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Kirby Wilson - Politics Reporter

Politics Reporter

Aside from four years at Duke University, where I double-majored in English and basketball yelling, I’ve lived all my life in Florida. As a reporter, I’m interested in how the decisions of people in power affect everyday Floridians, and in building community around storytelling. I joined the Times in September 2017, and I spent my first year on the politics team covering the 2018 governor’s race. When I’m not in the office, I like to travel, sing show tunes and dream about playing for the Boston Red Sox.

  1. Florida tendrá su restricción de aborto más estricta en medio siglo. Para muchos es una situación confusa.
  2. El gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, sostiene el documento de ley sobre la prohibición del aborto después de las 15 semanas luego de firmarla el  14 de abril de 2022 en Kissimmee, Florida.
  3. Protesters march during an abortion rights rally on Saturday, June 25, 2022, on the corner of East Fowler Avenue and North 56th Street in Temple Terrace.
  4. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings, right.
  5. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, front left, gestures as speaks before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis, front right, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon.
  6. Abortion-rights marchers hold signs during a rally Friday in St. Petersburg.
  7. Pro life signs are seen outside the All Women's Health Center of Clearwater on May 3. The Supreme Court has struck down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that recognized a Constitutional right to an abortion. States can now ban the procedure.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a 15-week abortion ban law after signing it, Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Kissimmee.
  9. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, March 8, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  10. Jun. 16• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Marion Hammer, a longtime Florida lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, is retiring.
  11. Elon Musk tweeted that he is leaning toward supporting a 2024 presidential bid by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Musk has a history of donating to both Republican and Democratic candidates.
  12. Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, was filmed surreptitiously at an event affirming his support for a permitless carry policy.
  13. Lillie Perez, 11, holds a sign during a "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety on March 24, 2018, in Houston. Students and activists across the country planned events Saturday in conjunction with a Washington march spearheaded by teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where over a dozen people were killed in February 2018.
  14. Reedy Creek Improvement District Fire Department Station 4, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.
  15. Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, will not seek reelection in 2022.
  16. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo are running for Florida governor.
  17. As an organization, UndocUnited strive to provide resources to their undocumented population, whether that be through funds, events or support.
  18. A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday night. A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report published Monday night in Politico. It's unclear if the draft represents the court's final word on the matter.
  19. Un grupo llamado Florida Carry se reunió bajo el lema "Educación, no intimidación, porte de armas".
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks moments before signing the Parental Rights in Education bill during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory school in Shady Hills.
  21. Then-Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees speaks during a February news conference regarding the coronavirus. Rivkees stepped down from his post as surgeon general and was replaced by Joseph Ladapo.
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 524, which establishes the 25-person Office of Election Crimes and Security, into law on Monday.
  23. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando (blue suit, in back) yells his objection as Republicans in the House of Representatives applaud after Senate Bill 4C Independent Special Districts, which affects Disney, passes Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
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