MidPoint’s Legislative Wrap-Up: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

As Florida’s legislative session draws to a close, it is time to take inventory and review what has emerged from the Capitol. From the headline-topping bills to the under-the-radar legislation, MidPoint host Shelley Reback, is joined by Tampa Bay Times’ William March and State Rep. Andrew Learned to review the good, the bad, and the ugly of this year’s session.

The Mysterious Mr. Thiel. Questions About The News. New Piano Music. 

What do you know about the billionaire venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Peter Thiel? He has been a behind-the-scenes operator, influencing countless aspects of our contemporary way of life, from the technologies we use every day to the delicate power balance between Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and Washington. Yet despite Thiel’s power and ubiquity, no public… Read more »

Update the Electoral Count Act or American Democracy will fail, election crises group says

Following the fallout from the November 2020 election and the Capitol Insurrection on Jan. 6, a cross-partisan group of elections experts said it’s time to update the Electoral Count Act. Experts warn the U.S. could wind up like other failed democracies around the globe if it doesn’t act swiftly. Democracy in decline Freedom House has… Read more »

St. Petersburg election candidates

Robert Blackmon faces backlash over eviction attempts; and other issues plaguing the St. Pete Mayor’s race

St. Petersburg City Council member Robert Blackmon canceled his scheduled interview Tuesday on The Scoop with Janelle Irwin and new co-host Evan Donovan citing a scheduling conflict just minutes before air time. Blackmon’s cancelation came after Florida Politics reported Blackmon attempted to evict three tenants from a property he owns, Paradise Apartments in South St…. Read more »

DeSantis is formidable opponent in Governor’s race

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on June 1 announced her candidacy for governor of Florida, challenging former Governor and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary. The race pits a relative newcomer against a longtime fixture in Florida politics.  Fried’s only run for office was her successful campaign to become Florida’s agriculture commissioner in… Read more »

Nikki Fried: Florida is no longer a free state under DeSantis

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis’s private signing of a controversial new election law Thursday. LISTEN: She said Florida is no longer a free state under the Governor and likened his use of Fox News to that of authoritarian regimes. Fried’s criticism comes after DeSantis barred the general public and local media from… Read more »