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.

This Florida Republican did the right thing on Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics: July 21 edition

Florida Department of Corrections Gadsden Re-Entry Center located in Havana Florida. Photo from the Florida Department of Corrections.
The Department of Corrections, however, continues a losing streak.

No stopping Florida motorists on Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics: July 14 edition

This image shows cars backed up attempting to exit a parking garage on June 12 at Tampa International Airport. The image was sent by airport Vice President John Tiliacos to Conduent, the company that operates the SunPass system, on June 13. A SunPass problem caused the backup. The image was obtained in a records request with Tampa International Airport.
But President Donald Trumpís labor secretary has a bad week because of a deal he made long ago when he was the U.S. Attorney in South Florida.

Jimmy Patronis suffers again in Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

Florida Cabinet meets in Jerusalem. Left to right: Attorney General Ashley Moody, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. [Florida Channel]
But Israeliís tourism economy scores a win, thanks to a very large Florida delegation.

Democratic debate edition of Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

Democratic presidential candidates attend the first primary debate for the 2020 elections at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. AL DIAZ  | MIAMI HERALD]
Warren and Harris have a good week. De Blasio? Not so much.

A sports story so big, it enters Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

The Rays say they are looking at the possibility of playing half of their home games in Montreal. [Zuma Press; CHRIS ZUPPA | Special to the Times]
And returning the the winnerís circle, itís a familiar face.