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 »

An interview with music producer and US senate candidate Steven Machat

BY Rob Lorei Today (1/7/15) on Radioactivity, we had one of the first radio interviews with entertainment lawyer, music producer,and independent US Senate candidate Steven Machat. Machat was born in Manhattan and attended the University of Miami as an undergraduate and Vanderbilt University for Law School. He has worked in an music industry as a lawyer,… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Donald Trump campaign statements given 2015 Lie of the Year award by Politifact

By Rob Lorei Fact-checking news website Politifact determined that Donald Trump has made so many blatantly false statements during his presidential campaign this year , that it has collectively awarded them the 2015 Lie of the Year.  From Statements about crowds cheering on the 9/11 attacks from New Jersey to claims that Mexico is sending… Read more »

Florida This Week; Highlights from 2nd Democratic Debate.

Today on Radioactivity we listen back to last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion broadcasted on local PBS station WEDU and moderated by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel offer an array of diverse perspectives on the latest in Florida politics and news: Jeb Bush and Donald Trump’s face-off in the latest GOP… Read more »

Hillary Clinton

Listeners weigh in on Democratic debate

On Saturday the three candidates vying for the Democratic Party presidential nomination debated on prime-time television. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley battled about a range of issues and MidPoint listeners weighed in on some of the major topics like the Affordable Care Act versus single-payer… Read more »

Political Analyst Barry Edwards discusses Trump’s poll numbers, rise in independent voters

By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity we speak with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the Affordable Care Act enrollment period which ends today for individuals and families to enrollment through the health insurance marketplace for coverage starting in the new year. Tampa ranks 9th out of the 20 cities competing in the Health Communities… Read more »

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 »