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.

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Florida Forever could become Florida Never if Republicans have their way. As Jim Ash reports, that’s how critics are describing paltry spending proposals in the House and Senate for what was once the nation’s largest wilderness preservation programs.

Florida House of Representatives

A Florida House committee is throwing its two cents into delicate nuclear negotiations between Iran and Western powers. As Jim Ash reports, the House Local and Federal Affairs Committee approved a memorial to President Barack Obama and Congress.

Center for Advanced Research and Teaching

Democrats sounded the alarm about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the same day Republicans went ahead with plans to cement ground rules for the controversial gas and oil drilling technique.

Office of Attorney General

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet have hired a prominent Florida law firm to defend them against allegations they secretly discussed firing former Florida Department of Law Enforcement head Gerald Bailey. The representation could cost taxpayers as much as 50 thousand dollars.

Florida Senate

While they could win a prize for the world’s driest martini, manufacturers of “palcohol,” --  powdered alcohol -- aren’t scoring a lot of points with their pre-marketing campaign. A Senate panel voted Monday to ban powdered alcohol sales in Florida before it hits the shelves.

Florida House of Representatives

It’s the gold standard for every conservative – a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Jeffrey Utsch, executive vice president of the ultra-conservative Compact for America, preaches it in a video on his group’s website:

Florida Senate

The Senate Transportation Committee agreed Thursday to crack down on drivers who cut off and harass so-called “vulnerable users” of the road.

Florida Departmenty of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

For a legislator, it’s a chance to help a worthy cause or send a message to the political base. But specialty license plates are flooding the market and Senate Republicans want to put on the brakes.

Florida House of Representatives

The same Republican leaders who are pushing to rewrite state water policy apparently aren’t satisfied. Now House leaders are taking their scissors to the massive rule book that governs all the new growth in Florida.

BBC

Privacy advocates scored a victory Tuesday when a House panel agreed to reign in the roving eye of pilotless drones. A bill by Republican Representative Larry Metz of Yalaha passed the Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Florida Senate

In what amounts to the year of the environment, the Senate focused Tuesday on Florida’s water and its troubled springs.

Florida Secretary of State

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sailed through the beginning of his Senate confirmation hearings Monday, but not before navigating a few crosswinds. As Jim Ash reports, Governor Rick Scott’s choice for the state’s top elections officer was never really in jeopardy.

Florida Senate

It’s been seven years since drug dealers murdered  23-year-old Rachel Hoffman while she worked undercover for the Tallahassee Police Department -- and her father says not enough has changed.  

Associated Press

Call it the “CC” word. The allegations have been floating around the Capitol for weeks – Governor Rick Scott has a gag order on members of his administration – use any words or phrases related to climate change and you’re history.

Florida Senate

A Florida State University expert says statistics are on the side of Republican lawmakers who want to allow concealed weapons on campus.

Florida House of Representatives

After delivering a heart-wrenching speech on the House floor, Republican Dennis Baxley quietly changed his vote for a gay adoption bill. The staunch conservative from Ocala says prayer led him to a change of heart.

Florida Senate

Most people don’t think about the septic tank until it needs to be pumped out. And even then, most people don’t care where the stuff goes when the smelly truck pulls away. But as Jim Ash reports, some lawmakers are looking at the final destination closely and environmentalists are concerned.

Florida Senate

While Jimmy Carter was moving into the White House, 1977 was a watershed year for the conservative right in the Sunshine State. Florida orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant launched a national anti-homosexual crusade. The Legislature banned gay adoption.

Florida Senate

Wild elephants are rapidly disappearing and chances that the Legislature will ban the sale of ivory this year are all but extinct. Senator Thad Altman, a Melbourne Republican, can’t get a House sponsor. But he vows to keep fighting.

Florida Senate

Florida has dodged a bullet in recent years when it comes to hurricanes, but that hasn’t stopped gun-loving conservatives from looking ahead to the next emergency. A Senate committee Thursday approved a measure giving evacuees the right to bare arms.

Florida Senate

Lawmakers moved a step closer Wednesday to dividing up more than $750 million to meet the conservation demands of Amendment 1. The House and Senate are on a collision course over affordable housing and its piece of the pie.

Florida House of Representatives

Fallout from the appointment of Florida State University President John Thrasher continued Tuesday as a House panel voted to take the academic recruiting process behind closed doors.

Jim Ash

Angry students and a grieving parent unloaded Monday on Florida lawmakers who want to make it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. The father of a 20-year-old University of California shooting victim warned more students would die.

Florida House of Representatives

With the ink barely dry on its water policy legislation, the Florida House is already mapping out a new plan for land conservation. Republican leaders began focusing Friday on Amendment 1 and how it fits in to managing millions of wilderness acres.

Florida Senate

The state’s rural letter carriers could get a special delivery from the Legislature soon. A Senate panel this week passed a bill by Senator Greg Evers, a Republican from Baker, promising to make them less restrained.

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