Judge stops parts of Tampa’s same-sex ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Free speech or harmful action? TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal magistrate is stopping the enforcement of a portion of Tampa’s ordinance prohibiting same-sex conversion therapy for minors. The U.S. magistrate judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday. Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone’s recommendation then goes to the US District Court, which then decides whether… Read more »

“Rally to Protect Florida’s Water” in Bradenton

On Tuesday Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled a budget recommendation that includes $625 million to protect water resources and restore the Everglades. But there’s no guarantee the state Legislature will pass a budget that reflects an emphasis on the environment. This Saturday the group Food & Water Watch will hold a “Rally to Protect Florida’s Water”… Read more »

Florida’s Natural Ecosystem & Prescribed Burn on the Sustainable Living show

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program our topic was Preserving and Improving Florida’s Natural Ecosystem. Prescribed burning is one method of management of natural areas and this year’s Fire Fest is happening in Sarasota County on February 2nd. Our guests were some of the participants at Fire Fest. Joining us was Jeff Weber, an Environmental… Read more »

American History You Should Know

The subtitle to David Treuer’s latest book, Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee, explains the American history you should know: Native America From 1890 To The Present. Sadly, as Treuer meticulously shows in over 500 pages the history of Native Americans is the history of the United States. David Treuer grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota,… Read more »

Should We Ignore The Prophecies Of Doom?

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Professor Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, he suggests we follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and… Read more »

TECO power plant in Apollo Beach Florida burns coal and releases water vapor plus greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change

TECO defends conversion of Big Bend plant to gas despite calls for more solar instead

Tampa Electric Company plans to spend millions to upgrade its Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach to rely less on coal. But environmentalists say that instead of investing in infrastructure for fossil fuels – like natural gas produced largely by fracking — the company should instead switch to solar power generation. During public comment… Read more »

Young Floridians turned out to vote in the 2018 midterm election

Florida’s 2018 youth vote swells over previous midterm By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They rallied hundreds of thousands to march for gun reform, landed on the cover of Time magazine and raised millions of dollars from celebrities like Oprah and George Clooney. But could the teenage survivors of the Parkland school… Read more »

Pro-choice rally

Florida “fetal heartbeat” bill could outlaw abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

A bill in the Florida Legislature would outlaw abortions once the heartbeat of the fetus has been detected. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Mike Hill told WFLA that his “oath said that I would protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But Amy Weintraub, the reproductive rights program director for Progress Florida, warns that… Read more »

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Bay area mayors weigh in on Rays & arming teachers

The mayors of the three largest cities in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties disagree with Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri about arming teachers. Tampa’s Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg’s Rick Kriseman and Clearwater’s George Cretikos responded Thursday to the question from Pinellas School Board member Joanne Lentino – they think classroom teachers should not carry guns. The three spoke at… Read more »

Citizenship question barred by one court from the 2020 census

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending that officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. In a… Read more »

Solar Makes Cents on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program the topic was Solar Electric Systems and our guests were The Gulf Coast Coordinator for Florida Solar United Neighbors, Julia Herbst; and the Director of the University of Central Florida’s Solar Energy Center, Dr. James Fenton. Jim’s message was directed toward anyone that has a basic understanding of money. Solar… Read more »

Moms Demand Action Melissa Ransdell Erin Wiley by Sean K gun laws

Moms Demand Action will head to Florida’s capital to push for gun laws

A group advocating sensible gun safety laws wants the Florida Legislature to pass universal background checks on all firearms purchases. We continue the discussion on gun violence and gun safety. Both guests on MidPoint were volunteers with Moms Demand Action, Erin Wiley and Melissa Ransdell. They are traveling to Tallahassee in a few weeks for “Advocacy… Read more »

anti-fracking sign

Ron DeSantis directs Florida DEP to oppose fracking and off-shore drilling

Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, announced several changes to water policy today. In an executive order, DeSantis made moves to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking), dedicate money to Everglades restoration, fight algae blooms, appoint a Chief Science Officer and create an Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency. For reaction, WMNF News spoke with Michelle Allen, senior… Read more »

Ybor City vigil for victims of border patrol

Groups like the Border Patrol Victims Network are organizing a vigil in Tampa’s Ybor City Thursday for people who have been killed by Customs and Border Protection officers. Jenderless is an organizer with Occupy ICE Tampa and Border Patrol Victims Network. “The vigil itself is for the people who specifically have been killed by border… Read more »