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.
State law change to aid arcade businesses passes committee review
Updated 03/10/2014 at 9:41 p.m.
The Senate Gaming Committee considered a proposal (SB 668), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would seek to clear up questions about a law approved last year that put Internet cafes out of business.
Endorsements in Southwest Florida congressional race may not sway voters, experts say
Published 03/09/2014 at 6:30 p.m.
The endorsements for the District 19 special election have been rolling in since almost the minute the field was set. A look at what they might mean to the outcome.
Proposed state gambling bills leave Bonita Springs slot out of luck
Published 03/05/2014 at 7:25 p.m.
House and Senate gaming bills seemingly have left Bonita Springs officials no path to slot machines in 2014.
Airwaves war under way by candidates in Congressional special election
Published 03/03/2014 at 7:55 p.m.
The beginning of what is expected to be a busy and expensive campaign season filled with television, radio and direct mail campaigns is under way in the congressional special election.
Richter's Senate committee takes first look at new gaming package
Updated 03/03/2014 at 5:54 p.m.
The state Senate gaming committee met for the first time since the committee’s three-bill package – which includes a comprehensive bill, a constitutional amendment and a public records exemption – was released last week.
Florida gambling reform bill faces big odds going into 2014 session
Published 03/02/2014 at 5:34 p.m.
The state Senate gaming committee run by Garrett Richter released a proposal in the past week to authorize Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida, create a gaming commission and allow voters to decide if they want control over expanding gambling.
Naples at heart of state debate over local police, fire pension reform
Published 03/01/2014 at 7:35 p.m.
Senate Bill 246, sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, and Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, changes state laws affecting local pension systems, particularly police and fire pensions. A significant change would affect how tax revenue on insurance pr
In session: Legislature to look at tax cuts, ways to spend starting Tuesday
Published 03/01/2014 at 6 p.m.
Florida heads into the 2014 legislative session with a little extra cash in the state budget, but area lawmakers said they intend to be thrifty with the surplus.
Four Republican candidates, one message: 'Repeal Obamacare'
Published 02/25/2014 at 10:20 p.m.
In their first meeting of the election season, four Republicans running for Congress were given a chance Tuesday to set themselves apart from one another. But instead of a heated debate, Southwest Floridians got a taste of four candidates with ...
'Repeal Obamacare,' four Republicans for Congress tell forum
Published 02/25/2014 at 8:33 p.m.
The first debate of the 2014 election cycle was held Tuesday in Fort Myers. Four congressional candidates were there.
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