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A new Florida politics newsletter is coming next week. Here’s what to expect.

Each week, the Tampa Bay Times politics team will walk you through the biggest stories in Florida.
Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis was sworn in Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in front of Florida's Old Capitol in Tallahassee. SCOTT KEELER | Times
Published Jul. 22
Updated Jul. 22

There is so much going on in the political world, it can be hard to keep up. From leaders in Tallahassee and the chaos in Washington to our local mayors, it seems every hour there are compelling stories about your elected officials and the political forces operating behind the scenes.

Their decisions affect your lives. We want to make it easier for you to follow along.

Next week we will unveil a new and improved Buzz political newsletter. (You can sign up for it now so you’re ready to go when it launches.) We’ve redesigned and reimagined it with you in mind.

You’re busy, you’re active. You want something in your inbox that will get you caught up on the biggest stories in Florida politics in a few minutes. Our newsletter will do that.

But it also will go deeper than just the headlines, the rat-race and the exhausting “he said, she said." We have a team of reporters and editors dedicated to holding your leaders and government accountable and explaining their decisions. We’re digging into the money in politics and the powerful businesses trying to influence the system. Our email newsletter will share stories that pull back the curtain on what’s happening in Tallahassee and in this important political battleground.

We first launched a newsletter in March 2016. Since then, we’ve delivered five headlines from our political coverage to your inbox five days a week. We’ve built a dedicated audience who we know look forward to seeing what our team is working on. We think we can do better.

The new newsletter will be fresh and distinctive. Our goal is to carefully curate the news for you into an entertaining and enlightening read — whether you’re a concerned citizen or political junkie.

FROM THE EDITOR: Why the Tampa Bay Times plans to deliver more email newsletters

We’re putting a lot of time and thought into what we’re sharing with you, so the newsletter won’t hit your inbox every day. Most weeks, it will arrive Thursday mornings. It will catch you up on what’s happening and what we’re working on, and let you know what you can expect in the week ahead. And you can look forward to it publishing more frequently when the political calendar busies — election time or when lawmakers are in session.

The changes are part of a larger Tampa Bay Times newsroom effort to revamp our email newsletters and other digital offerings. We want to reach you where you are. Our political team publishes dozens of stories a week about enormously important topics — water quality, health care, education, taxes, firearm policies, criminal justice reform, voting rights, sea level rise. We’re speaking with presidential candidates and covering changing voting patterns of our critical swing state. This newsletter will deliver all that great coverage right to your inbox.

It launches Aug. 1. Sign up now.

Contact Steve Contorno at 813-226-3433 or Follow @scontorno.


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    The announcement came as the Florida Chamber of Commerce touted the proposed roads.
  2. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Members of the Florida Supreme Court listen to a speech by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in the Florida House during a joint session of the Florida Legislature. Left to Right are: Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, Ricky Polston, Jorge Labarga, Alan Lawson, Barbara Lagoa, and Robert J. Luck.  SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Fights over abortion, Amendment 4 and new congressional maps are all on a crash course with the high court.
  3. The Florida House Education Committee focuses on early education in its first meeting of the 2020 session. It has met just once more since then. The Florida Channel
    Lawmakers have yet to set an aggressive agenda beyond talk of teacher pay as the 2020 legislative session nears.
  4. Kevin J. Thibault, left, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES  |  Times
    The report found a lack of oversight and controls by the department.
  5. Agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants his state to set up a system that will require employers to verify the immigration status of job applicants. But it's unclear if that effort will get any traction among lawmakers, especially since a similar effort failed during the most recent legislative session earlier this year. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) STEVE CANNON  |  AP
    It was the second unusual decision Fried has made to refrain from voting on the Office of Financial Regulation.
  6. George Buck, left, a Republican running for Congress in St. Petersburg, signed a fundraising letter that suggested U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, right, a Somali-born Democrat representing Minnesota, and other Democrats should be executed. Buck is challenging U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg. Times | Associated Press
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy removed Buck from the party’s Young Guns program.
  7. FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, people gather around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" truck as they learn about Amendment 4 and eat free ice cream at Charles Hadley Park in Miami. A federal judge has temporarily set aside a Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling handed down Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle means thousands of felons who were denied the right to vote will be able to cast ballots unless the state gets a higher court to intervene or if Hinkle later upholds the constitutionality of the state law. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) WILFREDO LEE  |  AP
    The 2018 ballot measure passed by voters allowing most non-violent felons to register to vote would be void if an earlier judicial ruling is upheld, an attorney representing DeSantis’ administration...
  8. In this Aug. 28, 2014, photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)
    Taking a closer look at what the story does — and doesn’t — show about Ukraine’s involvement in 2016.
  9. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at an October news conference in Tallahassee. STEVE CANNON  |  Associated Press
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  10. Members of the Florida Supreme Court listen to Gov. Ron DeSantis' speech during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. Left to Right are: Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, Ricky Polston, Jorge Labarga, Alan Lawson, Barbara Lagoa, and Robert J. Luck. There are now five members of the court after Lagoa and Luck were appointed to the 11th District Court of Appeal by President Trump. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    There are 3.6 million unaffiliated voters who cannot vote in Florida’s closed primary system. Will that change in 2020?