’t be considered by the Florida Senate until court challenges expire, Florida Senate Wilton Simpson wrote in a letter to senators Wednesday. “The Senate process shall be held in abeyance and the matter shall not be considered by the Senate until final determination of a court challenge and the […]

After Biden signs historic law to benefit FL and other states, DeSantis goes on diatribe on IRS

By: - August 17, 2022

A day after President Joe Biden signed historic legislation to tackle the climate crisis, promote clean energy, get tax credits for electric vehicles and save on family’s utility bills for Florida and other states, Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted to bash the IRS. At a news conference Wednesday scheduled about education, the governor first talked about […]

Monkeypox outbreak: Infections rising in teens and young adults; nearly 1,300 cases in FL

By: - August 15, 2022

Monkeypox cases have risen to 1,266 in Florida, with more teens and young adults infected in several counties in the outbreak, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. That said, the largest number of cases remain in South Florida, with 493 cases in Miami-Dade and 436 cases in Broward County. In all, 28 […]

Former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo home in South Florida raided Monday

By: - August 8, 2022

CNN, Bloomberg and other Florida media outlets have reported that the FBI “has executed a search warrant” Monday at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach. NBC reported that Trump, in an email statement said, in part, that: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, […]

Monkeypox outbreak in FL is closing in on 1,000 cases

By: - August 8, 2022

As of Monday afternoon, the number of monkeypox cases in Florida has spread to 938, in 28 counties. The new cases come at a time when many K-12 schools will be opening this week, and thousands of students and staff will begin classes this month at Florida’s universities and community colleges. Three new counties were […]