Andrew Gillum gets the most cheers as the Democratic gubernatorial candidates speak in Tampa

Fighting to lead their party in November and reversing two decades of Republican rule in Tallahassee, the four Democratic candidates for governor in Florida spoke in Tampa on Saturday night in front of several hundred members of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party. Philip Levine, Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum and Chis King all gave their relatively… Read more »

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission finalizes the November 2018 ballot

By Tom Urban, WLRN The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has placed eight proposed constitutional amendments on the November 6th general election ballot. They will join five others placed on the ballot by the Legislature or citizens’ initiatives. Most of the CRC’s final proposals had several ideas grouped together into single amendments.  One such plan would ban… Read more »

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UPDATED: Will Rick Scott sign “toilet to tap” legislation?

UPDATE, Friday 6 April 2018: Governor Rick Scott has vetoed this bill. In the veto statement, Scott said “I’m not convinced that this legislation will not muddle Florida’s protection of our aquifers.” A Florida bill recently passed by the state legislature would allow more treated sewage to be pumped into the aquifer; it’s a bill that… Read more »

In Tampa, Adam Putnam says he’s ‘very pleased’ with Trump administration calling for a revision of NAFTA

Speaking at the Kimmins Contracting Corporation in Ybor City on Friday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam pumped up the Trump tax reform plan, and boasted that Florida is a low-tax state. The Putnam campaign had touted to reporters that the candidate would be making a “tax-related announcement”, but there was nothing new in his championing of… Read more »

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Gun safety groups ask Sarasota City Commission to take action on gun violence

In 2011 the Florida Legislature passed a bill that was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott that penalized local governments and elected officials that tried to pass gun safety rules that are stricter than state law. But ten south Florida cities are challenging that “preemption” law. And now, gun safety advocates like the Brady… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 29 – Former Senator Bob Graham, graphic designer Bonnie Siegler, and digital political strategist Eric Wilson

Bonnie Siegler is considered one of the top graphic designers in America, and is the author of the new book, “Signs of Resistance: A visual history of protest in America.”  Siegler came on the program to talk about how the election of Donald Trump ultimately led to her creation of the book. Meanwhile, in the… Read more »

Gun issues dominate Hillsborough County legislative delegation post-session discussion

Two weeks after the Florida Legislature concluded its 2018 session, seven members from the Hillsborough County delegation convened in a forum sponsored by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce on Friday to discuss what transpired during the 62 days that lawmakers gathered in Tallahassee. And like the session itself, gun control politics dominated the discussion. Legislative… Read more »

The Constitution Revision Commission starts narrowing down proposals for Florida’s 2018 ballot

After months of committee meetings and public hearings, the state Constitution Revision Commission on Monday started narrowing a list of proposed constitutional amendments that could go on the November ballot. The 37-member commission, which meets every 20 years, is considering nearly three-dozen ballot proposals that could go on the November general-election ballot. The final 2018… Read more »

Americans oppose state preemption on guns & minimum wage: poll

Actions by a south Florida city could end up challenging a Florida law that prohibits local governments from enacting gun laws that are stricter than state laws; and a new nationwide poll suggests that Americans oppose rules that preempt local laws. It’s called “preemption.” Coral Gables city commissioners say they will risk fines and losing… Read more »

Teachers’ union opposes Florida Legislature’s school safety & guns bill

The Florida Legislature’s is voting this week on what’s being described as a school safety bill. There’s a lot of gun legislation in there as well. The Florida Senate discussed the school safety legislation Monday after a weekend session. On Saturday the Republican-dominated Senate rejected nearly fifty amendments from Democrats. Some of them were: banning… Read more »

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Florida teachers union opposes education bill; decertification is back in bill

A massive education bill is moving through the Florida Legislature and the Senate has added back in a provision that would decertify teachers unions if the number of dues-paying members falls below fifty percent. That’s just one of the many reasons Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, opposes the bill called HB 7055…. Read more »

Women’s Show 3/1 The NRA Battles On

The NRA battles on, taking on all comers including Business SEO – articulate grieving students, parents, doctors, educators, probably even the family dogs.  And the NRA has spoken – let there be school marshals, arm the teachers! Definitely the answer  to a problem with guns is more guns.  What is wrong with us?  We have… Read more »

Florida Legislature debates school safety bill, rejects assault weapon ban

By KELLI KENNEDY, BRENDAN FARRINGTON and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press “…The entire country is watching.” PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Family members of people killed in a South Florida school shooting gave emotional testimony Tuesday during a legislative hearing to discuss passing a bill that would allow for armed teachers and raise the age limit to buy… Read more »

Florida leaders propose new gun laws after school shooting

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Less than two weeks after the Florida school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators announced school safety and gun restriction proposals Friday that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21, but they differed on whether some teachers should… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Feb 22 – Chris King and Tanja Vidovic

We discussed the demand among Democrats in Florida for gun-control measures in the wake of last week’s massacre in Parkland at the top of the show with Chris King, the 39-year-old Winter Park businessman who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. King helped pay for buses carrying teenagers from Orlando and St. Petersburg… Read more »

Blake High School Students Plan Walkout Tomorrow to Protest Gun Violence

Radioactivity 2 22 18 Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. After last week’s massacre at the high school in Parkland, high school students from around the country have been organizing walkouts, meetings, protests- calling for laws to protect students from gun violence. This week the Parkland students took part in massive protests and… Read more »

Sarasota State House of Representatives flips to Democrat Margaret Good

District 72 in Sarasota turned blue Tuesday night as Margaret Good was elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. The district, which had voted for Donald Trump in 2016 (50.2% vs 45.6% Clinton), had 36% of it’s registered voters casting votes, which is high for a special election in Florida. According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, … Read more »

Women’s Show 1/18 Fracking with Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Susan Bordo

We have to stop fracking in this state! It will be a disaster for our water, particularly.  DR. SANDRA STEINGRABER, scientist, author, professor, one of the leading experts on fracking in the world, is coming to Florida to give a lecture Saturday, January 20th at 5 PM at the Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus.  She will bring the… Read more »

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Progress Florida Says Florida’s Outlook Is Not As Bright As GOP Leaders in Tallahassee Claim

Radioactivity 1 10 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—how well is the state of Florida doing when it comes to protecting the environment? How are average workers doing? Is the state creating good paying jobs? How well are we educating children? Providing health care for those who need it? We’ll hear from… Read more »