New film follows one of Florida’s 1.7 million disenfranchised voters; Political ads get fact-checked by Politifact deputy editor

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161104_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting this week released a new web documentary called Unforgiven  — in partnership with TIME, The Atlantic, the Miami Herald and other news media — about voter disenfranchisement in Florida. There are 6.1 million disenfranchised Americans; 1.7 million live in Florida. The web documentary focuses on one… Read more »

Pastors want early voting location in black community

Pastors call for early voting site in black neighborhood; Pinellas says no

Pastors of predominantly black churches are asking for an early voting location in South St. Pete; but the supervisor of elections in Pinellas County is rejecting that request. In a press conference Friday morning at the Lake Vista Recreation Center in South St. Petersburg, Bethel Community Baptist Church Pastor Manuel Sykes said the rec center… Read more »

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The Danger of GMO’s and Another Effort to Remove People of Color from the Voting Rolls

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160922_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Thursday was author Caitlin Shetterly who’s written a new book called Modified: GMO’s and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future. Few years ago Caitlin Shetterly was looking for an answer to the illnesses she and her young son were suffering. She traced their illnesses to genetically… Read more »

NAACP,Rep. Kathy Castor says Florida is the epicenter of voter suppression

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160829_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, an politcal discussion show from WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This week we discuss: The primary election is Tuesday and we’ll look at some of the big races; Donald Trump campaigns in Tampa and again takes… Read more »

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New film sheds light on voter suppression in 2016 primary elections

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160720_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we spoke with   investigative reporter Greg Palast about his upcoming film on voter suppression. Palast broke the story of how African Americans with similar names to ex felons were removed from Florida’s voter rolls prior to the 2000 Presidential election. As a result– thousands of people were wrongfully… Read more »

Women’s Show resuming in August

Photo via Flickr by DonkeyHotey/CC 2.0 license There will be no show July 21st or July 28th due to”Democracy Now” covering the Republican and Democratic conventions from 9-11 am. From a Woman’s POV will resume programing at 10 am on August 4th.

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… Read more »

You Must Speak To Be Heard On Life Elsewhere

This may surprise you: As the US Presidential election looms ahead in November and the non-stop news coverage of every move the candidates make and the cacophony of noise that generates, there are still folks who need prompting to register to vote. Yes, it is hard to fathom. Which is where HeadCount comes in. A non-partisan organization that uses the… Read more »

White House

Could this be the year Congress picks the President?

Two-hundred seventy Electoral College votes – that’s the magic number that the presidential candidates will be shooting for in November’s general election; but could this be the year that no candidate reaches that mark and instead Congress decides who will become the next President? That could happen, but only in the rare event that there’s… Read more »

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Democracy Awakening rally in Sarasota allied with D.C.’s Democracy Spring

Several hundred democracy activists have been arrested in Washington, D.C. this week as part of Democracy Spring. There’s a related Democracy Democracy Awakening rally at 4:00 p.m. Friday in Sarasota. It’s at the Federal Building at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard. WMNF News interviewed Arlene Sweeting, director of the Peace Education and… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, April 14 – Steve Vancore

Steve Vancore is a partner at VancoreJones Communications. He’s big on the rise of NPA’s (non-party-affiliated voters), and thinks it’s unfair that they’re shut out of being able to vote in Florida Primaries. Vancore talked about that and other items about Florida politics on today’s show. Beginning in the mid 1980’s,  Vancore has been deeply… Read more »

Bernie Sanders in Kissimmee, Florida. By Seán Kinane

Could new voter ID laws impact Wisconsin’s primary?

The Republican and Democratic presidential preference primaries are Tuesday in Wisconsin; the state could boost the chances of candidates challenging front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. On MidPoint we spoke with Molly Stentz – she’s News and Public Affairs Facilitator at WORT, the Community Radio station in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin has new laws that might make it… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses the real costs of Medicare for All…..and Title IX 2/25

What is the real cost of “Medicare for all?” Even with the Affordable Care Act, 33 million Americans are uninsured and another 15-55 million are underinsured.  Yet by far, American’s pay the highest  health costs per capita of any nation in the world.  With the elections coming up our healthcare system is still a major issue…. Read more »

A Move to Amend protest against citizens united

Floridians Organize to Overturn Citizens United

By Rob Lorei Its been six years since The United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision which determined that political campaign contributions from corporations are protected as a first amendment right under the condition’s of corporate personhood. Since then the amount of corporate money donated to election campaigns has double between 2010 and… Read more »

ACLU of Florida on redistricting and “prison Gerrymandering”

During the recent special session to re-draw Congressional districts, the Florida Legislature did not end up agreeing on maps; but during the discussion there was renewed focus on how prisoners affect the population of districts and who represents communities. For example, Congress member Corrine Brown said if her district is re-drawn heading west from Jacksonville… Read more »

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig may run for president on clean elections platform

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has launched an exploratory campaign to run for President of the United States in 2016; his main issue is to give individual voters more power in elections by reversing the tendency of big money in elections. Each election cycle, it seems, sets a new record for campaign spending, breaking the record of… Read more »

Florida Planned Parenthood CEO responds to controversy on covert videos, state investigation

On today’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Barbara Zdravecky,CEO of Planned parenthood for Southwest and Central Florida, about the controversy surrounding a series of edited videos that purportedly showed PP staff discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The videos have reignited criticism of the woman’s healthcare provider. Tomorrow protests are will be held at Planned Parenthood chapters… Read more »

WEDU’s Florida this Week, and local meteorologist discusses record heavy rainfall

Today we listen back on the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on WEDU that airs Friday nights at 8:30. Moderator Rob Lorei and the panel (St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Tampa bay Times’ Steve Bousquet, Republican Bill Bunting and USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus) discuss the sudden decision by the Florida Senate to… Read more »