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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 hits road again to defend Enterprise Florida

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott is showing no signs of letting up on Florida House Republicans who continue to vote in committees for a bill that would destroy two of his most cherished agencies.

    Fresh from Washington D.C., Scott is heading to Orange Park today for a rally about the importance of Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida to Clay County and the Jacksonville area. He’ll just happen to be in the district of Rep. W. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, one of 17 House Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee who voted last week for a bill that would completely kill Enterprise Florida and decimate Visit Florida....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  2. House backs off plan to decimate Visit Florida -- a little

    Blog

    It is hardly a reprieve, but Republican leaders in the Florida House took a symbolic step that might keep the doors to the embattled Visit Florida around for years to come.

    Three weeks ago, GOP leaders filed a bill that would completely eliminate that tourism marketing agency and Enterprise Florida, the state’s primary economic development agency. Then last week, they changed course and agreed on a new version of the bill to keep Visit Florida, but were ready to force it to survive on a $25 million budget - a more than $50 million cut in programs that would have decimated the agency....

    Future Visit Florida advertising on race cars would get more oversight from the Florida Legislature in the future, under a bill moving in the Florida House.
  3. Who is trying to buy access to Rick Scott?

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    Gov. Rick Scott faces term limits and cannot seek re-election, but that isn’t stopping the biggest special interest groups from continuing to load up his political action committee with huge checks.

    A private prison operator, a sugar industry giant and a Clearwater real estate management company with ties to a major Florida insurance company, are among those who have given Scott’s Let’s Get to Work committee at least $100,000 during the first two months of 2017 and at least $250,000 each since the start of 2015....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  4. Rick Scott gets post that could elevate national profile

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    Gov. Rick Scott will be second-in-command of a Republican organization that played a huge financial role in his re-election.

    On Friday the Republican Governor's Association named Scott their vice chairman, replacing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who resigned and was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the chairman of the group, made the announced in a statement to the media....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  5. Marco Rubio set to meet with Corcoran and Negron in D.C.

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    The top leaders of the Florida Legislature are going to Washington, D.C. next week for a series of meetings with Congressional leaders and a lengthy discussion with Sen. Marco Rubio over federal issues.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron are confirmed to be part of a contingent that has meetings scheduled with Rubio on Monday and Tuesday.

    Corcoran said Rubio invited leaders of the Legislature to go over federal transportation, health care and environmental issues and how they might after Florida....

  6. No firebrand, but Joe Negron says he's just as committed to principles

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    Florida Senate President Joe Negron is never going to be mistaken for a fiery ideologue who draws unwavering lines in the sand. But the Republican from Stuart said his temperament and willingness to work out policy differences shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness.

    “How you say something is not a reflection of how committed you are to it,” Negron told the Times/Herald during an interview Thursday....

    Senate President Joe Negron
  7. Rick Scott's PAC slams House Speaker Corcoran as "career politician" in new video

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    Gov. Rick Scott's political action committee released a new video on Facebook today that slams House Speaker Richard Corcoran as a career politician, job killer and is full of "fake news."

    It's the latest in the back and forth policy battle between the two Republican leaders over the future of state job incentive programs and the state's tourism marketing agency.

    Corcoran has made killing both agencies a priority of the Florida House. But those agencies are also a central piece of Rick Scott's political legacy. Scott ran for office as the jobs governor and credits investments in Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida as central to his mission....

    Gov. Rick Scott's Let's Get to Work political committee released a new video on Facebook that slams House Speaker Richard Corcoran for his attempts to eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.
  8. Visit Florida's breakup with Pitbull almost complete

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    It definitely wasn’t an apology.

    But when new Visit Florida leader Ken Lawson stood before a Florida Senate committee earlier this week there was a strong acknowledgement that the highly controversial (and for the longest time secret) $1 million contract with Pitbull to promote state beaches will never happen again on his watch....

    Miami music star Pitbull
  9. House hands Rick Scott defeat on jobs programs, tourism

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    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature.

    Over the last two weeks he has toured the state, recorded campaign-style automated phone calls and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide to pressure fellow Republicans in the Florida House to back off of a bill that would eliminate the state agency that has been at the center of his job creation efforts....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott
  10. House hands Rick Scott defeat on jobs programs, tourism

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature.

    Over the last two weeks he has toured the state, recorded campaign-style automated phone calls and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide to pressure fellow Republicans in the Florida House to back off of a bill that would eliminate the state agency that has been at the center of his job creation efforts....

  11. Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida

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    Gov. Rick Scott lost again.

    Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs.

    But on Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee responded with an unmistakable rejection. The committee vote 18-12 for the bill that kill Enterprise Florida and decimate Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency that Scott credits for helping the state set tourism records each of the last five years....

  12. Florida Senate is MIA in civil war between Rick Scott and House Republicans

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over his two prized agencies.

    On Monday, Scott released a statement that accused House leaders of relying on falsehoods to dismantle Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, then announced a proposal to salvage Visit Florida, but only after a steep cut that would decimate the agency....

    Senators such as Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, have stuck to the sidelines on Gov. Rick Scott’s battle with the House.
  13. As Rick Scott and House wage war, Senate steps back

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    Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over a major philosophical - but increasingly personal - disagreement over the role of government when it comes to business recruitment and tourism.

    But while the House and Scott are in full crisis mode and threatening one another politically, the Florida Senate has been restrained in their reaction and seemingly avoiding being drawn directly into the fire....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  14. Rick Scott ratchets up feud with House Republicans

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    Gov. Rick Scott isn't done singling out Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives who voted against one of his biggest priorities.

    Following a week that he toured the state publicly calling out Republicans for voting to kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, Scott is now using a political action committee he controls to launch automated telephone calls to voters in 9 key House districts to complain about those legislators even more....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  15. Gasp! Gov. Rick Scott uses the 'p' word to slam his opponents

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    It wasn't just that Gov. Rick Scott went into the backyards of a half dozen state representatives to call them out by name for voting for a bill he opposes.

    It's how he did it that has state legislators still fuming.

    In Tampa, in Flagler Beach, and Brevard County, Scott had a similar script, telling business leaders that he was "shocked" at the nine House Republicans on the Careers & Competition Subcommittee who dared to vote for a bill to kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. But then he threw salt into the wound, calling them the unthinkable: politicians....

    Gov. Rick Scott