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Law professor weighs in on SCOTUS vacancy after Scalia’s death

Arch-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday and the balance of the Court could shift with his replacement; WMNF spoke with a constitutional law professor about how election year politics could influence what happens. Louis Virelli is professor of constitutional law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Professor Virelli served for… Read more »

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, gestures as he speaks at the Californi Democrats State Convention in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, April 30, 2011.  Sanders called on Democrats to work together to stop what he calls the GOP's attack on the middle class.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

How much would a Bernie Sanders healthcare system cost?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160212_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei During last night’s Democratic debate, one of the argument that Hillary Clinton levied against Sen. Bernie Sanders is that his plan for single payer healthcare system is unfeasibly expensive; both she and the wall street journal quote a $18 trillion price tag for a single payer model. That number is based… Read more »

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USF students will greet The Donald with Dump Trump action

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to the USF SunDome Friday night and students are organizing a protest outside. Update, here’s audio from Rev. Bruce Wright, just before the Trump rally: WMNF News interviewed Elizabeth Kramer with SDS Tampa — Students for a Democratic Society. Listen: “One of the people saw an article that, you… Read more »

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Women for Bernie Sanders meet-up in Tampa Bay

Bernie Sanders won by a landslide in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary; on Wednesday evening the group Tampa Bay Women for Bernie Sanders will meet in St. Petersburg to dispel myths that women and feminists are supporting Hillary Clinton. In New Hampshire, 55% of women voted for Sanders. This comes after a week in which… Read more »

A protester at the 2013 mayday event in New York City. Photo By Micheal Fleshman via Flickr

New study says low wage jobs cost Floridians over $11 Billion a year

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160204_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   BY Rob Lorei Today we are joined by FSU economic professor Patrick Mason, author of a new Study on the high cost of low wage jobs in Florida. The report found that near the nearly 39 percent of Florida’s workforce, about 3 million people, are working in low-wage jobs that cost taxpayers over $11 Billion… Read more »

From left to right: Mit Patel of the Stop TBX coalition,Former Tampa City Council Member Linda Saul Sena and Sunshine Citizens President Chris Vela. Photo by Rob Lorei

Opponents say TBX project based on old data, bad engineering

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160203_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Yesterday we discussed the ongoing fight by local communities to stop an interstate expansion that threaten several historic neighborhoods in Tampa. Known as the TBX Project. It plans to add express lanes to interstates 275 and 1-4 through Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as way of relieving traffic congestion in those areas. But… Read more »

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Controversy #2 On Life Elsewhere

“Should a Muslim printer be obliged to publish cartoons of Mohammed or a Jewish one the words of a Holocaust denier? Will gay bakers have to accept orders for cakes with homophobic slurs?” These are the controversial questions from noted gay activist Peter Tatchell. Like most gay and equality campaigners, Tatchell initially condemned Christian-run Ashers Bakery… Read more »

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Florida This Week: Senate opens door to fracking, new bill would make abortion a first-degree felony

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160201_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss several controversial bills moving through the state legislature.One bill would allow the state to regulate and… Read more »

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CAIR opposes Florida bill it says targets human rights defenders

A bill in the Florida Legislature would sanction groups that organize boycotts of or divestment from Israel or from companies that contribute to alleged human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine. But HB 527 isopposed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Our guest on MidPoint, Laila Abdelaziz, is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR-Florida.  Listen to this segment… Read more »

Alapha River Flows into the Floridan aquifiervia a sink hole. photo  By Stewart Tomlinson, Florida (USGS Surface Water Photo Gallery) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Life in a Democratic Socialist country; Looming water crises threatening Florida.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160129_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei During last nights GOP debate,  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said  democratic candidate Bernie Sanders ” is a good candidate — for president of Sweden. We don’t want to be Sweden, we want to be the United States of America.”, reiterating a common attack of Sanders’  socialist leanings as un-American. Our guest for the… Read more »

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Next On Life Elsewhere

    On the next edition of Life Elsewhere a former carpenter and construction worker, Nicholas Petrie talks about his riveting debut novel, The Drifter.  Petrie, a gifted writer, and keen observer takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, as his hero a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is faced with formidable situations. Norman B… Read more »

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Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »

Feeding America supporter in Boston. Photo by WEBN-TV via Flickr

1 in 6 people in Tampa Bay are going hungry; Family of Elias Guadarrama says he did not commit suicide during police chase

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160128_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei In the 10 counties making up West Central Florida Area, one in 6 people, or about 700,000, are not getting enough to eat. Many are trying to live off of a four dollar daily allowance for food, and many children come to school on Monday having not had a solid meal at… Read more »

National Day of Action to Defend Women's Rights. Rally at Dallas City Hall, July 15, 2013. Photo by Steve Rainwater. CC

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »