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.

Visit Florida

Governor Rick Scott is catching some serious heat for shooting a Visit Florida ad in a Washington, D.C. studio.

Florida State and other flagship universities stand to reap the rewards of an $83 billion budget deal that is throwing the 2017 legislative session into overtime.

Lawmakers Droning On

May 4, 2017

Florida lawmakers are on the verge of legalizing the same drone delivery devices that are familiar fixtures on the streets of London and Washington D.C.

Employer groups are threatening to bolt and trial lawyers are in open revolt as lawmakers spend the final days of the 2017 session haggling over workers’ compensation reforms.

Governor Rick Scott is praising lawmakers for passing an emergency pollution notification bill.

Scores of bills are dead or dying as lawmakers bring the 2017 session to a bumpy conclusion.

Hamilton County Circuit Judge Andrew Decker is paying the price for ethical violations while he was an attorney and for an overly aggressive campaign.

Florida Senate

The Legislature is poised to approve a 1.5 million-dollar payment to a former Tallahassee teacher who was seriously injured when an ambulance ran a red a light in 2013.

Alabama Retail Federation

Spurred by a 60-Minutes investigation, the Florida Legislature is moving to shut down a cottage industry of shady lawsuits that has grown up around the Americans with Disabilities Act.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran appears to be pulling the plug on a proposal by big power companies to invest in hydraulic fracturing operations in other states.

Visit Florida

Visit Florida is fighting for economic survival the only way it knows how, through a marketing campaign.

Equality Florida

While House and Senate Republicans trade bitter recriminations over a budget impasse, a fiery Democratic freshman from Orlando is launching the Progressive Legislative Caucus.

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Organizers acknowledge the political origins of the Tallahassee March for Science, but they are also touting the Earth Day Event as a non-partisan celebration of cold, hard facts.

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It may be hard to pronounce, but medication synchronization is an idea whose time has come, at least according to some Florida lawmakers.

Frank Artiles (R-Miami) introducing his bill.
The Florida Channel

Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami,  has issued a formal apology for racist and sexist comments made in the presence of two black lawmakers. He has also been stripped of his Senate committee chairmanship, but says he's not stepping down.

Florida House of Representatives

By scaling back the cost and size of a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, Senate President Joe Negron appears to be making progress with critics. But a deal seems far from certain.

Governor Rick Scott is getting more militant as he defends Enterprise Florida, the business recruitment arm House Speaker Richard Corcoran is targeting for elimination.

The fate of a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing appears sealed now that a powerful Republican is calling it quits.

Gulf Power

Gulf Power customers in Northwest Florida will be seeing a rate increase thanks to an agreement reached with the Florida Public Service Commission

After winning big at the ballot box in November, solar energy supporters are worried a House proposal could dim the victory.

Florida mayors came to the Capitol this week to circle the wagons.

Advocates for the homeless are planning to gather in Tallahassee next month to protest steep budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump and Governor Rick Scott.

WLRN

Rural Palm Beach County officials and sugar growers are reacting bitterly to a business group’s lobbying campaign for a massive reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

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.

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