Florida Solar Amendment Up for a Vote Right Now and the Fight for a $15 an Hour minimum Wage

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at the work that local activists are doing to promote solar energy and a livable, $15-an-hour minimum wage. http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160816_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 First, we spoke with Deirdre Macnab and Julie Kessel from Florida’s League of Women Voters, and local Sierra Club Member Emily Gorman about Amendment 4 on the August 30th ballot that would… Read more »

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein

Green presidential nominee getting boost from Sanders fans

On Saturday at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston the party nominated Jill Stein for president and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka for vice president; Stein joined WMNF’s MidPoint Monday by phone. Listen to the full show here: Stein was also the Green nominee for president in 2012, so she is breaking a glass ceiling of… Read more »

True Blunders on Life Elsewhere

“Global warming is a total and a very expensive hoax!” This is only one of many tweets by GOP Presidential contender Mr. Trump on the subject of climate change. But that brash declaration caught the attention of environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker. He felt compelled to voice his rebuttal. In the always readable CounterPunch, Robert lays out… Read more »

Women’s Show – “Rewriting the Rules” and Clean Water

Photo by Brian Simms We are happy to be back after a two-week break….thanks to those who let us know you missed us….. We hope you enjoyed the convention coverage by Democracy Now!  Less than 100 days to go…  And it was a very historic moment for women.  It is a milestone for there to… Read more »

A conversation with Congresswoman Gwen Graham on the DNC, changes in water quality standards to allow more toxic chemicals

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160728_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest  was Congresswoman Gwen Graham who is at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Congresswoman. Graham is a Democrat who represents Tallahassee in Washington DC. She’s also the daughter of former Senator and Governor Bob Graham. Host Rob Lorei spoke with her about the convention, Donald Trump’s email remarks and the controversial… Read more »

Center for Biological Diversity

Enviro groups sue feds to stop oil exploration in Florida’s Big Cypress

Several environmental groups are suing the National Park Service to stop oil and gas exploration in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve. Jaclyn Lopez is Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups. She says permitted oil exploration in Big Cypress by Texas-Based Burnett Oil Company could harm drinking water and affect many… Read more »

A Florida Perspective on the RNC in Cleveland this week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160718_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest Florida this Week, a public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our expert panel of political experts and insiders look at the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: The Republican Convention gets… Read more »

Is Florida on the Verge of Weakening Surface Water Standards?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160714_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we looked at the possible weakening of regulations regarding hazardous chemicals by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Environmentalists are warning that the agency is  quietly trying implement changes that could significantly impact Florida’s water quality. We were joined by a South Florida activist Joanne Oyen who is… Read more »

Florida House 70

Florida House 70 candidates offer algae bloom solutions

Florida’s House District 70 is gerrymandered to take in small parts of four counties, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge; so many Democratic voters from South Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties are packed into the cross-shaped district that the winner of August’s Democratic Primary should prevail in November as well. The three Democrats fighting for… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at sniper attack in Dallas, Gov. Scott’s response to algae blooms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160711_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we played last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts discuss the biggest stories from Florida and around the country: The Dallas sniper attack… Read more »

Environmental Attorney discusses Algae Bloom that is devastating Florida’s Treasure Coast

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, we discussed the massive algae bloom that is choking Florida’s east coast with thick, toxic green sludge. It is believed that the bloom is being caused by agricultural fertilizers and septic runoff from Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Rick Scott says that he will ask the legislature for millions of dollars… Read more »

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Wetlands Whole Foods Sarasota

Environmentalists object to Sarasota comp plan changes

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is being updated and some environmentalists are concerned that at the same time protections of the public interest will be eroded. Commissioners approved changes to the comp plan Wednesday. Listen to the story here: Before their vote Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck used two examples to tell Commissioners that comp plan… Read more »