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Steve Contorno - Times Political Editor

Times Political Editor

My title is "Political Editor" but really I write about power (the people who have it and those who want it) and influence (the good kind and the less altruistic). There's never a shortage of stories about either in Florida. The best ones hold your elected leaders accountable and expose the unelected powers pulling the levers. That's what I'm focused on. I started out covering politics in my home state of Illinois, with stints in Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, D.C., before settling in Florida in 2015. I'll take the heat over snow any day. If I'm not working, I'm hunting for Chicago sports in St. Pete bars, vegan eats or my next book. I run on your tips and black coffee.

  1. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, talks with ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
    Almost 9 in 10 think the House impeaches Trump but the Senate won’t convict.
  2. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., questions FBI Director Christopher Wray during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Also pictured is Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Scott is co-sponsoring a bill to overturn a 1950s Supreme Court ruling.
  3. Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivers a Veterans Day address at a campaign event, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    State rep. Ben Diamond: Mayor Pete is ‘the type of leader that can really bring our country together’
  4. Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and U.S. Rep. Val Demings have prominent roles in the impeachment of President Donald Trump. [AP Photos]
    Pam Bondi, Matt Gaetz, Val Demings and more will factor prominently in the coming weeks. Here’s how.
  5. Anna Paulina Luna, a Republican candidate for Congress in Florida District 13, is seen here in her first web ad.
    The Air Force vet is one of five Republicans in the race to face U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist
  6. Igor Fruman, hugs Florida Governor elect Ron DeSantis, right, as Lev Parnas looks on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando at the watch party for DeSantis. Fruman and Parnas were arrested last week on campaign finance violations.
    But he still won’t say how he was introduced to them.
  7. As of Nov. 3, 2019, the 2020 presidential election is exactly one year away.
    Start counting down the days.
  8. President Donald Trump speaks during his rally held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on July 31, 2018.
    The New York Times is reporting that the president officially changed his residence to Palm Beach
  9. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gavels as the House votes 232-196 to pass resolution on impeachment procedure to move forward with procedures for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The resolution would authorize the next stage of impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, including establishing the format for open hearings, giving the House Committee on the Judiciary the final recommendation on impeachment, and allowing President Trump and his lawyers to attend events and question witnesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    And what they said about it. One Republican is open to impeachment.
  10. President Donald Trump greets U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis during a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Tuesday. Trump boosted DeSantis' political fortunes in the Republican gubernatorial race. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
    The rescheduled fundraiser will be held Dec. 7.