David Smiley, Tampa Bay Times

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Tampa Bay Times

Miami, FL, United States

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Past articles by David:

Florida’s Republicans at crossroads after Capitol riot

The way forward is unclear for Florida Republicans. Those who abhorred Trump’s behavior for years hope other conservatives will move away from Trump. → Read More

Marco Rubio may face a Florida primary challenge in 2022. Here’s why.

“This is probably the only state where a Republican should fear a primary challenge from a Trumpist candidate, and Marco’s first in line,” says one GOP consultant. → Read More

Barack Obama coming back to Florida to campaign for Joe Biden

The former president will travel to South Florida on Monday. President Donald Trump will be there late Sunday. → Read More

Florida Democrats look to increase Black voter turnout as Biden visits Florida

Black voters are casting ballots at lower rates than their white counterparts, setting up a crucial final five days heading into Nov. 3. → Read More

It’s the GOP’s turn: Florida’s early voting awash in conservative wave

The start of in-person voting today is expected to trigger a conservative wave that will build over the next two weeks and crest on Election Day. → Read More

Joe Biden visits South Florida, rips Trump — and keeps his distance

As Democrats push to bank ballots ahead of Election Day — a key part of their Florida strategy — few regions are more important than deep blue South Florida. → Read More

Canceled: Second presidential debate between Trump, Biden

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the cancellation Friday. → Read More

Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump’s Cuba policy in Miami visit

Biden’s speech — delivered as a counter-punch to Trump’s relentless socialism-themed attacks on Democrats — came as he sought to reconnect with Miami’s Hispanic and Haitian-American voters. → Read More

Former Trump campaign manager involuntarily committed, Fort Lauderdale police say

Bradley Parscale was detained and taken to the hospital under the Baker Act law. → Read More

‘Joe Biden has no ground game in Florida.’ Will Mike Bloomberg’s money change that?

Nearly two dozen organizations have pitched Bloomberg’s advisers on a unified get-out-the-vote plan in Florida. → Read More

Why some Cuban-Americans in Florida are supporting Biden over Trump

While few expect Biden to win the Cuban vote in Florida, strategists believe he must compete with Trump to win over more Cuban-Americans. → Read More

Trump allies plan ‘largest effort ever undertaken to mobilize the Jewish vote’

Jewish voters heavily lean Democratic. But in recent years, Republican presidential candidates have performed better among Jewish voters. → Read More

Florida Democrats aimed to register 1 million voters by now. They didn’t come close.

Florida Republicans are closer to parity in voter registration than they’ve been in decades. → Read More

Trump reverses himself, says voting by mail — in Florida — is fine

Asked why Florida is ok for mail ballots, but other states aren't, Trump replied: “Florida’s got a great Republican governor,” a reference to his political ally, Gov. Ron DeSantis. → Read More

Trump cuts Florida fundraising trip in half due to Tropical Storm Isaias

The president is flying into Tampa on Friday for a fundraiser but canceled another Saturday in Doral due to the approaching storm. → Read More

Joe Biden’s beating Trump in Florida — where polls go to die

In the 2016 presidential contest, the University of North Florida found Democrat Hillary Clinton up 7 points on Trump in early October. Then Trump won the state by 1.2 points. → Read More

Pence to tout ‘incredible progress’ on a coronavirus vaccine next week in Florida

Pence’s office announced Thursday that he is scheduled to visit the University of Miami next week “to mark the beginning of Phase III trials for a coronavirus vaccine.” → Read More

Florida voters losing faith in DeSantis, new poll finds

DeSantis, among several Republican governors who pushed in May to quickly reopen their states, has seen his approval rating dip as Florida experiences one of the worst outbreaks. → Read More

Emergency Jacksonville council meeting to decide Republican convention

Jacksonville's City Council will consider next week legislation that seeks to create a special downtown convention zone and free speech area from Aug. 23 through Aug. 28 → Read More

Jacksonville RNC runs into trouble: Security may not be possible, sheriff says

'We don’t have what need to pull off the RNC at this point,' the sheriff said. → Read More