Nick Evans

Reporter/Producer

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University.  He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU.  While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

Sen. Daphne Campbell (D-Miami) flanked by current and former FL Senate Democrats.
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President Donald Trump’s derogatory statements on Thursday about a number of countries are echoing through the Florida political landscape.

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As the 2018 legislative session gets under way Republicans are forging ahead with a plan to make it harder for future lawmakers to raise taxes.  The initiative has broad support among GOP leaders, and they’ve got enough members to send the idea to the ballot.

Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart)
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Senate President Joe Negron is trying to stake out a strong position against sexual harassment in the state Legislature after the resignation of two members.  It was the first thing he addressed in his session opening speech.

Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
Florida House of Representatives

Shortly after lawmakers gavel in the 2018 session they’ll start working on measures in committee.  A Senate Criminal Justice panel will take up a raft of reforms including Sen. Randolph Bracy’s (D- Ocoee) bill raising the threshold for felony theft.

Florida Channel

The Florida House is wasting no time pursuing one of Governor Rick Scott’s session priorities.  One committee will take up a tax and fee measure on the opening day.

The Florida Channel

Opioid abuse may grab the headlines, but drug related deaths overall are on the rise.  And when it comes to helping people kick an addiction, one lawmaker believes Florida is rejecting some of the best people for the job.

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With the 2018 legislative session looming, state officials are doing their level best to defuse a widening sexual harassment scandal.  The governor is ordering new training at state agencies.

The Florida Supreme Court.
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Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga’s civil justice commission is unveiling a new mobile app to help people access the courts.  It’s called Florida Courts Help.

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Florida voters may get to decide whether to eliminate a healthcare permit called a certificate of need.  But some are questioning if the ballot is the right place to make that decision.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke about his executive order after December's Cabinet meeting.
Florida Cabinet

Florida Governor Rick Scott is ordering state agencies to develop training and reporting guidelines for sexual harassment.

Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach)
Mark Foley via FL House website

A Florida Democrat wants to impose the same fundraising restrictions legislators face each session on the state’s cabinet officials.

State Atty. Dave Aronberg
U.S. Congress, Energy and Commerce Committee

Two Palm Beach prosecutors are calling on Congress to outlaw the kickbacks some patient brokers receive for connecting people with drug treatment.  They believe those incentives encourage relapse rather than recovery.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)
The Florida Channel

Florida levies a tax on communications services—things like cable and cell phones, but also streaming services.  Now one lawmaker wants to carve out internet video from the tax.

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When the 2018 lawmaking session begins in January, Florida lawmakers will again wrestle with who we honor and how we memorialize them.  One measure would establish a monument—another would remove one.

The St. Johns River
FL Division of Tourism via Florida Memory

The Florida Senate is aiming to divvy up a pot of environmental money with large chunks earmarked for Florida’s springs and the St. Johns River. 

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Florida State University introduced Willie Taggart Wednesday as the school’s new football coach.  The school is paying $30 million dollars over six years to lure Taggart away from the University of Oregon.

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More than fifty people gathered at the Leon County Public Library Monday evening to talk about combating the opioid crisis.  The epidemic hasn’t hit Leon as hard as some other counties, but local leaders want to be ready.

C-SPAN

On a party line vote, the U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment from Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) making tax cuts for individuals permanent in a tax-reform measure backed by the president and GOP leaders.

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The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is considering an amendment prohibiting governments from naming public projects after sitting members.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is pushing for Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente to recuse herself from a major case deciding the limits of the governor’s appointment powers.

Graham cutting potatoes.
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The Trump administration’s decision to end temporary protected status for Haitians who sought shelter in the US after a major earthquake is drawing bipartisan pushback in Florida.  

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The Constitution Revision Commission is considering a handful of education proposals.

Gov. Scott touring damage in Key West after Hurricane Irma.
Governor's Press Office

Florida Governor Rick Scott is touting a record tourism despite a challenging Hurricane season.

US Department of Agriculture

New Senate appropriations chairman Rob Bradley wants more of the land acquisition trust fund going to land purchasing and management. 

Mary McLeod Bethune in front of White Hall at Bethune-Cookman University.
public domain via Florida Memory

The Florida Legislature is poised to make good on a 2016 decision to replace one of its entries in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall.  Mary McLeod Bethune seems likely to get the nod.

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