Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Kirby Wilson

Kirby Wilson

Kirby Wilson is the politics web producer for the Tampa Bay Times, his hometown paper. Previously, he worked as a summer reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune, and as a staff writer for the Duke Chronicle. He graduated from Duke in the spring of 2017 with an English degree.

File photo of Gwen Graham. [Times]

Gwen Graham gun policy proposal leads to another Democratic primary scuffle

A Florida law that bars local governments from enacting restrictive...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, in a March 19 appearance on NRATV. [Screen grab.] Credit: NRATV

Adam Putnam doubles down on criticism of Florida gun law in interview with NRATV

Adam Putnam has a few problems with the gun bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed March 9.The Republican...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs.

Rep. Jared Moskowitz challenges Ron DeSantis, Adam Putnam to debate on guns

Florida Democrats had some harsh words Monday for two Republicans running for governor.In a fiery conference call, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, called out Republicans Ron DeSantis and Adam...
Published: 03/19/18
Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud, left, in a photo taken from his Facebook page. Arnaud died after suffering a fall during a Tampa Cirque du Soleil performance Credit: Facebook.

Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall during Tampa performance

An acrobat who fell some 20 feet during a Tampa Cirque du Soleil performance Saturday night has died from his injuries.
Published: 03/18/18
Businessman and gubernatorial candidate Chris King talks to a group of gay and lesbian Democrats in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington) FLBF103

Democratic candidates for governor to debate in Tampa April 18

Democratic candidates for governor will hold their first debate in Tampa April 18.All four candidates will be there.Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Orlando...
Published: 03/15/18
OT_335500_KEEL_FLGOVSCOTT KEELER (03/08/2011 TALLAHASSEE)  33. Florida Governor Rick Scott reacts to members response at the conclusion of his State of the State address, Tuesday in the Florida House. SCOTT KEELER, TIMES

Gov. Rick Scott really, really believes in Florida college basketball teams this March

If Gov. Rick Scott's bracket is correct, cutting down nets will soon be Florida's passtime.Scott audaciously picked all three Florida teams in the tournament to reach the Final Four. He picked the University of Florida over Florida...
Published: 03/15/18
Tallahassee Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum talks with reporters before addressing a group of gay and lesbian Democrats in Tallahassee on Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)

Andrew Gillum to appear at California fundraiser with Alec Baldwin, Alyssa Milano

Andrew Gillum is headed to Hollywood.The Tallahassee mayor and Democratic candidate for governor will appear at a star-studded fundraiser Thursday evening at the Santa Monica home of L.A. power couple Skip Brittenham and Heather...
Published: 03/14/18
Andrew Gillum signs a memorial to the victims of gun violence at St. Petersburg's Allendale United Methodist Church Tuesday, March 13. Credit: Kirby Wilson, Tampa Bay Times

Andrew Gillum in St. Petersburg: Localities should consider passing illegal gun ordinances

Andrew Gillum knows certain local gun restrictions are illegal under Florida law. He says communities should consider passing them anyway.His reasoning has less to do with any short-lived policy victory or acquisition of...
Published: 03/14/18
Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky appears on CNN Saturday, March 10. [Screengrab] Credit: CNN via American Bridge on YouTube

Some Parkland survivors are underwhelmed by Florida’s new gun bill

Gov. Rick Scott made national headlines for defying the NRA when he signed the Legislature's gun bill into law Friday.The New York Times called it a...
Published: 03/13/18
Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, appear on CNN.

GOP candidate in Maine calls Parkland student ‘skinhead lesbian’

LEWISTON, Maine — A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a "skinhead lesbian" and the other a "bald-faced liar."Leslie Gibson is the...
Published: 03/12/18