Florida passes bill to repeal smokable medical marijuana ban

The Legislature wanted to make sure there were some restrictions on use. By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature met Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ deadline to hand him a bill to repeal the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana when the House passed the legislation Wednesday. While lawmakers aren’t necessarily… Read more »

Senator, seeking its closure, visits migrant youth detention camp in Homestead

Senator tours Florida teen detention camp he wants shut down By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A Democratic senator from Oregon advocating against migrant youth detention camps says he toured a Florida facility and found children are being held there for too long in a restrictive environment. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said… Read more »

Rally Sunday in Tampa: “Say NO to Trump’s War on Women”

Friday is International Women’s Day. On Sunday there’s a rally in downtown Tampa called “International Women’s Day: Say NO to Trump’s War on Women.” WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Jerrica Hoey, with Florida Future Labor Leaders. “Under Trump’s presidency we’ve been seen huge attacks on women’s rights in this country. We’ve been seeing attacks on Title… Read more »

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Community activists want transit options, not just highways, under Tampa Bay Next

The Tampa Bay region will undergo a transportation overhaul during the next several years under what’s being called Tampa Bay Next; the Florida Department of Transportation rolled it out after its predecessor, TBX, faced some local backlash. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, “The Regional Tampa Bay Next is a program to modernize Tampa… Read more »

Herbs Roots of Health on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about herbs. Our guests were Bob Linde, an herbalist and owner of Acupuncture Herbal Therapies in St. Pete; and Renee Crozier, an herbalist and co-director, with Bob, of the Traditions School of Herbal Studies. During the program they answered many questions; including the definition of… Read more »

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers will stop in Tampa on march “4 Fair Food”

Coalition of Immokalee Workers The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is organizing a cross-country march that includes Florida, for what they’re calling the “4 Fair Food” tour to boycott Wendy’s. As part of that tour, the CIW is coming to Tampa. The Tampa event, called “A Human Rights Revolution: Tampa Welcomes the Immokalee Workers” is on March… Read more »

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Afghanistan, Iran and Syria

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker is diplomat in residence at Princeton University and was U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon under the four presidents who preceded Donald Trump. So, WMNF spoke with Ambassador Crocker about several foreign affairs hot-spots. Late last month the U.S. and Taliban agreed to a framework for a cease-fire… Read more »

Actually, I Mean, It’s Very, You Know, Kind Of…* on Life Elsewhere

Dreyer’s English – An Utterly Correct Guide To Clarity And Style, the new, much-lauded tome from Benjamin Dreyer, Copy Chief at Random House is by any measure a delight to read. This will be no surprise to the fans who lap up his delicious banquet of Tweets. With magician-like skill, he is simultaneously authoritative and droll…. Read more »

Rep. Ilhan Omar in Tampa raising humanitarian aid for Yemen

A new member of Congress may attract protesters when she speaks Saturday in Tampa at an event raising funds for humanitarian aid to Yemen. Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar was criticized by some recently for suggesting on Twitter that American politicians support Israel because of campaign donations they get from the American Israel Political Action Committee… Read more »

A preview of the 2nd U.S.-North Korea summit

President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, next Wednesday and Thursday for their second summit. To find out more about U.S.-North Korea relations, WMNF spoke with Jim Walsh, a senior research associate at the MIT security studies program in Massachusetts. “Well, this is the second summit between the President… Read more »

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Non-partisan League of Women Voters explains the national popular vote compact

There is a national movement to have the results of presidential elections better reflect who actually got more votes; it’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Several states have passed laws to instruct their presidential Electors to vote for the person who gets the most votes across the entire country. So far, states representing… Read more »

Protests against the president’s National Emergency Declaration

Protests slam Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters converged in cities around the country Monday to decry President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. Organized by the liberal group MoveOn and others, the demonstrations took the occasion of Presidents Day to assail… Read more »

A wall built on lies: fact-checking the national emergency

AP FACT CHECK: Trump declares emergency with faulty claims By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border while acknowledging that rapid construction of a wall is not a necessity, but rather his preference. In justifying the extraordinary step, he brushed aside his administration’s… Read more »