House Reps propose bill sidestepping DeSantis’s $350 million federal funds veto

In June, Governor Ron DeSantis rejected around $350 million in energy efficiency incentives. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
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How a tiny non-profit startup broke the year’s biggest Florida politics story

Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida Center for Government Accountability, appeared on WMNF WaveMakers.
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Barbara Petersen

The Pinellas Legislative Delegation supports a revamp of PSTA; what would it mean for local transit?

A Republican Florida representative has proposed a bill that would change how Pinellas County’s transit organization is governed.
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Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual battery by alleged menage a trois lover

Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, is under criminal investigation after...
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Christian Ziegler

A decade after Rick Scott refused $1.25 billion from feds, a Florida lawmaker proposes $50 million for private passenger rail between Tampa and Orlando

Florida lawmakers are championing hundreds of projects including $50 million for Brightline to extend rail from Orlando to Tampa.
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Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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Feds reach a settlement with Ameris Bank for “redlining” in Jacksonville

The settlement is settlement resolves allegations that the bank discriminated against Black and Hispanic residents seeking home loans.
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Claim of racial discrimination is a key as trial starts over Florida congressional redistricting

Attorneys for voting-rights groups told federal judges that an overhaul of a North Florida congressional district in 2022 was motivated at least in part by racial discrimination and violated the U.S. Constitution.

A court won’t rehear the fight over an elections law, handing a victory to Ron DeSantis and the Florida legislature

A full federal appeals court declined to take up a challenge to a Florida elections law that opponents contend discriminated against Black voters.

Senate panel backs ending higher ed ‘DEI’; Florida’s controversial HB 999 now goes to the full House and Senate

A measure that seeks to prevent colleges and universities from spending money on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is ready to go before the full Florida Senate and House amid strong objections from Democrats, with...

No Advanced Placement studies in Florida so far

Fallout from the blocking of AP African American studies in Florida which is being tested in 60 schools across the U.S.   More discussion on the environment.

The Prophetic Lens With Phil Allen Jr. Idiosyncratic Opinions With Dr. Binoy Kampmark

In the introduction to his new book, The Prophetic Lens, Phil Allen Jr. quotes a performer who has had his share of notoriety in front of the camera, not least of all his extraordinary behavior...

The Intractability Of Racism In American Politics

Barack Obama and his family have been the objects of rumors, legends, and conspiracy theories unprecedented in US politics. Outbreaks of anti-Obama lore have occurred in every national election cycle since 2004 and continue to...

Surprising books are being examined under new Florida Laws

The Palm Beach County School District is beginning to question whether books that are based on gender, etc. should be allowed in classes.

Brit Hawthorne. Amanda Jayatissa. Loraine James

In this edition two exceptional books and new ambient music. First, we begin with non-fiction, Raising Antiracist Children – A Parenting Guide by Britt Hawthorne (with Natasha Yglesias), followed by a delve into the world...

Surly Voices: Gasparilla revisited, U.S. Supreme Court, social hierarchies

Condescending pilots dressed as pirates, a potential new nominee to the United States Supreme Court, and a broader look at the lens we view society through. Hosts Amina, Donna and Liz covered it all on...
Northside Coaliton of Jacksonville's Ben Frazier

Who is Ben Frazier, the Jacksonville activist arrested before a DeSantis press conference? Here’s WMNF’s 2020 interview with him

WMNF spoke with Ben Frazier who participated with his mother in civil rights demonstrations as a child and remembers Axe Handle Saturday.

Radioactivity Tuesday: Local artist uses his craft to attack racism and the Confederacy

July 28, 2020 Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’ll speak with a local artist who is trying to raise awareness about a Confederate monument near Bradenton. But first, we’ll hear about...

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