Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times

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Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Steve:

DeSantis criticizes traditional media. Fox News doesn’t count. (From 2021)

Emails from Fox to the governor’s office showed how their relationship works. → Read More

TyRon Lewis’ killing reverberates in St. Pete mayor’s race, 25 years later

This Sunday marks 25 years since the Black teen was shot to death by a white St. Petersburg police officer. What does that moment mean for mayoral candidates Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon? → Read More

Trump won Florida, but online and at your door, his supporters are trying to force an audit

The push for a recount began months ago in states like Arizona, where Trump lost by a narrow margin. But the movement is now bleeding into states Trump won comfortably, including Florida. → Read More

Trump to headline Tampa fundraiser for House Republicans

It’s $5,000 to get into the door to see the former president. → Read More

Everyone is talking about DeSantis — except in St. Pete’s mayor race

The Republican governor hasn’t factored into the campaign to lead the city, though he looms large over it. → Read More

Newsom used DeSantis to win California recall. Does it mean anything in Florida?

“Don’t DeSantis my California” became a rallying cry for Democrats, but it’s unclear what the results mean for 2022. → Read More

Death of Hillsborough GOP member from COVID-19 causes financial problems for party

The local Republican Party told federal election regulators it can no longer access its campaign finance software → Read More

Trump endorses Anna Paulina Luna in GOP primary for Pinellas House seat

Luna was the 2020 Republican nominee for Florida Congressional District 13. → Read More

How Robert Blackmon can win the St. Petersburg mayor’s race

Republican politicos break down the first-term City Council member’s path to victory. → Read More

How Ken Welch can win the St. Petersburg mayor’s race

Democratic insiders share what it will take for the city to elect its first Black mayor. → Read More

DeSantis delights record crowd at Pasco GOP dinner with Biden barbs

The event highlighted the local party’s growing importance in state politics. → Read More

Nikki Fried files financial disclosures two months after deadline

Report shows a new mortgage and a continued stake in a powerful cannabis company → Read More

Doctor advising DeSantis promoted ivermectin to treat COVID-19 despite FDA warnings

‘Any physician that espouses this should be reported to the state medical association,” one medical expert said. → Read More

Struggling Hillsborough GOP turns to Marjorie Taylor Greene

The Georgia Republican speaks tonight at the annual fundraiser for a local party beset by losses and dissent. → Read More

How Florida lawmakers reacted to Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott point fingers at Biden while Rep. Val Demings and Democrats are mostly silent. → Read More

Inside Fox News, DeSantis is ‘the future of the party.’ And he’s taking advantage.

Emails show the Florida governor is in high demand on the network — and gets his way. → Read More

Crist to DeSantis: Require Florida state employees to get vaccinated

The Democratic candidate for governor says the state should follow Biden’s lead. → Read More

Would Trump leave Florida to make DeSantis his running mate? He might have to.

The Constitution would make it tough for the Sunshine State Republicans to run together unless one of them finds a new home. → Read More

Florida Republicans investigated chairman for harassment; accusation was unsubstantiated

“No accuser with firsthand knowledge was willing to come forward,” the party told its members regarding the investigation into Joe Gruters. → Read More

Investigation into Rick Scott ends with regulators deadlocked on campaign violations

The Federal Election Commission chairperson said there was reason to believe Scott broke the law. → Read More