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. Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, laughs in 2019 with U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, left. Both were popular subjects with Buzz readers.
    Hurricanes. Climate change deniers. The NRA. Russian hackers. White nationalists. Matt Gaetz. Welcome to the jungle, Florida.
  2. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Gaetz declined a breathalyzer test, but the charges were dropped anyway.
  3. Charlie Crist, seen here in 2008 when he was Florida governor, throws out the first pitch for game at Tropicana Field.
    Republicans protesting Charlie Crist’s support of the impeachment inquiry will gather outside his district office, just as the congressman throws out today’s first pitch.
  4. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks with members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
    The Tampa Democrat said Tuesday that impeachment was an unavoidable step in holding to account a “horrendous abuse of power.”
  5. 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?
  6. Rick Scott's Navy cap.
    But many Floridians showed their better angels in a hard week for the Bahamas.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. Casey DeSantis. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
    Expectations of an open government? Yeah, that’s not going so well.