Ronnie Duncan at a TBARTA meeting in 2010
Kate Bradshaw, WMNF News
A conservative transportation group is calling for the resignation of the chair of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. Ronnie Duncan has assumed a leadership roll in the political action group Yes for Greenlight behind a campaign pushing a one penny sales tax transit referendum in Pinellas County. Sharon Calvert with Citizens Organized for Sound Transportation wrote a letter to Duncan yesterday and copied all other members of the board as well as Governor Rick Scott who re-a...
Holocaust survivor and childhood friend of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss tells her story of loss and survival during World War I.
Moist eyes filled the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Pete Monday night as Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss spent more than an hour telling her story. Schloss, the childhood friend and step-sister of Anne Frank, retold her experience from her pre-occupation days in Holland through the liberation of Auschwitz where she and her mother survived several close calls.
“And people waited there – there were low barracks with pipes going and they looked up, but nothing happened, no water came. Th...
Today on Last Call Rob Lorei interviews Executive Director of South Florida Wildlands Association Matt Schwartz. An oil boom is rapidly taking shape in the southwest corner of Florida. The source for that gas would be a proposed oil well located approximately 3/4 of a mile west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
South Florida Wildlands Association (SFWA) joined local residents unhappy at the prospect of an oil well so close to rural homes and ir...
Lucas Overby, Libertarian
SeÃ¡n Kinane / WMNF News
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Pinellas County special Congressional election to fill the seat vacated by the death of U.S. Representative Bill Young.
Between now and the March 11 election we’re playing interviews of all the candidates, Also running are Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink and write-in candidate Michael Levinson.
We interviewed Lucas Overby...
The Urban Cafe will take a look at issues surrounding Divorce.
In the U.S., divorce rates have been rising since the beginning of the 20th century, and especially since the 1970s, when no-fault divorce was instituted. Some experts contend that the easing of divorce laws have helped make marriage stronger by rooting it more deeply in personal choice, although it does little to give people the skills needed to work out the inevitable difficulties that arise in marriage.
We will explore a...
Dr. Steffie Woolhandler
For a second year in a row it looks like the Florida legislature will continue to reject Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Medicaid expansion was designed to provide health insurance coverage for people who live just over the poverty line.
A study just released by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York finds: The number of deaths attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states are at between 7,115 and 17,1...
Environmental groups are supporting a pledge signed by more than 2,000 people so far asking the state to stop over consumption and privatization of Florida's water supply.
The groups also want legislation that promotes proactive behaviors instead of reactionary ones - an act Cathy Harrelson says would ultimately save money.
But many lawmakers are pushing back against water regulations including House Speaker Will Weatherford and Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Harrelson joins us on the ...
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist
Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (2012)
Former Governor Charlie Crist is causing a stir with comments Friday morning on MSNBC. He criticized Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-led Florida Legislature for not accepting funds for Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. He cited information from a labor union saying six people died in the state each day because they lacked the expanded health coverage.
“And I am told by friends at [SEIU] that means that six people in Florida die every day as a result of that....
PSTA CEO Brad Miller unveils campaign advocating for a sales tax increase to fund transit improvements.
The campaign for a Pinellas County transit referendum officially launched Friday. The Yes for Greenlight initiative is gathering support for a one penny sales tax increase that would fund massive transit improvements including light rail and bus rapid transit.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is looking forward to a November ballot question asking voters to approve the increased sales tax to replace property taxes that currently fund the agency. Brad...
The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Feb 13 - Feb 15 on the USFSP campus. The three-day forum will feature current and former diplomats who will discuss a myriad of foreign policy issues. To advance the event, WMNF spoke with USF adjunct professor of Business Walter Andrusyszyn. He spoke with us about Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the threats of a cyber war. For more information go to stpetersburgintheworld.com/.