Capital Report: 05-18-2018

May 21, 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 across the state. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, looking back at the 2017 season, officials want to make sure not only are stakeholders prepared this year, but Florida’s citizens as well.

It’s been 50 years since Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Junior helped organize thousands of people to march in Washington D.C. to demand higher wages and better living and working conditions. Today those same issues are once again attracting a multi-ethnic coalition of groups. The renewed Poor People’s campaign launched recently. It’s hosting 40 days of action which kicked off with rallies in 30 state capitals including Florida. Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter spoke with the groups faith leader, St. Augustine based reverend Rob Rawls and Lillyan Hall, a single mom and fast-food worker from Tampa.

That was Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter speaking with Reverend Rob Rawls and Lillyan Hall, both connected with the recently relaunched Poor People’s Campaign in Florida.

The air potato vine is an invasive plant taking over much of the state of Florida. But as Regan McCarthy reports officials are fighting the problem with a tiny red beetle, which they’re giving away to residents across the state.