Capital ReportAuthor: ssafran@npr.org
23 May 2018

Capital Report

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WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians. Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings). During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

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    Capital Report: 05-18-2018

    As races for statewide office heat up, two candidates have found common ground on criminal justice reform. Ryan Dailey reports Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris King was joined by fellow Dem and attorney general candidate Sean Shaw in kicking off a tour to roll out King’s platform. State Agriculture Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam, is claiming in his push for vocational-technical training, that welders come out of tech schools making $28 an hour. And his main challenger for the GOP nomination claims that when Putnam was in college, he opposed putting troops on the country’s southern border. From member station WUSF in Tampa, Steve Newborn takes a closer look at those claims with Politifact Florida’s Allison Graves. That was Steve Newborn from member station WUSF in Tampa speaking with Politifact Florida’s Allison Graves. While Hurricane Season is only two weeks away, Florida is already starting to see tropical depressions and bands of heavy rain

  • Posted on 21 May 2018

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    Capital Report: 05-11-2018

    Two months after it passed the state legislature, Florida’s latest gun reform law is still under scrutiny from gun control and pro-gun advocates alike. Sascha Cordner has the latest: During this National Teacher Appreciation week, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the wide-open primary tried to score points with educators. Meanwhile, Ryan Dailey reports the GOP race settled into two candidates who are just beginning to hone their criticisms of each other. In a time of profound political polarization, the Confederate Flag remains a divisive symbol. Shawn Mulcahy reports the remnants of the Confederacy are still shaping today’s society. And the fallen flag means vastly different things to different people. Here are some of their stories. With few exceptions, Florida children are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases. But a newly-founded coalition of medical professionals, educators and some parents would like to see far fewer children exempted on

  • Posted on 14 May 2018

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    Capital Report: 05-04-2018

    Since February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, Florida’s school districts have been grappling with how to keep campuses safe without creating too much stress or disruption for students. From member station WLRN in Miami, Jessica Bakeman reports that hospitals are now trying to strike that balance, too. Hospitals in Broward County had to make some tough calls during the Parkland tragedy and the effects were felt well beyond the immediate community. When Governor Rick Scott rolled out the first television ad in his campaign for U.S. Senate, it centered entirely on his desire to bring 12-year term limits to Congress. Meanwhile, this week saw the retirement of Senate President Joe Negron who says he is a “big believer in term limits.” The conversation has even reached the Constitution Revision Commission, with a proposal that would limit school board members to 8-year terms. Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey recently talked with Professor Daniel Smith, Chair of the Political

  • Posted on 05 May 2018

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    Capital Report: 04-27-2018

    Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials, local referendums and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution. Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling? Lynn Hatter reports on why some of the amendments are bundled together with others. The fight to restore voting rights for those with a felony in their past has become a rapidly intensifying factor in shaping the upcoming state elections. Ryan Dailey reports after an apparent political victory for Governor Rick Scott’s cabinet, Democratic challengers are hitting back. There are two Republicans already running for Florida governor and they may soon be joined by a third. The Associated Press’s Gary Fineout takes a look at the contenders. Between a Medal of Heroism ceremony honoring a school resource

  • Posted on 28 Apr 2018

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    Capital Report: 04-20-2018

    The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. Sascha Cordner followed some of the discussion during their first televised debate. On the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students in Florida’s capital joined their counterparts across the nation in a school walkout calling for gun reform. Ryan Dailey reports students also congregated in the Capitol courtyard joined by Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum after the school day. Democrats and Republicans may be used to highlight both ends of the political spectrum, but there are other parties sprinkled throughout. As election season begins to ramp up, Andrew Quintana reports on the confusion around third parties. And how it can affect voter turnout. Tampa Bay Times Capital Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet and Lloyd Dunkelberger with the News Service of Florida discuss the recently completed work of the Constitution Revision Commission with Tom Flanigan.

  • Posted on 21 Apr 2018

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