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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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.

The sponsor of a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in Florida says her chamber is in no mood for a compromise.

Jolted by a “60 Minutes” expose, some Florida lawmakers want to deal with a blizzard of so-called “drive-by” Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuits.

Florida Senate

A highly controversial move to increase the amount of damages plaintiffs could recover in lawsuits is on hold after hitting a buzz saw of opposition from business groups.

Environmental groups are raising concerns about the Senate’s dramatically expanded plan to fight massive toxic algae blooms carpeting South Florida waterways.

A former darling of the NRA, Senator Anitere Flores is blaming redistricting for her decision to single-handedly shoot down a raft of gun bills in the Florida Legislature.

FlaFrack.org

The House Majority Leader says there’s a chance a hydraulic fracturing bill could pass the Florida Legislature this year.

Shrinking government remains a constant theme in the Republican-led Florida Legislature, but lawmakers are on a record-breaking streak when it comes to filing legislation.

Florida Senate

The Senate is moving ahead with a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, despite industry threats of a blizzard of lawsuits. But as Jim Ash reports, the House remains a big question mark.

Awake The State

While Governor Rick Scott was outlining his priorities in the State of the State address, Awake The State, the progressive advocacy group, was offering a much different take.

Florida Trend

The war between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Governor Rick Scott over corporate tax breaks appears to be claiming another casualty.

Sanoma Index-Tribune

On the eve of the 2017 legislative session, local governments are circling the wagons.

Workers compensation isn’t the sexiest item on the 2017 legislative agenda, but it promises to be one of the fiercest fights as lawmakers face enormous pressure to deal with a 14.5 percent rate hike hitting every state employer.   

Environmentalists say the latest peer-reviewed study by the group Science for Nature and People Partnership, underscores the need in Florida for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

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