About JENNA BUZZACCO-FOERSTER
Phone: (239) 263-4805
Most political junkies catch a plane to Washington, D.C. for their fix. Not me.
When picking a college, I chose to go to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, because of the Iowa Caucuses. There I learned how grassroots politics work in the heartland, saw the beginning and ending of presidential campaigns and recommended the milkshakes at the Drake Diner to Hillary Clinton.
After college, I fled Des Moines for the slightly warmer climate of Sandusky, Ohio, where I covered cops and a small lakefront community. But after 20-plus years of two seasons - winter and road construction - I decided in 2005 it was time to retire my sweaters and move south.
I started at the Daily News in December 2005 as an education reporter. After a brief stint at the Marco Island Eagle, the political junkie in me reared its ugly head, and I took over the Naples city government reporter job in 2007.
When I'm not hounding Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, I enjoy cooking, reading and hanging out at the beach. Still a political junkie at heart, and I've already asked for a fancy touch screen television that John King uses on CNN in advance of the 2012 presidential election.
Think covering City Hall sounds boring? Think again. Here's some of my favorite stories slightly off the beaten City Hall path:
■ Origins of chickens, roosters that have come home to roost in River Park murky Hear that crow? There are chickens and roosters living in River Park, and neighbors and community members aren't quite sure how the fowl got there to begin with.
■ No cross words for this veteran school crossing guard Louise Lopez spent her career as a street walker. Well, it's sort of true. Lopez has spent the past 25 years as a crossing guard for the city of Naples.
■ Holy cow! Could the Chicago Cubs ever end up in Naples? Could Naples be the new home of the Chicago Cubs spring training site? Some people hope the answer is yes.
Everyone has them - Web sites they just can't live with out - and here's some of mine:
All work and no play makes me a cranky reporter. Here's where I head when I need to take a virtual break from a hectic day:
■ Food Gawker Foodies beware: This site will make you drool and could lead to massive messes in the kitchen.
■Etsy Love crafty, handmade goods? You could spend hours window shopping through Etsy's virtual market.
■ Lifehacker The name says it all "tips and downloads to getting things done." And on more than one occasion Lifehacker has saved my day.
Trey Radel says alcohol was his downfall, but didn't affect his work in Congress
Published 12/19/2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Hours after completing an inpatient rehabilitation program in Naples, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel reaffirmed his intention Thursday to go back to Congress, but stopped short of saying he will seek re-election.
Trey Radel not resigning from office, plans to return to Congress
Updated 12/19/2013 at 8:08 p.m.
Trey Radel says he is not resigning from office and plans to return to Congress. "I made a mistake and I know that. I let our country down. And again, for that I am sorry. I will do everything in ...
Analysts: You don't need the congressman to run congressional offices
Published 12/07/2013 at 6:50 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Trey Radel's Southwest Florida offices remain open although he's taken a leave of absence. Political analysts said it's unlikely constituents will see any change in the level of service to residents.
Name game: Southwest Florida Republicans weigh options to replace Radel
Published 12/07/2013 at 6:15 p.m.
Three weeks after U.S. Rep. Trey Radel was charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in the nation's capital, names are surfacing about who in the GOP may challenge the first-term congressman.
Florida Supreme Court set to hear arguments: Is medical marijuana for the people?
Published 12/05/2013 at 6:20 a.m.
There's an attempt underway to get a medical marijuana amendment on the 2014 ballot.
Bonita Springs leaders urge Lee's state lawmakers to expand gaming
Published 12/03/2013 at 7:27 p.m.
The Lee County legislative delegation met Tuesday and was urged by Bonita Springs leaders to expand gaming in the state.
Lee legislative delegation supports bill allowing Estero residents to vote on incorporation
Updated 12/03/2013 at 6:59 p.m.
Lee County’s six-member legislative delegation Tuesday morning approved a local bill that, if passed during the 2014 legislative session, would allow Estero residents to vote on whether to incorporate.
Collier GOP in line with leadership's call for Radel to resign over cocaine case
Published 12/02/2013 at 10:33 p.m.
The leadership of the Collier County Republican Party heard some dissent Monday night about its decision to call on U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to resign, but in the end the party backed the leadership at the GOP monthly meeting.
Legislative delegation to hear Southwest Florida wish lists Tuesday
Published 11/25/2013 at 4:50 a.m.
On Tuesday, Southwest Florida agencies and organizations will have a chance to get their legislative wish list heard.
As Trey Radel goes to rehab, names emerge as possible challengers
Updated 11/21/2013 at 10:25 p.m.
Who could Rep. Trey Radel face in his re-election bid?
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