Steve Contorno, Political Editor

Steve Contorno

Political Editor

I'm the Political Editor for the Tampa Bay Times. It's my job to tell you what is going on in Washington that might affect you as a Floridian. Above all else, I want to hold your government and elected representatives in Congress accountable. Maybe you'll also learn something interesting or funny from me, too. I grew up just outside Chicago, went to the University of Illinois and covered politics and government in Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, D.C., before joining the Tampa Bay Times as a PolitiFact writer in 2013. I may have started in a notoriously corrupt state, but I've learned grift and greed don't end at state boundaries. And neither do the good intentions of well-meaning people. Your emails and tips keep me going (as do black coffee, Chipotle and dreams of witnessing a Chicago Bears Super Bowl).

Florida Republicans want only citizens to decide makeup of Congress. The Constitution says otherwise.

Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Critics say the citizenship question on the census will inhibit responses from immigrant-heavy communities that are worried the information will be used to target them for possible deportation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
It’s not just a citizenship question on the Census. Rick Scott and other Republicans want to go further and it could hurt Florida.

Three years after Pulse shooting, psychological wounds still raw. ‘This isn’t something that’s going to heal itself’

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesPulse survivor Orlando Torres, posed for a portrait on June 10, 2019 at the Pulse Interim Memorial, in Orlando, Florida. On June 12, 2016, 49 people died in a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub. Torres survived by hiding in the bathroom.
Concerns over survivors, mental health funding tug at community. This year, the pain will feel ‘different.'

Inside the Democratic strategy to defeat Donald Trump in Florida

Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum speaks to supporters during a gathering at the Florida Democratic Party state conference, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Democrats are rolling out a plan to change their fortune.

Climate change debate? Democratic Party chair Tom Perez says it’s ‘not practical’ when confronted by Florida activist

Democratic Party chair Tom Perez responds to questions from Florida Democratic officials and activists after a speech on Saturday in Orlando. Perez was asked by the Democratic National Committee will not hold a debate solely focused on climate change.
‘A president must be able to multitask,’ Perez said at an Orlando event.

Florida Democratic Party says it has a plan to beat Trump in 2020. Florida Democrats aren’t so sure.

Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum speaks to supporters during a gathering at the Florida Democratic Party state conference, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Gathering in Orlando, Democrats are anxious about winning in 2020. Party leaders say it’s about getting back to basics. Activists want more.