Matthew Weidner

Consumer advocates slam David Jolly

A Pinellas County Congressional district could change parties after Election Day; Republican incumbent David Jolly faces an uphill battle in the newly redrawn district against Democrat Charlie Crist. The district now has more Democrats. Tuesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, critics of Congress member Jolly tried to paint him as anti-consumer. Democratic State Representative Dwight Dudley… Read more »

Florida Permaculture Convergence

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked about permaculture and the up-coming Florida Permaculture Convergence with one of the organizers of the Convergence, Wendell Martinkovic . Wendell and his wife own and operate a permaculture-based farm near Lake Panosofkee . Also, we had a Pinellas County Fair farm update with Pamela Sindlinger, with Gateway… Read more »

Day Three of Free Political Airtime on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161021_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity we continued our week long service of offering free airtime for political candidates running for state office or local races who are  on the ballot on November 8th in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties. The Candidates who recorded campaign messages to air were: 1. Bob Buesing- candidate… Read more »

New Tampa Bay Times article follows story of Kings Lake, a community devastated by 2006 housing crash

BY Rob Lorei Our guest  on Midpoint Wednesday was Tampa Bay Times reporter Susan Taylor Martin, who was part of an investigative team at the Tampa bay Times who followed up on the neighborhood here in the Bay area that was hardest hit by the housing foreclosure crisis a decade ago. Once an attractive neighborhood for… Read more »

Sheldon Upthegrove (left), Joe Redner and Bob Buesing

Dana Young’s no-show at debate a source of frustration

Tampa-area Democrats and two independent candidates for a State Senate seat continue to criticize the Republican in the race for being a no-show; Republican state Representative Dana Young skipped a Tiger Bay Club of Tampa debate Friday because of a funeral. But former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink called Young out in a question to the… Read more »

Day two of Free Air Time for political Candidates; Monthly Social Security checks to increase .3 percent to adjust for cost of living

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161019_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, we continued our week long service of  free airtime to any candidate who is running statewide or locally and who is on the ballot on November 8th in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties. 7 candidates took us up on our offer of free air time, they are : David… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 20 – Tucker/Hall’s Bill Carlson

Bill Carlson is president of Tucker/Hall, a national public relations and communications consulting firm based in Tampa. Carlson has been active in the movement to liberalize relations with the Tampa community and Cuba. His firm worked on brand awareness for the Greenlight Pinellas measure in 2012-2013, and he’s been involved in issues with Tampa’s airport and seaport. He… Read more »

Women’s Show 10/20 – “The Trump Effect”

Photo by DonkeyHotey Be careful what you say and do…… People are listening and watching.  Children are listening and watching.  Teachers in schools from K-12 commonly use our national elections as teaching material.  One of the purposes of public education in this country was to prepare children to be citizens in a democracy.  Teachers have… Read more »

solar panel

Florida solar amendment could “completely negate” future solar proposals: tape

A newly unearthed audio tape is giving credence to the idea that the solar amendment on November’s ballot in Florida was designed to mislead voters and would “completely negate” future solar power initiatives. The left-leaning group Center for Media and Democracy has published a talk from this month by a vice president with the James… Read more »

Presidential Debate on WMNF tonight

You can listen to Democracy Now’s coverage of the third presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump on the Source, our HD3 stream. We also have NPR’s fact checking widget embedded in our Debate page, which also provides a real time transcript (sort of – there are occasional [amusing] in the computer-provided transcribing)…. Read more »

Vote here today

Radioactivity Tuesday offers up free airtime for political candidates of local and state elections.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161018_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei As a public service—WMNF 88.5FM is offering free air time for political candidates this week. Beginning on Radioactivity Tuesday we’ll offer up to 90 seconds of free air time for a message recorded by the candidates themselves. The message may include anything the candidate would like to say about why they should be… Read more »

A special edition of Florida This Week with all millennial panel on Radioactivity Monday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161017_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode  of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU. . In this special edition, Host Rob Lorei speaks with four local “millennials”, young people generally between 12-34 that are now tied with the Baby Boomers as the largest age segment… 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 »

Sabal Trail route

Protest outside Duke in St. Pete against Florida pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline — the site of major protests and where journalist Amy Goodman had charges dismissed Monday — isn’t the only fossil fuel pipeline that’s drawing controversy; here in Florida, environmentalists are protesting against the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Our guest, Tim Martin, is with Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and helped to organize a protest… Read more »

Richard Wolff

Economist Richard Wolff dissects Trump’s plan for trade, jobs

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161014_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Friday was Economist Richard Wolff. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. Wolff is  the author of several books… 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 »

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Consumers for Smart Solar PAC defends utilities-backed Amendment 1.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161012_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday was Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. It’s the largest union federation in the US, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers. Trumka is a former coal miner and an attorney who was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 2009. He gave his take  on Trump’s stance… Read more »