Monday, December 11, 2017

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Michael Auslen, Times / Herald Tallahassee bureau

Michael Auslen, Times / Herald Tallahassee bureau

Michael Auslen covers state government and politics in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. He is originally from Arvada, Colo., and graduated in 2014 from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and political science. Michael has previously worked for the Indianapolis Star, USA Today and Dow Jones.



Heroin is seen shortly after being emptied out of a baggie and put into a spoon before being injected. As the state has cracked down on prescription pills, the use of heroin and fentanyl has surged. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times]

As Florida's opioid crisis worsens, what are state officials doing?

TALLAHASSEE — Opioids, mostly heroin and fentanyl, killed an average of 14 people a day in Florida during the first half of 2016.At that rate, based on data released in May by the state's medical examiners, last year's fatal overdoses are...
Updated: 5 months ago
State Reps. Paul Renner (left) and Chris Sprowls.

Paul Renner wins speaker's race for 2022

Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, has won the race for speaker of the Florida House in the 2022-2024 term. Renner, who was elected to the House in a 2014 special election, beat out Tampa Rep. Jamie...
Updated: 5 months ago
Sens. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, were among the highest-ranking local lawmakers on the Florida Society of News Editors'

Half of Tampa Bay lawmakers earn D grades on open government but some stand out with high marks

In a new ranking of their voting records on open-government issues, the Florida Society of News Editors has bad news for state lawmakers. Most of them don’t score very well. The group, made up of three dozen Florida news...
Updated: 6 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.

Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.Lawmakers passed the measure, SB 8A, in a special session after failing in...
Updated: 6 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott

Rick Scott signs medical marijuana, 37 other bills into law

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.
Updated: 6 months ago
People gather in Orlando for a vigil earlier this month honoring the 49 lives lost in the June 2016 shooting at Pulse.

LGBTQ activists say Rick Scott promised to ban discrimination and never delivered

In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, Gov. Rick Scott’s staff told LGBTQ rights activists in backroom meetings that he would sign an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of...
Updated: 6 months ago