Lots of early voting already in the Florida Primary

Nearly 800,000 people have already used early voting in the Florida Primary. Eighteen counties started early voting Monday, but the remaining counties in the state will begin early voting in the next three days. Florida’s primary is Aug. 28. Hillsborough County voting started on Monday. Early voting starts in Pinellas on Saturday, August 18. The Florida… Read more »

The Case For Impeachment Of President Trump

Coming up today—the case for impeachment of Donald Trump. And later WMNF is offering free air time for candidates. Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Robert Lorei…. Even before the latest revelations about alleged racism and alleged connections to Russian organized crime figures by authors Omarosa Manigault Newman and Craig Unger—there is a long track… Read more »

Will Russia hack the Florida vote?

Senator Bill Nelson: Russia has breached Florida state election systems By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida’s Democratic senator said Wednesday that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state’s election systems ahead of this year’s midterms, but state officials said they have no information to support the claim. “They have already penetrated certain… Read more »

Little voter fraud found by Trump’s Voting Integrity Commission

Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and… Read more »

Huge concerns about midterm and presidential election security

US officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016, the White House said Thursday. Responding to bipartisan criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the… Read more »

WMNF’s Rob Lorei’s videos from the Tampa Trump rally

WMNF’s News & Public Affairs Director and Radioactivity program host Rob Lorei covered President Trump’s rally for Ron DeSantis, one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates. The rally was held at the fairgrounds east of Tampa, Tuesday, 7/31/18. Estimates of the crowd varied from 5,000 to 8,000 attendees. Rob also discussed the rally on his 8/1/18… Read more »

Voter registration in Florida ahead of the primaries

Today was the last day to register to vote/change registration, to be able to vote in the August 28th primary. The deadline for voter registration for the November election is October 9, 2018. There are 12,927,318 people registered to vote in Florida as of June 30, 2018, according to Florida’s Division of Elections: 4,562,533 registered… Read more »

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Younger people are looking for younger leaders in midterm elections

AP-NORC/MTV Poll: Young people looking for younger leaders By LAURIE KELLMAN and HANNAH FINGERHUT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people are looking for a change this election season — a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting… Read more »

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Besides on sea-level rise prep, 3 GOP Pinellas Commission candidates mostly agree

The three Republicans running for Pinellas County Commission District 6 faced off Thursday afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg; the three are State Representative Kathleen Peters, Pinellas Tea Party founder Barb Haselden and State Representative Larry Ahern. They agreed on many issues, like their support for a Florida constitutional amendment that would… Read more »

Supreme Court punts on decisions on electoral maps

Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts; delays decisions on electoral maps. By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed electoral maps that were challenged as excessively partisan to remain in place for now, declining to rule on the bigger issue of whether to put limits on redistricting… Read more »

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Nine of Florida’s Congressional District 15 candidates tussle in Tampa

There are twelve candidates running for Congress for the District 15 seat being vacated by Lakeland’s Dennis Ross. Nine of them debated Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. The three Democrats and six Republicans are hoping to win the seat representing parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. For the most part, the candidates… Read more »

Dartmouth Professor Describes Long Term Trends in the US that Resulted in Trump Victory

There’s a fierce debate in this country about why Donald Trump narrowly won the 2016 presidential election. What led to the Trump victory? The real estate mogul and reality TV star was able to break through in traditionally Democratic leaning states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He also won in Florida by 113,000 votes over… Read more »

Bill Nelson says he intends on holding back from spending on TV until the fall

Bill Nelson is aware that there are growing concerns from his fellow Florida Democrats that he’s in danger of being (re)defined by Rick Scott’s early barrage of negative television ads currently on the airwaves, but he says that he’s not that concerned as the unofficial beginning of summer commenced this holiday weekend. “It’s early. Most people… Read more »

Hillsborough County School District officials believe a discussion about a referendum is due

School districts across Florida this year are increasingly looking at the idea of raising taxes to make up for budget deficits. Manatee County voters approved a measure earlier this spring raising property taxes to give raises to teachers and other employees, and officials in districts as diverse as Broward and Hernando County have also recently discussed… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday – Talking about ranked choice voting & the 2019 Tampa mayoral election

A recent survey shows that former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor has an overwhelming lead in the early going for the 2019 Tampa mayoral election. Her 37-point advantage over her next closest competitor (former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik) prompted a conversation about how competitive the election will ultimately be when Tampa voters go to the… Read more »

Chris King says his ‘bold and progressive’ plan as governor now includes abolishing the death penalty and legalizing recreational marijuana

Labeling it as “incredibly bold,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King unveiled a criminal justice reform package on Tuesday that included a call to end the death penalty and full support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Florida. “These issues are big and bold and progressive and they’re going to be hard to acccomplish, and… Read more »

Businessman Starts Petition Drive to Ban Assault Style Weapons in Florida; And David Straz Runs for Mayor of Tampa

There are two efforts to let Florida voters decide whether or not to ban assault style weapons. One campaign is being led by South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch. He wants to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that would restrict the sale of AR-15 style rifles. Getting a referendum on the 2020 ballot to… Read more »

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Hillsborough Commission delays decision on expanding to 9 single-member districts

The Hillsborough County Commission has delayed its decision on expanding to nine single-member districts and three other changes to the county charter; that came after several members of the public spoke out Wednesday morning against the proposed changes and against how the process seemed rushed. One of them was long-time Hillsborough resident, Taylor Ward. “I’ve… Read more »

In West Tampa, Rick Scott celebrates the U.S. as a melting pot while wooing Puerto Rican voters

With more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans migrating to Florida in the aftermath of last fall’s Hurricane Maria, that already ascendant voting bloc in the Sunshine State has become an even more significant voting demographic as the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott looms this November. And Scott is working… Read more »

David Straz gets closer to announcing his candidacy for Tampa Mayor

Philanthropist and former banker David Straz is one step closer to officially entering the race for Tampa mayor, announcing in a statement on Friday that he has registered as a Democrat. The 75-year-old Straz has most recently been registered as a political independent, but previously had been a longtime Republican. He has given substantial campaign contributions… Read more »