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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 »