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Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

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Three questions for the candidates running for governor: Environment

By: - August 16, 2018

Today on the Florida Phoenix, we start an election series where we ask three questions of the candidates for Florida governor, who face off in the Aug. 28 primary. Each day, we’ll cover a different topic of interest to voters. Today, we ask about the environment. The Republican candidates – Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis […]

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp – now an oil industry spokesman – falsely claims that spilled oil from 2010 BP disaster “didn’t even reach the shores of Florida.”

By: - August 15, 2018

Former Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp told a room full of reporters in Tallahassee that oil from the 2010 BP oil spill “didn’t even reach the shores of Florida” – a claim people who witnessed the black goo washing up on Panhandle beaches would dispute. Kottkamp’s former boss – Gov. Charlie Crist, would also have […]

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Shooter in Clearwater Stand Your Ground case arrested, charged

By: - August 13, 2018

The white man who killed a black man in a controversial Clearwater shooting that’s drawn national attention to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has been charged with manslaughter and was arrested today, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office reports. Michael Dreyka is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail and bond has been set at $100,000, the […]

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Florida’s dog racing tracks are cruel and voters should ban them

By: - August 13, 2018

The dogs “love to run.” That’s just one of dubious arguments peddled by the tone-deaf Florida gambling relics who are still trying to sell a disinterested public on the idea of greyhound racing. We can’t interview the dogs, obviously, to check the veracity of that claim. But in general, it appears most dogs love to […]

Scott visits slimy coast, Democrats call out the governor’s new election-year environmental conversion

By: - August 10, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott traveled to southeast Florida today where nasty fluorescent green algae is blanketing waterways around Stuart, but he declined to speak to reporters “due to security issues,” according to TC Palm reporter Ali Schmitz, who videotaped Scott’s 30-second cruise across a slimed marina basin. The governor has been desperate to paint himself as […]

Trump’s newsprint tariffs hitting papers hard, including Tampa Bay Times, the New York Times reports

By: - August 10, 2018

The New York Times reports that Trump’s tariffs on Canadian newsprint are “hastening the demise of local newspapers across the country, forcing already-struggling publications to cut staff, reduce the number of days they print and, in at least one case, shutter entirely.” The national paper cites financial troubles at many newspapers, including Florida’s award-winning Tampa […]

We now know Gov. Scott and wife worth at least $428 million, Times says financial reporting needs reform

By: - August 9, 2018

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board is calling on Florida lawmakers to enact stricter reporting requirements so that citizens can better know where politicians get their money and spot conflicts of interest. The Times writes about the financial reporting system that allows Gov. Rick Scott to hide some aspects of his financial holdings in Florida, […]

AP: Scores of politicians around the U.S. accused of sexual misconduct are running again and poised to win

By: - August 8, 2018

An Associated Press national story says that “scores of politicians accused of sexual misconduct are running again and poised to win ― particularly in state races.” “Of the 25 state lawmakers who are running for re-election despite allegations of sexual misconduct, 15 have already advanced to the Nov. 6 general election. Seven did not even […]

Nelson-Scott race gets national attention

By: - August 6, 2018

Two heavyweight national publications – the New York Times and Talking Points Memo – are drilling down on the Rick Scott-Bill Nelson race for the U.S. Senate, calling it among the most important – and expensive – in America. Some key questions: Will Scott’s buddy-buddy relationship with President Trump hurt him or help him? And […]

New nationwide survey: Younger teachers vs. older teachers on the education issues of the day

By: - August 3, 2018

A new, sweeping educator survey released this week is striking in part because it shows how younger teachers view critical education issues compared to older peers. Regarding retirement: More than half of young teachers (younger than 30) surveyed preferred a private-company-style 401K rather than a traditional pension popular with older teachers (age 50 and older). […]

COMMENTARY

Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault

By: - August 3, 2018

As horrified people watch dead manatees, marine mammals, fish and hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Florida’s southwest coast, politicians are tripping over one another to express concern. But a look back eight years ago shows that three key state leaders – Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General Pam Bondi […]

Judge knocks greyhound racing ban off the November ballot

By: - August 2, 2018

A circuit judge has knocked a measure off the fall ballot that would give voters a chance to ban greyhound racing in Florida Groups working to end dog racing say it is a cruel sport and they are vowing to appeal the ruling to try to keep the Constitutional amendment before voters this fall. Leon […]