Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Michael Van Sickler

Michael Van Sickler

Michael has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2003. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, he graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and got his master's degree at the University of Florida. He has worked at the Ledger and the Palm Beach Post. For the Times, he has covered everything from mortgage fraud, growth and development in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg City Hall and state government in Tallahassee. After a stint as assistant metro editor for the paper, he is now the government and politics editor.

Jacksonville Landing [Tampa Bay Times]

What Florida’s politicians are saying about Jacksonville mass shooting

Coming two days before the primary, the reaction to Sunday's shooting in Jacksonville is a good...
Updated one month ago
[Florida Senate]

If Democrats hope to take back Florida Senate, keep an eye on this primary race

The Florida Democratic Party hasn't been this close to relevancy since maybe 1998.The governor's mansion is within its grasp, at least for now.And if things going really (really) well, Democrats could gain control of the...
Updated one month ago
ZACK WITTMAN | TimesSenator Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of over 8000 at the Expo Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening, March 10, 2016 in Tampa.

Bernie Sanders to campaign for Andrew Gillum in Tampa on Friday

It's the Democratic version of the Trump Factor.Call it "Feeling the Bern."Like President Trump, Bernie Sanders is very, very popular with a large segment of the base, this one on the left.
Updated one month ago

‘Stand your ground’ rally brings all five Democratic candidates for governor to Clearwater

We've known for a week that the Rev. Al Sharpton was coming to Clearwater today for a "Rally for...
Updated: 2 months ago
[Doug Mills | The New York Times]

Which Florida Republican candidates are getting Trump money?

Former St. Petersburg Times staff writer Anita Kumar wrote a scoop today for McClatchey: Which GOP candidates are getting Trump re-election campaign money to win their races?According to a list of favored candidates, a few...
Updated: 2 months ago

Democrats finally field candidate to run against Jeff Brandes

Sen. Jeff Brandes won't be running unopposed after all.Nearly a month since his Democratic opponent, Carrie Pilon,
Updated: 2 months ago
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  [AP]

The man behind the Trump-Bondi controversy just resigned over assault allegations

It didn't take long for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to resign after the New Yorker published its story on...
Updated: 4 months ago
To stay informed this hurricane season, go to [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via The New York Times]

Hurricane 2018: Is Florida better prepared for storms? Not quite

TALLAHASSEE — Hurricane Irma wreaked such havoc on the Sunshine State last year that state lawmakers vowed they would better secure Florida for future storms.Although the Legislature failed to pass many of the bills they identified...
Updated: 4 months ago
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Betsy DeVos gets standing ovation for commencement address at Ave Maria

There were no boos, this time. No backs turned.U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered a 20-minute commencement address at Ave Maria University just outside Naples that was warmly embraced by the crowd of 230 students, families and...
Updated: 5 months ago
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos [Associated Press]

Uh oh…Betsy DeVos heads to Florida to deliver another commencement speech

It was only last year that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was drowned out by boos as she delivered her commencement speech at...
Updated: 5 months ago