Steve Contorno, National Political Correspondent

Steve Contorno

National Political Correspondent

I'm the National Political Correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times. It's my job to tell you what is going on in Washington that might affect you as a Floridian. Above all else, I want to hold your government and elected representatives in Congress accountable. Maybe you'll also learn something interesting or funny from me, too. I grew up just outside Chicago, went to the University of Illinois and covered politics and government in Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, D.C., before joining the Tampa Bay Times as a PolitiFact writer in 2013. I may have started in a notoriously corrupt state, but I've learned grift and greed don't end at state boundaries. And neither do the good intentions of well-meaning people. Your emails and tips keep me going (as do black coffee, Chipotle and dreams of witnessing a Chicago Bears Super Bowl).

Marco Rubio says Green New Deal not a realistic solution to ‘climate challenges’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) penned an op-ed for USA Today about the Green New Deal. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In an op-ed, the Florida Republican said Congress should focus on ‘not flashy’ answers to ‘complex issues.’

Cuban MLB players who fled the island hope no one else has to. Will Trump and Rubio play ball?

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Guillermo Heredia (54) walks across the field after a play during the Tampa Bay Rays spring training game against the New York Yankees on March 19, 2019 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
Like many before him, Rays outfielder Guillermo Heredia made the dangerous trek from Cuba to MLB. A deal to stop that could run into Trump’s hardline approach to the communist island. Months after...

Ron DeSantis hires from Donald Trump’s Washington to drain the Tallahassee ‘swamp’

President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington. From left, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, D-Ill., Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
DeSantis has brought at least five former Trump officials into his fold. Some hold high-profile positions aligned with their expertise. Other hires are former campaign workers now earning six figures

Florida Insider Poll: DeSantis’ voucher plan will get Supreme Court’s OK

A screen grab from the Koch group's TV ad pushing for universal school vouchers, also called
But will it survive the Legislature?

Florida Insider Poll: Joe Biden gives Democrats best chance to beat Trump

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Former Vice-President Joe Biden, center, gives a speech to a packed gymnasium while Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks on during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Florida’s Democratic primary is one year away. Here are some way-too-early predictions.