Jim Ash

Reporter/Producer

Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM.  A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print.  He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.

Ash has worked variously as a reporter, columnist and bureau chief.  His specialties include state politics, the judicial system and the environment.  His career has included coverage of everything from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Hurricane Andrew to the Florida presidential recount.

Ash is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in English.  He spent his summers interning for newspapers, including the Austin-American Statesman in Texas.

A hiking enthusiast, Ash has explored most of the public trails in California's Big Sur.  He is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, exploring the Big Bend, and water sports.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is widely believed to be eyeing a U.S. Senate seat, is taking to the airwaves next week to defend corporate incentives.

State of Florida

A House panel voted Thursday to put a measure on the ballot that would give the Legislature the power to impeach state attorneys and public defenders.  As Jim Ash reports, Republican Jackie Toledo of Tampa thinks those public servants need another layer of oversight.

The sponsor of a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in Florida says her chamber is in no mood for a compromise.

Jolted by a “60 Minutes” expose, some Florida lawmakers want to deal with a blizzard of so-called “drive-by” Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuits.

Florida Senate

A highly controversial move to increase the amount of damages plaintiffs could recover in lawsuits is on hold after hitting a buzz saw of opposition from business groups.

Environmental groups are raising concerns about the Senate’s dramatically expanded plan to fight massive toxic algae blooms carpeting South Florida waterways.

A former darling of the NRA, Senator Anitere Flores is blaming redistricting for her decision to single-handedly shoot down a raft of gun bills in the Florida Legislature.

FlaFrack.org

The House Majority Leader says there’s a chance a hydraulic fracturing bill could pass the Florida Legislature this year.

Shrinking government remains a constant theme in the Republican-led Florida Legislature, but lawmakers are on a record-breaking streak when it comes to filing legislation.

Florida Senate

The Senate is moving ahead with a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, despite industry threats of a blizzard of lawsuits. But as Jim Ash reports, the House remains a big question mark.

Awake The State

While Governor Rick Scott was outlining his priorities in the State of the State address, Awake The State, the progressive advocacy group, was offering a much different take.

Florida Trend

The war between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Governor Rick Scott over corporate tax breaks appears to be claiming another casualty.

Sanoma Index-Tribune

On the eve of the 2017 legislative session, local governments are circling the wagons.

Workers compensation isn’t the sexiest item on the 2017 legislative agenda, but it promises to be one of the fiercest fights as lawmakers face enormous pressure to deal with a 14.5 percent rate hike hitting every state employer.   

Environmentalists say the latest peer-reviewed study by the group Science for Nature and People Partnership, underscores the need in Florida for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Houston Chronicle

A strongly divided Florida Supreme Court upheld Florida’s ban on openly carrying firearms.

Big Bend Hospice

Florida hospice providers are joining a call by nursing homes to preserve the so-called certificate of need process.

Advocates are marking a 25-year-old tragedy by urging lawmakers to remember the economic dividends of investing in affordable housing.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Democratic lawmakers are calling for a 10-year moratorium on black bear hunting in Florida.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is smart to launch his gubernatorial campaign early, says one veteran observer.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is making it official with a social media post -- he's running for governor.

Florida’s political and corporate elite are nervously anticipating Monday, when  House Speaker Richard Corcoran has promised to name his picks to the Constitution Revision Commission.

A powerful Senate Republican with an eye on the Florida Governor’s mansion is a step closer to lending 40 thousand small business owners a hand.

Higher workers’ compensation rates in Florida are likely here to stay, warns a key player in the Florida Senate.

American Legislative Exchange Council

With U.C. Berkley administrators taking heat for cancelling an appearance by conservative lightning rod Milos Yiannopoulous, the Goldwater Institute is pitching a “Campus Free Speech Act” in the Florida Legislature.

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