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.

Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala, the irascible Senate budget chief who is mulling a run for governor, is already spicing up the race.

Florida Wildlife Corridor

Former U.S. Sen. and Florida Gov. Bob Graham says the Legislature’s decision not to fund Florida Forever is a blatant violation of Amendment 1, the 2014 conservation amendment.

Open Table

A veritable who’s who of Tallahassee’s political and business leaders are being swept up in a federal investigation of the Community Redevelopment Agency and some of its biggest projects.

Reflecting the industry’s sagging fortunes, the Florida Citrus Commission is recommending a 22 percent spending cut. 

Concerned about the 53 million cars on U.S. highways with unresolved recalls, the National Safety Council is launching a new website.

Leon County Jail

The former guardian of a Jefferson County widow is being held without bail until she accounts for hundreds of thousands of dollars advocates say is missing.

Outraged over President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdraw from the Paris Accords, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is vowing to take up the slack.

In a highly unusual move, Leon Circuit Judge John Cooper is reversing a previous ruling that so-called “pre-reveal” video games often found in bars and convenience stores are not illegal slot machines.

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.

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