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.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial bid is gathering momentum as he picks up top-tier endorsements and some honorable mentions by one of Florida’s leading pundits.

Monviette Cordeiro / Bloggytown

Florida university graduates continue to post stellar employment figures, despite a sluggish recovery.

Armed with a new, 85-million-dollar business incentive fund, Florida Governor Rick Scott is headed to Connecticut to burnish his credentials as corporate recruiter in chief.

Leon County Judge Layne Smith

Some 450 Big Bend residents have already signed up for a July 7 driver’s license restoration clinic, prompting organizers to add another day  in October.

Florida is no longer the only state that regulates what doctors say to their patients about guns.

High Times

A state appeals court has decided Florida’s fledgling marijuana industry needs a little more sunshine.

Florida House of Representatives

Republican Representative Cary Pigman did not illegally pressure Okeechobee school administrators to discipline a veteran principal, the Ethics Commission has ruled.

ACLU: Tainted Waters

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Lantigua spent months investigating this summer’s massive toxic algae bloom that fouled beaches along the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida.

Floirda Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court has struck down a controversial law capping pain and suffering damage awards in medical malpractice cases.

AP

A new report by the American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about the state’s handling of last summer’s toxic algae blooms in South Florida. 

Executive Office of the Governor

While Governor Rick Scott works behind the scenes to keep a special legislative session from blowing up in his face, national Democrats are blasting him in a 60-second video.

Regan McCarthy

President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions of dollars from Medicaid would hit small town America hardest, especially in Florida, according to a new Georgetown study.

Constitution Revision Commisison

After a sometimes chaotic and heated debate, the Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday adopted compromise ground rules that open government advocates say they can live with.

Florida Public Service Commission

State regulators are rejecting Duke Energy’s request for a mid-year rate hike to cover an unexpected rise in the cost of fuel.

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Florida prison officials are asking a Tallahassee federal judge to reject arguments by hepatitis C-infected inmates demanding cutting edge treatment.

Florida Clean Water Network

Activists are abandoning a federal challenge of Florida’s water quality standards after the Trump Administration refused to step in.

Constitution Revision Commission

Constitution Revision Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff is ordering the prestigious, 37-member panel back to the drawing board to settle a dispute over ground rules. A marathon working group meeting in Tampa ended without a full review of draft procedures.

Restek

Momentum is building for an unusual, do-it-yourself special session on medical marijuana, although the legislator behind it admits he faces long odds.

Mase TV

A handful of high-tech managers trekked to City Hall to hear Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pitch I/O Avenue, a training program backed by a grant from the former Obama Administration.

Democratic National Committee

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum appears to be taking a minor setback in his race for the Governor’s Mansion in stride.

Jason Dearen / AP

Advocates are developing a Florida Forever rescue strategy for next year, even before Governor Rick Scott weighs in on the Legislature’s $82.4 billion spending plan.

Floirda Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court is siding with local government in a high-stakes test of the sweeping property rights law known as the Bert Harris Act.

The cloud of uncertainty surrounding Florida’s $82.4 billion budget is keeping Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on the job a little longer than he planned.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, considered the GOP frontrunner in next year’s governor’s race, is slamming the Legislature’s $82.4 billion spending plan.

Open government advocates say they’ve dodged a bullet now that Governor Rick Scott has signed a compromise measure designed to squelch predatory public records lawsuits.

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