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.


Scare enough people, especially people of color, and Trump might be able to defeat Biden and Harris

By: - September 1, 2020

Twenty years ago Black voters in Tallahassee complained when law enforcement officials set up road blocks between minority neighborhoods and the precincts where they vote — on Election Day. You can imagine the uproar it caused. Now President Donald J. Trump is threatening to send all sorts of law enforcement officials into voting precincts all […]


Trump/DeSantis: A dynamic duo messing with our right to vote

By: - August 16, 2020

If you are looking for consistency in governing, you better look some place outside of the Sunshine State —  unless you are just looking for stupidity. We have a governor consistently following the lead of a President who has to be one of the most inconsistent vacillating idiots in the country. The duo of Florida […]


Bush v. Gore and 36 days of sheer chaos in 2000: Could it happen again in swing state Florida in 2020?

By: - July 20, 2020

In the 55 years I have spent witnessing and writing about news in Florida, there is one scene that stands out more than any other: It was early November of the year 2000. There was a Japanese television crew setting up a tent on the front lawn at the Florida Supreme Court. Across the street […]

Lawyer appeals to force DeSantis to close beaches and impose restrictions to protect Floridians from COVID-19

By: - July 13, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has failed to adequately protect Floridians from a fast spreading virus that has killed at least 4,200 residents and sickened thousands of others, says lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder. The Santa Rosa Beach lawyer on Monday asked the Florida First District Court of Appeal to force DeSantis to close dangerous beaches and issue […]


Collateral damage from the COVID-19 crisis is surfacing in the lives of people around us

By: - July 3, 2020

We may never be able to assess the collateral damage from the COVID-19 virus, but some of it is surfacing in the lives of people around us. Take Joseph Fenton, a retired journalist who has worked as an editor for a number of Florida newspapers. He died of lung cancer at 67 on June 19, […]


FL’s dumping ground for COVID-19: Just come on down and see how many people you can infect

By: - June 25, 2020

Looks like Florida is becoming the dumping ground for the most contagious virus to hit the United States in years. Got COVID-19? Just come on down and see how many people you can infect. Especially if there’s a Republican thing going on with President Donald Trump in attendance. North Carolina wisely rejected the Republican National […]

U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe is self-isolating after contracting COVID-19

By: - June 23, 2020

Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating, according to a spokesman. Keefe tested positive Monday afternoon at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Spokesman Ron Sachs said Tuesday that Keefe likely contracted the virus in Charleston, S.C. while dealing with an unrelated family medical emergency. He had […]


Attorney Benjamin Crump: Following Thurgood Marshall’s path and taking on today’s most pressing legal battles

By: - June 9, 2020

Ben Crump was 10 years old in 1978 and living on the “wrong side of the tracks’’ in Lumberton, NC when he discovered how different life was for Black folks and their White neighbors who had newly integrated their schools, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision. He was standing in the cafeteria’s free lunch […]


A Grim Reaper lawyer takes on Gov. DeSantis and tries to save beachgoers from the coronavirus

By: - May 10, 2020

Daniel Uhlfelder, the brash lawyer who recently sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in an unsuccessful effort to close Panhandle beaches crowded with tourists and residents during the pandemic, has a familiar name. In Tallahassee, his father, Steve Uhlfelder, now 74 and partially retired after more than 40 years of lobbying and politicking, has been widely […]


Some people (such as Ron DeSantis and former Gov. Rick Scott) just have no sense of humor

By: - April 24, 2020

In Tallahassee when folks talk about The Moon, they are usually referring to a nightclub just about a mile from the state Capitol. No, I’m not suggesting that the state’s politicians are often on another planet…but they are often found inside a large building on Lafayette Street that is celebrating its 35th anniversary this week. […]

Environmentalist Hurchalla: ‘I’m okay, the First Amendment is not’

By: - April 14, 2020

A unanimous Florida Supreme Court has refused to review a $4.4-million verdict against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla for urging the Martin County Commission to back out of a deal with Lake Point Restoration, a rock mining company. Hurchalla, the feisty sister of former U.S. Attorney Janet Reno, has waged a lengthy legal battle, lost some of […]


There’s no approved cure for COVID-19, but charlatans are trying to take advantage of folks who are desperate

By: - April 13, 2020

Do not download a new “Social Distancing’’ App that promises to detect the presence of the coronavirus when it’s too close to you. Forget about drinking liquid silver (16-ounce bottle for $24.99) from a company in Melbourne, Fl. Forget about special toothpaste or essential oils. Don’t fall for an online coronavirus test – there is […]