Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

A law professor answers: are corporations citizens?

Are corporations citizens and how have courts changed the role of corporations in society and in elections? We look at these topics with our guest in the studio, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. She’s an associate professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Her new book is called Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of… Read more »

A Palestinian Promotes Peaceful Resistance to the Israeli Occupation

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160722_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On radioactivity Friday, our first guest was Palestinian peace activist Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour (Abed).  Dr. Abed is the founder and director of Al-Rowwad, a cultural center located in Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine. As the theater director, he teaches that the arts, which include music, dance, theater and sports, are tools for empowerment to… Read more »

Vote here today

New film sheds light on voter suppression in 2016 primary elections

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160720_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we spoke with   investigative reporter Greg Palast about his upcoming film on voter suppression. Palast broke the story of how African Americans with similar names to ex felons were removed from Florida’s voter rolls prior to the 2000 Presidential election. As a result– thousands of people were wrongfully… Read more »

St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice

St. Pete considers banning Super PAC money in local elections

St. Petersburg City Council is considering banning the influence of Super PAC money in local elections. The idea was introduced Thursday afternoon by council vice chair Darden Rice. “I’m introducing a new business item to start council discussion on evaluating an ordinance that would abolish Super PAC influence in local elections. Number one, we want corporations that donate to candidates… Read more »

Women’s Show resuming in August

Photo via Flickr by DonkeyHotey/CC 2.0 license There will be no show July 21st or July 28th due to”Democracy Now” covering the Republican and Democratic conventions from 9-11 am. From a Woman’s POV will resume programing at 10 am on August 4th.

A Florida Perspective on the RNC in Cleveland this week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160718_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest Florida this Week, a public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our expert panel of political experts and insiders look at the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: The Republican Convention gets… Read more »

Florida Senate District 19 forum

Florida Senate District 19 Democrats face off

The Republican National Convention began Monday; on MidPoint we continue our look at this year’s election with audio from candidates running for a Florida Senate seat that covers parts of four counties. Four Democrats are running for a state Senate district that’s been gerrymandered to snake through parts of South Pinellas, Central Hillsborough and northwestern Manatee… Read more »

Florida House 70

Florida House 70 candidates offer algae bloom solutions

Florida’s House District 70 is gerrymandered to take in small parts of four counties, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge; so many Democratic voters from South Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties are packed into the cross-shaped district that the winner of August’s Democratic Primary should prevail in November as well. The three Democrats fighting for… Read more »

Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein

Jill Stein says Edward Snowden would be in her cabinet if she becomes president

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein answered questions from voters Tuesday night during an hour-long live video on Facebook. Stein was the Green nominee in 2012 and is expected to get the presidential nomination again at the Green Party convention early next month. She appealed to Bernie Sanders supporters after the Vermont Senator announced his endorsement… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at sniper attack in Dallas, Gov. Scott’s response to algae blooms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160711_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we played last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts discuss the biggest stories from Florida and around the country: The Dallas sniper attack… 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 »

Democratic senate candidate Alan Grayson blasts rivals on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160701_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, our guest was Congressman Alan Grayson, a democrat who is running for a seat in the US Senate. Grayson graduated from Harvard Law School and currently represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District in Orlando. On Friday, he talked about the controversy  surrounding his opponent Patrick Murphy’s resume, his stance on social security… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint with CNN political analyst Kevin Madden & Planned Parenthood’s Anna Eskamani

CNN political analyst Kevin Madden talked about the Donald Trump campaign, as we approach the Republican National Convention next month. Madden served as national press secretary for Mitt Romney’s presidential runs in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Earlier in the show, Anna Eskamani, the Director of Public Policy and Field Operations for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida…. Read more »

Florida State House District 68 candidates

Three Florida House District 68 candidates face off

There are two Democrats and one Republican running for the Florida House seat being vacated by St. Petersburg Democrat Dwight Dudley; WMNF spoke with all three of them Wednesday morning about whether they agree with the call from Democrats in the Legislature to hold a special session on gun control. Democrat Eric Lynn originally was running… Read more »

Politifact checks the latest comments from presidential candidates; Meet the Oregon students who support Trump

On Radioactivity Wednesday we looked at the truth behind recent statements made by political figures with Katie Sanders, deputy editor of politifact.com, a fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times. We looked at whether comments made by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and President Obama ranked as true, half-true, or were straight-out “pants-on-fire” lies. Then we were… Read more »

Carlos Beruff campaign photo.

Carlos Beruff responds to Marco Rubio entering Senate race

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has re-entered the race for Senate. For months he insisted he would not seek re-election to the Senate and ran an unsuccessful campaign for president instead. So far three of his opponents have dropped out of the race. But two wealthy first-time candidates remain: businessman Todd Wilcox and developer Carlos Beruff…. Read more »

Peta Lindsay v Hillary Clinton

Former presidential candidate “another level of furious” that Clinton used her in campaign video

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton put out a campaign video this month on breakthroughs for women. But a woman who ran for president four years ago with the Party for Socialism and Liberation says she’s furious that her image was used in Clinton’s video. Peta Lindsay ran for president in 2012 and is the… Read more »

Interview with Republican Senate candidate Ron DeSantis on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160610_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday,  we spoke with congressman Ron DeSantis, one of the 5 Republicans running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat in Washington DC.  DeSantis is a lawyer who served with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy and supported operations at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was a legal advisor… Read more »

Trump pulls out all the stops at Tampa rally

Donald Trump’s Tampa visit was full of rhetoric and low on details. The Trump Train made a whistle stop at The Tampa Convention Center, last Saturday. The media savvy, GOP firebrand, berated his critics to the delight of his Florida supporters. Trump took to the podium after about 70 minutes of strategic and high profile… Read more »

Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… Read more »