Bradenton Bridge

Former inmates and employers join fight to save Bradenton Bridge

Update 12 May 2016: The Department of Corrections has extended the contract (with revised terms) for Bradenton Bridge. An all-female inmate transitional facility in Bradenton could close soon because its contract has not been renewed by the state. The re-entry center provides substance abuse services and has a popular jobs program. Catherine Rodeheaver got a… Read more »

President Obama Makes Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, political moderate Merrick Garland. Merrick’s nomination came as a surprise to some, who assumed that Sri Srinivasan, also a judge for the D.C. federal court, would be the top pick. Garland was confirmed to the federal bench under former President Bill Clinton’s second presidential term in 1997. He… Read more »

Antonin Scalia at Stetson

Law professor weighs in on SCOTUS vacancy after Scalia’s death

Arch-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday and the balance of the Court could shift with his replacement; WMNF spoke with a constitutional law professor about how election year politics could influence what happens. Louis Virelli is professor of constitutional law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Professor Virelli served for… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

A Move to Amend protest against citizens united

Floridians Organize to Overturn Citizens United

By Rob Lorei Its been six years since The United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision which determined that political campaign contributions from corporations are protected as a first amendment right under the condition’s of corporate personhood. Since then the amount of corporate money donated to election campaigns has double between 2010 and… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Regulate Florida cancels legal cannabis petition for 2016 ballot, sets sights on 2018

By Rob Lorei Today we look at the latest developments in a statewide push to regulate recreational marijuana. Activist group Regulate Florida announced yesterday that it will be ending its campaign to make cannabis completely legal for adults over 21, citing a lack of petition signatures and funding needed to get the issue on the… Read more »

Radioactivity talks with editor of investigative expose on Florida’s mental health hospitals

By Rob Lorei This week, the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald Tribune released the first part of an investigative series into the state of Florida’s mental health hospitals titled “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.”, the result of a year-long collaborative effort between the two newspapers. The project reveals have millions of dollars in budgets… Read more »

Florida This Week; Local Reverend wants less children arrested for misdemeanors

By Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we air the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episodes tackles the big stories in Florida News and Politics: Charlie Crist’s bid for Congress, the special session on senate seat redistricting, the teacher… Read more »

Devan Cheaves, BAAC. WMNF News.

Preview of Know Your Rights workshop in St. Pete

In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »

Occupy Tampa to challenge constitutionality of city’s sidewalk ordinance

Arrests of Occupy Tampa members have slowed down, but the court hearings for the dozens charged so far are still underway. Last week after an arraignment, one defense council said he plans to argue that the city ordinance some Occupy Tampa members are charged with violating is unconstitutional. Andrew “Pepe” Kovanis was accused of disobeying… Read more »