Janet Cruz and Dana Young clash on gun laws, education

There were moments of agreement interspersed between tense verbal clashes when two candidates running for a hotly competitive Hillsborough County state Senate race met at Tampa Tiger Bay Club Friday afternoon; Democrat Janet Cruz and Republican incumbent Dana Young are locked in what the moderator — retired USF political scientist Susan MacManus — described as… Read more »

Red Tide shows up in Senate race and by Pinellas beaches

Florida Gov. Scott confronted by protesters at campaign stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state’s ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper reports that Scott was forced to… Read more »

Nearly 2 million voters have cast ballots in Florida’s primary

Early voting numbers rival those of a presidential election year, and has far surpassed typical midterm primary voting. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 2 million people have already cast ballots in Florida’s primary election, surpassing totals from previous years. The Florida Division of Elections website reports nearly 1.86 million people voted so far. That includes… Read more »

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 »

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 »

2018 election Pinellas County Commission

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 »

Florida District 15 candidate forum

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 »