MidPoint for Thursday, July 6 – Tampa Bay Times Metro columnist John Romano

After writing a sports column for over a decade, the Tampa Bay Times John Romano moved over to the news side in early 2012, where he had the unenviable position of replacing longtime columnist Howard Troxler. While Troxler will always have his fans, Romano has created his own distinctive brand since that time. Romano joined… Read more »

Karen Malo and Christopher O'Donnell

Guardian ad Litem Helps Protect Florida’s Abused, Abandoned and Neglected Kids

Karen Malo with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay works on a big problem – abused, neglected and abandoned children here in Florida. Oftentimes these children are born into troubled families. They are innocent, and must rely on either family, social workers, volunteers, the courts, foster parents, law enforcement… Read more »

St. Pete moves forward with campaign finance reform

Despite an opinion from city lawyers that it is unconstitutional, St. Petersburg City Council moved ahead this morning with an ordinance that would cap Super PAC donations and limit contributions from foreign interests in city campaigns; Council members voted 5-3 Thursday morning in a nonbinding recommendation to advance the campaign finance reform measure to public… Read more »

Woman protesting for campaign finance reform and against super PACs

Campaign Finance Reform in St. Pete

Constitutional attorney working on campaign finance reform in St. Petersburg and impeaching President Trump Activists in St. Petersburg are attempting to do what’s never been done before anywhere in the country—that is, to place a total ban on Super PAC donations to political candidates. And they hope it will lead to campaign finance reform around… Read more »

Tampa Bay Express

Tampa Bay interstate toll lane plan moves ahead despite opposition to TB Next

A plan to add 90 miles of toll lanes to the existing interstate highways in the Tampa Bay area has taken another step forward; despite overwhelming opposition from the public, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted Tuesday night to include the TB Next plan that used to be called TBX in its five-year… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, May 25 with Mark Sharpe – transportation + innovation

Mark Sharpe served on the Hillsborough County Commission from 2004-2014.  He then moved on to become the head of the Tampa Innovation Alliance (now being rebranded as Innovation Place). On Thursday, he talked about what he’s doing to try to make revitalize the USF area, and talked a lot about transportation. Sharpe was one the leaders in… Read more »

Plan for I-275 through Tampa

Urban Planner Joshua Frank on Radioactivity Wednesday

The Solution to Tampa’s Traffic Problem? Tear Down I-275? With its mostly elevated lanes, the interstate chops up communities and cuts through North Tampa, Sulphur Springs, Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, West Tampa and the Westshore area. The Florida Department of Transportation wants to expand, through what they call the TBX Plan. The plan would add… Read more »

Little Manatee River near Waimauma. By Seán Kinane (Apr. 2016).

Environmentalist slams proposed “sludge farm” along Little Manatee River

A Hillsborough County company is asking the county for permission to spread tons of human sewage waste over its property along the Manatee River system; but environmental activist Mariella Smith is fighting back against the proposal by Chris’s Plumbing Service. She calls it a ‘sludge farm’. “Chris’s Plumbing Service runs a huge commercial septic operation…. Read more »

Heavy traffic on I-275 going into downtown Tampa

Mass Transit Advocate Kevin Thurman on Radioactivity Tuesday

Tallahassee Tries to Limit Local Government Power to Decide Transportation Future In recent days you may have been stuck in long traffic jams on the interstate highway system here in the Bay area. First there was a grassfire that shut down I-275 in Pinellas County during Friday afternoon rush hour. Then there was the multi… Read more »

Dunedin Blue Jays Field at night

Journalist Noah Pransky on Radioactivity Wednesday

Questionable analysis used in deciding sports subsidies The state of Florida and local governments spend a lot of money subsidizing stadiums for sports teams. Host Rob Lorei talked with Noah Pransky, who is an investigative reporter at WTSP whose most recent story is about Mark Bonn, the expert that many governments around the state use… Read more »

MidPoint-Tuesday- Pinellas County Chair Janet Long, and former USFSP political science professor Darryl Paulson

Janet Long, the current Chair of the Pinellas County Commission, appeared in studio on the Tuesday, April 18th edition of MidPoint with guest host Mitch Perry. A former state legislator who was initially elected in 2012 to the board and subsequently reelected in 2016 (without an opponent), Long has been a big proponent of regionalization… Read more »

St Paul Police SRT Indexing Firearm in Holster gun RNC 2008 Minnesota

Reporter Ben Montgomery on his ‘Why Cops Shoot’ investigation on Radioactivity

Florida Police Shootings investigated by Times’ Ben Montgomery For years, no one could say with much certainty how many times police shot people in Florida. Now, we have an answer as a result of a months-long investigation from the Tampa Bay Times titled Why Cops Shoot. According to the Times report, “No one was keeping track of… Read more »

Picture of a person's feet in the shape of the letter V, followed by O T E to spell vote.

Steve Hough of Florida Fair and Open Primaries on Radioactivity Tuesday

Should Florida have open primary elections? Before general elections we have primary elections where political parties ask their members to select from a roster of candidates who will be the party’s slate of candidates in the general election. In Florida you must be a member of a political party to vote in that party’s primary… Read more »