Steve Contorno, Political Editor

Steve Contorno

Political Editor

My title is "Political Editor" but really I write about power (the people who have it and those who want it) and influence (the good kind and the less altruistic). There's never a shortage of stories about either in Florida. The best ones hold your elected leaders accountable and expose the unelected powers pulling the levers. That's what I'm focused on. I started out covering politics in my home state of Illinois, with stints in Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, D.C., before settling in Florida in 2015. I'll take the heat over snow any day. If I'm not working, I'm hunting for Chicago sports in St. Pete bars, vegan eats or my next book. I run on your tips and black coffee.

Ron DeSantis downplayed ties to Giuliani associates. Then we found them hugging.

Igor Fruman, hugs Florida Governor elect Ron DeSantis, right, as Lev Parnas looks on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando at the watch party for DeSantis. Fruman and Parnas were arrested last week on campaign finance violations. Chris Urso  |  Times
Florida’s governor has shrugged off past donor controversies. This time, there were photos. Now it’s not going away.

All the best moments from Tuesday’s Democratic debate

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) John Minchillo  |  AP
Impeachment dominates. Bernie Sanders looks fine. Biden defends his son. And Elizabeth Warren is finally being treated like a frontrunner.

Iowa Democrats may hold remote presidential caucuses in Florida for snowbirds

Herky, mascot for the Iowa Hawkeyes, rallies fans on Dec. 30, 2018, during the Outback Bowl Clearwater Beach Day at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Douglas R. Clifford  |  Tampa Bay Times
“We’re serious about this,” the Iowa Democratic Party chairman said.

Impeach Trump? Florida Democrats used to be on the fence. Not anymore.

The rising sun divides the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 2019, the day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite  |  AP
The first call for an investigation came in April. Most joined on Tuesday.

Impeachment reaction: What Florida members of Congress said about Pelosi’s announcement

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Mary Altaffer  |  AP
Democrats and Republicans respond to the House’s actions against Donald Trump