Politics

Selene San Felice
Jan 24, 2023 - News

Tampa City Council clashes with Mayor Jane Castor over charter

Protesters holding signs reading "let the people vote" and "Castor vetoes democracy"

Tampa Bay Community Action Committee activists protesting outside City Hall after Castor's vetoes were announced Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Dave Decker/Creative Loafing

Tampa's next police chief is at the center of a power struggle between Mayor Jane Castor and City Council.

Why it matters: Several council members weren't happy with how Castor appointed Mary O'Connor as police chief last year. Now that O'Connor is out, they want to make sure the council has more of a say in choosing Tampa's next top cop and other city leaders.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 23, 2023 - News

What's next after federal judge dismisses Andrew Warren's lawsuit

side by side photos of Ron DeSantis and Andrew Warren

Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) and Andrew Warren. Photos: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images; Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

A federal judge dismissed suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren's lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday, but he ruled that DeSantis violated Warren's free speech rights when he sent the prosecutor packing.

Driving the news: U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, a Bill Clinton appointee, ruled Friday that he didn't have the power to return Warren to office, but found that DeSantis' suspension of the twice-elected Democrat violated the First Amendment and the Florida Constitution.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 12, 2023 - Politics

Focus groups: Florida swing voters confused by "woke"

Photo illustration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with lines radiating from him.

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

When Gov. Ron DeSantis says things like, "We reject this woke ideology," and, "Florida is where woke goes to die," at least one important group of voters is left scratching their heads.

What's happening: Some Florida swing voters are confused about what DeSantis means when he uses the adjective "woke," according to two Axios Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 9, 2023 - News

Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes up New College of Florida board

"New College of Florida," Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Independent Picture Service/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

New College of Florida in Sarasota. Photo: Independent Picture Service/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed six conservatives to the board of trustees of New College of Florida last week, in an effort to transform the liberal arts school into a conservative institution.

  • His appointments included Christopher Rufo, an activist who helped turn critical race theory into a conservative rallying cry, and Matthew Spalding, a dean at conservative Hillsdale College in southern Michigan.

Meet Tampa Bay's most influential people of 2022

Illustration of two rows of dominos falling with text overlaid that reads Power Players Tampa Bay.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Welcome to our inaugural annual Power Players list, a chance to look back at leaders who left their marks on Tampa Bay this year.

Why it matters: These are the people you need to know. Whether you like them or not, there's no doubt these individuals (and one group) are influential.

Selene San Felice
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren takes the stand

Ron DeSantis and Andrew Warren

Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) and suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren. Photos: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images; Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

A memo drafted by the staff of Gov. Ron DeSantis listed a "leftist prosecutor is removed from a position of power”’ as one of the “benefits” of ousting Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren.

  • And DeSantis’ communications staff privately celebrated the more than $2 million in “totally free earned media” from Warren’s suspension.

Driving the news: Those and other salient facts came out in federal court in Tallahassee yesterday as suspended State Attorney Warren tried to convince U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle he was illegally removed from office.

Ben Montgomery
Nov 16, 2022 - Politics

Trump's 2024 bid sets up potential showdown in the Sunshine State

A boat bearing flags in support of Donald Trump floats near Palm Beach

Four more years? Demonstrators anchored a boat near Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach yesterday. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Twice-impeached former President Donald Trump, who helped incite an armed advance on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election, is the first Florida man to announce he's running for the nation's top office in 2024.

  • "The pause," Trump called this period of four years several times in a speech at Mar-a-Lago.

Anna Paulina Luna, Laurel Lee and more Republican wins in Florida

Ron DeSantis holds up Anna Paulina Luna's arm as a crowd cheers at a rally

Anna Paulina Luna and Gov. Ron DeSantis during a campaign speech on Saturday in Clearwater. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Republicans secured several key races in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday, serving as further proof that solidly red Florida is past its days as a swing state.

  • Here's a breakdown of what happened in key races in our metro:
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