An in-depth look at elections with local political analyst Barry Edwards

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160913_110619_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Tuesday talked about disabled parking abuse with Mack Marsh who is the Project Director for a group called Parking Mobility. Marsh has come to Tampa from Austin to discuss the issue of motorists who abuse parking spots for the disabled. Marsh has come to Tampa from Austin to discuss the issue… Read more »

Former State Senator Gelber says Bondi’s failure to investigate Trump University “stinks”

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160908_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Back in 2013 Trump’s charitable foundation gave a $25,000 donation to a group backing the reelection of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Then, Bondi’s office made a decision that benefited Trump: the Florida Attorney General’s office declined to pursue an investigation into fraud claims against Trump University. Now facing new scrutiny over… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rundown of primary results, Hermine reveals faults in Bay Area infrastructure

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160905_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts and insiders discussed the biggest stories in the state and nation:’s Rubio vs…. Read more »

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Florida voter turnout high for primary election

Polls closed at 7:00 p.m. in Tuesday’s primary election; and if early voting is any indication, turnout numbers should be up locally and across the state. The primary election still has a much lower turnout than a general election, but Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent says because of high turnout through in-person early voting… Read more »

NAACP,Rep. Kathy Castor says Florida is the epicenter of voter suppression

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160829_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, an politcal discussion show from WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This week we discuss: The primary election is Tuesday and we’ll look at some of the big races; Donald Trump campaigns in Tampa and again takes… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 25 – House District 68 debate between Ben Diamond & Eric Lynn

With just days before voters in Pinellas County’s House District 68 go to the polls, MidPoint hosted a radio debate between the two Democrats running in that primary election, attorney Ben Diamond and former Defense Dept. analyst Eric Lynn. The two men are very similar on many issues, one of the reasons why MidPoint wanted… Read more »

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WMNF listeners comment on Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida Fairgrounds yesterday

BY Rob Lorei http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160825_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday, we listened to excerpts from Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa on Wednesday. Then we opened up the phone lines and email for listener comments.  In his speech to about 2000 people, Trump said his presidency would rebuild the military, restore law and order,… Read more »

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In Tampa, Donald Trump says he should get minorities’ votes

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally Wednesday afternoon at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa; before the rally about 18 immigrants’ rights supporters held a press conference criticizing Trump’s policies toward immigrants and refugees. During his speech, Trump promised to fix inner cities and appeal to Latino and African-American voters. “And I say to the African… Read more »

Is Donald Trump a Sign that Fascism on the Rise in the US?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160824_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Wednesday afternoon Donald Trump held a campaign rally at the Tampa Fairgrounds, his forth in Tampa since the start of his campaign. Although Donald Trump’s three previous rallies in Tampa have been peaceful—at least one was marked by a shouting match between his supporters and his opponents. At other Trump rallies across the… Read more »

Media Matters Researcher discusses appointment of former Breitbart head Stephen Bannon to CEO of Trump Campaign

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160819_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we spoke with Media Matters Research Coordinator Alex Kaplan regarding Stephen Bannon’s appointment to a top spot in the Donald Trump for President campaign. Bannon is leaving the conservative website Breitbart to help run Trump’s campaign. Kaplan discussed Breitbart’s nationalism and racism and what Bannon is likely to bring… 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 »

Florida This Week: Trump levels new charges against Clinton, speaks to anti-LGBT group in Orlando

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160815_110618_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: Donald Trump uses campaign stops in Florida… Read more »

Radioactivity Listeners sounds off on contradictory statements made by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160812_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, we aired two clips from Youtube of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton making contradictory statements on some of the key issues of their platforms . Then we opened up the phone lines for listener comments.

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Radioactivity Monday: Florida This week, Equality Florida criticizes Sen. Marco Rubio’s record on LGBT rights.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160808_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei on Radioactivity Monday, we listened back to the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state politics: Donald Trump holds big rallies… Read more »

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter looks at the making of Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160809_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at the business dealings of Donald Trump with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston . Trump claims to be one of the most successful businessmen in the US and that his personal fortune is worth in excess of ten billion dollars. But Johnson, who  has been covering… Read more »

What the TV viewing habits of Trump supporters can tell us about his appeal

BY Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday we heard an interview with  Dr. Aaron Duncan from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Duncan recently penned an article that analysed a  study from Tivo on the TV watching habits of Trump supporters. The results of the poll showed the Trump supporters like crime dramas like NCIS and… Read more »

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Green presidential nominee getting boost from Sanders fans

On Saturday at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston the party nominated Jill Stein for president and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka for vice president; Stein joined WMNF’s MidPoint Monday by phone. Listen to the full show here: Stein was also the Green nominee for president in 2012, so she is breaking a glass ceiling of… Read more »

True Blunders on Life Elsewhere

“Global warming is a total and a very expensive hoax!” This is only one of many tweets by GOP Presidential contender Mr. Trump on the subject of climate change. But that brash declaration caught the attention of environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker. He felt compelled to voice his rebuttal. In the always readable CounterPunch, Robert lays out… Read more »

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Bernie Sanders delegates from Florida reflect on DNC

On MidPoint we spoke with two local delegates who just returned from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia; Jessica Vaughn (Hillsborough County) and Amos Miers (Pinellas County) were Bernie Sanders delegates from Florida. Welcome to WMNF’s MidPoint, Jessica and Amos! We talked about their convention experience. Listen to the full show here: On the first day… Read more »

A conversation with Congresswoman Gwen Graham on the DNC, changes in water quality standards to allow more toxic chemicals

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160728_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest  was Congresswoman Gwen Graham who is at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Congresswoman. Graham is a Democrat who represents Tallahassee in Washington DC. She’s also the daughter of former Senator and Governor Bob Graham. Host Rob Lorei spoke with her about the convention, Donald Trump’s email remarks and the controversial… Read more »

Local political consultant Adam Goodman says there is a hidden vote that could help Trump

By Rob Lorei Our guest on midpoint Wednesday was Adam Goodman,a Republican political consultant from Tampa who is at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We spoke with him about the hidden vote that he thinks will help Donald Trump win the presidential election. He’s written an article on the topic recently for The Daily Beast.