Listed below are the top viewed stories published by Tallahassee Reports in 2022. The issues include the indictment of Andrew Gillum, the Killearn Country Club renovation, parental rights in the classroom, violent crime in Tallahassee, economic development at the Tallahassee airport and the emergence of the progressive movement in local politics.
Sarah Hembree, a principal at Leon County’s Cobb middle school, recently addressed the controversy over the Parental Rights in Education legislation and the role of parents in education in a Facebook post. Hembree wrote that teachers “want to decide what they teach in their classroom based on the needs of the students in front of them.”
Tallahassee Reports has learned that in a meeting on Thursday night the current owners of the Killearn Country Club have given the go-ahead to sell the club to Atlanta Ventures, a business that invests in start-up companies. David Cummings, who is the founder and partner of Atlanta Ventures, is described as an Atlanta-based tech entrepreneur who has founded 10 companies collectively valued at nearly $1 billion.
A group of progressive activists – led by current Tallahassee City Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter- are working to take control of the city commission and to expand their influence over local government with significant financial help from a progressive group located in Palo Alto, California.
In a span of less than 12 hours, two separate shooting incidents in Tallahassee on Thursday evening and Friday night has resulted in two deaths. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) are investigating the unrelated shootings. The first shooting happened Thursday, January 6, 2022, around 5 p.m. at Circle K near the intersection of Bannerman and Thomasville Road.
NBC’s Marc Caputo is reporting that Andrew Gillum surrendered at 10 am today to federal authorities and a Gillum indictment is expected to be
unsealed at 1 pm. Caputo reports that the exact charges are unclear and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida would neither confirm nor deny details about the criminal case against Gillum.
State campaign records show that a progressive group based in California -led by former Bernie Sanders campaign employees – is financing the efforts of campaign consultant Max Herrle who is helping the Adner Marcelin Tallahassee City Commission.
Herrle is a former local lobbyist who has close ties with City Commissioner Jack Porter and Jeremy Matlow. Tallahassee Report recently published a story documenting how City Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter are working to defeat their colleague, City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the Tallahassee City Commission heard a brief presentation from Tallahassee Airport Executive Director David Pollard related to two private investment projects seeking to conduct business at the Tallahassee airport. According to estimates, the proposed projects could generate $145 million in private investment and create over 1,500 jobs.