Saturday, November 17, 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.

The race for Florida Agriculture Commissioner has pitted Republican Matt Caldwell (left) against Democrat Nikki Fried. [Miami Herald]

Nicole Fried, Matt Caldwell face off for Florida Agriculture Commissioner: What you need to know

Voters have two distinctly different choices for Florida's commissioner of agriculture job.
Published: 11/05/18
CFO candidates Jeremy Ring, left, and Jimmy Patronis

Jimmy Patronis, Jeremy Ring face off in Florida CFO election: What you need to know.

What exactly does the CFO do and why does it matter?
Published: 11/05/18
Democrat Andrew Gillum (left) faces Republican Ron DeSantis (right) in the 2018 contest for Florida governor. [Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald | AP Photo/John Raoux]

New York Times Op-Ed: Andrew Gillum’s dilemma

The New York Times asked long-time Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet to provide some analysis of one of the most high-profile state races in the nation — the governor's race...
Updated one month ago

Rubio on Hurricane Michael’s destruction: ‘A total wipeout’

Sen. Marco Rubio was on Chuck Todd's Meet the Press on Sunday, touching on a range of topics that included Hurricane Michael, missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how the United States needs to "call out" Saudi Arabia or risk its moral...
Updated one month ago
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: 3 months 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: 3 months 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: 3 months 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: 3 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: 4 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: 4 months ago