Capital Report: 08-25-2017

Aug 28, 2017

This week, the State of Florida executed its first convict in more than a year and a half.  Capital punishment had been on hold since a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling found Florida’s execution process was unconstitutional.  Now, as we hear from member station WLRN’s Wilson Sayre, more than one-hundred prisoners on death row are working to reduce their sentences.

We continue our look at what the future may hold as far as Florida’s death penalty goes.  Florida Public Radio’s Nick Evans checked in with Reporter Wilson Sayre after this week’s execution of Mark Asay.

Whether they know it or not, Florida taxpayers are funding certain statewide political campaigns. Supporters say the practice promotes diversity at the ballot box. But now the Speaker of the House is taking aim at the system. Kate Payne looks into who is actually benefiting from public financing. 

A Florida lawmaker is once again pushing to increase computer programming education in schools. Regan McCarthy has more...

The memorial service as well as the funeral for former Senator Greg Evers is planned for next week. The North Florida Republican died this past Monday (8/21) in a single car wreck when his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail near his Baker home. Now, as Sascha Cordner reports, some of his colleagues and friends are taking the time to remember Evers and the legislative legacy he left behind.