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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.

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 […]

Women are simply up against systematic and intentional sex discrimination in collegiate sports

By: - September 21, 2020

This is the second of a two-part series about equality in college athletics, sexual abuse in sports, campus sexual assaults, and the efforts of Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a role model for many women athletes and a civil rights lawyer. It has been 48 years since the U.S. Congress passed a bill to require colleges and universities […]

Sex abuse in college sports: The best way to help victims of serious trauma is to believe them and support them

By: - September 20, 2020

This is the first of a two-part series about equality in college athletics, sexual abuse in sports, campus sexual assaults and the efforts of Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a role model for many women athletes and a civil rights lawyer. Nancy Hogshead-Makar earned fame as an Olympic swimmer after collecting three gold medals and a silver one […]

Tallahassee lawyer Ben Crump: ‘Breonna’s life and her death will have long term impact’

By: - September 16, 2020

Tallahassee lawyer Ben Crump praised reforms approved by police in Louisville, Ky., as they announced approval of an historic $12-million payment that will be made to the family of Breonna Taylor, a young Black woman wrongfully killed by police six months ago. Crump has represented the families of a number of Black victims killed by […]