Federal court strikes down Florida’s ex-felons voting ban

Federal judge knocks down Florida’s voting ban for ex-felons By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year’s crucial elections, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida’s current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible. U.S…. Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Feb 1st – Scott Pringle, lead consultant on proposed BRT project to run from Wesley Chapel to St. Pete

Scott Jacobs is with Jacobs Engineering,  the consulting group leading the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan in the Tampa Bay area. Two weeks ago, his group unveiled to the public a proposed 41-mile Bus Rapid Transit project that would run from Wesley Chapel in Pasco County down to St.Petersburg. The total cost for the I-275/BRT project… 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 »

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Castor & Nelson criticize FEMA & Trump for cutting off Puerto Rico aid

Congress member Kathy Castor is slamming the Trump administration for cutting off emergency supplies like food and water to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. “There’s a very disturbing report out today that the Trump administration is cutting off FEMA supplies of food and water to Puerto Rico, even to areas that do not have potable water and… Read more »

Interview with Bob Marley Biographer Roger Steffens on Reggae, Vietnam and his Photo Exhibit The Family Acid

Radioactivity 1 26 18 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—an interview with Roger Steffens a photographer, pioneering reggae DJ, leading expert on Bob Marley, actor and poet. Our guest today is Roger Steffens who has led an amazing life—a life that that follows the arc of a lot of Baby Boomers… 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 »

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan. 25- POLITICO writer/reporter Michael Kruse

There’s been a lot of focus on Donald Trump voters, especially in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan – bellwether states that in recent times have been Democratic strongholds during presidential elections, but which stunningly flipped in 2016 to give Trump the Electoral College victory for president over Hillary Clinton.  No one has… Read more »

To What Extent Are Trump Administration Policies Making the World a More Dangerous Place? An interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

Radioactivity 1 25 18 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— the US is involved in several current wars around the world—and the on the brink of war in other areas—including the Korean Peninsula. We’re going to talk about a range of dangerous situations around the world. And to what extent are… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/25 Toni Van Pelt, Lisa Perry and Lakeisha Black and Dr. Lynn Ringenberg

That was the week that was!  Somehow the more things are changing, the more they are staying the same… Weren’t we supposed to have a budget in October?….then November…then December…a line in the sand, January.  Then a weekend shutdown and a 6-year deal for CHIPS, but no provision for community health centers where 40% of… Read more »

Signs from The Women’s Rally 2018 in St. Pete

On a bright Florida winter day, over 5,000 people came to downtown St. Petersburg to send messages to political leaders, community leaders, and each other. Messages were funny, heartfelt, empowering, topical, optimistic, and inspiring. Here we have a sample, in no particular order. Clicking on the pictures makes them easier to scroll through.