Capital Report: 09-16-2016

Sep 16, 2016

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi continues to face questions over whether a campaign contribution Trump gave to her in 2013 was in exchange for dropping a potential investigation into his real estate investment program, Trump University. Now as Lynn Hatter reports, Congressional Democrats are calling for an investigation into the issue, and so are newspapers, and the issue is not going away.

Florida lawmakers will face some tough decisions next year as they draft the state budget.  Nick Evans reports leaders are already warning cuts are in store

There could finally be some good news for Florida’s Congressional Delegation and Governor Rick Scott when it comes to federal funding to fight the Zika virus.  Florida just passed the 800 mark for the number of cases reported to health officials.  But as Sascha Cordner reports, Florida leaders are a bit split on how that funding should be accomplished, even if Congress coughs up the cash.

(TAG) But earlier today, Governor Scott became impatient with the lack of a Congressional commitment and authorized another ten million dollars in state money to fight Zika.  That brings to more than thirty-six million dollars the total amount of money from the state’s general revenue fund so far brought to bear on the problem.

In her book “The Grid”, McGill University Cultural Anthropologist Gretchen Bakke (BAWK-ee) points a harsh spotlight on a system that’s aging, plagued by outages and incapable of switching to renewable energy.  In a conversation with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash, Bakke says Florida utilities see a massive switch to solar power as an existential threat AND for good reason….

The victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting weren’t just club goers. One Orlando Police officer on the Hazmat team was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from cleaning up the crime scene. And now, he’s fighting to change Florida’s workers’ compensation laws to recognize the disorder and other mental health conditions triggered in the line of duty. And we should mention, this story, which last about four minutes, may be inappropriate for younger listeners. Florida Public Radio’s Abe Aboraya reports.