Monday, October 15, 2018


Kirby Wilson

Kirby Wilson

Kirby Wilson is the politics web producer for the Tampa Bay Times, his hometown paper. Previously, he worked as a summer reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune, and as a staff writer for the Duke Chronicle. He graduated from Duke in the spring of 2017 with an English degree.

This group is trying to increase voter turnout by getting people to throw parties

This group is trying to increase voter turnout by getting people to throw parties

This isn't normally what we think of when we hear the phrase "political party."The voter turnout group VoteTogether and the social media site Nextdoor are partnering to encourage voters to celebrate civic participation, the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Much of the funding and research on the flu is focused on developing a universal vaccine that would target parts of the virus that can't mutate. But real progress on that front is up to 10 years away, doctors and researchers say. [Associated Press (2015)]

Florida's first reported flu death of the season is a child

Florida has seen its first reported flu death of the 2018-'19 season.
Updated: 2 hours ago
With local high school students leading the way, an estimated 13,000 supporters of the March For Our Lives movement rallied at Kiley Garden in Tampa on March 24, followed by a march around downtown. Days later, planning began for a local town hall meeting, part of the student-led strategy to keep the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting in the public eye. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

March For Our Lives to embark on 12-day national tour ahead of Election Day

March For Our Lives is finishing its 2018 voter registration efforts with a flourish.The gun safety group founded by survivors of the February mass shooting in Parkland announced Thursday evening it would add 12 dates to its fall...
Published: 10/12/18
Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon, devastating the coastal town as it lashed the Florida Panhandle. These photos were taken early Thursday morning. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

4 reasons Hurricane Michael was so devastating

Hurricane Michael didn’t give Floridians much time to brace for its devastating impact. Just a few days before it made landfall Wednesday afternoon near the Florida Panhandle’s Mexico Beach, the storm was a loosely organized system just north...
Published: 10/11/18
Updated: 10/12/18
As Senate race wears on, Bill Nelson and Rick Scott are getting more and more unpopular

As Senate race wears on, Bill Nelson and Rick Scott are getting more and more unpopular

The glare of a high-profile election has a way of exposing a politician's blemishes.As Bill Nelson and Rick Scott pour tens of millions of dollars into negative messaging in their neck-and-neck battle for one of Florida's...
Published: 10/10/18
Florida extends voter registration deadline ahead of hurricane — sort of

Florida extends voter registration deadline ahead of hurricane — sort of

If your supervisor of elections office is closed Tuesday, you can register to vote on paper the day it reopens. But if it's open, you have to register by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday if you want to vote this November.That's according to a
Published: 10/09/18
JAMES BORCHUCK  |  TimesNextgen Florida volunteer Casey Bauer registers University of Tampa student Amanda Schreiber, 20, right,  in Plant Hall Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Nextgen Florida organized a day of action where they handed out voting and environmental information to students.

NextGen America says it registered 50,000 Floridians to vote ahead of 2018 elections

Tom Steyer's group put in some serious voter registration work in 2018.NextGen America, which is backed by the progressive billionaire environmentalist, announced in a press release Tuesday that its Florida offshoot, NextGen Florida,...
Published: 10/09/18
A two-day graphical tropical weather outlook from the National Weather Service's Hurricane center on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Credit: NWS. Screen grab

Forecasters say to keep an eye on this weather system in the Gulf

The storm system forming in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico may be nothing, forecasters say. But it may be something.Forecasters at the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center are monitoring the system, which is currently centered...
Published: 10/06/18
Shavon Grossman and her daughter, Khloe Williams, in a photo from Grossman's Facebook page. Credit: Facebook

Foster care agency ‘heartbroken’ over infant killed by dog in Clearwater

The agency that oversaw the foster care of an infant killed by a dog has offered condolences to the child’s family.Seventh-month-old Khloe Williams died after a dog attacked her Friday afternoon in Clearwater at the home of her foster father’s...
Published: 10/06/18
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis talks to the media after a campaign stop Thursday at the Italian Club in Ybor City. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

DeSantis gets aggressive against Gillum in Florida governor’s race

For much of the first half of the general election campaign, Democrat Andrew Gillum has enjoyed a consistent if thin lead that few in his party might have expected when he won its nomination for governor.But a renewed offensive from...
Published: 10/05/18