Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »

Les Miller

Hillsborough moves meeting about sinkhole: keeps option of legal challenge

The region’s water management district has rejected Hillsborough County’s request for more time to consider a plan to pump water from a sinkhole located in sensitive wetlands; and after several environmentalists spoke out against pumping water from Morris Bridge Sink during Wednesday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner Les Miller announced that the county would move the timing of… Read more »

fracking opponents

Hillsborough County attorney: fracking bills prohibit local control

On Thursday Hillsborough County commissioners heard a report on the controversial fossil fuel drilling technique called fracking; in their role as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission they were warned by county attorney Rick Morati about hydraulic fracturing and the state bills that could preempt local control. “We’re always concerned about preemption in bills.” During public comment former… Read more »

Les Miller

Hillsborough approves $29 million for Bucs stadium upgrade

The Hillsborough County Commission overwhelmingly approved nearly $29 million for upgrades to the county-owned football stadium that’s home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The county’s chief financial administrator, Bonnie Wise, says the public funds come from the tourist tax, not general revenue. Wise says part of the deal would increase the amount of profit sharing… Read more »

Bob Kunst

St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman protested for banning Trump

This week St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman made headines by firing back on social media against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Trump said the U.S. should stop letting Muslims into the country, to which Kriseman responded on Twitter that Trump should be barred from St. Petersburg. I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St…. Read more »

La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga tackles big issues in local news and politics

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about the latest political issues facing the Tampa Bay Area with Patrick Mantaiga, editor and publisher of La Gaceta, the only trilingual newspaper in the country that has been covering local news from Ybor city for 93 years. With Mantaiga we discuss Hillsborough County’s transportation dilemma, mobility… Read more »

Florida this week with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn; Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants no bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

By Rob Lorei Today we listen to a special Thanksgiving edition of Florida this week in which host Rob Lorei interviews Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, touching on a variety of topics such as the Vinik Project in downtown Tampa, the TBX interstate expansion, the idea of a  citizen’s police review board  and his goals for his… Read more »

Florida This Week; Holocaust Museum commemorates Kristallnacht

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel ( Political Consultant April Schiff, Former USF Professor Liana Fernandez Fox, Political Reporter Mitch Perry, Radio Host Susan… Read more »

safe roads

Walk Bike Tampa unveils Vision Zero plan for pedestrian and bicycle safety

A new coalition is trying to make Tampa safer for pedestrians and cyclists; in a press conference Thursday afternoon, Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said there have been 43 deaths so far this year in Hillsborough County. On December 3, she’s introducing a resolution to city council called Vision Zero, which pushes for a holistic… Read more »

Pinellas and Hillsborough to join South Florida counties in combating wage theft

By Rob Lorei Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will soon be joining several South Florida counties in passing local ordinances aimed at protecting workers from wage theft. Wage theft is when employees are withheld  rightly owed wages or benefits, sometimes through forcing workers to work off the clock, denying paychecks, or garnishing employee tips.  It especially affects service… Read more »

US Department of Education lambastes Pinellas County for educational disparities

Last Friday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Campbell Park Elementary, one of the South Saint Petersburg schools singled out in a Tampa Bay Times investigation noting severely underperforming schools. Outgoing US secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, emphasized the educational disparity in Pinellas schools is man made. Duncan opines that probable causes were… Read more »

Karl Nurse.

St. Pete plans to upgrade sewer infrastructure

In a newspaper column Wednesday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Krisemen wrote he is recommending to City Council using money from the BP disaster settlement on storm resiliency and sustainability. That’s after the city dumped fifteen million gallons of partially-treated sewage into a stormwater pond connected to Clam Bayou during a massive rain event two months ago…. Read more »