Shawn Mulcahy

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Shawn Mulcahy is a senior at Florida State University pursuing a degree in public relations and political science. Before interning at WFSU, he worked as an Account Coordinator at RB Oppenheim Associates. After graduation, he plans to work in journalism.

When he's not working, he enjoys playing guitar, digging through bins at a record store and a good cup of coffee.

Erik Hersman via Flickr

With Election Day just around the corner, Leon County officials are reminding people the deadline to register to vote is next week. 

Jimmy Patronis
Florida CFO Archives

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer is cracking down on cell phone spoofing. Scams continue despite new laws aiming to stop them.

Emerson George / Courtesy Ron DeSantis For Governor

Republican candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis picked up an endorsement from Florida’s largest police union. 

Patronis ring
Jeremy Ring / Jimmy Patronis

As Election Day gets closer, key races for positions like Florida’s Senate, Governor and Agriculture Commissioner are closely watched. Yet the race for the state’s Chief Financial Officer appears to be flying under the radar.

Marsy's Law for Florida

Voters will decide whether to place victims’ rights in the Florida Constitution this November.

Advocates say it’s necessary to give victims a voice in the criminal justice process. But opponents argue these rights already exist under Florida law. 

City of Tallahassee

Democrat Andrew Gillum has a nine point lead in the race for Florida’s governorship, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Mote Marine
Conor Goulding / Mote Marine Laboratory

Governor Rick Scott says Florida is putting an additional $2.2 million  toward combating red tide. The funding will go to Mote Marine Laboratory to develop new technology.

gillum desantis
Andrew Gillum / Ron DeSantis

The latest attacks in Florida’s gubernatorial race come from online. Florida Republicans and the democratic nominee have both launched attack websites.

Florida Supreme Court
Nick Evans / WFSU

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit are asking the Florida Supreme Court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck three amendments from the ballot.

red tide
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with red tide experts to combat the destructive algae ravaging the state’s Gulf coast. 

A new study published by the ACLU of Florida shows a number of mail-in ballots are being rejected. Activists are asking voters to be informed about the vote-by-mail process.

Florida Senate

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano stands by his decision to keep funds in the so-called Guardian program.

This comes after Governor Rick Scott asked the Legislature to move the remaining funds to school districts so they can hire more officers.

Cannabis leaves and leaf
Drew Taylor / Unsplash

The legality of medical marijuana is still largely a gray area in the eyes of the federal government. The confusion impacting banks, dispensaries and policy is leading some, like democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agricuture Nikki Fried, to call for reform.

Amendment 10 at the Capitol
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Florida officials are rallying behind Amendment 10, which would require certain local offices be elected rather than appointed. A number of local agencies gathered at the Capitol Monday to launch a statewide initiative supporting the proposal.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

Florida democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is making medical marijuana a key part of her platform. The South Florida lobbyist is calling for federal legislation and vowing to expand the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Florida Supreme Court

A Leon County Circuit Judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit attempting to remove six constitutional amendments from the ballot in November. 

Rick Minor, winner of Leon County Commission Seat 3 race, speaks to a supporter.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

A County Commission race is headed for a recount, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections announced Friday.

Congressman Ron DeSantis is under fire for what some say was a racist description of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's policies. Gillum and DeSantis are running for Florida governor. (8/29/18)
FOX News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is facing national backlash following remarks he made about his opponent Andrew Gillum. The racial implications of DeSantis’s comment have sparked outcry from figures across the political spectrum.

[From left to right] Leon County Commission Candidates Rick Minor,  Emily Fritz, Kyle Frost, and Carlos Rey, with the exception of Rex Rekstis [missing from photo], appeared Tuesday on WFSU’s Perspectives show.
Lydell Rawls / WFSU

To win a nonpartisan seat during Leon County primaries, one candidate must get a majority – or, 50 percent plus one vote. But a local county commission race may be headed toward a recount.

Tom Flanigan

Bob Rackleff is the Democratic nominee for Florida’s second congressional district. The former Leon County Commissioner edged out his challenger, Brandon Peters, by less than two percent in Tuesday’s primary election.

Al Lawson campaign
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Congressman Al Lawson won Tuesday’s Democratic primary election for the fifth congressional district, besting former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Lawson is looking past November’s election with an ambitious agenda for his next session.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

The trial for an ex-Tallahassee Police Officer charged with three counts of sexual battery began Monday. He was fired for allegedly assaulting a woman during a routine traffic stop.

View of downtown Tallahassee
Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee

Florida’s capital city is experiencing some positive economic growth.  The June report for the Tallahassee Economic Index shows a slight turnaround in a year that has largely seen slow economic development.

confederate flag
Colin Warren-Hicks / The Herald-Sun

In a time of profound political polarization, the Confederate Flag remains a divisive topic. The remnants of the Confederacy are still shaping society today. And the flag means vastly different things to different people. 

To some, the flag represents years of hatred, hardships, oppression and the fight for equality. To others, it’s pride and a celebration of cultural heritage. Here are some of their stories.

Sea turtles on beach
Isabella Jusková

Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. Officials are advising beachgoers to take precautions to help keep turtles safe.

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