Jim Ash

Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM.  A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print.  He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.

Ash has worked variously as a reporter, columnist and bureau chief.  His specialties include state politics, the judicial system and the environment.  His career has included coverage of everything from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Hurricane Andrew to the Florida presidential recount.

Ash is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in English.  He spent his summers interning for newspapers, including the Austin-American Statesman in Texas.

A hiking enthusiast, Ash has explored most of the public trails in California's Big Sur.  He is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, exploring the Big Bend, and water sports.

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Florida business groups are scrambling to fight back against a recent state Supreme Court ruling they say could cost business owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

The court struck down caps on attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation insurance cases. WJCT business analyst John Burr breaks down the effects of that decision for News Director Jessica Palombo in this week’s Business Brief.


A group of Florida physicians is gearing up for the latest legal assault on a 2011 law that has come to be known as “docs versus Glocks.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hearing from thousands of Floridians who don’t want the West Indian manatee down-listed from endangered to threatened.

Lawmakers say they’re launching a campaign to promote a renewable energy amendment they voted last month to put on the August 30 primary ballot.

An outbreak of brown tide being blamed for a massive fish kill in the northern Indian River Lagoon is dissipating, according to the latest reports.

Fertilizer and septic tanks are possible contributors to a massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon, says a top regulator with the Department of Environmental Protection.

Florida’s government-owned power plants get a new layer of protection today after lawmakers agreed to shield utility security systems from public view.

Gun rights advocates say they could gain more from a pending Florida Supreme Court case than controversial open-carry legislation that failed this year.

The House voted 73-45 Wednesday to approve on an industry backed bill that critics say will pave the way for fracking in Florida.

Hundreds of thousands of Floridians are losing their licenses because they can’t afford their traffic fines. And courthouses across the state are cutting back hours and furloughing employees because of a massive budget deficit. Legislators are promising to solve both problems, but it won’t be easy.

Sponsors of a major rewrite of the state’s water policy are claiming victory after easy passage during the first week of the legislative session. But critics are asking Governor Rick Scott for a veto. They say the bill will do little to protect Florida’s freshwater springs, Lake Okeechobee or the Everglades.

Backers of a solar power ballot initiative are vowing to counter a conservative think tank study claiming the amendment will cost utility customers $1 billion .

Republican backlash against federal immigration policy is reverberating in Tallahassee, with a handful of conservatives pushing get-tough proposals.

Former First Lady Rhea Chiles has died. Chiles, 84, died Sunday at her home on Anna Maria Island, surrounded by family members and in hospice care. Chiles was the wife of former Gov. Lawton Chiles and an accomplished artist. Her son, Lawton “Bud” Chiles, released the following statement:

The Second District Court of Appeal has ruled a woman doesn’t have visitation rights to the children she raised with a same-sex partner.

One of the top priorities for Florida Supreme Court Justice George Labarga moved a step closer to reality Monday when the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice released a preliminary report.

Governor Rick Scott told the state’s media executives Wednesday he wants to continue setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars to lure businesses to Florida.  

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A divided Florida House panel voted Tuesday to allow concealed weapons permit holders to openly carry their handguns. Critics raised a host of concerns.

Standing before the Criminal Justice Committee, Republican Representative Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach knew his bill had an image problem.

Not only does open-carry raise notions of the Wild West, the bill comes on the heels of last week’s horrific mass shooting on an Oregon campus. So Gaetz stressed Second Amendment rights — and what the bill DOESN’T do.

Florida’s first bear hunt in more than 20 years should be able to proceed later this month says Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds III. Reynolds denied an environmental group’s request for a temporary injunction Thursday.

A  Republican lawmaker is trying again to require Florida juries to vote unanimously to recommend a death sentence. The attempt usually goes nowhere, but this year supporters say there’s a new wrinkle.

Drive Electric Florida Day at the Capitol on Thursday may have struck the right chord with the right lawmakers. This may be the year industry promoters get what they want in Tallahassee.

He’s not declaring victory, but Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is heading to South Florida Wednesday to mark progress in eradicating the giant African land snail.

Solar power has always been popular in the Sunshine State and as the costs come down, interest in the clean energy alternative is heating up. And so is the political battle for control of the market.

Meeting up with a stranger to deliver goods advertised online is dangerous. That’s the message a Miami Gardens Democrat wants to send with her “safe haven” bill.

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet voted Wednesday to appoint John Steverson as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The move came despite protests over his support for logging, cattle grazing and hunting in state parks.

Representative Evan Jenne is picking up the anti-fracking banner again, but this time with a breeze at his back. The Dania Beach Democrat is re-filing his fracking ban bill at a time when the industry is buffeted by local and national trends.

A solar ballot initiative faces a dim future in November, according to the latest Mason-Dixon poll.  Floridians for Solar Choice is scoring just 30 percent, far short of the 60 percent required to make it into the state constitution.

Wal-Mart doesn't think it should have to pay energy conservation charges like everyone else. The retail giant says it can conserve more power on its own its own.

Former Governor Jeb Bush wants line-item veto power if he wins the White House. But experts say giving presidents the authority to ax individual spending items will do little to control spending.

Former Governor Jeb Bush retuned to Tallahassee Monday, claiming bragging rights as a reformer and promising to bring the same skills to “Mount Washington.” Bush echoed familiar Republican themes, calling for smaller government, a balanced budget amendment and line-item veto power.

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