Facts vs POTUS: Climate change, Saudi Arabia, elections, courts, and more

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can’t be happening if it’s really cold outside. He points to a “brutal and extended cold blast” in the Eastern U.S. during Thanksgiving week… Read more »

Florida’s hand recount begins for the Senate race

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race By KELLI KENNEDY and CHRIS O’MEARA, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov…. Read more »

Election Day 2018 Tampa, Florida

Fair elections lawyer questions Florida recount on signature matches and late mail ballots

Last week Bill Nelson sued the Florida Secretary of State to demand that the Florida recount tally all ballots that were disqualified because it was determined that they had a signature mismatch; and this week, Nelson sued the state to count vote-by-mail ballots that were postmarked before  but not delivered before polls closed on Election Day. To… Read more »

Election Day 2018 Tampa, Florida

Speaking to Election Day voters in Florida

Florida should know the results of highly anticipated races for Governor and U.S. Senator by the evening of Election Day; Republican Gubernatorial candidate, former Congress member Ron DeSantis, and his wife voted early Tuesday morning in North Florida. A small crowd of supporters chanted, “We want Ron!” Meanwhile, in Tallahassee, his Democratic opponent, Mayor Andrew… Read more »

Kristen Carlson

Kristen Carlson faces Ross Spano in Florida Congressional District 15

There’s a surprisingly tight race in Florida’s 15th Congressional District between Republican Ross Spano and Democrat Kristen Carlson; we interviewed Carlson on WMNF’s MidPoint — The p.r. firm handling media requests for the campaign of Ross Spano wrote, “Unfortunately, Ross is booked during those times on Monday and we won’t be able to accommodate your request.” The… Read more »

Kristen Carlson

On WMNF’s MidPoint Monday: Congressional District 15 race

Tune in to WMNF’s MidPoint on Monday — the day before Election Day — to hear about a very tight race in Florida’s 15th Congressional District between Republican Ross Spano and Democrat Kristen Carlson. Three write-in candidates are also running, though their names will not be on the ballot: Alek Bynzar, Dave Johnson and Jeffery Rabinowitz. We’ll… Read more »

Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum answers questions at St. Pete College

Andrew Gillum answered questions from audience members Friday afternoon in a standing-room-only 300-seat theater at St. Petersburg College; he made the connection between the strength of deadly Hurricane Michael and human-caused climate change. Listen: Gillum’s main opponent in the election for Florida governor is Republican Ron DeSantis. Gillum made predictions about how their CNN debate in… Read more »

Puzzling Electoral Behavior, Explained on Life Elsewhere

In The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America, Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land – marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture… Read more »

The Man With A Very, Very Big Brain

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein Trump On The Couch, the new book by Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Dr Justin Frank is a deep dive into the mental and emotional state of Donald Trump. No President in the history of the United States has… Read more »

Janet Cruz and Dana Young clash on gun laws, education

There were moments of agreement interspersed between tense verbal clashes when two candidates running for a hotly competitive Hillsborough County state Senate race met at Tampa Tiger Bay Club Friday afternoon; Democrat Janet Cruz and Republican incumbent Dana Young are locked in what the moderator — retired USF political scientist Susan MacManus — described as… Read more »

Red Tide shows up in Senate race and by Pinellas beaches

Florida Gov. Scott confronted by protesters at campaign stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state’s ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper reports that Scott was forced to… Read more »

Religion, politics, and voting in America

AP Poll: Voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections. Yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to… Read more »

Nearly 2 million voters have cast ballots in Florida’s primary

Early voting numbers rival those of a presidential election year, and has far surpassed typical midterm primary voting. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 2 million people have already cast ballots in Florida’s primary election, surpassing totals from previous years. The Florida Division of Elections website reports nearly 1.86 million people voted so far. That includes… Read more »