Thursday, September 20, 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.

Florida Gubernatorial candidate and Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum takes a selfie photo with a supporter Denise Cuyjet during a campaign stop at Rush Hour Chicken & Waffles in St. on Thursday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Tampa Bay Times]

Andrew Gillumís political committee just raised $1.75 million in one week

Last week, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis asked why his...
Published: 09/19/18
A screen grab from a new SuperPAC ad knocking Rep. Vern Buchanan for buying a yacht on the same day he voted for the 2017 GOP Tax bill. Credit: Change now (Screen grab via YouTube)

Democrats just spent another six-figure sum on an ad about Vern Buchananís yacht

Democrats just spent another hefty sum to let voters know about Vern Buchanan's yacht.On Tuesday, a Democratic-leaning SuperPAC, Change Now, began airing a new television spot in Tampa highlighting Buchanan's...
Published: 09/19/18
CHRIS URSO   |   TimesFlorida candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis (R) speaks with reporters outside of Franklin Middle Magnet School Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 in Tampa. Both DeSantis and democratic rival Andrew Gillum released their education proposals on Tuesday.

Ron DeSantis on Brett Kavanaugh allegations: Timing is Ďdirty pool on the part of the Democratsí

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis is blaming Democrats for mishandling allegations raised against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.At an education event Tuesday in Tampa, the former...
Published: 09/18/18
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in January. He called President Donald Trump's absence from the Summit of the Americas on Friday understandable but a nonetheless disappointing example of how Latin America often takes a backseat to more pressing national security challenges. [Associated Press]

Conservative publication to Marco Rubio: Donít harass constituents on Twitter

A Marco Rubio tweet from Monday night may have been a little too salty for The Weekly Standard.The conservative publication's Ethan Epstein
Published: 09/18/18
Ron DeSantis waves to the crowd after his victory speech during the Ron DeSantis for Governor Election Night Party in the Sebastian Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Tuesday. [TAILYR IRVINE | Tampa Bay Times]

Ron DeSantis raises more than Andrew Gillum in week two of campaigning

During the first week of September, money poured into the Florida governor's race for the second week in a row.Each major party candidate, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, raised seven-figure sums in a race that's...
Published: 09/17/18
Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg take a selfie with supporters at the Bands and Ballots event at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa on Saturday.  (LUIS SANTANA   |   Times)]

At Tampa event, March for Our Lives works to keep up momentum ahead of 2018 election

TAMPA — There's a routinely-violated rule in Christopher Zoeller's family: No politics in the house.Zoeller, 16, a junior at River Ridge Academy, has been deeply personally affected by gun violence. His grandmother died by suicide...
Published: 09/15/18
Frame from a David Shapiro ad hitting incumbent Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan over his vote for the 2017 GOP Tax Bill. [Screen grab] Credit: David Shapiro for Congress

Democratic challenger wonít stop talking about Vern Buchananís yacht

Democrat David Shapiro released a new television advertisement Friday that hit Republican Vern Buchanan over, you guessed it, Buchanan's yacht.The 30-second ad, which will air starting Friday in the Tampa market, accuses the...
Published: 09/14/18
David Hogg, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, will speak in Tampa on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

David Hogg, Emma GonzŠlez to headline voter registration rally in Tampa Saturday

Local gun safety advocates are hoping to rock the vote in Tampa this Saturday.March for Our Lives Tampa, with a number of other anti-gun violence and voter registration groups, is holding a "Bands and Ballots" event from 5 to 9 p.m.
Published: 09/13/18
Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, in his first general election ad of the 2018 campaign. Credit: Andrew Gillum for Governor via YouTube. (Screen grab.)

Andrew Gillumís first TV ad of the general election invokes grandmotherís words of wisdom

Andrew Gillum's first television ad of the 2018 general election campaign echoes what has become a familiar refrain for the candidate: "Bring it home."In the ad, released Thursday by the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Gillum tells a...
Published: 09/13/18
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor. (EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times)

Medicare for All? Even Medicaid expansion is unlikely, Florida Legislature says.

Even if Democrats take back the governor's mansion, don't expect Medicaid expansion — let alone Medicare for all — in Florida any time soon.That's the message from leaders of the Florida Legislature as the governor's race...
Published: 09/13/18