Florida governor will be selected in 500 days. Today we heard speeches by six possible Democratic candidates (Cong. Jim Davis, State Rep. Lois Frankel, State Senator Darryl Jones, Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox, attorney Bill MacBride, and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno). Charles MacKenzie, the state co-ordinator of the Rainbow Push Coalition described efforts to register voters and involve people in the political process.
Our guests Irene Seals and John Branham live near McRoberts, Kentucky where TECO (the parent company of Tampa Electric) operates a strip coal mine. The residents complain that the mine subjects them to daily explosions which have knocked houses from their foundations. They also say TECO has caused environmental damage, loss of forests, disruptions to the water table, mudslides and flooding from sediment ponds. They want TECO to operate in a more responsible manner.
The show, which is a panel discussion of state and local issues, is being cancelled by WEDU; 16 WEDU staff members are being laid off. During this segment Farrell discussed the role of the show, the subjects he's covered in the last 8 years, and the importance of locally produced programming on public television.
Columbia University law Professor George Fletcher says that there are two distinct trends in the U.S. constitution. Prior to the Civil War the document emphasized voluntary association, individual freedom and republican elitism. President Lincoln ushered in the beginning of a trend toward organic nationhood, equality for all persons, and popular democracy. Although it took many years for the country to begin to achieve the latter goals, they are the bedrock of the newer, more complete constit...