Blaise Gainey

Multimedia Reporter

Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Fla. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formely worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter. Follow Blaise Gainey on Twitter: @BlaiseGainey

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is expediting money for debris removal in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. DeSantis also wants the U.S. government to take on a bigger share of the recovery costs.

Senator Jeff Brandes believes the Florida Legislature is now organized in a way that will lead to more insurance issues being heard and ultimately solved. The Office of Insurance Regulation held it’s 2019 summit this week.

The Florida Channel

Technology moves fast and some of the latest technology includes artificial intelligence such as autonomous vehicles. During Tuesday’s 2019 Summit hosted by the Office of Insurance Regulation officials talked about what the industry can do to keep up.

Florida Chamber of Commerce

It’s been one month since Governor Ron DeSantis chose Ken Lawson to lead the Department of Economic Opportunity. Lawson gave the Florida Chamber of Commerce an update Monday on his new job.

As Governor Ron DeSantis was attending inaugural events, lawyers for the state were trying to persuade a three-judge panel to uphold a ban against smoking marijuana.

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Members of the House Higher Education Appropriations committee received a breakdown of the budget for the year Thursday. As Blaise Gainey reports, the chairman says the entire budget for colleges and universities will be up for discussion this session.

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Marriage equality advocates were promoting a bill at the capitol Wednesday calling for the repeal of an obsolete state law. Blaise Gainey reports the law banned marriage between same sex couples.

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Monday night Commissioner Nikki Fried held an inaugural celebration event where Democrats all over Florida and others attended as special guests DJ Irie and Wyclef Jean put on a show. Fried stopped the party for a moment to speak about her priorities.

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It’s Official. As of January 8th, felons who weren’t convicted of murder or a sex offense can now have their voting rights restored, as long as they’ve completed their sentence. Felons in Leon County started registering as soon as election offices opened.

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A day before her inauguration incoming Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried stopped by Second Harvest of Big Bend in Tallahassee to help fill bags and boxes with food for families. She took a break from community service Monday to address the media.

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After complaints of inhumane treatment in women’s correctional facilities throughout Florida, one lawmaker is calling for a change.

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners via facebook

Insurance companies must include bold font text detailing what they do and do not cover, thanks to new law.

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Florida is joining a multi-state compact, giving local elections supervisors access to voter logs in other states. It’s through a new law that went into effect New Years Day.

The Florida Channel

Florida lawmakers are hearing from the public on Election Reform, Public School Funding and Mental Health. From Broward to Bay, legislators are getting an earful from the public on exactly where the focus should be during the 2019 legislative session.

A plethora of constitutional amendments were passed on the 2018 ballot. From banning greyhound racing, offshore drilling, to allowing voters to choose whether or not to open a casino in their district. WFSU News Reporter Blaise Gainey gives us the gist of what these new changes mean.

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After two suicides by first responders this week, Hillsborough county residents are pushing lawmakers to focus on mental health this upcoming session.

Visit Florida

Executives with Visit Florida must choose a new CEO after Ken Lawson was chosen to head the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Committee members are debating what type of person should have that job.

Leon Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley
Leon Votes

Election supervisors say they can start registering felons to vote next month without legislative action. But one supervisor says there's one change that could make implementing Amendment 4 a bit easier.


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North Florida lawmakers sat through 3.5 hours of public testimony at Monday night’s Leon county delegation meeting. The subjects bounced from education, criminal justice reform, and a pay raise for state workers.

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Governor-elect Ron Desantis’s environmental transition team is focusing on water quality and supply. But when climate change didn’t come up in the team’s discussions, advocates for environmental protection took action.

Facebook: Railroad Square Art District

Owners of Railroad Square announced this week that a plan is in the works to build a hotel in the art district and local businesses in the aea are cautiously looking forward to the partnership.

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The Florida House Democratic Caucus wants to meet with the Republican Caucus to make plans for fixing what some say is an antiquated election system.  

House Minority Leader Rep. Kionne McGhee says until the state makes changes Florida will be the laughing stock of America.

“If our elections system is questionable, then one has to admit that our democracy becomes questionable,” said McGhee.

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For the first time in nearly four decades no African American will be seated on the Florida Supreme Court unless changes are made. Now the Senate Democratic caucus is calling for a more diverse nomination list.

Facebook: Railroad Square Art District

Owners of Railroad Square are nearing a deal for a Hyatt House hotel to be built on the corner of Railroad Avenue and FAMU Way.

They believe the hotel will help make the art district a top destination for tourist and locals. Mountain Shore Properties, a family-owned company, will develop the 120 room hotel. This will be their second hotel in Tallahassee they also operate the Hampton Inn on Railroad Avenue.

The land owners say it will not displace the current tenants, but rather bring more business to them.

Lauren Baker, Director of 621 Gallery in railroad agrees.

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The group advising Governor-elect Ron Desantis on environmental issues met Monday for the first time. Members focused on water quality and supply.


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