Monday, June 18, 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.

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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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: 2 months ago

How a Florida sheriff took on Rick Scott, beat him, and inspired an alt-right movement

Nick Finch only served one term as Liberty County's sheriff, from 2012 to 2016, but he left quite a legacy.As Ashley Powers of the...
Updated: 2 months ago
Boca Raton mayor Susan Haynie exits the Palm Beach County jail Tuesday night. [John McCall | South Florida Sun Sentinel]

Boca Raton’s mayor, once a rising star, faces corruption charges

Thanks to dogged reporting by the Palm Beach Post, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was arrested Tuesday on a variety of corruption charges and now must decide whether to fight it out, resign or wait to see if she's forced from...
Updated: 2 months ago
File photo Marion Hammer, the NRA's Florida lobbyist.

Did the NRA really suffer a setback with Florida’s gun control legislation?

The National Rifle Association isn't shy about hating on the legislation that came out of Florida after the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting that killed 17 people.The NRA's Marion Hammer
Updated: 2 months ago

Trump administration helps close nearly half of Florida’s resettlement offices, diverting refugees to DCF

Florida closed 12 refugee resettlement offices during the past year after President Donald Trump decided to cap annual admissions at 45,000, the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Ana Ceballos at the Naple Daily News.Aside from...
Updated: 2 months ago
Russian President Vladamir Putin [AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)]

NBC News: U.S. intel says Florida among seven states hacked by Russian operatives

Earlier this month, NBC News reported that Russians successfully penetrated the voter rolls of several U.S. states before the 2016...
Updated: 4 months ago
Gun buyers look through a selection of AR-15 rifles at the In Guns We Trust LLC booth during the Tampa Gun Show Saturday. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Ttimes]

Another top GOP donor says he won’t give to anyone who doesn’t support major gun control

Four days after the Parkland shooting, Al Hoffman, a top GOP fundraiser, said he won't give anymore money to...
Updated: 4 months ago