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’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.

beliefnet.com

House Speaker Richard Corcoran says America’s founding fathers would be squarely behind a so-called “preemption” proposal to strip local governments of their power to regulate businesses.

While extending an olive branch of sorts to Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he is determined to ax the state’s business recruitment arm, Enterprise Florida.

James Madison Institute

Opponents of Senate President Joe Negron’s call for building a massive water storage area South of Lake Okeechobee are turning up the heat.

FAMM

Advocates say more conservative Republicans are seeing the wisdom of reforming minimum mandatory sentencing laws.

A perennial battle between the business lobby and trial attorneys is heating up in the Florida Senate.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Accurate numbers are hard to come by, but state and federal wildlife officials are raising their official estimate of the number of endangered Florida Panthers.

Florida House of Representatives

One of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s top lieutenants says he’s convinced House Speaker Richard Corcoran is running for governor.

Already facing a workforce shortage, the Florida Health Care Association is urging lawmakers not to take the brakes off of nursing home expansion. Jim Ash has more.

House of Representatives

A war of words between two of Florida’s most powerful Republicans is heating up in a Leon County Circuit Court.

Florida Supreme Court

A Florida State University law professor considered an authority on evidence rules predicts a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling will only sew confusion.

In the midst of perennial debates over abortion and gun control, lawmakers paused briefly to contemplate a nearly utopian future – one where cars drive themselves and the mighty Gulf Stream provides most of our energy needs.

CNN.com

Environmentalists are giving Florida and Georgia failing grades when it comes to policing schools for lead contaminated water.

SlashGear

Academics are urging Florida lawmakers to consider the fundamental way so-called “autonomous vehicles” will change society.

Republican House leaders say it’s just a budget-cutting exercise, but the head of the Florida Public Defenders Association isn’t convinced.

Crowd Energy

Florida Atlantic University researchers say they’ve reached a milestone in their seven-year effort to convert the Gulf Stream into a reliable source of electric power.

Florida League of Cities

The Florida House is moving closer to keeping Speaker Richard Corcoran’s promise to crack down on public corruption – at least at the local level.

Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association

A criminal justice system dominated by plea bargains gives Florida prosecutors and public defenders tremendous power -- and Republican Senator Greg Steube of Sarasota wants to do something about it.

The issue of hydraulic fracturing has long been highly controversial in Florida, and now it’s opening up a fissure in the Republican-led Senate. There are competing fracking bills, and the chamber's leader is staying mum on where he stands.

Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores
Anitere Flores via Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/anitere/?ref=page_internal

Senator Anitere Flores has spoken out against hydraulic fracturing in Florida, voted against it and written guest editorials. But the Miami Republican is sending her strongest message yet.

Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

Republican Representative Jason Brodeur of Sanford wants to get rid of a few more speed bumps he thinks are slowing the development of driverless cars.

CFO Jeff Atwater
Nick Evans / WFSU News

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s surprise departure from the Florida Cabinet is setting off a whirlwind of speculation about his replacement.

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