John Kennedy

John Kennedy has covered the Capitol since 1989. He was a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, with beats including Palm Beach County politics, government and the condo belt, before coming to Tallahassee. He's covered state and national politics for the Sun-Sentinel and The Orlando Sentinel, where he worked 10 years as Tallahassee bureau chief. Before joining The Post, he was a reporter and associate editor of the News Service of Florida. He likes the Boston Red Sox, New York football Giants, and reading a fresh staff analysis.

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Senate panel to consider if Powell should keep seat
 Riviera Beach Democratic state Sen. Bobby Powell’s courtroom victory this week may not be the last word in whether he retains that seat. A day after a judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking a re-do election for Powell’s seat, Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, appointed a credentials committee Tuesday to consider whether the Democrat...

12:01 AM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

Riviera Beach Democratic state Sen. Bobby Powell’s courtroom victory this week may not be the last word in whether he retains that seat. A day after a judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking a re-do election for Powell’s seat, Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, appointed a credentials committee Tuesday to consider whether the Democrat...
State’s debt drops to lowest overall level since 2007

1:47 AM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Florida’s debt dropped $1.6 billion last year to its lowest overall level since 2007, Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet were told Tuesday. The state’s Bond Finance Division Director Ben Watkins pointed out the decline returned Florida to its more recent course of reducing the level of red ink, after a one-year increase spawned by...
Just checking, but “right now,” Bondi still Attorney General
Attorney General Pam Bondi. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi — back Tuesday at the state Capitol after meeting last week with President-elect Donald Trump — continued to shrug off questions about whether she’s headed for a job in the new administration.

9:29 PM Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi — back Tuesday at the state Capitol after meeting last week with President-elect Donald Trump — continued to shrug off questions about whether she’s headed for a job in the new administration.
Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging election of Fla. Sen. Bobby Powell

10:12 PM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

A Leon County judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit over the election of Riviera Beach Democratic state Sen. Bobby Powell, apparently ending the possibility of a costly do-over contest. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said he lacked the legal jurisdiction to hear the claim by Ruben Anderson, a Democrat, and Ron Berman, the Republican who lost to Powell...
Coming soon from Washington, Tallahassee? More charter, voucher schools
House Speaker Richard Corcoran From Washington to the state Capitol, political stars are aligning for a major drive to expand charter and voucher schools – a double-barreled push sparking fear among defenders of traditional schools.

11:15 AM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

House Speaker Richard Corcoran From Washington to the state Capitol, political stars are aligning for a major drive to expand charter and voucher schools – a double-barreled push sparking fear among defenders of traditional schools.
Newly crowned political stars likely to give charter schools big lift
 From Washington to the state Capitol, political stars are aligning for a major drive to expand charter and voucher schools – a double-barreled push sparking fear among defenders of traditional schools. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Michigan school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as new education secretary is viewed as a...

1:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

From Washington to the state Capitol, political stars are aligning for a major drive to expand charter and voucher schools – a double-barreled push sparking fear among defenders of traditional schools. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Michigan school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as new education secretary is viewed as a...
Could Pam Bondi be the next national drug czar?
 Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi did little to tamp down speculation that she could be leaving to join the administration of President-elect Donald Trump after the pair met Friday at New York’s Trump Tower. Bondi, a member of Trump’s transition team, told reporters that she is “AG of Florida, right now,” underscoring...

11:07 PM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi did little to tamp down speculation that she could be leaving to join the administration of President-elect Donald Trump after the pair met Friday at New York’s Trump Tower. Bondi, a member of Trump’s transition team, told reporters that she is “AG of Florida, right now,” underscoring...