MidPoint: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ and other oppressive legislation

Dangerous amendments to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is the latest trend among the ‘censorship and surveillance’ legislation that’s been passing through the Florida government this session. Nadine Smith of Equality Florida and Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani joined MidPoint host Shelley Reback to discuss what this legislation means for the state.

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Florida voters support raising teacher pay, teachers union poll shows

Florida voters overwhelmingly support increasing pay for Florida’s public school teachers. That’s according to new polling data collected by Clearview Research and commissioned by the Florida Education Association – the state’s largest teacher union. Today, Florida’s public education spending per pupil and average teacher salary rank near dead-last nationally. It’s one of just a few… Read more »

Census data is out and redistricting has begun, but advocates warn of continued secrecy

The process to reapportion Florida’s political lines began in earnest with Thursday’s release of population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Advocates are warning of secrecy on both sides of the aisle. Even after courts had to intervene during the 2010 redistricting cycle. LISTEN: Ellen Freidin was on the frontlines of the vicious fight to… Read more »

St. Petersburg election candidates

Robert Blackmon faces backlash over eviction attempts; and other issues plaguing the St. Pete Mayor’s race

St. Petersburg City Council member Robert Blackmon canceled his scheduled interview Tuesday on The Scoop with Janelle Irwin and new co-host Evan Donovan citing a scheduling conflict just minutes before air time. Blackmon’s cancelation came after Florida Politics reported Blackmon attempted to evict three tenants from a property he owns, Paradise Apartments in South St…. Read more »

Republican Florida congressional candidate’s murder-for-hire case gets hearing extension

Two Republican congressional candidates embroiled in an alleged murder-for-hire plot had their case postponed until September. Anna Paulina Luna’s temporary restraining order against William Braddock will remain until the case’s new date. LISTEN: The race to fill the soon-to-be-vacant District 13 seat is still more than a year away. But it’s already getting deathly intense…. Read more »

Two Tampa Bay State Reps get ‘People’s Champion’ nods from Progress Florida after 2021 Session

Two state representatives from the Tampa Bay area were dubbed “People’s Champions” by Progress Florida for their voting records during the 2021 Legislative Session. The progressive advocacy group gave most Democrats A grades, while Republicans all received Fs. Listen: Representatives Ben Diamond and Fentrice Driskell received two of the six “People’s Champion” awards. “This is… Read more »

Congress member and former Florida governor Charlie Crist

U.S. Rep. Crist calls for statewide investigation into Florida’s connection with Capitol Riot

Florida congressmember and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist met with local leaders in St. Petersburg Friday to call for a statewide investigation into Florida’s connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot in D.C. Listen: Crist stood in front of St. Petersburg’s Holocaust Museum and called on the governor to use executive action to create a bipartisan… Read more »

Florida GOP congressional candidate says Republican opponent conspired to kill her

A Republican running for Florida’s Thirteenth Congressional District said political rivals conspired to kill her. Anna Paulina Luna obtained a temporary restraining order against William Braddock, a fellow Republican running for the same seat. LISTEN: Braddock filed to run for the seat being vacated by current Congressmember Charlie Crist on Monday. But four days before,… Read more »

Race to replace Crist in Congress grows with addition of State Rep. Michele Rayner

Democratic State Rep. Michele Rayner Monday announced she’s joining the race for Florida’s soon-to-be-vacant District 13 congressional seat. Rayner is entering a growing field to replace outgoing Congressmember Charlie Crist in a contentious district Democrats will need to win if they want to hold onto power in Washington. LISTEN: Rayner made the announcement in front… Read more »

Tampa Rep will be first Black woman to lead Florida House Democrats

Tampa State Rep. Fentrice Driskell is making history as the first Black woman elected to lead the Florida House Democrats. She will take the reins in the 2024-2026 term. LISTEN: Driskell won Tampa’s District 63 in 2018 by about 5,000 votes. And her current term expires in 2022, which means she’d need to win reelection… Read more »

Nikki Fried: Florida is no longer a free state under DeSantis

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis’s private signing of a controversial new election law Thursday. LISTEN: She said Florida is no longer a free state under the Governor and likened his use of Fox News to that of authoritarian regimes. Fried’s criticism comes after DeSantis barred the general public and local media from… Read more »

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Legislature revives, passes trans girl sports ban prompting fierce backlash

Florida’s ban on transgender girls participating on girl’s teams died in the senate two weeks ago, but was revived and passed by both chambers late Wednesday as an amendment to a different bill. Members of the trans community now say Florida’s posturing to corporations and catering to a shrinking base is gambling with children’s lives…. Read more »

Black Lives Matter march draws hundreds in Tampa, but organizers say HB1’s chilling effect is already taking hold

 Hundreds of activists gathered at Tampa’s Cyrus Greene Park Saturday for a Black Lives Matter march protesting continued police killings of Black Americans. But the crowd was a long way off from the nearly 4,000 who came out for previous marches. Organizers say that’s thanks to the chilling effects of Florida’s HB1. LISTEN: The… Read more »