Capital Report: 10-14-2016

Oct 17, 2016

Floridians have a few days left to register to vote in November. Regan McCarthy reports that’s thanks to a group of voting rights activists, the Democratic Party and a federal judge.

In a matter of weeks Floridians will be asked to decide on a seemingly humdrum amendment giving citizens a constitutional right to solar.  But Nick Evans reports opponents are up in arms—claiming power companies are using the initiative as a way to stifle the spread of solar power.  

It’s no secret that Longtime Florida Republican Strategist Mac Stipanovich doesn’t like Donald Trump. This week he became the latest Florida GOP official to publically back Democrat Hilary Clinton for President. Stipanovich shares his thoughts on the state of the Grand Old Party, and where it goes after this election.

Earlier this month a 2005 video surfaced depicting Donald Trump bragging about groping women. Since the release, multiple women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, spurring an overwhelming response on social media, and from Republican lawmakers. For some Florida social scientists it’s an opportunity to continue the conversation about what consent is and is not. Kate Payne reports.

While Hurricane Matthew didn’t hit the state as hard as some had feared, it left plenty of damage in its wake. As Sascha Cordner reports, more than 39-thousand Florida residents have filed insurance claims—mostly due to property damage—and that number is expected rise.

Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew are igniting a power struggle that could affect millions of Florida electric customers. As Jim Ash reports, an influential lawmaker is threatening to put locally owned utilities under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission.