MidPoint for Thursday, October 19 – state Senator Jeff Clemens & Kyle Parks

South Florida Democratic state Senator Jeff Clemens came on the show to talk about the upcoming 2018 legislative session, and the prospect for Democrats to pick up seats in the Senate in Nov. of 2018. Also on the show was Kyle Parks with B2 Communications, a St. Petersburg based public relations firm who was on… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Sept. 21 – Kathy Castor on GOP Senate bill, National Weather Service issues and FEA lawsuit

On today’s program, we spoke with Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, about a recent lawsuit the union filed against the state dept. of Education and its 67 school boards. The FEA is challenging as discriminatory part of a 2015 law that ties teacher bonuses to their college entrance exam scores. We spoke with… Read more »

Why are Florida’s Public Schools Having Budget Problems?

Radioactivity Wednesday 8 30 17 Why are Florida’s Public Schools Having Budget Problems? Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Facing budget problems the Hillsborough School District is in the process of eliminating about 3500 positions in the district. This is in response to the district’s ongoing budget problems. Also this month it was… Read more »

In Announcing Candidacy for GOP Nomination for Governor Sen. Jack Latvala Says Term Limits Have Not Helped the Culture in Tallahassee

Radioactivity 8 17 17 Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- Clearwater Senator Jack Latvala announces he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor. He says he thinks eight year term limits for Florida office holders have not been a positive thing in Tallahassee. He’s open to extending term limits to twelve… Read more »

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Debate on Florida gun laws and bills

Every year the Florida Legislature considers several gun bills; to explore the state’s gun laws in depth, the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club held a forum Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg. A University of Virginia graduate asked the two participants whether at demonstrations like the one over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, participants’ First Amendment rights… Read more »

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Greg Palast Has the Scoop on the President’s Election Integrity Commission

Human rights workers arrested for investigating labor conditions in Ivanka Trump’s factories Three labor rights investigators were arrested in China in May while they were looking into working conditions at factories that make shoes for Ivanka trump — the president’s daughter. After a month in custody they have been released, but now they face trial… Read more »

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Libertarian Republicans Powered by Billionaire Money Plan to Undo Gains of Last 100 Years

Nancy MacLean on her new book “Democracy in Chains” A lot of books have tried to explain the rise of conservative power that poses a direct challenge to the reforms that came about under the New Deal, the labor movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the Great Society. In her new book, a Duke University… Read more »

Women’s Show: Independence Day – The Hour of Land author

Independence Day??? The fireworks have ended (at least I hope so).  The parades, the music, the picnics and barbecues, all the fun trappings of the 4th are past.  The president goes abroad – on Friday he meets with Putin.  Oh to be a patriotic fly on that wall!  And the North Koreans set off quite… Read more »

Karen Clay, co-chair Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology

Senate Healthcare Bill Threatens People with Disabilities

Senate Republicans are quietly moving forward with plans to pass a health care bill In the U.S. right now, the number of people without health insurance has been falling since the passing of Obamacare, but that trend could be reversed now that Republicans want to repeal it. The new plan could take away health insurance… Read more »

Andrea Prascow

Trump Meets with Leaders of Two Countries with Poor Human Rights Records

Trump Administration Continues to Neglect Human Rights Abuses President Trump met with the Turkish president on Tuesday, and later this week he’ll travel to Saudi Arabia. Human rights activists say that both countries have troubling records on torture, press freedom, and respect for individual liberty. Host Rob Lorei interviewed Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington Director at Human Rights… Read more »

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Public school advocates urge Florida governor to veto education bill

In the closing days of its session, the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping $419 million education bill; but in a press conference Tuesday morning, parents, school board members, a Democratic state representative and the superintendent of Hillsborough public schools joined Congress member Kathy Castor to urge Governor Rick Scott to veto the bill. Standing in… Read more »

What passed and failed and the 2018 Florida Budget

The proposed Florida State 2018 budget has been sent to the Governor. Educators and citizens are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto the budget because of the shift of $140 million to private education from struggling public schools, and forcing school districts to share capital funds with charter schools . House Bill 7609 was crafted away… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday-Dem. gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham; Alan Snel & Kartik Krishnaiyer

Newly announced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham was on the show on Thursday. “Floridians across the state should be up in arms about the fact that what they voted on, what they said to the state of Florida, that we want you do this and they’re just being ignored,” Graham said on WMNF-88.5 FM about the lack of… Read more »

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Journalist Noah Pransky on Radioactivity Wednesday

Questionable analysis used in deciding sports subsidies The state of Florida and local governments spend a lot of money subsidizing stadiums for sports teams. Host Rob Lorei talked with Noah Pransky, who is an investigative reporter at WTSP whose most recent story is about Mark Bonn, the expert that many governments around the state use… Read more »

Juan Melendez and Mark Elliott with host Rob Lorei

Death Row Survivor Juan Melendez on Radioactivity Monday

Wrongly convicted Death Row survivor speaks out Host Rob Lorei interviewed Juan Melendez, who spent more that 17 years on Florida’s Death Row before being exonerated and released. Juan is one of 26 innocent people exonerated and released from Florida’s Death Row – by far the nation’s highest number of exonerated death row survivors. He’ll be… Read more »

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Columnist Scott Maxwell on Radioactivity Friday

Columnist Scott Maxwell on the investigation into Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi A southwest Florida prosecutor assigned by the governor to investigate a bribery complaint against President Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has found insufficient evidence to move forward. Fort Myers-area State Attorney Stephen Russell presented Gov. Rick Scott last week with… Read more »

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League of Women Voters of Florida questions Constitutional Revision Commission

The group that forms every twenty years to suggest changes to Florida’s constitution is meeting again Wednesday in Tallahassee; but the Constitutional Revision Commission is being faced with questions about process and rules. The president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, Pamela Goodman, has written a letter to the chair of the CDC,… Read more »

Industrial Hemp in Florida

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program (you can listen back through the program link) we talked about Industrial Hemp; its history; many uses and legislation to legalize it here in Florida. Our guest, Bob Clayton, recently built his home in Tarpon Springs using Hemp building materials and he represents the Hemp Industries Association of Florida, which has introduced legislation… Read more »

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Steve Hough of Florida Fair and Open Primaries on Radioactivity Tuesday

Should Florida have open primary elections? Before general elections we have primary elections where political parties ask their members to select from a roster of candidates who will be the party’s slate of candidates in the general election. In Florida you must be a member of a political party to vote in that party’s primary… Read more »

– Former state Senator Jeremy Ring on Midpoint for Thursday, March 23

Former Broward County Democratic state Senator Jeremy Ring was out guest on the show today. The Parkland resident and former Yahoo official is currently exploring a candidacy for Chief Financial Officer in 2018. On the show he discussed the need for a different business culture in Tallahassee, his own political history and his thoughts about running… Read more »