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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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Get the governor a state plane, already.

By: - April 5, 2019

For Heaven’s sake, let’s buy the man an airplane.  Our new governor has taken to begging for rides with billionaires these days. And he’s already risked life and limb riding around in a 16-year old plane owned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  After a couple of emergency landings, Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to […]

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The public’s right to know is threatened in the Florida Legislature

By: - March 13, 2019

Sometimes I wonder if the Florida Legislature lives to please the National Rifle Association. One potential gift for the NRA and its gun toting supporters in this year’s legislative session includes a little bill that would make photographs, video or audio recordings that depict the scene of a mass killing exempt from the public records law. […]

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One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

Drug smuggling, organized crime and now, education: A statewide grand jury is a novel approach to keeping kids safe at school

By: - February 18, 2019

Once upon a time a Florida governor decided to create a Statewide Grand Jury so the good guys could eliminate drug smuggling. That governor was Reubin Askew and we all know how that ended. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a Statewide Grand Jury to deal with violence in public schools. It could well turn out to […]

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Madison County Courthouse

An unbelievable odyssey: Trying to access court records, for free and on the spot, at your local courthouse

By: - February 13, 2019

For many years, Florida’s public records law made it easy to look at court files – in person, at the courthouse or online. Not any more. The Circuit Clerks who guard this gate have imposed some ridiculous restrictions that can substantially delay access to lawsuits and make it very costly to see one. You can discover […]

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TK Wetherell

A tribute to T.K. Wetherell

By: - December 16, 2018

T.K. Wetherell was one of a kind. A few days shy of his 73rd birthday, the former house speaker, former president of Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College entered Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House, signaling the end of a 15-year battle against cancer. Friends said he died at 2:25 pm. Sunday.  He will not be forgotten. […]

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Debris World Trade Center

Chasing the Saudi government’s connection to a Sarasota gated community and the 9/11 attacks: Bob Graham doggedly chases the truth

By: - November 15, 2018

For many years, former Florida U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has been a lonely voice urging people to do something about Saudi Arabia. Now that a group of Saudi security agents are accused in Turkey of killing a Washington Post journalist, Graham is hoping it will get a strong reaction from officials in the United States.  So […]

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A plea for civility

By: - October 18, 2018

As I watched one Facebook friend question the intelligence and morals of another in the raging debate over the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I despaired of the level our national political scene has reached during the presidency of Donald J. Trump. It was especially awful to see the president openly […]

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No FL governor in modern times has been more secretive than Rick Scott

By: - September 7, 2018

“No Scheduled Events.” Day after day, that’s the schedule sent out by Gov. Rick Scott as he travels the state campaigning for the U.S. Senate. It’s not that he ever told us where he was, but the dearth of information is far more pronounced these days. No governor in modern times has been as secretive […]

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The State of Capital News

By: - July 5, 2018

Florida’s capital city has long enjoyed a reputation for keeping track of news about the state and nation.  That reputation was earned in an era when you could drive downtown in Tallahassee and stop at Dubey’s, a small bookstore and newsstand just a couple of blocks from the state’s historic old Capitol. You could buy the […]