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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 »

Florida election recount

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 »

Joe Biden makes first Florida stop to talk vets in Tampa as Democrat and GOP supporters clash outside

Democratic presidential nominee and former vice-president Joe Biden Tuesday made his first stop in Florida since accepting his party’s nomination. Biden gave a speech and held a roundtable about issues facing veterans inside Tampa’s Hillsborough Community College. Enthusiastic supporters of both candidates met on the streets just outside the school’s Dale Mabry campus. Listen: Flags… Read more »

Picture of a person's feet in the shape of the letter V, followed by O T E to spell vote.

Would Amendment 3, Florida’s open primary initiative, cause more harm than good?

This November, Florida’s voters will select yes or no to a ballot initiative that would open the state’s primary elections to all voters, not just members of specific political parties. But while supporters of Amendment 3 feel the measure would give more power to Florida’s growing number of independent voters, detractors say it could cause… Read more »

Hillsborough County Commission

Hillsborough Commission District 3 Candidates meet in virtual forum

The two candidates running for the heavily Democratic Hillsborough County Commission District 3 race met in a virtual candidate forum hosted by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club this afternoon. Democrat Gwen Myers and Republican Maura Cruz Lanz outlined their visions for the eastern Hillsborough district, especially the future of the county’s contested transportation sales tax…. Read more »

Demonstrators rally in Oldsmar to support the United States Postal Service

Early showers and an overcast sky cooled Tampa Road in Oldsmar as demonstrators gathered for a rally showing their support for America’s favorite federal agency. Oldsmar resident Victoria Cuevas helped organize the rally, held just outside the city’s Post Office. The 71-year-old said it the first time in her life she’d participated in anything like… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Is QAnon the future of the Republican Party?

August 19, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. The QAnon conspiracy theory has emerged during the last three years among defenders of President Trump. It says there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything. According to Wikipedia: There is an alleged “deep state”… Read more »

District 15 candidate

Scott Franklin ends Ross Spano’s chance at second term with GOP primary victory

Embattled Republican Congress member Ross Spano will not be returning to Washington next year. Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin ousted the incumbent Spano in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The District 15 seat was one of the most-watched, and hotly contested, contests of the night. Listen: Franklin’s strong showing in his home Polk County earned him the… Read more »

Trump supporters suqare off with Black Lives Matter protesters

Protesters react to Trump’s Florida trip: “Get out of Tampa”

President Trump flew to Tampa, Florida for a fundraising event last Friday afternoon with hundreds of supporters greeting him along his motorcade route to The Pelican Club in the Belleair neighborhood of Pinellas County. Attendees paid up to $100,000 for a photo op with the President. While the president is working to meet his campaign’s… Read more »

A Self-Isolating Conversation With Dr. Binoy Kampmark

The fourteen-hour time difference hardly seems to matter when you are self-isolating. Days seem to run into each other. Cable news doesn’t help, everyone is jibber-jabbering from their homes via Skype or Zoom, etc. The only slight relief from the monotonous drone of doom and gloom from the endless rotation of hostage-like videos is peering… Read more »

USF St. Pete students react to their volunteer experiences on New Hampshire presidential campaigns

Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday; the second- and third-place finishers, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, also earned delegates with their strong performance. They had help on their campaigns from political science students from the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. Peyton Johnson, a senior majoring in political… Read more »

The local leaders of the effort to pass the ERA; A new documentary explores the Taser related death of a South Florida teen

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 12/10/19 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In The first part of this program was videotaped and put on our WMNF News Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WMNFNews/ Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Congress first approved the Equal Rights Amendment in… Read more »

St. Petersburg City Council candidate

St. Pete city council candidate forum at USF SP

On WMNF’s MidPoint Monday we hear from seven of the eight candidates running for St. Petersburg City Council. The audio from a League of Women Voters forum at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on September 25, 2019. St. Petersburg’s Municipal General Elections are November 5. The deadline to register to vote is Monday,… Read more »

Columnist Paula Dockery On Radioactivity

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/18/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll speak with a former Republican legislator who is now a political independent and a newspaper columnist. Our guest is Paula Dockery. We’re going to talk about… Read more »