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 »
Joe Henderson, who worked as a sports reporter and news columnist for the Tampa Tribune for more than 40 years, dropped by the studio to talk about media, politics and other things. Last week, a documentary on the Tribune called, “Stop The Presses,” debuted at the Tampa Theatre, and will screen again this Saturday. Henderson… Read more »
South Florida Law Firm Files Suit Against DNC Over Democrats’ Manipulation of 2016 Presidential Primary Largely unnoticed by the press, two attorneys in the Ft. Lauderdale area have filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Party, alleging that the Democratic National Committee wrongfully took sides in last year’s presidential primary elections — to the detriment of… Read more »
Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is running again; in an announcement in front of more than 100 supporters on the steps of City Hall, Baker took shots at current Mayor Rick Kriseman, including closing a sewage treatment plant and the massive wastewater dumps the past two summers. “So, they then move forward in closing… Read more »
Newly announced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham was on the show on Thursday. “Floridians across the state should be up in arms about the fact that what they voted on, what they said to the state of Florida, that we want you do this and they’re just being ignored,” Graham said on WMNF-88.5 FM about the lack of… Read more »
St. Petersburg voters will decide next Tuesday whether the city should lease a historic waterfront sports stadium to the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team for 25 years. The Rowdies want to expand the stadium with the hopes of landing one of four Major League Soccer expansion teams. Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker works for… Read more »