Sunday, June 24, 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.

Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz outside a federal facility in Homestead, Fla., on June 19. (Photo taken from 10 News WTSP)

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the weekBill Nelson. Being denied entry to the South Florida facility holding immigrant children only brought more attention to the Democrat seeking a fourth term. He doesn't always stand out...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi gives her endorsement for Donald Trump during a rally for Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at the Tampa Convention Center on Monday afternoon, March 14, 2016., ZACK WITTMAN | Times

Pam Bondi confronted by protesters outside Mister Rogers movie

A group of protesters accosted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi outside the screening of the new documentary about Mister Rogers at the Tampa Theatre on Friday night, questioning her about her recent actions on health care policy...
Published: 06/23/18
Jimmy Patronis,[MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Floridaís CFO crashed a state car and itís now a campaign issue

Last year, Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis got into a car accident in a state vehicle on his way to see a political consultant.When 
Published: 06/22/18
The four Democratic nominees for governor met Wednesday in the first gubernatorial debate in Tampa. From left to right: Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Andrew Gillum. [WTVT-Ch. 13]

Orange County Democratic Party cancels planned debate; Gillum, King blame Graham, Levine

The Orange County Democratic Party announced Friday that it won't host a gubernatorial debate Tuesday, June 26. Andrew Gillum and Chris King are blaming their opponents, Philip Levine and Gwen Graham.In a release Friday...
Published: 06/22/18
MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   TimesMayor Rick Kriseman prepares to raise to the LGBTQ flag at city hall in St. Petersburg, June 21, 2018.

Democrats hope to seize on anti-Trump energy at St. Pete Pride

To Florida Democrats, the state's largest LGBTQ Pride celebration is more than a celebration. It's a chance to mobilize.Dozens of progressive organizers will descend on St. Pete Pride this weekend to promote liberal causes and candidates...
Published: 06/22/18
Tallahassee Mayor and candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum speaks during the Florida AP Legislative Day at the Florida Capitol Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla.. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Who funded this negative ad campaign in the Florida governorís race? We may never know.

An out of state SuperPAC that funded a negative television ad campaign in May in the Florida governor’s race disclosed who paid for the campaign in filings Wednesday.The answer? That same group’s 501(c)(4) branch —...
Published: 06/21/18
Democratic candidates for governor of Florida, clockwise from upper left: Philip Levine, Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Chris King,

Florida Democratic governor candidates to protest Trump family separating policy in Homestead Saturday

Four Democratic governor candidates will convene at a march in Homestead  Saturday to protest the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies, even after the policy
Published: 06/20/18
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, left, speaks as, from left, Orlando businessman Chris King, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham listen during a gubernatorial debate ahead of the Democratic primary for governor on Monday, June 11, 2018, in Miramar. Fla. Brynn Anderson AP/Pool

Financial disclosures show how Andrew Gillum faces an uphill battle in the race for governor

Andrew Gillum's financial disclosure form doesn't look like the paperwork of his opponents in the Florida governor's race.Compared to former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Gillum's got a couple...
Published: 06/20/18
Clockwise from top: Gubernatorial candidates Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis, Adam Putnam, Chris King and Philip Levine. Graphic by Paul Alexander; Credit: AP, AFP/GETTY, Tampa Bay Times

Democratic governor candidates slam Republicans over Trump administration separating families at border

Florida's governor can only do so much to influence federal immigration policy. But you wouldn't know that from the recent proclamations from the Democrats seeking Florida's highest office.As liberal outrage has swelled in recent...
Published: 06/17/18
Democrat Chris Hunter, who's challenging Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor for Florida's 12th Congressional District seat. Picture courtesy of Chris Hunter.

Democrat who hopes to challenge Gus Bilirakis put on New Democrat Coalition Watch List

A major Democratic group just put one of Gus Bilirakis' potential challengers on its list of candidates to watch.The New Democrat Coalition, 68 congressional Democrats who emphasize economic issues and "finding pragmatic solutions to...
Published: 06/15/18
Updated: 06/16/18