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Crowds protest Trump in Tampa before speech

Donald Trump was interrupted several times by protesters as he spoke Monday at the Tampa Convention Center; outside anti-Trump demonstrators and supporters of the billionaire businessman traded words. On MidPoint we interviewed one organizer of the anti-Trump rally, Kevin O’Hare — a student at the University of Tampa. Trump was introduced by Florida Attorney General Pam… Read more »

Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

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Young Florida voters challenge Democrats on “superdelegates”

Some young Tampa filmmakers have set their sights on humorously criticizing the Democratic Party’s use of “superdelegates;” we interview a founder of Peace House and hear clips from Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate. There was a lot of election news over the weekend. Democrat Bernie Sanders won 3 primaries or caucuses while Hillary Clinton won one. The… Read more »

Florida This Week; Listeners discuss the CNN Democratic Debate in Flint, Mich.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160307_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida politics: An anti-segregation lawsuit is revived in Pinellas… Read more »

Politifact’s top fact-checks of latest Fox News GOP Debate

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160304_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Josh Gillin from Politifact, a political fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, who was up late last night researching the facts and stats behind statements made by Republican presidential candidates during last night’s contentious Fox News GOP debate from Michigan. We discuss Trump’s previous campaign contributions… Read more »

Economist Explains Why American Voters Are So Angry; Mitt Romney denounces Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160302_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Thursday’s Radioactivity, our first guest is noble prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who says that much of the anger expressed by voters during this election cycle stems from growing wealth inequality even as the country continues to recover for the recession. Then we listened live to former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s… Read more »

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Senate candidate Patrick Murphy concerned about climate change and wealth gap

A member of Congress running for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat says the disappearing middle class and climate change are two issues that need to be solved quickly; Democrat Patrick Murphy spoke Friday afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg. Murphy said one way to reduce income inequality is to make education affordable. Murphy says… Read more »

Florida This Week; Controversy swirls around Trump’s comments on the KKK

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160229_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida Politics: Jeb Bush’s drop-out and Marco Rubio’s… Read more »

Radioactivity Listeners chime-in on last night’s GOP debate

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160226_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines for listeners to discuss Thursday night’s GOP debate,the last debate before Super Tuesday. We look at some key moments during the lively exchange between the remaining 5 candidates, especially between frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, regarding job outsourcing, immigration, and… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, February 25 – Jim Antle – political news editor with the Washington Examiner

With Donald Trump having won three consecutive primary elections, the Manhattan business mogul may improbably be heading for the Republican nomination for president. Joining us to talk about how the conservative moment is dealing with this issue, we were joined by Jim Antle, the political editor with the Washington Examiner. In the second half of… Read more »

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Jeb! campaign post-mortem; what are superdelegates? on Monday’s MidPoint

Jeb! Bush has suspended his campaign for president; we look back at the former Florida governor’s short run for president, what went wrong and what’s next. We also look at the controversial issue of superdelegates – it’s supposed to be one person, one vote, but some persons’ votes count more than yours! We speak with an actual… Read more »

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160219_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… Read more »

World Affairs conference in St.Pete; Adam Smith’s exclusive interview with Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160216_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity is  former radio journalist Diane Seligsohn, who is commitee chair of the St.Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which feature panels with  diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing urgent matters in world politics such as the refugee crisis, universal healthcare, and diplomatic relations with Cuba and Venezuela…. Read more »

How much would a Bernie Sanders healthcare system cost?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160212_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei During last night’s Democratic debate, one of the argument that Hillary Clinton levied against Sen. Bernie Sanders is that his plan for single payer healthcare system is unfeasibly expensive; both she and the wall street journal quote a $18 trillion price tag for a single payer model. That number is based… Read more »

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USF students will greet The Donald with Dump Trump action

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to the USF SunDome Friday night and students are organizing a protest outside. Update, here’s audio from Rev. Bruce Wright, just before the Trump rally: WMNF News interviewed Elizabeth Kramer with SDS Tampa — Students for a Democratic Society. Listen: “One of the people saw an article that, you… Read more »

Women for Bernie Sanders meet-up in Tampa Bay

Bernie Sanders won by a landslide in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary; on Wednesday evening the group Tampa Bay Women for Bernie Sanders will meet in St. Petersburg to dispel myths that women and feminists are supporting Hillary Clinton. In New Hampshire, 55% of women voted for Sanders. This comes after a week in which… Read more »

Life in a Democratic Socialist country; Looming water crises threatening Florida.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160129_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei During last nights GOP debate,  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said  democratic candidate Bernie Sanders ” is a good candidate — for president of Sweden. We don’t want to be Sweden, we want to be the United States of America.”, reiterating a common attack of Sanders’  socialist leanings as un-American. Our guest for the… Read more »

Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »

David Jolly urges Bay area politicians to join his effort to stop wasting time raising money

David Jolly makes a plea across the aisle to get elected officials to stop begging for money and get back to work. The republican US representative from Florida is pushing for more of his colleagues to get on board.  Jolly is upbeat about recruiting local supporters. Jolly’s “Stop Act” bill is meant to halt members… Read more »

Bernie Sanders debate watch-party attracts die-hard supporters

  Tangible grassroots campaign has supporters turning out to voice their endorsement for presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Last Sunday’s Democratic Debate attracted a nearly a hundred Sanders advocates to The Local 662 bar in Saint Petersburg to watch the debate on a huge video screen.  Sanders supporters are eager to let it be known… Read more »

A Move to Amend protest against citizens united

Floridians Organize to Overturn Citizens United

By Rob Lorei Its been six years since The United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision which determined that political campaign contributions from corporations are protected as a first amendment right under the condition’s of corporate personhood. Since then the amount of corporate money donated to election campaigns has double between 2010 and… Read more »

Florida This Week; Perspectives on latest Democratic debate

By Rob Lorei Today on radioactivity we listen to the latest  Florida this week, a news and public affairs show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs every Friday night at 8:30 on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel offers political insights on the biggest political issues in Florida: Gov. Rick Scott call for a… Read more »