As a retired judge investigates allegations of sexual harassment against Florida Sen. Jack Latvala, the accuser, Rachel Perrin Rogers, has made her Senate complaint public. It details what she said he did.
The attorney for Florida Sen. Jack Latvala provided the Herald/Times with copies of more than 200 text messages between Latvala and Rachel Perrin Rogers, the Senate staffer who filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. The texting spans more than four years.
As Florida legislators are grappling with how to handle a sexual harassment case against a powerful state senator, there is little precedent and few specifics for how to proceed. The only claim to go to trial against the Legislature may offer some insights.
John Morgan, the well-known Florida lawyer and proponent of medical marijuana, ended his yearlong flirtation with a run for Florida governor as a Democrat with a series of Black Friday tweets. The prolific Democratic donor called both political parties “the same” and said he plans to register as an independent.
A federal judge ruled Friday that the state and its healthcare providers let the viral infection go untreated in Florida’s prisons and now must test and treat thousands of inmates at a potential cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
In Florida’s male-dominated capital culture, women who made sexual harassment claims against Sen. Jack Latvala, one of the Legislature’s most powerful people, are not willing to go public, unlike in many other states.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes spending $230 million on housing programs but there’s $92 million more available in housing trust funds that’s being planned for other priorities. There’s a bipartisan effort to stop that practice.
Facing sexual harassment accusations from six unidentified women, Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater denied alleged incidents described in a news report, signed a sworn affidavit, and passed a lie detector test.