Alex Leary, Times Washington bureau chief

Alex Leary

Times Washington bureau chief

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Democrats decry Scott ‘stunt’ on environmental funding

Algae on Lake Okeechobee’s east shore surrounds boats docked at the Pahokee Marina, July 11, 2018. An algae bloom has residents and government officials concerned, particularly after the 2016 algae bloom that impacted the environment and economies in Central Florida.(Charlie Trainor/Miami Herald)
WASHINGTON – Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Sen. Mitch McConnell had agreed to a key project affecting Lake Okeechobee. "Another step forward for this critical environmental project..

Mike Pence to campaign for Rick Scott in Orlando, The Villages

Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Rick Scott in Orlando (Photo: Orlando Sentinel)
Rick Scott remains estranged from President Donald Trump but Mike Pence will do. The vice president will campaign in Florida tomorrow for Scott, indicating a strategy to rally a base..

Dead Heat: Nelson and Scott tied in latest poll

Rick Scott and Bill Nelson (Associated Press photos)
Bill Nelson and Rick Scott are in a dead heat in their Senate showdown, according to a Qunnipiac University poll released Wednesday, tied 49-49. The survey of likely voters –92..

Marco Rubio to InfoWars’ Alex Jones, ‘Don’t touch me again, man’

Sen. Marco Rubio was confronted by Alex Jones, the InfoWars conspiracy monger, outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on social media and disinformation campaigns. (screen capture from video by @willsommer)
InfoWars' Alex Jones aggressively confronted Sen. Marco Rubio outside a committee hearing in Washington this morning, drawing Rubio to warn, "Don't touch me again, man."After a...

Scott, DeSantis and Putnam to hold GOP rally

Gov. Rick Scott in Washington on Aug. 31, 2018 (Alex Leary | Tampa Bay Times)
Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, Matt Caldwell and other Republicans will hold a unity rally next Thursday in Orlando.Adam Putnam, who was defeated by Trump-backed DeSantis, will...