Ashley Lopez


Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, WLRN-Miami Herald News. Before that, she was a reporter at The Florida Independent. She also interned for Talking Points Memo in New York City and WUNC in Durham, North Carolina. She also freelances as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Gov. Rick Scott toured the state this week touting his newly proposed budget. His plan includes tax cuts, which are partially offset by cuts to more than a thousand state employee positions.

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Gov. Rick Scott stopped by Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers Friday. He announced new proposals aimed at making college more affordable.

Term Limits

Jan 28, 2015

It’s been more than two decades since voters approved a ballot measure instituting term limits in the Florida Legislature. Since then, state lawmakers have had a hard cap of eight years in either the Florida House or Florida Senate.

The campaign to bring term limits to Florida promised more competitive and diverse elections. Proponents also said term limits would foster a citizen Legislature that was more representative government in the Sunshine State.

However, a new book from the University Press of Florida entitled, “The Failure of Term Limits in Florida,” makes the case that term limits haven’t actually accomplished everything proponents promised.

In fact, author and Florida International University Professor Kathryn DePalo writes that term limits have had a lot of negative consequences for elections and policymaking in state.

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Florida is gaining wetlands thanks to a mitigation bank project now in the works. Ground crews are currently restoring about 1,200 acres of land in the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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Federal officials were in Sarasota County this week helping residents get ready for new flood maps. It’s part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA nationwide initiative to update the country’s flood maps.