Video shows Pinellas deputies repeatedly punching, elbowing Biden supporter during political rally in Palm Harbor

A video showing the arrest of a Clearwater man during a political rally in Palm Harbor has raised concerns over a deputy’s use of force.  The video shows deputies punching a Joe Biden supporter in the head and elbowing him in the back multiple times as he’s being held to the ground. LISTEN: Whitney Wentz… Read more »

Four Traumatic Years Later

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, we asked a panel of distinguished guests to share their opinions on the outcome. Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications at Texas A & M University questioned the media’s involvement, “They put the camera in front of Donald Trump for a year and a half and they gave… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories, QAnon and Voter Manipulation with Melissa Ryan

October 29, 2020 In her latest article for Right Wing Watch, “Disinformation, Coronavirus, and the 2020 Presidential Election“, Melissa Ryan writes: In the 2016 presidential campaign, a robust disinformation effort fueled by Russia’s intelligence agencies provided a new turn in the narrative of United States politics. Now, as the 2020 presidential election approaches in a… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: A Deep Dive into the Latest Florida Poll numbers with Steve Schale

October 28, 2020 In 2008, Steve Schale directed the Obama/Biden campaign in Florida, leading the largest political operation in Florida history to a win for President Obama, and in 2012, served as a Senior Advisor to the re-election.   Earlier in his career, Steve ran the Florida Democratic Party’s House Democratic Caucus, during which Florida Democrats picked… Read more »

Vern Buchanan and Margaret Good debate in Florida’s 16th Congressional District

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Florida’s 16th Congressional District includes all of Manatee County, plus northern Sarasota County and southern Hillsborough County. It has been represented by Republican Congress member Vern Buchanan since a redistricting in 2013. He’s being challenged by Democratic State Representative Margaret Good, and we heard part of their… Read more »

On 100th anniversary, Ocoee Massacre comes into focus

Nov. 2 marks the 100th anniversary of the Ocoee Massacre, considered our country’s most deadly Election Day. But this little-known tragic moment in Florida’s history has been coming into focus. Dozens of African American residents of Ocoee, a town just outside of Orlando, were murdered and their property destroyed after one of them attempted to… Read more »

Considering America’s Soul

In his new book, American Rule – How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton takes us on a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation’s founding to the twenty-first century. He examines and debunks the American myths we’ve always told ourselves…. Read more »

Experts say results won’t come election night and that’s okay, no matter what the White House says

Election experts say it’s highly unlikely that the results of the Presidential Election will be known on Nov. 3. Experts told reporters vote count deadlines extend well beyond Election Day. Taking the time allowed to make sure every vote is counted means the process is working, especially in battleground states like Florida. LISTEN: Rumors of… Read more »

Amid record early voting, election officials, leaders urge voter confidence despite misinformation

Voters turned out in record numbers Monday to begin casting ballots in person for the presidential election. Political leaders and election officials are urging voter confidence amid misinformation. Meanwhile, a bill from Marco Rubio aimed at ensuring an accurate vote count is set to die in committee. Listen: Bernard Zielinski lost confidence in absentee voting… Read more »

Judge says Pinellas Supervisor of Elections is following law despite legal challenge from opponent

A judge in Pinellas County Friday said Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus is following the law by asking voters if the address on their driver’s license is current. The decision came during an emergency hearing requested by Marcus’s challenger in next month’s election who said the question violates state law. Listen: Judge Linda Allan acknowledged… Read more »

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Tampa attorney, lawmakers announce suit to block ‘All Voters Vote’ Amendment 3 from general election

On Tuesday, attorneys in Tampa and Orlando filed a lawsuit with the Florida Supreme Court to block the “All Voters Vote” Amendment 3 from the current general election. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle held a news conference announcing the effort in light of studies that found the amendment could disenfranchise Black voters. Listen: The perfect storm It’s… Read more »

Voting rights groups ask for more time to register after site crash

After Florida’s voter registration site crashed during Monday’s deadline to register for the November election, Governor Ron DeSantis gave voters until 7 p.m. Tuesday to register in person or online. But voting rights activists said that’s just not enough time to make up for the state’s failure. Listen: It wasn’t until noon Tuesday that Gov…. Read more »

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Live in the Tampa Bay area? Here’s all the 2020 election info you need as registration deadline approaches

Monday is the last day to register if you want to vote in the general election. Tampa Bay area Supervisors of Elections sent out a joint email through Hillsborough’s with all the information you need on things like vote-by-mail, early in-person voting and Election Day voting. WMNF is publishing that information here, as provided by… Read more »

District 64 candidates Harrington and Koster face voter questions in Tiger Bay forum

The candidates for Florida House District 64 met in a virtual candidate forum Friday. They fielded questions ranging from Medicaid expansion to budget priorities in what is one of the more unique races for the state legislature. Listen: District 64 covers part of northwest Hillsborough County and northeast Pinellas. Each candidate hoping to fill the… Read more »

Ivanka Trump stops by two Ybor City institutions to sing president’s praises as Trump and Biden vie for Florida’s Latino vote

First Daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump visited Tampa’s Ybor City today. She stopped at La Segunda Bakery before joining former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for a fireside chat at the Columbia Restaurant. Listen: After touring the century-old Ybor institution and literally rolling up her sleeves to help make a loaf of La Segunda’s… Read more »