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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
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, 2019
Updated Jul. 22, 2019

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 scontorno@tampabay.com. Follow @scontorno.

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