Michael Van Sickler, Assistant Metro Editor

Michael Van Sickler

Assistant Metro Editor

I've got a great gig. I oversee the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Tallahassee and Washington with a team of dedicated and talented reporters. They work day and night, on weekends, to help translate not just politics, but the way policies get implemented and shape the worlds of our readers. They bring data and investigative skills that can better explain how campaigns are won, and how government programs work...or don't work. I was born in Cleveland, OH., but Florida has been my home for more than a quarter of a century. I've had stops in Gainesville, where I attended the University of Florida, to Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Tallahassee and now St. Petersburg. It's been a great ride so far, and in this state, we never know what's coming next.

Jimmy Patronis scores big on Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister. [Bloomberg photo by Dario Pignatelli]
Meanwhile, Florida’s corporate elite make it look easy. So much winning.

Bill Nelson returns to Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. waves as he leaves the Supervisor of Elections office after casting his ballot during early voting Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) FLJR103
And he’s not the loser.

Nikki Fried makes her debut in Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried speaks during the during the Governor's Luncheon at the Florida State Fair in Tampa earlier this year. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
And she’s not the winner.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: May 5 edition

The final vote tally in the Florida Senate on Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, Sanctuary Cities bill. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
Goodbye, 2019 session.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: April 28 edition

Retired Tampa police chief Jane Castor easily defeated retired banker and philanthropist David Straz to become the next mayor of Tampa on Tuesday. She becomes the city's first openly gay mayor and the first gay woman to lead a major Florida city. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Tampa’s new mayor is a national hotshot.