Renatha Francis appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Justice

Governor appoints Renatha Francis and John Couriel to Florida Supreme Court

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday his choices to fill two vacancies on the state Supreme Court. In Miami, DeSantis said he is appointing Palm Beach Judge Renatha Francis and Miami attorney John Couriel. Couriel’s parents left Cuba during the presidency of Fidel Castro. “You’ve heard it said that Alexander Hamilton said courts have neither… Read more »

German Consul to Florida discusses tourism business investment, the rise of the far-right and immigration

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 02/19/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Our guest today will be speaking  afternoon at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs (http://www.stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com) . He’s Andreas Siegel Germany’s Consul General in Florida. We sat down for this interview… Read more »

Local nurse practitioners discuss HB607, which gives them more independence from doctors

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/22/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Later in the program we’ll talk about the debate that began yesterday over impeaching President Trump. But first— Access to health care in… Read more »

Governor DeSantis Gets Low Marks on Environmental Protection

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/14/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. As we speak the state legislature is beginning its annual two month session—with a series of speeches by elected state officials in the Capitol in Tallahassee…. Read more »

Assassination of Iranian military leader; theme park worker’s struggle in Orlando; The business case for Medicare for All on Radioactivity

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Follow this link and select 01/03/19 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll discuss the assassination last night of Iraq’s top military leader and the prospects for a wider military conflict in the Middle East…. Read more »

Sarasota attorneys file lawsuit over alleged gerrymandering in African American district

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 12/18/19 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— A class-action lawsuit filed in Federal Court in Tampa claims that redistricting is actively depriving African Americans of the right to… Read more »

State Union Leader Says More Than 17,000 State Workers Make So Little Money They Are Eligible for Public Assistance; Governor DeSantis says No to State Worker Pay Raise Next Year

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 11/20/19 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. President Trump’s ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is testifying right now in front of the House Intelligence Committee as that committee considers impeachment. Sondland… Read more »

USF St. Pete Faculty Senate President Says Currents Plans for Consolidation Are a Disaster

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 09/19/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: There’s a growing controversy over the preliminary plans unveiled last week by the University of South Florida’s new President—Steven Currall—over the re-consolidation of USF’s three campuses—Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. President Currall unveiled a preliminary blueprint… Read more »

Is Gov. DeSantis Running a Pay to Play Political Committee?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 09/18/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—Our new Governor has promised to “drain the swamp” in Tallahassee—but the political editor at the Tampa Bay Times has uncovered what looks like a pay-to-play… Read more »

Florida Bar won’t dismiss complaint over Rep. Gaetz tweet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Bar disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Gaetz is a strong supporter of the president. Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. Gaetz represents… Read more »

Smokable medical marijuana ban might get overturned by Florida legislature

Smoke it? A medical pot idea tough for the Florida Legislature to swallow. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to rescind a ban on smokable medical marijuana, but it might not be so easy. DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable medical marijuana… Read more »

Florida’s 2018: Stoneman Douglas, Red Tide, Hurricane Michael, Election drama and more

2018 in Florida: mass shootings, hurricanes, election sagas By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida in 2018 saw a horrific school shooting, a devastating hurricane that ravaged parts of the state’s Panhandle region, and a contentious election that dragged on for weeks. A school shooting sent reverberations through the nation, in schools… Read more »

Red Tide shows up in Senate race and by Pinellas beaches

Florida Gov. Scott confronted by protesters at campaign stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state’s ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper reports that Scott was forced to… Read more »

Nearly 2 million voters have cast ballots in Florida’s primary

Early voting numbers rival those of a presidential election year, and has far surpassed typical midterm primary voting. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 2 million people have already cast ballots in Florida’s primary election, surpassing totals from previous years. The Florida Division of Elections website reports nearly 1.86 million people voted so far. That includes… Read more »

Lots of early voting already in the Florida Primary

Nearly 800,000 people have already used early voting in the Florida Primary. Eighteen counties started early voting Monday, but the remaining counties in the state will begin early voting in the next three days. Florida’s primary is Aug. 28. Hillsborough County voting started on Monday. Early voting starts in Pinellas on Saturday, August 18. The Florida… Read more »

Top Environmentalist Warns Florida Springs and Freshwater Aquifer Are at Risk

Florida springs and aquifer at risk warns top environmentalist This year the environment is emerging as a top issue in both the primary and the general election. The Democrats have been debating who is closer to Big Sugar and a mall to be built by a Graham family company near the Everglades. Candidates are attacking… Read more »

WMNF’s Rob Lorei’s videos from the Tampa Trump rally

WMNF’s News & Public Affairs Director and Radioactivity program host Rob Lorei covered President Trump’s rally for Ron DeSantis, one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates. The rally was held at the fairgrounds east of Tampa, Tuesday, 7/31/18. Estimates of the crowd varied from 5,000 to 8,000 attendees. Rob also discussed the rally on his 8/1/18… Read more »