Capital Report

Fridays, 6:30 pm ET & 9:00 pm ET

WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Capital Report: 01-20-2017

Jan 20, 2017

President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education is a conservative fundraiser and vocal critic of traditional public schools. While Betsy DeVos’ nomination could mean drastic change for some states, Kate Payne reports she has already made her mark on Florida’s education system.

The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state.  Nick Evans reports it could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s amendment two.

Capital Report: 01-13-2017

Jan 13, 2017

The Florida Legislature faces the difficult task of funding the country’s third largest state on a shoestring.  Nick Evans reports lawmakers are putting their noses to the grindstone.

The future could get a bit brighter for some Florida college students.  There’s a growing consensus to increase awards for some of the state’s highest academic performers.  Lynn Hatter reports legislative and state leaders seem to be of the same mind when it comes to lowering the cost of higher education.

Capital Report: 01-06-2017

Jan 6, 2017

Alarmed by a massive spill from a fertilizer plant and sewage dumps into Tampa Bay, Florida lawmakers want to force polluters to warn the public about toxic releases.  And as Jim Ash reports, the same business interests that killed an emergency rule are watching closely.

Capital Report: 12-30-2016

Dec 30, 2016

It seems just about everyone knew this year’s election was going to be one for the history books.  But what remains poorly understood, even by many political experts, is just how important the placement of election district lines is when it comes to who wins and who loses elections.  In the run-up to the 2016 balloting, Florida Public Radio’s Kate Payne and Nick Evans teamed up to literally walk the line of one newly redrawn voting district in Florida’s Capital City.  Here’s their story, which originally aired before the November election, followed by Kate and Nick’s postscript.

Capital Report: 12-23-2016

Dec 23, 2016

The vitriol surrounding November’s election didn’t dissipate after the votes came in. If anything, it grew stronger. But… as Sarah Mueller reports…some of the focus turned from the presidential candidates to the members of the Electoral College. 

The Florida Democratic Party is scrambling to find a new leader in the wake of the 2016 elections. After some last-minute maneuvering, a group of contenders is emerging. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 12-16-2016

Dec 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is generating an environmental backlash as he puts together a cabinet dominated by fossil fuel interests.  Jim Ash reports some of the nation’s largest non-profits are reporting a surge in web hits, newsletter subscriptions and donations.

On the heels of the 2016 presidential election lawmakers are reviewing what went well while looking toward some changes. Regan McCarthy has more...

Capital Report: 12-09-2016

Dec 9, 2016

Florida’s House members spent a few days in the capitol going over the rudiments of passing bills.  Nick Evans reports the so-called Legislator University is aimed at building unity ahead of a likely contentious legislative session.

In recent months, the Florida Supreme Court has delivered body blows to the conservative agenda, striking down key death penalty provisions and business-friendly workers’ compensation reforms.  Now, House Speaker Richard Corcoran is more determined than ever to cut the judiciary down to size.  Jim Ash has that story.

Capital Report: 12-02-2016

Dec 2, 2016

The recent Presidential Election and its heated rhetoric raise concerns about First Amendment protections. Protestors from both sides are accusing the other of trying to silence them. Twitter purged hundreds of users associated with white supremacy. Some are concerned that these actions are compromising the rights and protections associated with the First Amendment. This raises the question, what does the First Amendment actually say? Catherine Buckler reports.

Capital Report: 11-25-2016

Nov 25, 2016

A strong majority of Florida’s voters came together behind a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana.  Now Nick Evans reports Florida’s lawmakers have to come together to roll out the changes.

While the fortunes of his Democratic Party couldn’t be much worse, the timing for former U.S. Senator Bob Graham’s new book, “America: The Owner’s Manual,” couldn’t be better.  The iconic Florida Democrat and his co-author Chris Hand spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash about their prescription for making government more responsive in the Donald Trump era.

Capital Report: 11-21-2016

Nov 21, 2016

House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran, a Land-O’-Lakes Republican is an unstoppable force about to meet an immovable object.  Corcoran is vowing to rein in lobbyists and change the budget writing process.  And, as Jim Ash reports, sparks are flying a week before his official swearing in.

State regulators are assuring Floridians their drinking water is safe in the wake of a sinkhole at a Polk county fertilizer plant.  But Nick Evans reports the agency’s response is raising other concerns.

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