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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. Rick Scott's troubled jobs agency taps former Tampa rep as new leader

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    TALLAHASSEE — There is a new leader for the agency Gov. Rick Scott has most relied on to achieve his job creation campaign promises, but turmoil under the previous director still isn’t quite over.

    Enterprise Florida agreed on Wednesday — with Scott in attendance during the entire two-hour meeting — to hire former Tampa state Rep. Chris Hart IV to run the embattled quasi-governmental agency that oversees the recruiting of businesses to relocate to Florida....

  2. Congressmen back Ingoglia's re-election as RPOF chair

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    Seven members of Congress and four soon-to-be members are publicly throwing their support behind Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia for a second term running the party.

    Ingoglia released the list of 11 members who will have votes when the Republican Party of Florida meets in January to vote on who will be the chairman through 2018.

    "The organization Chairman Blaise Ingoglia put in place this past election cycle was crucial in delivering big wins from President-Elect Trump and Senator Rubio, our Congressional delegation, and the State Senate and State House,” U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, a Republican from Alachua County....

  3. Rick Scott's troubled jobs agency taps former Tampa rep as new leader

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    The embattled agency that Gov. Rick Scott relies on for job creation chose its new leader Wednesday.

    Enterprise Florida agreed to hire former Tampa state Rep. Chris Hart IV to run the quasi-governmental agency that oversees the recruiting of businesses during a two-hour meeting attended by Scott.

    Hart, 48, has run the state's job training development agency, CareerSource Florida under Scott and prior to that he was the interim director of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development under former Gov. Charlie Crist from Jan. 2010 to early 2011. A Republican, he was in the Florida Legislature from 1998 to 2002....

  4. As Atlanta Braves search for new spring training home, donations flow to key Florida state senators

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    The Atlanta Braves still don’t know where in Florida they will move their spring training operations in 2019, but that is not stopping them from sending campaign donations to key state legislators who could help them with stadium financing when they do find a new home.

    Earlier this month, the Braves gave $1,000 to a political committee run by new Senate Appropriations chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. That is just months after the team sent $1,000 donations each to new Senate President Joe Negron and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, who will run the Senate Rules Committee....

  5. Senator proposes plan to stop property tax hike on non-homesteaded land

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    The Florida Legislature is taking the first steps toward preventing an historic property tax increase that would affect commercial properties, second homes and rental properties.

    State Sen. Tom Lee has proposed a constitutional amendment that if it clears the Legislature in the spring and is passed by voters by 2018 would stop the expiration of a cap on property tax increases on non-homesteaded properties. That cap, first adopted by voters in 2008 at the urging of then Gov. Charlie Crist, prevents appraisers from increasing the tax assessment on non-homesteaded properties by more than 10 percent a year. But when it was passed by voters in 2008, it had an expiration date of Jan. 1, 2019....

  6. Florida GOP chairman Ingoglia ramps up campaign for a second term

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    Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia today officially kicked off his bid for a second two-year term in office with a letter to GOP officials outlining the party’s dominating performance earlier this month.

    “This election cycle, we defied the naysayers and delivered on our promises,” Ingoglia said in the letter to Republican activists who he needs to win over. “And with an important 2018 election on the horizon, all I can say is ...Let’s Do It Again!.”...

  7. As tourism surges, Rick Scott's marketing efforts for Florida come under attack

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    TALLAHASSEE — There is hardly a speech by Gov. Rick Scott that doesn't include praise for the state's growing number of jobs over the last six years or the state's record tourism.

    But incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has already said he's against further funding for Scott's cherished jobs incentive program. Now he's taking aim at the state's tourism marketing arm.

    Visit Florida has seen its budget grow from about $29 million to more than $78 million since 2009, a 169 percent increase in spending. Meanwhile, the number of tourists in Florida has grown from about 82 million to more than 106 million, a 29 percent increase during the same period....

  8. Rick Scott says Florida has a friend in Donald Trump

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    TALLAHASSEE — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott has had strained relations with the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.

    Lawsuits and big policy confrontations, not cordial phone calls to the Oval Office, have characterized Scott's limited interactions with President Barack Obama.

    But with Donald Trump's Nov. 8 election, Scott will suddenly have a White House ally who the Republican governor says will undoubtedly pay dividends for Florida....

  9. Rick Scott says Florida has a friend in Donald Trump

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    TALLAHASSEE — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott has had strained relations with the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.

    Lawsuits and big policy confrontations, not cordial phone calls to the Oval Office, have characterized Scott's limited interactions with President Barack Obama.

    But with Donald Trump's Nov. 8 election, Scott will suddenly have a White House ally who the Republican governor says will undoubtedly pay dividends for Florida....

  10. Sarasota Republican challenges RPOF chairman for post

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    A Sarasota County Republican announced Thursday that he will challenge Blaise Ingoglia to become the next chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Christian Ziegler, a state committeeman from Sarasota since 2012, announced in an email to GOP party officials he intends to run for the post.

    Ziegler, a strong supporter of Gov. Rick Scott over the years, stressed in his email he wants to help re-unify the party. Since Ingoglia won the top post over Scott’s pick for RPOF, Scott and the Florida Senate have pulled their money from the RPOF....

  11. Rick Scott and Donald Trump to meet Thursday in New York

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to New York today to meet face to face with President-elect Donald Trump.

    Scott has already spoken to Trump three times since Election Day, but the meeting today will give the governor a chance to congratulate him on his victory in person and offer his help to "reinvent the federal government," Scott's spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

    Scott earlier this week praised having Trump in the White House and said the two have known each other for 20 years....

  12. Gov. Rick Scott to meet with Trump in New York

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    Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to New York on Thursday to meet face to face with President-elect Donald Trump.

    Scott has already spoken to Trump three times since election day, but the meeting on Thursday will give the governor a chance to congratulate him on his victory in person and offer his help to "reinvent the federal government," Scott’s spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said....

  13. Spending the most doesn't always lead to victory at the ballot box

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    Three of the top five spenders for Florida Senate seats this year have one thing in common.

    They lost.

    While the final totals are still being tallied, it is clear that the top 5 spenders for Florida Senate seats averaged spending almost $1.2 million and yet that was still not enough for three of them to win seats.

    Democrat Irv Slosberg, Republican Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Democrat Michael Steinger all spent at least $877,000 from their campaign accounts on winning a seat in the Florida Senate. Senators make a $30,000 a year....

  14. Would you spend $400,000 for a $30,000 a year job?

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    The numbers are still being tallied, but it is clear that at least four candidate running for seats in the Florida House spent more than $400,000 each on winning positions that will pay them about $30,000 each.

    Final reports are not in yet, but what numbers are in show that the biggest spender for one of 120 Florida House seats was Loranne Ausley, a Tallahassee Democrat, who spent almost  $458,000 through her campaign account to win the seat. Ausley previously served in the Florida House from 2000 to 2008....

  15. Marco Rubio did significantly better than Trump in Florida

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    Though they tried, Democrats never could pin Donald Trump onto U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, election results show.

    During the campaign, Democrats tried every chance they got to align Rubio with Trump on key issues hoping it would damage him, particularly with women and minority groups.

    It didn’t work.

    Election results show Rubio picked up more than 700,000 votes more than Trump across the state. In Jacksonville and Orlando, Rubio ran 7 and 8 percentage points ahead of Trump. And in Miami-Dade, Rubio was more than 9 percentage points better than Trump, according to unofficial results....