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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Life in the time of coronavirus: a strange new world

By: - April 2, 2020

Senior citizens lined up the entire length of the Tallahassee shopping center before daylight as Publix opened its doors before daylight to accommodate senior citizens. The result was a store filled with crazed old people wandering the aisles looking for toilet paper. The toilet paper was gone within minutes, Kleenex too. I am not sure […]

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Closing doors on a journalist: Gov. DeSantis needs to study FL’s long valued traditions of open government

By: - March 29, 2020

If Florida didn’t have a governor who is trying to make President Donald J. Trump happy, we might have a governor willing to answer tough questions when Floridians need to have answers. It looks like Gov. Ron DeSantis only wants to talk to reporters he can hand pick out of a crowd and send a […]

Former FBI agent from South Florida died under Iranian custody, his family announces

By: - March 26, 2020

The family of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent from Florida who has been missing in Iran since 2007, have been advised by federal officials that Levinson died in Iranian custody. “We don’t know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ the family said late Wednesday in a […]

Floridians are stocking up on toilet paper – and guns

By: - March 18, 2020

It’s what we don’t know that is troubling. Floridians are stocking up on toilet paper – and guns. Toilet paper I can understand.  No one wants to run out. But guns?  Hopefully we aren’t going to shoot each other to death, but it’s the uncertainty that is probably provoking much of this. Folks around the […]

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Take down those paywalls: Our citizens need all the news they can get

By: - March 11, 2020

Many of us who have spent a lifetime writing for newspapers have heard for years that the very papers we deliver each day are slipping away, changing to electronic screens on our computers, cell phones and other gadgets. I remember those who many years ago suggested that our news stories would some day be delivered […]

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In the believe-it-or-not category: Some top Republicans are supporting Dems in the 2020 presidential race

By: - March 2, 2020

You might wonder why some of Florida’s best known Republican political consultants are way out on a limb in support of Democrats in the 2020 presidential race. It’s a long and interesting story. At its root is complete frustration with President Donald J. Trump. Two of these consultants live in Tallahassee, where they’ve made a […]

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Florida Capitol

FL lawmakers promote secrecy, while citizens remain in the dark

By: - February 25, 2020

Some Florida legislators want more privacy.  They’d like to live secretly, in houses where no one can find them. Yes, as dumb as this sounds, this has become an actual bill in the Florida Legislature. The Senate sponsor is Republican Kelli Stargel, who represents parts of Lake and Polk counties. She already lives at a […]

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Remembering when blacks almost never voted and why minorities and ex-felons are still disenfranchised

By: - February 20, 2020

In South Mississippi where I grew up, Black people almost never voted. The reason was simple: When they were bold enough to try to register, the elections supervisors often required them to pay a “poll tax” or pass a complex literacy test with obscure questions most of us could not have answered. Black veterans who […]

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When relationships between two political parties were kinder and gentler

By: - February 14, 2020

Former Senate President Jim Scott, a Republican from Fort Lauderdale, and former Democratic State Rep. Ginger Bass Wetherell, now in their 70’s, are planning to marry sometime this spring. It is a romance between old friends who served together in the Florida Legislature during the 1980s, when relationships between the two parties were of a […]