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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.

Phone: (850) 224-7263

Email: jwallace@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JeremySWallace

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  1. As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

    Blog

    The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover.

    While that might be good news for highway travelers who want to speed this holiday weekend, it's a concerning trend for the head of the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Since 2010, the agency has lost 993 troopers to retirement or resignation, or about half of its current workforce of 1,946 troopers, said FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding....

  2. Lost Highway: As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover.

    While that might be good news for highway travelers who want to speed this holiday weekend, it's a concerning trend for the head of the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Since 2010, the agency has lost 993 troopers to retirement or resignation, or a little more than half of its current workforce of 1,946 troopers, said FHP Director Col. Gene Spaulding....

    A Florida Highway Patrol Academy class in the late 1980s. Typically, graduating classes had about 80 recruits. But the most recent class has less than half that as the agency continues to struggle to fill vacancies. [

Florida: Highway Patrol]
  3. Jeb money trickles into Putnam's bid for governor

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    Money from a Jeb Bush super PAC has made its way into Florida’s 2018 governors race.
     
    A year ago, Bush’s Right to Rise PAC put $1,171 in money left over from his failed presidential run into a fund called SSLP Political Committee, which Adam Putnam used for his 2014 re-election campaign for Florida Agriculture Commissioner. After the Right to Rise donation, SSLP was up to just over $221,000 and has not spent any money since, according to records with the Florida Division of Elections.
     
    But on Tuesday, Putnam moved all of SSLP’s unused money over into Florida Grown, a new committee he runs that has already raised $11 million since the start of 2015.
     
    Since Putnam kicked off his campaign with a rally in Bartow on May 10, the Polk County Republican has now brought in at least $370,000 - including the SSLP transfer - into Florida Grown, according to a website maintained by the political committee.
     
    It’s no surprise Jeb Bush money would end up in Putnam’s campaign. For years, Bush has been encouraging Putnam to run for governor. Even in 2014 while Putnam was still seeking re-election as agriculture commissioner, Bush used an event in Charlotte County to hint that Putnam should run for governor in the future....

  4. Gov. Rick Scott signs tax cut bill into law

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    It's hardly the $618 million tax cut Gov. Rick Scott asked for four months ago.

    Still, the Republican governor was more than ready on Thursday to celebrate signing a new package of tax cuts from the Florida Legislature into law.

    "Every time we cut taxes, we are encouraging businesses of all sizes to create opportunities for families across the state and more money put back in taxpayers' pockets," Scott said....

  5. Florida Specialty Insurance acquires Pinellas Park's Mount Beacon Insurance

    Banking

    Tens of thousands of homeowners who were pushed out of Citizens Property Insurance for a private carrier since 2014 are finding themselves changing insurance companies yet again.

    In 2014 and 2015, just over 76,000 policies were moved from Citizens to a Pinellas Park company called Mount Beacon Insurance Company. But that company is no longer writing active policies in Florida and was given authority by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulations to transfer policies to a Sarasota-based insurance company called Florida Specialty Insurance Co....

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

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    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.
  7. Florida concealed weapons permit holders exposed in computer hack

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    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....

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

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    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
  9. 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, was the keynote speaker for the Pinellas County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner in St. Petersburg Friday evening. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
  10. Another sign Latvala may run for governor?

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    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
  11. Most expensive races for the Florida House in 2018 include Bradenton seat

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    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....

  12. 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]
  13. Here are the biggest financial backers of candidates running for governor in 2018

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    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
  14. Gillum announces birth of son

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    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
  15. Pam Bondi raises $80K in political committee

    Blog

    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.