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Jeremy Wallace, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy Wallace covers state government and politics in Tallahassee for the Tampa Bay Times. Prior to joining the Times in 2015, he spent 15 years covering state and local politics in Florida, most recently for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He previously covered Washington, D.C., for the Boston Globe and the Detroit Free-Press. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He and his wife have three children.

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Twitter: @JeremySWallace

  1. Adam Putnam: Too much of education bill was done 'behind closed doors'


    Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam joined the chorus of critics of the Florida Legislature’s massive K-12 education bill that heavily favors charter schools over traditional public schools.

    “I have concerns about the way that that bill along with much of the budget was fashioned completely in the dark and behind closed doors,” Putnam told reporters on Tuesday about House Bill 7069....

    2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam and Gov. Rick Scott talk on the first day of the Legislature's annual session in March.
  2. Florida concealed weapons permit holders exposed in computer hack


    More than 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders in Florida may have had their names accidentally made public because of a data breach at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The agency released a statement saying concealed weapons licensees who renewed online may have had their names accessed, and 469 other customers were notified that their Social Security numbers may have been hacked as part of the breach....

  3. Rick Scott touts Enterprise Florida even as agency's budget gets slashed


    Gov. Rick Scott appears to have already lost the battle over protecting Enterprise Florida’s funding, but you wouldn’t know if from his latest press releases touting the agency’s most recent accomplishments.

    Scott released a statement this morning that claims that a recent Enterprise Florida sponsored trade mission to Argentina has already generate $24 million in expected sales for 40 companies that were part of the trip....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  4. Latvala consulting his team about 2018 run

    State Roundup

    State Sen. Jack Latvala continues to make moves that suggest he is serious about running for governor in 2018.

    A political committee the Clearwater Republican runs is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today on Treasure Island with top supporters and political consultants. Latvala told the Times/Herald last week that his interest in running for governor is real and he expects to make a decision later in the summer....

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, addresses the audience as the keynote speaker for the Pinellas County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon on Friday.  (05/19/17). (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
  5. Another sign Latvala may run for governor?


    State Sen. Jack Latvala continues to make moves that suggest he is serious about running for governor in 2018.

    A political committee the Clearwater Republican runs is scheduled to meet on Sunday at 5 p.m. on Treasure Island with a group of top political consultants. Latvala told the Times/Herald last week that his interest in running for governor is real and he expects to make a decision later in the summer....

    State Sen. Jack Latvala
  6. Most expensive races for the Florida House in 2018 include Bradenton seat


    The son of a Congressman and a former Congressman are helping raise the price of running for the Florida Legislature in 2018.

    Already two races for Florida House seats in 2018 have surpassed a quarter million dollars raised with promises of much more to come.

    Florida Division of Election’s records show the most expensive race is shaping up to be a contest in Bradenton and part of Sarasota. James Buchanan, the son of car dealership owner and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, and Will Robinson, a real estate attorney with deep family roots in Manatee County, have already combined to amass more than $350,000 in their anticipated Republican Primary battle for House District 71....

  7. State Supreme Court rejects massive expansion of slot machines

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In a major defeat for counties that wanted to authorize slot machines by referendum, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that Florida counties have no legal authority to ask voters to approve slot machines at existing pari-mutuel race tracks or jai-alai frontons without constitutional or legislative approval.

    In a case brought by the owners of Gretna Racing in rural Gadsden County, the court upheld the decision by the Florida Division of Parimutuel Wagering to deny a slots license, arguing that state law does not authorize counties to conduct referendums to enable slot machines gaming....

    In 2008 about 800 Vegas-style slot machines were installed in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood Florida. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday against expanding the use of slot machines in parimutuels throughout Florida. [Willie J. Allen Jr. | Times]
  8. Here are the biggest financial backers of candidates running for governor in 2018


    It’s early in the 2018 gubernatorial election cycle, but the checks are already flying in the race. Millions of dollars are amassing for a race that is already showing it will be one of the most expensive in the nation even before other big names announce whether they are running or not.

    Here are the top four donors to each of the candidates that have so far announced they are running....

    George Soros
  9. Gillum announces birth of son


    Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum took to social media on Tuesday to announce that he has become a father again.

    On Twitter, Gillum, 37, posted a photo with Davis Allen Gillum, born on Monday. He and his wife R. Jai Gillum now have three children.

    Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, is part of a growing field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. Also running is former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Orlando businessman Chris King. Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine and Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan are also considering the race....

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
  10. Pam Bondi raises $80K in political committee


    A long-dormant political committee run by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is suddenly active again.

    The Republican has raised over $82,000 since the start of April in Justice For All, a political committee that she uses to pay for political activities. That is more money than Bondi raised in all of 2015 and 2016 combined in that committee.

    Bondi cannot seek re-election for attorney general because of term limits. Both of the previous two attorneys general in Florida (Charlie Crist and Bill McCollum) have run for governor, but Bondi has already declared she is not running for governor in 2018....

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks during the dedication of a mural which raises awareness of human trafficking Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Tampa.
  11. Pitbull all smiles with Florida politician who sued his production company


    It was just five months ago when Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran was filing a lawsuit against Miami music star Pitbull’s production company forcing him to disclose terms of a secret contract he had with Visit Florida.

    But you wouldn’t know it for Corcoran’s social media accounts. The Land O’Lakes Republican on Monday posted a photo Twitter that shows the two former legal adversaries smiling at an event in Miami....

    Miami music star Pitbull (left) and House Speaker Richard Corcoran pose for a photo in Miami that Corcoran posted on Twitter on Monday night.
  12. Cross-party cooperation reunites couple

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Shortly after the 115th Congress convened, Sen. Marco Rubio invited the Florida House delegation to his office. "Of course I went," said Rep. Charlie Crist. "I thought it was gracious."

    "I just listened and at the end, I thanked him. He appeared sort of stunned," Crist recalled. "I said, 'You may not know this, but your office in Orlando and I are working on getting a Vietnamese husband to America to be with his wife.' "...

  13. Business priorities struggled with this year's Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It was a bad year for business in the Florida Legislature.

    At the top of the Florida Chamber of Commerce's agenda was a plea to change the state's workers' compensation system. The National Federation of Independent Businesses of Florida once again made cutting business rent taxes a top priority. And Associated Industries of Florida put opposition to cutting job incentive programs and tourism marketing on their first page of the legislative priorities guide at the start of the year....

    Rep. Jamie Grant, R- Tampa, said it was dis-appointing that the Senate didn’t act.
  14. Why Adam Putnam starts his campaign as a big favorite


    There is a big reason Adam Putnam begins his campaign for governor as an early front runner.

    Make that 11 million reasons.

    Even before he stepped to the microphone in downtown Bartow to announce he was running for governor, Putnam has spent the last three years socking campaign donations away into a political committee that can help him in his run for the state’s highest office in 2018....

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam held a campaign rally on Wednesday in Bartow for his bid for governor in 2018.
  15. Gov. Rick Scott: I have the option of vetoing the entire budget


    It comes as no shock that Gov. Rick Scott is unhappy with the state budget the Florida Legislature passed late last night.

    Scott put out a three paragraph earlier today slamming the Legislature for cutting Enterprise Florida, reducing Visit Florida funding and hammering out the final details of the budget mostly in secret. Since January, Scott has taken to television ads, rallies around the state and face-to-face meetings with lawmakers warning them not to cut Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida - two agencies he credits with helping the state add more than 1.3 million private sector jobs since he was elected. In his statement to reporters today, Scott acknowledges he has the authority to veto the entire state budget, something that has not been done by a governor since 1992 when then-Gov. Lawton Chiles vetoed the budget....

    Gov. Rick  Scott