Leonard Peltier

Former US attorney calls for clemency for Leonard Peltier

One of Florida’s most famous prisoners is hoping President Barack Obama will grant him clemency before leaving office; Native American activist Leonard Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout, but has maintained his innocence for four decades. Now, a former U.S. attorney has written a letter supporting clemency for Peltier…. Read more »

New Report Shows Widespread Racial Disparity in Sentencing in Florida

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/by9D8F_uSvo/wmnf_161214_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei For the past year a team of reporters at the Sarasota Herald Tribune has been investigating sentencing here in Florida. The team searched tens of millions of records from 2004 through 2015.The investigation revealed that blacks are more likely to be found guilty than whites in Florida; they are more likely… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday – Andrew Warren, newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney

On Election Night, one of the few bright notes for Democrats locally was the election of Andrew Warren over Mark Ober for Hillsborough County State Attorney. On the program, Warren talked about his strategy on attempting to defeat a 16-year incumbent, and how his philosophy on criminal justice is much different than Ober. Also on… Read more »

Women’s Show “The Essential Guide to Donald Trump” book review 11/3

5 Days and Counting… We’re down to the wire…less than a week before we choose our next Commander in Chief? That’s up to you to decide. If you still haven’t made up your mind on who you’re voting for then pick up a copy of The Essential Guide to Donald Trump by Kenneth F. McCallion. In… Read more »

Anti-death penalty sign

Faith leaders call on Hillsborough & Pinellas to halt death penalty

Dozens of faith leaders are calling on Hillsborough and Pinellas County prosecutors to stop calling for the death penalty; this comes after the two Tampa Bay area counties were counted by a Harvard study as outliers in their use of the sentence of death. WMNF News interviewed Fr. Bob Schneider, pastor of St. Stephen Catholic Church… Read more »

New Study says Hillsborough county has one of the most juvenile arrests in Florida; local HS teacher says there is “Trump Effect” harassment at school.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161013_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei A study which came out last month shows that just three counties– Hillsborough, Duval and Orange counties were responsible for nearly one quarter of all juvenile arrests in the state. And that there are alternatives that could keep the young people out of jail and help society at the same time.In… Read more »

Hillsborough County State Attorney candidates Mark Ober Andrew Warren

Hillsborough County State Attorney debate: Ober vs. Warren

We look in detail at another election race: Republican Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is facing a challenge from former federal prosecutor Andrew Warren, a Democrat. We hear parts of a debate from earlier this month at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Earlier this month we played two clips from this debate that involve how important someone’s… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint – sports editor Dave Zirin talks about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for national anthem

On today’s program, Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation  and the host of the popular Edge of Sports podcast, was our guest for the first part of the program. He discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand for the national anthem, and the fall out from that.  

Group says amendment 2 will legalize pot with little regulation; Protests continue over shooting death of unarmed black man in Clair-Mel

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160906_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first part of Radioactivity Tuesday we discuss Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and the group who is opposed to it. Our first guest is Jessica Spencer, spokesperson for the vote no on 2 campaign, who says that the amendment language would down the road lead full legalization… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rubio calls Trump a “Con-man”, Florida Republicans wants party to divert money from Trump race.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160822_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Marco Rubio sticks by his description of… Read more »

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »

MidPoint: The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer & minimum wage with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed an executive order that will restore the voting rights of 200,000 ex-felons. Talking about that development and what other states are doing on the issue is the Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer. Later in the program, we spoke with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who made news this week by announcing a… Read more »

Bradenton Bridge

Former inmates and employers join fight to save Bradenton Bridge

Update 12 May 2016: The Department of Corrections has extended the contract (with revised terms) for Bradenton Bridge. An all-female inmate transitional facility in Bradenton could close soon because its contract has not been renewed by the state. The re-entry center provides substance abuse services and has a popular jobs program. Catherine Rodeheaver got a… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Tampa for Justice wants civil rights investigation of police

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that although the Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more tickets to black bicyclists that it was not intentional and therefore not racial discrimination. That study was done by Justice’s COPS program – Community Oriented Policing Services. We played a summary from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District… Read more »

Religious group protests Hillsborough Sheriffs rejection of civil citations for minors caught with pot

Demonstrators gathered outside the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City  Thursday afternoon, calling on Sheriff David Gee to reverse his decision to arrest minors caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of issuing them civil citations. The vigil was put together  by The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, also known as  HOPE, which is made-up of various religious groups through out the county…. Read more »

Tropicana Field

FAST will press Pinellas leaders on issues

A coalition of religious groups is asking Pinellas County leaders for improvements in three areas: reducing education disparities, alternatives to arresting youth and funding basic human services. Joining us in the studio for MidPoint were Pastor Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Kathy Filippelli from St. Matthews Catholic Church and Rev. Jean Cooley from Lakewood Presbyterian… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 17 – ACLU of Florida and The Florida Squeeze’s Kartik Krishnaiyer

On the program – Baylor Johnson, spokesman for the ACLU of Florida, on the group’s report card on specific issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties in the just concluded Florida legislative session. And, Kartik Krishnaiyer, the editor and chief purveyor from the liberal Florida political blog The Florida Squeeze.

President Obama Makes Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, political moderate Merrick Garland. Merrick’s nomination came as a surprise to some, who assumed that Sri Srinivasan, also a judge for the D.C. federal court, would be the top pick. Garland was confirmed to the federal bench under former President Bill Clinton’s second presidential term in 1997. He… Read more »

1 in 6 people in Tampa Bay are going hungry; Family of Elias Guadarrama says he did not commit suicide during police chase

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160128_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei In the 10 counties making up West Central Florida Area, one in 6 people, or about 700,000, are not getting enough to eat. Many are trying to live off of a four dollar daily allowance for food, and many children come to school on Monday having not had a solid meal at… Read more »