Chris King says his ‘bold and progressive’ plan as governor now includes abolishing the death penalty and legalizing recreational marijuana

Labeling it as “incredibly bold,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King unveiled a criminal justice reform package on Tuesday that included a call to end the death penalty and full support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Florida. “These issues are big and bold and progressive and they’re going to be hard to acccomplish, and… Read more »

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Indivisible Action Tampa Bay endorses Andrew Gillum for Florida governor

A progressive group in the Tampa Bay area has made its first endorsement in the Democratic primary for Florida governor; Indivisible Action Tampa Bay members voted to endorse Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. WMNF News interviewed the group’s founder, Christine Hanna. “We really were looking at the candidates’ alignment with our progressive values and the alignment… Read more »

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 »

Ross Spano enters race to succeed Dennis Ross in Congress

Ross Spano has jettisoned his quest to become Florida’s next attorney general, and announced on Monday that he will now run for the now open congressional seat in Florida’s 15th District. “After careful consideration, prayer and much discussion with my family, I have decided to withdraw from the race for Florida’s Attorney General to run… 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 »

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 »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 22 – Joe Redner and Tampa Pride director Carrie West

Adult club entrepreneur and progressive activist Joe Redner is awaiting a decision by a Leon County Circuit Judge regarding his lawsuit claiming that the Florida Dept. of Health has unconstitutionally denied him the right to grow his own marijuana plants. Redner and Adam Elend, the head of Redner’s marijuana business called Florigrown, appeared as guests on… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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Sea-level rise threatens several Tampa Bay area communities: report

A new report on sea-level rise by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that several Tampa Bay communities will see more and more sunny-day flooding over the next few decades; we also hear from two of the candidates running for Florida governor about climate change and sea-level rise. Here’s how Republican Adam Putnam responded last May… 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 »