In Florida, budget woes won’t get you out of accessibility responsibilities

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provided federal civil rights safeguards for people with physical and mental impairments. But in the years since numerous pieces of federal and state-level legislation have determined exactly how those protections are enacted. Florida’s guidelines for transportation compliance often encourage going beyond minimum standards, including putting budget concerns in the… Read more »

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Hillsborough County’s coronavirus update

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Here’s the COVID-19 update for 16 November 2020 as provided by the  Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center: Nov. 16 County Commission COVID-19 Summary: Resolution Advocates for Routine Staff Testing at Senior Care Facilities, Other Congregate Homes COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 239 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2020)… Read more »

“Lowering The Temperature” On Morning Energy

The announcement of Joe Biden as president elect of the 2020 presidential race did not settle well with many Americans and resulted in protest around the nation due to what many felt was a rigged presidential race that led to Biden’s victory. Post election blues and waging protests against sitting president, presidential candidates, or presidential-elect… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Strongmen rulers – from Mussolini to Trump

November 12, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. President Trump and his allies—including most of the top elected Republican officials in Florida are refusing to concede that Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election. The President is challenging some results in courts but so far the courts have dismissed his claims… Read more »

With Obama-style strategies Republican Party might’ve turned Florida from swing state to solid red

Joe Biden is the President-elect of the United States, even as some election officials count votes in states where victory seems assured but it is too close the call. In Florida though, President Donald Trump’s victory was swift and decisive. A group of panelists at a Tiger Bay meeting considered whether Florida can be considered… Read more »

Following end of federal oversight, a Catholic University in Florida said it will no longer recognize faculty union, leaving teachers vulnerable

Faculty at Saint Leo University in Pasco County are worried about job security and other protections after a surprise decision from the school’s board of trustees stripped them of union protection. The university’s announcement came after the National Labor Relations Board ended oversight of faith-based universities. LISTEN: The news came as a shock to Valerie… Read more »

Pinellas School Board votes to continue mask mandate prompting backlash, arrest

The Pinellas County School Board Tuesday voted to continue its COVID-19 mandatory mask policy. The decision came after hours of discussion and opposing public comments from parents and students. One parent was arrested during the meeting. LISTEN: For more than an hour, speakers — mostly parents — railed against the school district’s mandatory mask policy…. Read more »

Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Election 2020

Florida’s U.S. Senators contribute to false claims election results shouldn’t be trusted

On Tuesday, both of Florida’s Republican U.S. Senators released statements seeming to sow seeds of doubt on the recent general election. Independent observers confirmed that the elections were free and fair and that Joe Biden is president-elect. But in a video, Marco Rubio seems to falsely suggest that unnamed entities are forbidding recounts or President… Read more »

Man who pulled gun on St. Pete Black Lives Matter protesters identified, but charges haven’t been filed

The man who pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Pete last month has been identified as Lawrence Arnold Davis. An investigation is ongoing, but lawyers representing a woman who Davis allegedly pushed to the ground before pulling the gun are calling for the lead prosecutor to recuse himself. LISTEN: When Kimberly… Read more »

St. Pete City Hall

Joe Biden is President-Elect; St. Pete celebrates

Dozens of people gathered across from St. Petersburg City Hall Saturday afternoon. It came hours after the Associated Press and several other news organizations projected that Joe Biden would earn more than 270 Electoral College votes and therefore has defeated President Donald Trump. At the street party in downtown St. Petersburg, Joan Thurman said her… Read more »

USF suspends ‘Students for a Democratic Society’, organization says it’s being suppressed

The University of South Florida has suspended activist organization Students for a Democratic Society for violating its policy on face-to-face events amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But the group’s members are saying this is the university attempting to suppress their voices. LISTEN: For Taylor Cook, a member of USF’s Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS,… Read more »

by Seán Kinane WMNF 2020 Nov 3 Election Day Gulfport (Pinellas County) Florida. Florida's most densely populated county. A swing county along the I-4 corridor in the country's largest swing state. vote sign precinct election 2020 Biden Harris Edmond Santana Rouson

CountOnUs rallies Saturday in Tampa, St. Pete

Saturday is a national day of action for groups pushing for, in their words, a “national celebration of the values underpinning our democracy: counting every vote, a peaceful transition of power, and putting and maintaining power in the hands of the people.” There are events in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. WMNF interviewed one of… Read more »

‘Keep calm and count on’ Experts say the election was never going to be decided on Nov. 3, but that’s normal and good

Experts are urging Americans to remain calm as votes in crucial states continue to be counted in a heavily contested presidential election. There’s no evidence of fraud or tampering, despite President Donald Trump’s premature claim of victory. LISTEN: The Red Mirage It’s being called the ‘Red Mirage,’ an effort by the Republican Party to give… Read more »

Photojournalist Zach D Roberts

Radioactivity Election Day Tuesday: Photojournalist Zach D Roberts tracking far-right groups in Florida and across the US

November 3, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. Zach D Roberts is an investigative photojournalist who covers far-right extremism, and voter suppression in America. He is famously known to go to the epicenters of hell to get his story.  For the past two years, he’s been traveling–sometimes openly, sometimes under cover–with the… Read more »

After record early voting, Election Day turnout looks light in Tampa Bay

Florida experienced record early voting this year with early-in-person and mail-in voting ballots nearly surpassing the total number of ballots cast in 2016. With most votes being cast early, even historically busy polling sites around Tampa Bay are seeing light turnout. LISTEN: Jeremy Gloff stood just outside St. Petersburg’s Coliseum Tuesday, a usually bustling home… Read more »

Video shows Pinellas deputies repeatedly punching, elbowing Biden supporter during political rally in Palm Harbor

A video showing the arrest of a Clearwater man during a political rally in Palm Harbor has raised concerns over a deputy’s use of force.  The video shows deputies punching a Joe Biden supporter in the head and elbowing him in the back multiple times as he’s being held to the ground. LISTEN: Whitney Wentz… Read more »

Four Traumatic Years Later

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, we asked a panel of distinguished guests to share their opinions on the outcome. Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications at Texas A & M University questioned the media’s involvement, “They put the camera in front of Donald Trump for a year and a half and they gave… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories, QAnon and Voter Manipulation with Melissa Ryan

October 29, 2020 In her latest article for Right Wing Watch, “Disinformation, Coronavirus, and the 2020 Presidential Election“, Melissa Ryan writes: In the 2016 presidential campaign, a robust disinformation effort fueled by Russia’s intelligence agencies provided a new turn in the narrative of United States politics. Now, as the 2020 presidential election approaches in a… Read more »

Tampa Bay performers join Rep. Charlie Crist to support Save Our Stages Act

A panel of professional performers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic joined Congress member Charlie Crist Wednesday to announce support for the Save Our Stages Act. The bill would provide relief to independent venues around the country that’ve been forced to close or limit operations during shutdowns. LISTEN: The White House listed ending the COVID-19 pandemic… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: A Deep Dive into the Latest Florida Poll numbers with Steve Schale

October 28, 2020 In 2008, Steve Schale directed the Obama/Biden campaign in Florida, leading the largest political operation in Florida history to a win for President Obama, and in 2012, served as a Senior Advisor to the re-election.   Earlier in his career, Steve ran the Florida Democratic Party’s House Democratic Caucus, during which Florida Democrats picked… Read more »