Emily L. Mahoney, Tallahassee Correspondent

Emily L. Mahoney

Tallahassee Correspondent

I cover Florida’s capital and the politics surrounding it, which means there’s never a slow day. From the Legislative session to state elections, life is fast-paced in the nation’s largest swing state – and I prefer it that way. I hail from Arizona, a state that raised me to love tacos al pastor and the sound of hiking boots hitting the dirt. Now, I’m based in Tallahassee, where the Tampa Bay Times shares a bureau with the Miami Herald, and I’m proud to work for two of the state’s strongest newspapers. When it comes to policy, I focus on education and criminal justice – two areas where government unequivocally shapes peoples’ lives. Want to discuss a story idea? Drop me a line.

Florida open government watchdog group names new president

The Florida Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] Scott Keeler  |  Tampa Bay Times
The job entails being a part-time lobbyist, part-time expert on the Florida Sunshine Law.

Florida House begins conversation on teacher raise proposal

Pinellas County teachers and their allies rallied at major intersections in 2012 to protest legislative proposals. [Jim Damaske, Times]
Details are still scant, but the House’s tone was one of being fiscally cautious as they evaluate DeSantis’ pitch to raise base teacher pay.

Florida House committee discusses teacher ‘VAM’ scores, headaches

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It’s unclear if there will be any proposed changes to this method for measuring teachers’ impact on their students’ performance, despite complaints.

All the best moments from Tuesday’s Democratic debate

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) John Minchillo  |  AP
Impeachment dominates. Bernie Sanders looks fine. Biden defends his son. And Elizabeth Warren is finally being treated like a frontrunner.

What’s up with Giuliani’s associates and Florida? 5 things to know

This combination of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, photos provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office shows booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman. The associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Biden and his son, Hunter. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP) AP
One takeaway: there are still unanswered questions.