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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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Andrew Gillum wants $1 billion more for education
 TALLAHASSEE — A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate...

Posted: 2 days ago

TALLAHASSEE — A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate...
Florida corporate tax separates blue, red in governor’s race
 A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big-dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax...

Posted: 3 days ago

A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big-dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax...
Who else may win big with Andrew Gillum surprise victory? Bill Nelson
 Andrew Gillum’s surprise victory in the Democratic primary for governor could provide much-needed fuel for the campaign of another Democrat on the ballot — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Locked in a fierce re-election battle with Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Nelson has been outspent four-to-one and trails narrowly in polls. Scott has tarred...

Posted: 19 days ago

Andrew Gillum’s surprise victory in the Democratic primary for governor could provide much-needed fuel for the campaign of another Democrat on the ballot — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Locked in a fierce re-election battle with Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Nelson has been outspent four-to-one and trails narrowly in polls. Scott has tarred...
Andrew Gillum first black nominee for governor after primary win
 Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum scored a stunning upset in Florida’s crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, becoming the first black nominee for governor in the state’s history. Gillum supporters at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee chanted Gillum’s “Bring it home!” campaign slogan on Tuesday night...

Posted: 22 days ago

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum scored a stunning upset in Florida’s crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, becoming the first black nominee for governor in the state’s history. Gillum supporters at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee chanted Gillum’s “Bring it home!” campaign slogan on Tuesday night...
Election 2018: TV ads dominate, but ground game may win governor race
 Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has halted his multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign in his Democratic bid for governor, with a spokeswoman saying Greene is focusing on grass-roots efforts to woo voters because the airwaves have become “too saturated” before Tuesday’s five-candidate primary. “We...

Posted: 27 days ago

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has halted his multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign in his Democratic bid for governor, with a spokeswoman saying Greene is focusing on grass-roots efforts to woo voters because the airwaves have become “too saturated” before Tuesday’s five-candidate primary. “We...
Scott turns to those he appointed for campaign cash

11:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Locked in one of the nation’s costliest elections, Republican Rick Scott is pulling campaign money not only from his own pocket and from major GOP national donors, but also from another rich vein of cash. Well-heeled Floridians appointed by Scott to a number of state boards during his two terms as governor are ponying up to help him...
Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off
 An open seat for Florida attorney general has triggered open warfare among candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for the Cabinet post. Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, term-limited after eight years, has endorsed fellow Tampa resident, former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody. But Moody’s opponent...

3:08 PM Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

An open seat for Florida attorney general has triggered open warfare among candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for the Cabinet post. Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, term-limited after eight years, has endorsed fellow Tampa resident, former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody. But Moody’s opponent...
For DeSantis, Trump’s nod also means cash from big GOP donors
 President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Republican Ron DeSantis for Florida governor included not only a massive rally in Tampa last week - it also brought a fresh torrent of cash to the campaign from top GOP donors nationwide. Trump’s early morning tweet June 22 – saying that DeSantis “will be a Great Governor & has...

10:55 PM Sunday, Aug. 05, 2018

President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Republican Ron DeSantis for Florida governor included not only a massive rally in Tampa last week - it also brought a fresh torrent of cash to the campaign from top GOP donors nationwide. Trump’s early morning tweet June 22 – saying that DeSantis “will be a Great Governor & has...
Guns emerge as looming issue in Florida governor race
 In a state home to two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Florida’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries enter their last month with guns emerging as a central issue on both sides. Well-financed Republican Adam Putnam has seen his lead slip away in most polls to President Donald Trump-backed rival Ron...

8:15 PM Monday, Jul. 30, 2018

In a state home to two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Florida’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries enter their last month with guns emerging as a central issue on both sides. Well-financed Republican Adam Putnam has seen his lead slip away in most polls to President Donald Trump-backed rival Ron...
Wife’s holdings included in Gov. Scott’s latest financial report
 Gov. Rick Scott released details Friday of his family’s vast financial holdings – including for the first time those owned outright by his wife – to comply with disclosure requirements in his U.S. Senate bid. The Senate requires only that assets be reported in a range, so the bottom line on the Scott family’s wealth...

7:03 PM Saturday, Jul. 28, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott released details Friday of his family’s vast financial holdings – including for the first time those owned outright by his wife – to comply with disclosure requirements in his U.S. Senate bid. The Senate requires only that assets be reported in a range, so the bottom line on the Scott family’s wealth...
Florida Gov. Scott orders softer approach on restricting beach access
 After a Facebook posting of Panhandle sheriff’s deputies confronting beachgoers, Gov. Rick Scott is urging law enforcement to go easy on enforcing a controversial, new private property law he signed. Scott late Thursday signed an executive order that he said underscores that Florida’s beaches remain open to the public. &ldquo...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

After a Facebook posting of Panhandle sheriff’s deputies confronting beachgoers, Gov. Rick Scott is urging law enforcement to go easy on enforcing a controversial, new private property law he signed. Scott late Thursday signed an executive order that he said underscores that Florida’s beaches remain open to the public. &ldquo...