CAIR Florida speaks out against Trump’s call to ban muslims from entering US

By Rob Lorei In the latest in a string of controversial remarks made during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump last night called for a ban on all Muslims traveling to the United States until politicians “figure out what is going on” following terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. Trump, who last month called for… Read more »

Do Donald Trump’s policies flirt with the ideals of fascism?

By Rob Lorei Donald Trump is still leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, but those within his own party are beginning to call his platform “fascist”, a word that brings into mind the dictatorships of Germany and Italy  from the 1930’s until the end of World War II. Republicans like national security conservative Max… Read more »

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton raises funds in Tampa Bay

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in town Wednesday morning to raise funds for her campaign for president. Reporters were not allowed inside the event held at the Thonotosassa home of former state CFO Alex Sink. But afterward, WMNF News spoke with Katheryn Kepes, a Clinton supporter who lives in Valrico. In addition to infrastructure, Kepes… Read more »

Bernie Sanders explains Democratic Socialism in Georgetown University speech

Today we listen to a portion of a speech Bernie Sanders gave yesterday afternoon at Georgetown University, in which he explains the meaning of “Democratic Socialism”, comparing the political ideology to the policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. During the hour long speech, he also decried growing income inequality, monied interests in government and… Read more »

Ben Carson

Supporters and protesters greet Ben Carson in Sarasota

Ben Carson is one of the two frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination; the retired neurosurgeon signed books for fans Wednesday afternoon in downtown Sarasota. As hundreds of supporters crowded the sidewalks outside Bookstore1 on Main Street, inside reporters asked Carson a series of questions. He opposes completely legalizing marijuana but that he supports some medical… Read more »

Jeb Bush rally

Jeb Bush tries to rejuvenate campaign in Tampa

Jeb Bush is kicking off a tour of Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire, trying to jump-start his slumping campaign. A handful of local elected officials were among the crowd of about 250 people squeezed into the reception hall of the Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore Blvd Monday morning. Some prominent Florida politicians took to the podium to endorse… Read more »

Bernie Sanders supporters “Feel the Bern” at St Petersburg debate viewing party

Bernie Sanders delivered the goods to his base and beyond during the first live Democratic presidential debate. Last night more than 40 people showed up to watch the debate at a Bernie Sanders viewing party held at the historic Manhattan Casino located in the Deuces neighborhood of Saint Petersburg. The South Saint Petersburg viewing party… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 1 with David Dayen and Vicki Shabo

Public policies announced by some of our presidential candidates were the topic of discussion on the program. WMNF spoke with David Dayen about breaking down the recent Wall Street Journal report that Bernie Sanders spending plans if elected president would amount to over $18 trillion. In a recent piece in The Intercept,Dayen tears apart that… Read more »

Radioactivity finds out: what exactly is Democratic Socialism?

throughout most of Bernie Sanders presidential run, a lot have attention has been drawn to the fact that he is a self-described democratic socialist. But what exactly is democratic socialism? Joining us is Maria Svart, the National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, to give insight into the this ideology that pairs democratic political… Read more »

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Hillsborough Schools using temp agency for substitute teachers

This year signs have popped up in front of schools in Hillsborough County by a large temporary work agency seeking teachers; does this mean there’s a major teacher shortage? This week WMNF News put that question to School Board member April Griffin, who said the district is always looking to hire new teachers but they’ve… Read more »

Florida this Week looks at GOP debate, Richard Corocan’s promise to reform lobbying

Today on Radioactivity, we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talks show moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei and broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights. This week’s Panel includes:Tampa Crossroads Executive Director Sara Romeo; Tampa Bay Times columnist William March, and Dr.  USF Distinguished Professor Susan MacManus, Migrant’s Foundation director Daniel Alvarez. They discuss… Read more »

Radioactivity fact-checks the GOP debate with Politifact editor Angie Holan

By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, we heard which comments  from the latest Republican presidential debate were true, and which ones were a pants-on-fire lie.  Angie Holan, editor of the fact-checking news website Politifact, joined host Rob Lorei. They looked at statements made by the candidates on the Planned Parenthood controversy; the validity of health claims made… Read more »

Radioactivity listeners weigh in on last nights GOP debate

Today we listen back to some key moments of last night’s Republican presidential debate that was broadcast live on CNN from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, regarding topics such as religious freedom and illegal immigration . We also listen to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ response to the debates before opening up the phone… Read more »

Radioactivity looks at how refugees fare in Florida; Bernie Sanders’ speech at Liberty University

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we look at the state of refugees that have resettled in Florida. Our guest is Patti Grogan, the head of Florida’s Refugee Services program , which helps over 5000 people annually who have arrived in the state to escape war or persecution achieve self-sufficiency. The Tampa Bay Area Refugee Task Force… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at congressional maps mess; Bush v. Trump on immigration

By Rob Lorei Today we listen back on the latest Florida this week from local PBS station WEDU, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week’s panelist ( 70th district rep. Darryl Rouson, Political Consultant Adam Goodman,  Former TV Reporter and Documentary filmmaker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, New College Professor Frank Alcock) look… Read more »

ACLU of Florida on redistricting and “prison Gerrymandering”

During the recent special session to re-draw Congressional districts, the Florida Legislature did not end up agreeing on maps; but during the discussion there was renewed focus on how prisoners affect the population of districts and who represents communities. For example, Congress member Corrine Brown said if her district is re-drawn heading west from Jacksonville… Read more »

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig may run for president on clean elections platform

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has launched an exploratory campaign to run for President of the United States in 2016; his main issue is to give individual voters more power in elections by reversing the tendency of big money in elections. Each election cycle, it seems, sets a new record for campaign spending, breaking the record of… Read more »

MidPoint August 20 with Steve Schale and Tom Scott

On today’s program we speak with Florida Democratic Party strategist Steve Schale, who has signed on to the Draft Biden 2016 team. We also spoke in studio with Tom Scott, a former Hillsborough County Commissioner and Tampa City Councilman running in the Democratic primary for Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race in 2016.

Florida Planned Parenthood CEO responds to controversy on covert videos, state investigation

On today’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Barbara Zdravecky,CEO of Planned parenthood for Southwest and Central Florida, about the controversy surrounding a series of edited videos that purportedly showed PP staff discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The videos have reignited criticism of the woman’s healthcare provider. Tomorrow protests are will be held at Planned Parenthood chapters… Read more »

Rep. David Jolly calls Trump a liar, takes hard line on Obamacare and Iran deal

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews  13th District Congressman David Jolly, who makes his case for his run for the senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he runs for president. Jolly outlines his positions on the the Affordable Care Act, current foreign policies regarding Iran and ISIS, and Social Security. He also calls Donald… Read more »

A Caricature For President.

There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” With that venerable adage in mind, let’s reflect for a moment on the unequivocal fact that the moment Barack Obama was elected President, the loyal opposition wasted no time in feverishly going to work to denounce his every utterance, move or even the teeny tiniest… Read more »