Michael Van Sickler - Times Government and Politics Editor

Times Government and Politics Editor

I've got a great gig. I oversee the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Tallahassee and Washington with a team of dedicated and talented reporters. They work day and night, on weekends, to help translate not just politics, but the way policies get implemented and shape the worlds of our readers. They bring data and investigative skills that can better explain how campaigns are won, and how government programs work...or don't work. I was born in Cleveland, OH., but Florida has been my home for more than a quarter of a century. I've had stops in Gainesville, where I attended the University of Florida, to Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Tallahassee and now St. Petersburg. It's been a great ride so far, and in this state, we never know what's coming next.

  1. Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa, left, and Robert Luck, right, were appointed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by President Trump.
    Ok losers, who needs access to our state politicians, anyway?
  2. Rick Scott's Navy cap.
    But many Floridians showed their better angels in a hard week for the Bahamas.
  3. Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. [News Service of Florida]
    Three stories in two weeks have raised questions about the personal finances of Florida’s powerful gun lobbyist.
  4. A shopper walks past a few cases of water that remain on the shelves at Walmart on 34th St S and 38th Ave S ahead of Hurricane Dorian in St. Petersburg.
    Godspeed, Florida.
  5. A dump truck emerges from behind a pile of dirt and sand Wednesday (3/27/13) at the Lago Verde sand mine in Spring Hill where cattle feed in open pastures surrounding the site. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
    And should Rick Scott think more about his home state?
  6. Casey DeSantis. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
    Expectations of an open government? Yeah, that’s not going so well.
  7. Florida Senate President Bill Galvano. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    And whatever happened to Scott Maddox?
  8. Residents comfort each other as they await word on whether they know any of the victims of a mass shooting on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. [Julie Carr Smyth | AP]
    Republicans offer their sadness, prayers and solutions to issues like mental health illness. New gun regulations, however, remain off the table.
  9. Edmund Kirby Smith
    Meanwhile, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s profile keeps rising.
  10. Florida Cabinet meets in Jerusalem. Left to right: Attorney General Ashley Moody, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. [Florida Channel]
    Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture sure has a funny way of taking a stand?