Women Didn’t Count At All on Life Elsewhere

“When the founders wrote, ‘We the People’ they really meant ‘We the White, Wealthy Men.’ Despite much lofty rhetoric, all men were not created equal and women didn’t count at all” You are just four pages in and Elaine Weiss makes clear her superb new book The Woman’s Hour has an unabashed bias, and, deservedly… Read more »

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Could Floridians vote on a drilling ban in state waters?

There is one possible amendment up for consideration by the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission that would ban all fossil fuel drilling in Florida waters; our guest in the studio was Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the Center For Biological Diversity. The Constitutional Revision Commission is formed every 20 years and its members are mostly picked by… Read more »

Sarasota State House of Representatives flips to Democrat Margaret Good

District 72 in Sarasota turned blue Tuesday night as Margaret Good was elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. The district, which had voted for Donald Trump in 2016 (50.2% vs 45.6% Clinton), had 36% of it’s registered voters casting votes, which is high for a special election in Florida. According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, … Read more »

Congressional incumbents not seeking reelection in 2018 (as of 1/31/18)

Midterm elections usually bring about a number of ‘retirements’ from Congress. Some are running for other seats. According to Roll Call, a non-partisan Congressional newspaper, usually about 22 representatives don’t run for reelection during the midterms. This year the number is 49 (out of 435). Ten of them are running for the Senate, and nine… Read more »

In the 1920’s the KKK relied on Fake News, Religious Conservatives and Anti-Immigrant Feelings

Radioactivity 1 30 18 Fear of immigrants. It’s been at the center of President Trump’s call to build a wall across the US border with Mexico. And at the center of his attacks on so called Sanctuary cities. And it’s entered into the debate over the future of the so called Dreamers—young who were brought… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan. 25- POLITICO writer/reporter Michael Kruse

There’s been a lot of focus on Donald Trump voters, especially in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan – bellwether states that in recent times have been Democratic strongholds during presidential elections, but which stunningly flipped in 2016 to give Trump the Electoral College victory for president over Hillary Clinton.  No one has… Read more »

Signs from The Women’s Rally 2018 in St. Pete

On a bright Florida winter day, over 5,000 people came to downtown St. Petersburg to send messages to political leaders, community leaders, and each other. Messages were funny, heartfelt, empowering, topical, optimistic, and inspiring. Here we have a sample, in no particular order. Clicking on the pictures makes them easier to scroll through. 

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan 11 – Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Congressman Patrick Murphy

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is one of four major Democrats running for the party’s gubernatorial nomination this August. During his appearance on MidPoint on Thursday, he doubled down on what the Gwen Graham campaign believed was an attack on their candidate when he said this week that “I’ve actually done something with my life… Read more »

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Progress Florida Says Florida’s Outlook Is Not As Bright As GOP Leaders in Tallahassee Claim

Radioactivity 1 10 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—how well is the state of Florida doing when it comes to protecting the environment? How are average workers doing? Is the state creating good paying jobs? How well are we educating children? Providing health care for those who need it? We’ll hear from… Read more »

Which party dominates voter registration? NPA – No Party Affiliation

A November 2017 Gallup Poll asked voters: In politics, as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat or an independent?  The answers have been statistically steady for years, and they have a big impact in states like Florida. Generally across the USA, 4 out of every 10 registered voters describes themself as… Read more »

The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

Radioactivity 12 5 17 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- During last year’s presidential campaign and now in the 13 months since the election—right wing speakers and groups have become more emboldened in America. From the violence in Charlottesville, to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech in Gainesville in October, to the… Read more »

Towers in the Sand A History of Florida Broadcasting

Radioactivity 12 4 17 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity- coming up we’ll talk about how the tax bill in Washington will affect Medicare—the program that provides medical coverage for millions of Floridians. And we’ll talk about how John Morgan’s announcement that he will not run for governor next year as a Democrat- how that will… Read more »

3 Florida House District 58 candidates debate on WMNF

WMNF’s MidPoint hosted a debate for a special election for the state Legislature; it’s the District 58 seat in eastern Hillsborough County made vacant because Republican Dan Raulerson resigned. Florida House District 58 in the northeast corner of Hillsborough County, and includes all or parts of Plant City, Temple Terrace, Tampa, Thonotosassa, Dover, Seffner, East… Read more »

2017 Election results locally and some nationally

Democrats are claiming a blue wave washed over the US. Is that true? According to Ballotpedia, Elections [were]  held in 59 of the 100 largest cities by population in 2017. This includes elections for 36 mayoral offices, 31 municipal officials other than mayor, 367 city council seats, and 50 special district officials. This represents an increase from 25… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Nov. 2 – Kurt Andersen on his new book, “Fantasyland”

Kurt Andersen was our guest on MidPoint this Thursday, talking extensively about his new major work, “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year-History.” Currently the host of the PRI show Studio 360 and the author of novels like True Believer, Heyday and Turn of the Century, Andersen has been the forefront of reporting on American… Read more »

MidPoint for October 26 – Fair Vote’s Drew Spencer Penrose and a look back at Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise’ speech

A recent Fox News poll generic congressional poll reports that Democrats have a 15-point lead over Republicans in next year’s congressional elections.  However, some election analysts question whether the Democrats can win back the House next year. Drew Spencer Penrose is FairVote’s legal and policy director. He told us how his organization has broken down recent… Read more »

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Legislator wants Florida’s Electoral College votes to go to popular vote winner

Donald Trump won the Electoral College despite the fact that three million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton; a Democratic member of the Florida House calls the Electoral College an “obsolete, archaic, and anti-democratic system” and has filed a bill in the state Legislature (HB 367) that would require Florida to join something called the… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 19 – state Senator Jeff Clemens & Kyle Parks

South Florida Democratic state Senator Jeff Clemens came on the show to talk about the upcoming 2018 legislative session, and the prospect for Democrats to pick up seats in the Senate in Nov. of 2018. Also on the show was Kyle Parks with B2 Communications, a St. Petersburg based public relations firm who was on… Read more »