Hillsborough reminds people “COVID-19 Testing Remains Free”

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Below is Hillsborough County’s coronavirus testing update for Tuesday: COVID-19 Testing Remains Free; Have Health Insurance Information Handy COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 235 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2020) – To ensure that Hillsborough County is following federal guidance on COVID-19 coronavirus testing, health insurance providers are… Read more »

Vern Buchanan and Margaret Good debate in Florida’s 16th Congressional District

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Florida’s 16th Congressional District includes all of Manatee County, plus northern Sarasota County and southern Hillsborough County. It has been represented by Republican Congress member Vern Buchanan since a redistricting in 2013. He’s being challenged by Democratic State Representative Margaret Good, and we heard part of their… Read more »

On 100th anniversary, Ocoee Massacre comes into focus

Nov. 2 marks the 100th anniversary of the Ocoee Massacre, considered our country’s most deadly Election Day. But this little-known tragic moment in Florida’s history has been coming into focus. Dozens of African American residents of Ocoee, a town just outside of Orlando, were murdered and their property destroyed after one of them attempted to… Read more »

Considering America’s Soul

In his new book, American Rule – How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton takes us on a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation’s founding to the twenty-first century. He examines and debunks the American myths we’ve always told ourselves…. Read more »

Experts say results won’t come election night and that’s okay, no matter what the White House says

Election experts say it’s highly unlikely that the results of the Presidential Election will be known on Nov. 3. Experts told reporters vote count deadlines extend well beyond Election Day. Taking the time allowed to make sure every vote is counted means the process is working, especially in battleground states like Florida. LISTEN: Rumors of… Read more »

Farm workers union says Florida-based labor contractor still hasn’t paid stolen wages, calls for end to ‘corrupt’ visa program.

A union representing farm workers across the country Thursday delivered a petition to the U.S. Department of Labor calling for an end to what it calls corrupt practices among labor contractors who hire migrant workers using the H-2A visa program. The move comes after the union said a Florida-based contractor still hasn’t paid back stolen… Read more »

Amid record early voting, election officials, leaders urge voter confidence despite misinformation

Voters turned out in record numbers Monday to begin casting ballots in person for the presidential election. Political leaders and election officials are urging voter confidence amid misinformation. Meanwhile, a bill from Marco Rubio aimed at ensuring an accurate vote count is set to die in committee. Listen: Bernard Zielinski lost confidence in absentee voting… Read more »

Locals warn derelict barge ‘Nabarima’ about to spill 55 million gallons of oil and no one is helping

The United States embassy in Trinidad and Tobago Friday called on the Venezuelan government to take action as state-flagged FSO Nabarima continues its apparent three-month-long capsize into the Gulf of Paria. Locals fear the derelict vessel is about to dump its near 55 million gallons of oil right at the mouth of the Caribbean Sea…. Read more »

A Conversation With David J On His Most Personal Album, Yet

“It’s descriptive of a period of time, the last five years in my life.” “A journey I’ve been on.” “The whole thing is a love letter.” “I dedicated it to my wife.” “It’s all there in the lyrics.” “The most personal recording I’ve made.” Gather together these small fragments David J allows himself to say… Read more »

Judge says Pinellas Supervisor of Elections is following law despite legal challenge from opponent

A judge in Pinellas County Friday said Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus is following the law by asking voters if the address on their driver’s license is current. The decision came during an emergency hearing requested by Marcus’s challenger in next month’s election who said the question violates state law. Listen: Judge Linda Allan acknowledged… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: How countries and special interests are able to quietly buy influence in the Trump administration

October 13, 2020 Donald Trump did not sell his business when he took office, nor did he give it away. By holding onto his businesses, he launched an unprecedented experiment: What happens to a multi-billion-dollar business when its leader ascends to the presidency of the United States? And more importantly, what happens to country? WHITE… Read more »

Tampa business, Disco Dolls, joins coalition to raise minimum wage as support for Amendment 2 grows

A new poll from St. Leo University shows growing support for Amendment 2, to raise Florida’s minimum wage. Tampa’s own Disco Dolls Studio recently signed on to join Florida Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, but have believed in the cause for years. Listen: Kristine Ownley pulled the glasses from her face, tucked a fallen… Read more »

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Tampa attorney, lawmakers announce suit to block ‘All Voters Vote’ Amendment 3 from general election

On Tuesday, attorneys in Tampa and Orlando filed a lawsuit with the Florida Supreme Court to block the “All Voters Vote” Amendment 3 from the current general election. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle held a news conference announcing the effort in light of studies that found the amendment could disenfranchise Black voters. Listen: The perfect storm It’s… Read more »

Indigenous activists call for removal of Tampa Columbus statue, change of holiday name

A group of Indigenous rights activists marched through Tampa Sunday, calling for the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue from a city park. The call comes as cities and states around the country have begun to acknowledge the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Listen: Blood-stained hands The rain came and washed the… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday: “Catholics for Choice” urges Senators to reject Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

October 9, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The Associated Press is reporting; An old directory for the Christian organization People of Praise members shows Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served as a “handmaid.” That’s the term used at the time for high-ranking female leaders in the religious community. Barrett has… Read more »

Florida’s virtual Bar Exam is days away and test-takers say the software is still faulty

Florida’s first virtual Bar Exam was postponed nearly two months ago because of faulty software. With just days to go before the test, examinees say they still haven’t seen a functioning version of the program. Listen: Florida’s digital footprint has left plenty to be desired this year. First, the state’s unemployment system needed a major… Read more »