Josh Archote - State Politics General Assignment Reporter

State Politics General Assignment Reporter

I grew up in small-town Southern Louisiana, graduated from Louisiana State University and am now covering Florida state politics here at the Tampa Bay Times. I covered an array of topics in Louisiana before arriving here, including environment and energy, higher education and social issues. The political world is complicated and seemingly inaccessible to many people, and yet the decisions elected officials make have huge impacts on our lives. My goal is to help people understand the impacts of those decisions, why it matters and what it all means in the larger picture. Have a tip or story idea? I'm always happy to chat.

  1. A man wears a face mark as he fishes near docked oil drilling platforms, on May 8, 2020, in Port Aransas, Texas.
  2. Anna Paulina Luna speaks to a crowd during the Keep Florida Free Tour on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Tampa.
  3. Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, who represents part of Pinellas County, is among the leading figures on a House subcommittee investigating a whistleblower's claims that the government knows more about unidentified flying objects than it has made public.
  4. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, left, in background, watches as Gov. Ron DeSantis, Casey DeSantis and their children Mason, Madison and Mamie wave to the crowd during an inauguration ceremony at the Florida Capitol on Jan. 3 in Tallahassee.
  5. FEMA employees hang a banner at a Disaster Recovery Center on May 12 in Hollywood, Florida.
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for president, talks to a crowd Monday in Tega Cay, S.C.
  7. In a screengrab from a video posted to Facebook on Thursday, beachgoers can be seen swimming with and touching manatees near Indian Rocks Beach in Pinellas County.
  8. Several Allegiant Airlines planes are seen parked at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Aug. 25, 2020, in Clearwater.
  9. Tampa police officers speak to Grant Park residents at a Tuesday town hall meeting on July 11, 2023.
  10. A sinkhole has reopened in Seffner, as seen in this image from video. This is the third time the hole has reopened in 10 years. In 2013, a man was killed after falling into the sinkhole.
  11. Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at the Faith and Freedom Road to Majority conference at the Washington Hilton on June 23, 2023, in Washington, D.C.
  12. Sports betting is now legal through the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa and other casinos run by the Seminole Tribe, following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 30.
  13. Dredging continues along the Anclote River as boat glides by Monday, June 19, 2023, in Tarpon Springs.
  14. Aerial footage shows a partially submerged home in October 2022, the result of Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party Convention in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, June 9, 2023.
  16. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., listens as votes are cast for the new Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.
  17. The Community Aging and Retirement Services (CARES) is building a new senior center on the corner of Fourth Street and Florida Avenue in Dade City. It is named for Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson who donated the land for the building. Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed more than $600,000 appropriated for the construction in the state budget year beginning July 1.
  18. In May, former President Donald Trump shared a two-minute parody video on Truth Social and Instagram of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential announcement that made it look like DeSantis was making his announcement alongside the devil, Adolf Hitler and others.
  19. Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue Carole Baskin, right, hugs U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida as Baskin’s husband, Howard Baskin, looks on during a media tour and news conference at Big Cat Rescue on Friday.