MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »

Democratic senate candidate Alan Grayson blasts rivals on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160701_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, our guest was Congressman Alan Grayson, a democrat who is running for a seat in the US Senate. Grayson graduated from Harvard Law School and currently represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District in Orlando. On Friday, he talked about the controversy  surrounding his opponent Patrick Murphy’s resume, his stance on social security… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint with CNN political analyst Kevin Madden & Planned Parenthood’s Anna Eskamani

CNN political analyst Kevin Madden talked about the Donald Trump campaign, as we approach the Republican National Convention next month. Madden served as national press secretary for Mitt Romney’s presidential runs in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Earlier in the show, Anna Eskamani, the Director of Public Policy and Field Operations for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida…. Read more »

Florida State House District 68 candidates

Three Florida House District 68 candidates face off

There are two Democrats and one Republican running for the Florida House seat being vacated by St. Petersburg Democrat Dwight Dudley; WMNF spoke with all three of them Wednesday morning about whether they agree with the call from Democrats in the Legislature to hold a special session on gun control. Democrat Eric Lynn originally was running… Read more »

Politifact checks the latest comments from presidential candidates; Meet the Oregon students who support Trump

On Radioactivity Wednesday we looked at the truth behind recent statements made by political figures with Katie Sanders, deputy editor of politifact.com, a fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times. We looked at whether comments made by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and President Obama ranked as true, half-true, or were straight-out “pants-on-fire” lies. Then we were… Read more »

Carlos Beruff campaign photo.

Carlos Beruff responds to Marco Rubio entering Senate race

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has re-entered the race for Senate. For months he insisted he would not seek re-election to the Senate and ran an unsuccessful campaign for president instead. So far three of his opponents have dropped out of the race. But two wealthy first-time candidates remain: businessman Todd Wilcox and developer Carlos Beruff…. Read more »

Peta Lindsay v Hillary Clinton

Former presidential candidate “another level of furious” that Clinton used her in campaign video

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton put out a campaign video this month on breakthroughs for women. But a woman who ran for president four years ago with the Party for Socialism and Liberation says she’s furious that her image was used in Clinton’s video. Peta Lindsay ran for president in 2012 and is the… Read more »

Interview with Republican Senate candidate Ron DeSantis on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160610_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday,  we spoke with congressman Ron DeSantis, one of the 5 Republicans running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat in Washington DC.  DeSantis is a lawyer who served with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy and supported operations at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was a legal advisor… Read more »

Trump pulls out all the stops at Tampa rally

Donald Trump’s Tampa visit was full of rhetoric and low on details. The Trump Train made a whistle stop at The Tampa Convention Center, last Saturday. The media savvy, GOP firebrand, berated his critics to the delight of his Florida supporters. Trump took to the podium after about 70 minutes of strategic and high profile… Read more »

Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… Read more »

You Must Speak To Be Heard On Life Elsewhere

This may surprise you: As the US Presidential election looms ahead in November and the non-stop news coverage of every move the candidates make and the cacophony of noise that generates, there are still folks who need prompting to register to vote. Yes, it is hard to fathom. Which is where HeadCount comes in. A non-partisan organization that uses the… Read more »

Polls: The Most Inexact Of Sciences on Life Elsewhere

“Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, spluttering ahead in some of the figures.” The words of Dr. Binoy Kampmark… Read more »

The “Presidentalization” of Donald Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via DonkeyHotey   We can’t get away from the election, can we? What does “presidential” mean?  Donald Trump has said, “It’s no job to act presidential, I can be presidential any time I want” while addressing claims that he was advised by friends and family  to change his demeanor while campaigning. While campaigning in… Read more »

County Commission candidates, except Norman, share transit ideas

Six people are running for the county-wide District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission to replace Kevin Beckner: four Democrats and two Republicans; five of them answered questions Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club — former County Commissioner Jim Norman said he was visiting his sick father. The remaining five candidates differed on… Read more »

Republican campaign operative outlines how Trump’s campaign can beat Clinton in November

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160519_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Roger Stone, who’s been working for Republican politicians since 1964 and has been involved in nearly every Republican presidential campaign since then. He joined the Committee to Re-Elect the President to help get Richard Nixon re-elected in 1972. During that campaign he began what some have… Read more »

White House

Could this be the year Congress picks the President?

Two-hundred seventy Electoral College votes – that’s the magic number that the presidential candidates will be shooting for in November’s general election; but could this be the year that no candidate reaches that mark and instead Congress decides who will become the next President? That could happen, but only in the rare event that there’s… Read more »

“Undue Burden” and Trump/Ryan Meeting on Women’s Show

“Undue Burden” – It is an awkward phrase, isn’t it? On Monday the Supreme Court kicked the “undue burden” back to the courts.  The balance in this case is the “under burden” on one’s religious convictions about the morality of contraception and the mandate of the Affordable Care Act that contraception needs to be provided… Read more »

Florida This Week: is Trump considering Gov. Rick Scott for VP?

On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to Florida This Week, a public affairs program that is hosted by Rob Lorei and broadcast on local PBS station WEDU. This weeks panel of political analysts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida News and politics: Is Governor Rick Scott on Donald Trump’s list for vice president? Governor… Read more »