Michael Van Sickler, Assistant Metro Editor

Michael Van Sickler

Assistant Metro 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.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: April 21 edition

St. Petersburg firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire of a single family home located in 2017 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Firefighters overcome an obstacle. Department of Corrections gets blasted.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: April 14 edition

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. He's also probably happy that his nation is hosting the May meeting for Florida's Cabinet. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israel hosts DeSantis and the Cabinet. José Oliva is not consistent on a key issue.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: March 31 edition

Thomas Peterffy, who made his fortune in the discount brokerage business, remained atop the Forbes list of the world's richest billionaires who declare they are residents of Florida. The Forbes 2017 billionaire list estimates Peterffy is worth $13.8 billion.
A billionaire is on a roll. Hooray!

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: March 24 edition

Florida lawyer John Morgan. [Twitter]
John Morgan did it his way. And supporters of Amendment 4? They’re trying to find their way.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: March 17 edition

Pete (left), Repeat. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
So really, what’s the deal with Port Richey?