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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.

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The life and death of famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, with some FL anecdotes

By: - June 6, 2021

It was pretty clear that famed attorney F. Lee Bailey was on his way down when he leaned over a federal courtroom bench in Ocala and asked me for a ride back to the Hilton Hotel. It was the first time the defendant in any trial asked me for a ride during a lifetime of […]

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The path back to sanity is not so clear: Hate, venom and a former president who seems to think he’s still president

By: - May 30, 2021

There is way too much hate and way too much misinformation spreading across our political landscape these days. I’ve watched and written about politics for more than 55 years and never seen anything that approaches this mess. At the top of the dreadful heap is a former president who seems to think he is still […]

Ralph Turlington, former commissioner of education and force in FL politics, dies at 100

By: - May 15, 2021

Ralph D. Turlington, former speaker of the Florida House and Education Commissioner, died Friday at the age of 100. Turlington was a towering figure in Florida politics for much of his life. Born in Gainesville, he graduated from the University of Florida in 1942 after serving as business manager of the Florida Alligator and joining […]

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Judge Joseph Hatchett remembered: ‘He never talked against people, but against policy’

By: - May 10, 2021

Few thought Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett had much of a chance at winning a statewide election in Florida, where no African American had ever won a statewide race. Gov. Reubin Askew had appointed Hatchett to the state’s highest court in 1975, ignoring the fact that he would face an election in 1976. Askew defended […]

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Joseph Hatchett, FL’s first Black Supreme Court justice, dead at 88

By: - May 1, 2021

My all-time favorite judge has died. He was only 88 years old. I had hoped he would live forever. Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett, a Clearwater native, was our first Black Supreme Court Justice, appointed to the court in 1975 by then Gov. Reubin Askew. He died Friday. He was a soft spoken, low key sort […]

Benjamin Crump: He’s filed civil suits on behalf of Black victims, collecting millions for grieving families. But he cannot replace those who died

By: - April 14, 2021

Attorney Benjamin Crump was standing in a snow storm Tuesday, watching the mother of yet another young Black son weep as she described the night her son called her from his car to tell her he’d just been stopped by police. The scene was in the middle of Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb, just 10 […]

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‘It is a tangled web’: Robert Levinson, former FBI agent kidnapped in 2007, and Matt Gaetz and his extortion tale

By: - April 1, 2021

Every state needs a village idiot.  Florida is fortunate to have many.  But this week the prize for most stupid performance has to go to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. The Panhandle member of Congress, son of a former state Senate President in the Florida Legislature, has outdone himself. On Tuesday night he went on Fox […]

Longtime FSU prof resigned: ‘There is a huge sense of disgust over the allegations’

By: - March 14, 2021

A longtime distinguished professor at Florida State University’s Askew School of Public Administration and Policy was allowed to quietly resign last year amid a sexual misconduct investigation sparked by the disclosure of a series of sexually explicit emails, photos and text messages exchanged between the professor and a foreign student. Dr. Richard Feiock, 62, was […]

Whistleblower computer expert facing criminal charges has the COVID disease she was tracking

By: - January 18, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Rebekah Jones, the 31-year old computer expert who designed a state system for keeping up with COVID-19 data in Florida, now has the disease she was tracking. The positive test for the virus was discovered Sunday night when Jones was booked into the Leon County Jail in the state capital, on charges of […]

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 […]