Capital Report: 04-13-2018

Apr 16, 2018

While state lawmakers made changes this legislative session to improve gun safety following the school shooting in Parkland, local governments are more limited in the steps they can take. Regan McCarthy reports a number of cities and counties are pushing for more legal leeway to increase firearm safety.

This week, members of Congress grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about a data privacy scandal where millions of Facebook users data were compromised by a political consultant firm. Sascha Cordner brings us some of back and forth between Zuckerberg and Florida’s U-S Senators and Representatives.

Defense attorneys for two of the nine men charged with felony hazing in the death of Florida State University Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey say they have evidence that could potentially upend the prosecution’s case.  We get this exclusive report from Ryan Dailey.

Florida Republican representative Matt Caldwell wants to be the state’s next Agriculture Commissioner. To get there, he’s got to defeat six other candidates, including Republican Senator Denise Grimsley. Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter caught up with Caldwell as he was heading from Naples to Jacksonsville. They spoke by phone on everything from trade wars to clemency.

That’s Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter speaking with Republican State Representative Matt Caldwell.  He’s running for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Florida’s Medicinal Marijuana industry has had a newsworthy week with lawsuits, court cases, and administrative complaints. To cap off this eventful week, the Department of Health held another Marijuana workshop today (on Friday), which focused on packaging, labeling, and waste management.

A New York Times bestselling author (who now happens to live in Florida) has written a new account of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.  Tom Flanigan reports that close brush with nuclear catastrophe had many Florida connections.