Blannie Whelan

House Reps propose bill sidestepping DeSantis’s $350 million federal funds veto

In June, Governor Ron DeSantis rejected around $350 million in energy efficiency incentives. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
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How a tiny non-profit startup broke the year’s biggest Florida politics story

Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida Center for Government Accountability, appeared on WMNF WaveMakers.
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Barbara Petersen

The Pinellas Legislative Delegation supports a revamp of PSTA; what would it mean for local transit?

A Republican Florida representative has proposed a bill that would change how Pinellas County’s transit organization is governed.
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bus rapid transit BRT St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual battery by alleged menage a trois lover

Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, is under criminal investigation after...
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Christian Ziegler

A decade after Rick Scott refused $1.25 billion from feds, a Florida lawmaker proposes $50 million for private passenger rail between Tampa and Orlando

Florida lawmakers are championing hundreds of projects including $50 million for Brightline to extend rail from Orlando to Tampa.
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railroad tracks train

Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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A yellow and blue soccer team logo unveiling ceremony

Lead Poison Lawsuit Filed Against Gopher Lead Plant

National Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump announced today in Tampa that a lawsuit will be filed against the East Tampa lead smelting plant, Gopher Resource.   “Make no mistake about it, what we are here for...

“Unmask Our Kids” Demonstration at Hillsborough School Board Meeting

Tuesday evening, approximately 60 to 70 adults and children attended a demonstration on Kennedy Blvd. They voiced their opposition to mask requirements for students. Many of the demonstrators also spoke before the School Board. Reasons...

Tampa demonstration for Palestinian freedom

Tampa Demonstration for Palestinian Freedom Saturday, over 500 demonstrators, attended a May 15th Nakba Commemoration in Temple Terrace. Nakba, the 1948 catastrophe, is when Zionist forces seized Palestinian and indigenous Arab lands, destroyed their cities and...

Supporters of Palestinian human rights will rally Saturday in Temple Terrace

This is WMNF News, and I am Blannie Whelan and I’m here with Laura Abu Ghannam, civil and human rights activist and Central Florida coordinator of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations). Welcome Laura and...

Tampa wants your ideas on transportation and development

The City of Tampa’s MOVES (Mobility, Opportunity, Vision, Equity, and Safety) project is hosting the first of 10 “Listen First” virtual neighborhood sessions, on Tuesday, February 23. Residents will have an opportunity to voice their...

Sweden tried “Herd Immunity” to deal with Coronavirus; it resulted in a death rate many times larger than its neighbors.

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources There has been discussion about the success of Sweden’s “herd immunity” approach to the Coronavirus pandemic on WMNF/Radioactivity this week. Some listeners have claimed that the Swedish...

New Pedestrian and Bike paths in Tampa funded by $24 Million in Federal Grants

Tampa will add 12 miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths thanks to a $24 million BUILD grant. According to a press release from the office of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (D), the grant will enable...


Robert Coleman, a 33 year old ex-felon, wants to vote. However, he owes $95,000 in fines to the court system. Last week, officials from the Alachua County’s Public Defender’s Office filed a motion, the first...

Tampa’s Green Spine Bicycle Trail

Green Spine Project Work is progressing on Tampa’s Green Spine Project. The project is part of the InVision Tampa Plan, with its goal of safe and accessible bicycle connections between the Central City neighborhoods, Downtown,...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

This morning, April 2, Hillsborough County will 2 open quarantine and isolation sites to house County residents and family members impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus. The sites will allow isolation of residents who have either tested...

Free Coronovirus Testing in Tampa

After a week of unavailable Coronavirus testing kits,  Hillsborough County has secured 1500 nasal collection kits from the State of Florida. As a result, the Raymond James Stadium drive-through testing site, located at 4201 N....

Need groceries? Here’s how to get them delivered during safer at home directive

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Need groceries? Most of us, right now, want to protect ourselves and our community. That means avoiding congested, public places, and keeping our 6-foot distances. However, this...

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