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.

We’re such losers compared to these two judges on this week’s Winner/Loser in Florida politics

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. Florida Supreme Court
Ok losers, who needs access to our state politicians, anyway?

Rick Scott’s Navy cap hangs around on this week’s Winner/Loser in Florida politics

But many Floridians showed their better angels in a hard week for the Bahamas.

Update: NRA affiliate’s low-interest loans to Marion Hammer are drawing national attention

Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. [News Service of Florida] News Service of Florida
Three stories in two weeks have raised questions about the personal finances of Florida’s powerful gun lobbyist.

Dorian cancels this week’s Winner/Loser in Florida politics: Sept. 1 edition

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. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
Godspeed, Florida.

Florida developers win again in this week’s Winner/Loser in politics

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] Douglas R. Clifford, Douglas Clifford  |  Tampa Bay Times
And should Rick Scott think more about his home state?