Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

Legislature’s planned road project could benefit Florida’s richest man

By: - March 21, 2019

A push in the state Legislature for a new toll road system through North-Central Florida could benefit the richest man in Florida. Thomas Peterffy, reportedly a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and a resident of Billionaire’s Row in Palm Beach, bought about 561,000 acres in 2015 – a tract the size of Rhode Island – […]

Firefighters battling cancer look to the Legislature for help

By: - March 18, 2019

The rows of firefighter boots, arranged en masse outside Florida’s Capitol, were a startling sight. Five hundred boots, each with a card bearing the name of a deceased firefighter and the type of cancer that killed them. Everyone who came to Florida’s Capitol on the legislative session’s third day had to walk through the haunting […]

Miami bans popular weed killer for use in city parks, projects

By: - March 15, 2019

The City of Miami has banned its landscaping crews from using weed killers that contain glyphosate, a herbicide brought to the market by Monsanto under the name Roundup. The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and potential pollutant. “Miami typically uses 4,800 gallons of products containing glyphosate every year — meaning the […]

More details emerge on Trump ties with day spa founder

By: - March 11, 2019

Mother Jones and the Miami Herald broke new ground over the weekend on the Herald’s story about the ties between President Donald Trump, numerous Florida Republicans,  and the South Florida Asian Day Spa owner that’s at the center of a sex trafficking case. “She runs an investment business that has offered to sell Chinese clients […]

Ron DeSantis

DeSantis at Naples Ritz today, his hosts are a right-wing think tank

By: - March 6, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is in Naples today, speaking at a right-wing think tank luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton. DeSantis is being hosted by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative group that’s linked with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded “bill mill” that provides ready-made model right wing legislation for lawmakers at the state level […]

These boots were made for talkin’

By: - March 6, 2019

With Florida at ground zero for the sea level rise that comes from a warming planet, A South Florida lawmaker is showing up at the state Capitol during the legislative session sporting a pair of rain boots. State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, a Democrat from Miami-Dade, wore the boots during the 2018 legislative session, too. “This […]

Partisan divide: Democrats and Republicans lay out two visions for Florida at 2019 Legislature kickoff

By: and - March 6, 2019

Republicans and Democrats laid out dramatically different visions for Florida on Tuesday, the first day of the 2019 legislative session. In his inaugural State of the State speech, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis laid out his conservative agenda which toes a hard line against immigration; he spotlighted in the audience the parents of a Jacksonville man […]


Blockbuster research report shows groundwater is contaminated with toxic waste at 91 percent of coal plants

By: - March 4, 2019

Last week, 52 U.S. senators voted to confirm a new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Andrew Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the polluting coal industry. The vote went mostly along party lines (with Republicans approving Wheeler) and 47 senators (mostly Democrats) voting against the absurd idea of allowing a man who made a […]

Florida’s entire Congressional delegation sends letter to Trump administration asking that Florida be spared from offshore oil drilling

By: - March 1, 2019

Florida’s entire Congressional delegation – both Republicans and Democrats – sent a letter Friday to Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, urging the Trump administration to protect Florida’s coasts from offshore oil drilling. Bernhardt, who took over the department after former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned amid ethic complaints, is a former oil lobbyist. “Clean […]

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New Florida AG “examining” 10-state lawsuit filed to block underwater blasting that harms whales, dolphins

By: - March 1, 2019

When 10 states along the Atlantic seaboard recently joined a federal lawsuit to stop offshore drilling companies from doing loud underwater blasting that hurts and kills dolphins, whales, and other sea life, Florida was notably absent. Now, Florida’s new Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking a look at the lawsuit “and how it relates to […]

FL House Speaker Oliva calls women “host bodies” in CBS interview about abortion legislation

By: - March 1, 2019

UPDATED Republican House speaker Jose Oliva referred to women as “host bodies” in an interview with CBS Miami Thursday. In an interview about anti-abortion measures introduced for this year’s legislative session, Oliva used the term “host body” five times. “You realize that there are a lot of people who would hear you use phrases like […]


The people you elected are not actually the key to making laws happen. Guess who is?

By: - February 25, 2019

In journalism school, we got two directives to guide our reporting careers: If your mother says she loves you, check it out. Follow the money. It’s easy to follow the money in Tallahassee –  we just stroll a few blocks from our downtown Florida Phoenix office. Like the azaleas and camellias, political fundraisers are in […]