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 »
Political consultant (to state Senator Darryl Rouson) and analyst Barry Edwards was our guest for the entire hour. Lots of talk about the St. Petersburg municipal election coming up next month, as well as Tom Steyer’s call that he will only fund Democrats who support the impeachment of President Trump.
Update: on Thursday Oct. 5, 2017 the St. Petersburg City Council voted 6-2 to advance this ordinance. Below is a story originally published on Oct. 27, 2016 and here is a link to a related story. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman released this statement: “Six members of the St. Petersburg City Council took a bold… Read more »
Attorney John Morgan says he still has not decided if he’s going to run for Florida governor next year — he told the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg Wednesday that it depends on if he thinks he will win; Morgan also blamed the deaths of 11 residents in a south Florida nursing home… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Update: Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker will face off in the general election for Mayor on November 7. In District Six, Justin Bean will face Gina Driscoll. The primary election in St. Petersburg is Tuesday. Polls are open until 7:00 p.m. All residents are voting among six candidates for Mayor and District Six residents are… Read more »
Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin was our guest for the entire hour. Originally elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, Griffin was a leader in the movement to hold former School Board Superintendent MaryEllen Elia accountable, and was one of four members of the board to vote to terminate her contract… Read more »
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 »
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 »
The St. Petersburg municipal elections were again on the agenda on today’s show, with District 6 city council candidates James Scott and Maria Scruggs making an appearance. HART’s budget cuts and a so-called “litmus” test regarding abortion rights were also discussed on the show.
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 »
In guest-hosting for Mark Beiro, Mitch Perry spoke about the future of the Democratic Party with Steve Phillips, author, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the founder and editor in chief of Democracy in Color, a multimedia platform on race and politics. He is the author of the New York Times best… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Chris Ingram, a former congressional aide and current political analyst for Bay News 9, joined us for the entire hour on Thursday. We talked a little about the current mayoral race in St. Petersburg and the future one in Tampa, but most of the discussion was on the GOP Senate healthcare bill.
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 »
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 »
Over the weekend there was a lot of reaction online about the speech by Senator Bernie Sanders at the labor-sponsored People’s Summit in Chicago; we played most of Saturday’s speech on 88.5 FM’s MidPoint Monday and took calls from listeners reacting to what they heard from the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont. Here’s the… Read more »
WMNF will be live broadcasting the Comey testimony in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee (SSIC), starting at 10am, courtesy of NPR. It is anticipated to be winding up at 1pm. The SSIC will start a closed hearing at 1pm. Former FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9… Read more »
A new group that’s calling for the president’s impeachment is planning rallies across the state on Saturday, including in St. Petersburg, Brandon and Sarasota. The St. Pete rally is called “Demand Russia Investigation.” It’s at 545 1st Ave. N. in St Petersburg from noon until 2:00 p.m. Kofi Hunt is communications director with FACT: Floridians Against… Read more »
St. Petersburg backed political analyst Barry Edwards was our guest. The local St. Petersburg Mayoral race was one of many topics we discussed; Donald Trump’s latest issues. Robert Mueller, Darryl Rouson, Mike Huckabee and the Constitutional Revision Committee was also on the agenda.
After an ex-felon has served his time in Florida, his civil rights are not automatically restored; unlike most states, Florida keeps thousands of ex-felons from voting and a from number of other basic citizenship rights. But many people, including Tampa-area state Representative Sean Shaw, want to change that. The Democrat is co-hosting an ex-felon rights… Read more »