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Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lucy Morgan was chief of the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times capital bureau in Tallahassee for 20 years, retiring in 2006 and serving as senior correspondent until 2013. She was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame. The Florida Senate named its press gallery after Morgan, in honor of her two decades covering the Legislature.

Supreme Court won’t hear environmentalist’s appeal of $4.4 million judgment for speaking out

By: - January 11, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Florida case involving the rights of citizens to publicly criticize developers. The decision upholds a $4.4-million judgment against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla in Martin County. Hurchalla, an 80-year old former Martin County commissioner, is the sister of the late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. She spent […]

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COVID vaccine plan targets older Floridians, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get the shots anytime soon

By: - January 8, 2021

Looking at the old folks crowded together in lines or lawn chairs camping overnight as they worriedly await the possibility of a vaccination that could save them from a deadly virus, I wonder how many of them risk catching the virus they are trying to defeat. Florida has done a pitiful job of rolling out […]

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Living in a dangerous time: We have a President willing to do anything, legal or illegal, to remain in office

By: - January 4, 2021

His phone call to Georgia Saturday is just as blatantly a crime as it would be to start shooting. Trump once bragged he could shoot someone in the middle of Manhattan and not lose voters. Heck, Congress would probably support him. Trump made 18 attempts to talk to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger before […]

Whistleblower Jones likely to irk DeSantis again: She’s Forbes’ “Technology Person of the Year”

By: - December 29, 2020

This may not be a very good week for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Under fire on many fronts for his handling of the COVID-19 virus and his continuing efforts to support President Donald J. Trump, DeSantis has been particularly aggravated by questions raised by Rebekah Jones, a 31-year old computer tech at the Florida Department of […]

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Gov. DeSantis is playing the heavy with people who question his COVID policies

By: - December 27, 2020

It’s hard to imagine what else Gov. Ron DeSantis could do to embarrass himself and Florida more than his heavy-handed pursuit of those who have criticized his failure to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. His attempt to mimic President Donald Trump’s failure on the virus front is a disgrace. Does DeSantis wake up […]

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Sale of newspaper building in capital city is fresh evidence of sad times for the industry

By: - December 21, 2020

In a world where the spread of COVID-19 controls much of what we do, it also seems to be adding to the problems facing many hometown newspapers. The Tallahassee Democrat, a newspaper established more than 100 years ago, is moving out of the nice brick building where it has been housed since the late 1960s. […]

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Never forget the FL leaders who didn’t stand up for democracy following Trump’s reelection loss

By: - December 15, 2020

Remember their names. Remember that they wanted to strip away the votes cast by millions of Americans and allow a man who did not win a presidential election to remain in office for four more years. Voters can decide whether there was a corrupt motive or they were just afraid of a blustering New Yorker […]

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An inadvertent glimpse of what Gov. DeSantis is really like when a secret tape is running

By: - December 7, 2020

Our governor for the most part has been in hiding for the past month, probably licking the wounds caused by President Donald Trump’s spectacular Election Day loss. Most of his recent communication with Floridians has been done with videos he occasionally makes and distributes instead of the live press conferences most governors have used in […]

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Devotion to Trump could hurt DeSantis’ hopes for a 2nd term; he’ll likely face tough women challengers

By: - November 13, 2020

If you are wondering how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will deal with President Donald Trump’s apparent reelection defeat, and how it could impact the governor’s own ambitions, we have a few suggestions. “He’s in a bit of a box,’’ notes Republican political consultant Rick Wilson.  “He really wants to run for president himself. I don’t […]

Judge orders damages of nearly $1.5 billion for family of kidnapped former Florida FBI agent Levinson

By: - October 4, 2020

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly has ordered the Islamic Republic of Iran to pay $1.457 billion in damages to the family of former Florida FBI Agent Robert Levinson, who was kidnapped by Iranian officials in 2007 and apparently died in captivity. He was the longest held civilian hostage in American history when his family […]

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A peek at billionaire Harry Sargeant III, a somewhat mysterious figure in FL GOP circles and elsewhere

By: - September 27, 2020

For years,  Florida energy billionaire Harry Sargeant III has been a somewhat mysterious figure who surfaces from time to time in Republican political circles. A graduate of Florida State University and fraternity brother of former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, St. Petersburg developer Brent Sembler and other notable Pi Kappa Alpha brothers at the university, Sargeant […]

Free speech rights: Lawyers ask U.S. Supreme Court to overturn judgment in environmentalist Hurchalla case

By: - September 21, 2020

Lawyers for Martin County environmental activist Maggy Hurchalla have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a $4.4-million judgment in a South Florida lawsuit. Hurchalla, the sister of former Miami Dade State Attorney and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno contends the judgement endangers the rights of the public to raise questions about environmental issues. Hurchalla […]