Today on Last Call, Warren Elly discusses Florida politics. Some analysts say there are signs that the Republican Domination of Tallahassee could be cracking a bit in the coming election year, when one of the lowest rated Governors in the US and an Attorney General suffering self-inflicted political wounds both stand for re-election. Some say the growing national feud between the business community and the small-government tea party may spill over into Florida races. But can the Democrats tak...
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club that his is 100% opposed to red light cameras.
Red light cameras are popping up all over the Tampa Bay area, but not in unincorporated Pinellas County. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Wednesday, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained why.
“I am 100% opposed to red-light cameras.”
Gualtieri acknowledged that he is a minority among law enforcement officials who tend to favor the cameras. But he said traffic enforcement should be about public safety, not profit.
“This should not be a situation where somebody is sitting there in...
Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei interviews Tampa Bay Times journalist, Craig Pittman about his recent article. The article explores why 2 dozen citrus growers have repeatedly pumped thousands of gallons of more water out of the aquifer than their state permits allow. The Southwest Florida Water Management District has taken no steps to punish any of the owners of the 28 groves.
Growers say their crops need access water to fight citrus greening which is caused by a bacteria and spread by a...
Florida received a B-rating for nursing home care in the state, but one chain isn’t doing quite so hot. Consulate Health Care is the largest provider in the state of Florida. Angela Lusk with the Service Employee’s International Union says the company is falling behind state averages in almost every key factor of elderly care.
“Pressure ulcers are very painful sores that residents can get. They take a long time to heal and they can lead to other complications like skin and bone infection....
Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Washington Post correspondent David E. Hoffman who in investigates the rise of deadly superbugs that modern medicine can't treat in tonight's FRONTLINE documentary Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria. The film also takes a rare look inside an uncontrollable outbreak at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center--the NIH--one of the nation's most prestigious research hospit...
A group called United for Care is in the midst of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
The organization is headed by prominent central Florida attorney, John Morgan.
WMNF spoke with Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United For Care about where the effort is at and what still needs to be done.
"There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state of Florida who are suffering from diseases and conditions where their lives can be dramatically improved...
National Priorities project
The sixteen day government "shutdown" ended last Thursday. But as we'll hear in this next interview the shutdown left some government operations untouched. Mattea Kramer of the National Priorities Project provides some perspective on the winners and losers.
Mattea Kramer co-authored with Jo Comerford, the article “What Was ‘Essential’ and What Wasn’t, The Government Shutdown in Perspective”
and she joins us now.
Groups including the local newspaper are calling for the firing of Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack and city manager Doug Thomas after a series of scandals have shaken the city. During a meeting Monday, Bruce Abels with the Lakeland Police Advisory Committee went through a list of 22 recommendations to boost the agency’s faltering reputation.
"We need to add a duty to report and a duty to observe the city's values to the employee policy manual. And with that is a guarantee that if they d...
Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis
Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her law...
Our guest is David Perlmutter, MD. he's a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. In his new book he says that reducing our risk of Alzheimer's and dementia as we age can be done by making more healthy diet choices. Dr. Perlmutter wrote last month on Huffington Post that there is a correl...