Samantha J. Gross

I'm a state government reporter for the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times bureau in Tallahassee, where I cover the politics and policies that matter to Floridians. Before my move to the Sunshine State, I covered breaking news in less-sunny Massachusetts at the Boston Globe and equally-sunny Texas at the Dallas Morning News. Have questions about what's going on in your state capital? My e-mail and Twitter DMs are always open. @samanthajgross

After Orlando, Trump visits Miami to raise reelection money

U.S President Donald J. Trump holds a Cuban flag while sharing with supporters as he arrives with First Lady Melania Trump to Miami International after launching his 2020 reelection campaign in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Trump will stay overnight for a fundraiser on Wednesday at Trump Doral Resort. [PEDRO PORTAL | Miami Herald]
Trump shook hands and posed for photos with supporters for about 15 minutes, and took no questions from the press.

You can watch next week’s Democratic show...if you got the dough

The Adrienne Arsht Center is getting Verizon network enhancements. [PAUL MORRIS | Miami Herald]
For $4,500, a sponsor gets two tickets to a pre-debate reception on June 26 and two tickets to both debate nights.

Florida leaders push Rep. Mike Hill to apologize for homophobic comment

State Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, listens to testimony in April during the legislative session in Tallahassee. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Despite calls to resign, or at least apologize, Hill said he’ll address the controversy — but hasn’t said when.

Pensacola Republican chuckled at homophobic comment. Fellow state rep. wants him to resign.

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesRepresentative Mike Hill, from District 1, photographed in his office at the Florida State Capitol on April 2, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Rep. Hill was elected in 2018 and represents part of Escambia County.
"It’s shocking, it’s insulting, it’s hurtful. Is this what Rep. Hill is thinking about me?”

Florida utilities want customers to pay for ‘economic development’ - whatever that is
Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power, and Tampa Electric are hoping to bump up their spending on “economic development” and pass along the costs, according to documents recently filed with the PSC.