2017 Election results locally and some nationally

Democrats are claiming a blue wave washed over the US. Is that true? According to Ballotpedia, Elections [were]  held in 59 of the 100 largest cities by population in 2017. This includes elections for 36 mayoral offices, 31 municipal officials other than mayor, 367 city council seats, and 50 special district officials. This represents an increase from 25… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Nov. 2 – Kurt Andersen on his new book, “Fantasyland”

Kurt Andersen was our guest on MidPoint this Thursday, talking extensively about his new major work, “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year-History.” Currently the host of the PRI show Studio 360 and the author of novels like True Believer, Heyday and Turn of the Century, Andersen has been the forefront of reporting on American… Read more »

MidPoint for October 26 – Fair Vote’s Drew Spencer Penrose and a look back at Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise’ speech

A recent Fox News poll generic congressional poll reports that Democrats have a 15-point lead over Republicans in next year’s congressional elections.  However, some election analysts question whether the Democrats can win back the House next year. Drew Spencer Penrose is FairVote’s legal and policy director. He told us how his organization has broken down recent… Read more »

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Legislator wants Florida’s Electoral College votes to go to popular vote winner

Donald Trump won the Electoral College despite the fact that three million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton; a Democratic member of the Florida House calls the Electoral College an “obsolete, archaic, and anti-democratic system” and has filed a bill in the state Legislature (HB 367) that would require Florida to join something called the… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 19 – state Senator Jeff Clemens & Kyle Parks

South Florida Democratic state Senator Jeff Clemens came on the show to talk about the upcoming 2018 legislative session, and the prospect for Democrats to pick up seats in the Senate in Nov. of 2018. Also on the show was Kyle Parks with B2 Communications, a St. Petersburg based public relations firm who was on… Read more »

Twilight of American Sanity? A top psychiatrist analyzes the US in the age of Trump

Radioactivity 9 13 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- we’ll have one of the nation’s top psychiatrists talk about the new book he’s written about Donald Trump. And we’ll talk more about hurricane recovery and take your phone calls. Later we’ll talk with a spokesperson for Florida Power and Light about the… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Aug. 31 – Matt Isbell and Darryl Paulson on St. Pete mayoral election

Matthew Isbell from MCI Maps and USFSP Professor of Government Emeritus Darryl Paulson were our guests on this week’s show to talk about Tuesday’s stunning results in the St. Petersburg Mayoral Election, in which incumbent Rick Kriseman not only was able to extend the election into November, but actually received more votes than challenger Rick… Read more »

Why are Florida’s Public Schools Having Budget Problems?

Radioactivity Wednesday 8 30 17 Why are Florida’s Public Schools Having Budget Problems? Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Facing budget problems the Hillsborough School District is in the process of eliminating about 3500 positions in the district. This is in response to the district’s ongoing budget problems. Also this month it was… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 17 – Joan C. Williams, author of “White Working Class”

On the program today we spoke with Joan C. Williams, professor and director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings in San Francisco, and the author of “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.” We also spoke with St. Petersburg City Council District 6 City Council candidates Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll,… Read more »

In Announcing Candidacy for GOP Nomination for Governor Sen. Jack Latvala Says Term Limits Have Not Helped the Culture in Tallahassee

Radioactivity 8 17 17 Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- Clearwater Senator Jack Latvala announces he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor. He says he thinks eight year term limits for Florida office holders have not been a positive thing in Tallahassee. He’s open to extending term limits to twelve… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Aug.3 – Desmond Meade & St. Pete City Council & mayoral candidates

Desmond Meade is the head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the organization involved with trying to get a measure on the 2018 ballot that would repeal the ban on felons automatically getting their voting rights restored. He joined us for the first part of the program to discuss the news that the ACLU will invest… Read more »

Donald Trump at a rally

Radioactivity on President Trump/Russian Interference & Whether He Has Power to Pardon Family & Associates

What is the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election? One month ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington held a hearing on Russian election hacking, and the expert testimony wasn’t all that reassuring. Because while federal officials assure us that they didn’t succeed, one expert left us with more questions about the integrity… Read more »

Ryan Torrens, candidate for Florida Attorney General

Ryan Torrens Florida Democratic Candidate for Attorney General

Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General Ryan Torrens On the first part of Tuesday’s Radioactivty, host Rob Lorei spoke with attorney Ryan Torrens, a Democrat who is running for the office of Florida’s Attorney General. The election is next year but the race to replace the current attorney general, Pam Bondi, is already underway. Efforts… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 6 – Tampa Bay Times Metro columnist John Romano

After writing a sports column for over a decade, the Tampa Bay Times John Romano moved over to the news side in early 2012, where he had the unenviable position of replacing longtime columnist Howard Troxler. While Troxler will always have his fans, Romano has created his own distinctive brand since that time. Romano joined… Read more »

St. Pete moves forward with campaign finance reform

Despite an opinion from city lawyers that it is unconstitutional, St. Petersburg City Council moved ahead this morning with an ordinance that would cap Super PAC donations and limit contributions from foreign interests in city campaigns; Council members voted 5-3 Thursday morning in a nonbinding recommendation to advance the campaign finance reform measure to public… Read more »

Woman protesting for campaign finance reform and against super PACs

Campaign Finance Reform in St. Pete

Constitutional attorney working on campaign finance reform in St. Petersburg and impeaching President Trump Activists in St. Petersburg are attempting to do what’s never been done before anywhere in the country—that is, to place a total ban on Super PAC donations to political candidates. And they hope it will lead to campaign finance reform around… Read more »