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 is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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 […]

Monkeypox cases jump to 877, with new FL cases in Leon and Alachua, home of college campuses

By: - August 6, 2022

Florida’s monkeypox cases have jumped to 877 in 25 counties, with South Florida cases expanding and Alachua and Leon counties — home of big college campuses — adding to the caseload for the first time. As of Saturday, the urban centers in South Florida posted the highest number of monkeypox cases: 346 in Miami-Dade County […]

Big states are declaring public emergencies over monkeypox, but no FL announcements yet

By: - August 2, 2022

In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a proclamation Monday, “declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease,” according to a press statement. Likewise, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a “proclamation of a state of emergency” Aug. 1 over the monkeypox outbreak. A few […]