Voter registration in Florida ahead of the primaries

Today was the last day to register to vote/change registration, to be able to vote in the August 28th primary. The deadline for voter registration for the November election is October 9, 2018. There are 12,927,318 people registered to vote in Florida as of June 30, 2018, according to Florida’s Division of Elections: 4,562,533 registered… Read more »

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Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy vigil in St. Pete

Wednesday evening in St. Petersburg is a vigil called ‘Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy it’s one of three across the state demanding, among other things, that special counsel Mueller’s investigation be protected. Andrea Hildebrand Smith is with FACT — Floridians Against Corruption and Treason. She helped to organize the vigil at Demens Landing Park beginning at… Read more »

FL Senator Nelson & Rep. Wasserman Schultz barred from migrant children detention center

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida By JOSHUA REPLOGLE and BEN FOX, Associated Press HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a “cover-up” after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson… Read more »

Florida District 15 candidate forum

Nine of Florida’s Congressional District 15 candidates tussle in Tampa

There are twelve candidates running for Congress for the District 15 seat being vacated by Lakeland’s Dennis Ross. Nine of them debated Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. The three Democrats and six Republicans are hoping to win the seat representing parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. For the most part, the candidates… Read more »

Dartmouth Professor Describes Long Term Trends in the US that Resulted in Trump Victory

There’s a fierce debate in this country about why Donald Trump narrowly won the 2016 presidential election. What led to the Trump victory? The real estate mogul and reality TV star was able to break through in traditionally Democratic leaning states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He also won in Florida by 113,000 votes over… Read more »

Bill Nelson says he intends on holding back from spending on TV until the fall

Bill Nelson is aware that there are growing concerns from his fellow Florida Democrats that he’s in danger of being (re)defined by Rick Scott’s early barrage of negative television ads currently on the airwaves, but he says that he’s not that concerned as the unofficial beginning of summer commenced this holiday weekend. “It’s early. Most people… Read more »

Alt-America: The Rise Of The Radical Right In The Age Of Trump

Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found… Read more »

Friend and Biographer of Sen. Ted Kennedy Reviews New Film Chappaquiddick

In July of 1969 then US Senator Edward Kennedy and friends and associates had attended a nighttime party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. At some point during the evening Kennedy left the party along with a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne who had worked for his late brother Robert who had… Read more »

In West Tampa, Rick Scott celebrates the U.S. as a melting pot while wooing Puerto Rican voters

With more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans migrating to Florida in the aftermath of last fall’s Hurricane Maria, that already ascendant voting bloc in the Sunshine State has become an even more significant voting demographic as the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott looms this November. And Scott is working… Read more »

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast Says There’s No Proof Widespread Illegal Voting in US Exists

Radioactivity 4 20 18 Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity investigative reporter Greg Palast (The Guardian, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine) says that while FOX News and President Trump say that millions of people voted illegally in the last election there is no evidence that is true. In fact he says a trial on the matter currently… Read more »

MidPoint 4/19 – Former U.S. Rep Alan Grayson & Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White

Alan Grayson will soon be announcing his comeback for a seat in the U.S. Congress, though what district in Florida he’ll be representing is still unknown. The Orlando-area firebrand, who was defeated in his last race for the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2016, has been steadily raising money for over a year now in… Read more »

Bob Gualtieri takes the heat in sometimes contentious immigration debate

In January, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a news conference in Largo, where it was announced that Pinellas and 16 other law enforcement agencies in Florida would now have “housing agreements’ with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would allow federal agents more time to pick up arrested undocumented immigrants from local jails. The… Read more »

Tampa ‘Town Hall For Our Lives’ strictly a Democratic affair

The “Town Hall For Our Lives” organized by the March For Our Lives group along with Town Hall Project took place on Saturday. Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor was in attendance at the Metropolitan Community Church, along with other elected Democrats such as state Senator Darryl Rouson and Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren. Democratic candidates Deborah Bellanti… Read more »

A Cavalcade Of Curiosities Eclipse An Untimely Death

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” Mario Lamo wrote in a post on Facebook. Beyond that brief note, only a few mentions of Lamo’s death have appeared… Read more »

New Film About Veteran Community Organizer Heather Booth Will Be Shown Tonight in Tampa

Radioactivity 3 22 18 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We’ll meet veteran community organizer Heather Booth— who took part in the Civil Rights movement, she was an early a feminist leader and is considered to be one of the country’s most effective progressive organizers. She’s the subject of a new… Read more »

Women’s Show 3/22 March for Our Lives Tampa Bay & “The Union Maid”

#NeverAgain….. #Marchforourlives….   When you went to school, were your biggest concerns grades, tests, friends, the prom?  Did you ever worry that you might not go home again?  After Sandy Hook didn’t you think, “Never again?” But it happened again and again and after Parkland, Unsurprisingly, the young people are not leaving it up to… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 15 – John Judis and Tampa mayoral candidate Topher Morrison

Journalist and author John B. Judis was our guest for the first part of this edition of MidPoint. Judis is an editor at large at Talking Points Memo and the author of The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics. His piece, “The Two Sides of Immigration Policy,” was published in last… Read more »

Blake High School Students Plan Walkout Tomorrow to Protest Gun Violence

Radioactivity 2 22 18 Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. After last week’s massacre at the high school in Parkland, high school students from around the country have been organizing walkouts, meetings, protests- calling for laws to protect students from gun violence. This week the Parkland students took part in massive protests and… Read more »

Public Broadcasting & other funds slashed: military spending increased in proposed 2019 budget

The Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget eliminates, among others, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), allotting only $15 million for winding up the agency.  The CPB provides funding for public broadcasting, such as WMNF, WUSF, NPR, and PBS. President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.4 trillion spending plan that provides a huge increase in… Read more »

Women’s Show 2/8 Winter Fund Drive – YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE. Clips from some of your Favorite Guests

Tomorrow we need to hear from you! You hear from us every week bringing you information, guests, critical topics.  From a Woman’s Point of View is a unique show.  It is the only program in the Southeast that is by and about women.  I would hope that you noticed that I did not say women’s… Read more »

Congressional incumbents not seeking reelection in 2018 (as of 1/31/18)

Midterm elections usually bring about a number of ‘retirements’ from Congress. Some are running for other seats. According to Roll Call, a non-partisan Congressional newspaper, usually about 22 representatives don’t run for reelection during the midterms. This year the number is 49 (out of 435). Ten of them are running for the Senate, and nine… Read more »

In the 1920’s the KKK relied on Fake News, Religious Conservatives and Anti-Immigrant Feelings

Radioactivity 1 30 18 Fear of immigrants. It’s been at the center of President Trump’s call to build a wall across the US border with Mexico. And at the center of his attacks on so called Sanctuary cities. And it’s entered into the debate over the future of the so called Dreamers—young who were brought… Read more »