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: 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.

Capital Report: 11-11-2016

Nov 11, 2016

Marco Rubio gets to keep his U.S. Senate seat—something he promised to do after now President-Elect Donald Trump won the Republican primary. Lynn Hatter reports Rubio successfully beat back a challenge from Congressman Patrick Murphy.

Tuesday’s election put two new Congressmen in North Florida seats. Regan McCarthy reports Democrat Al Lawson is heading for District Five, while Republican Neal Dunn is the new U.S. Representative for District Two.

Capital Report: 11-04-2016

Nov 4, 2016

One of the most divisive presidential contests is rapidly turning into one of the closest; recent polls show the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is within the margin of error. Kate Payne talks with starkly divided voters in a red county and a blue county, about what happens if their candidate loses.

Capital Report: 10-28-2016

Oct 28, 2016

Open enrollment for Obamacare begins next month.  State and federal officials are hoping more young – and healthy – enrollees will sign up.  But that demographic has been slow to come on board.  That’s led to increasing concerns that the Affordable Care Act could soon become the UN-affordable Care Act.  But Lynn Hatter reports health policy experts say tales of the impending death of the A-C-A are greatly exaggerated.

Capital Report: 10-21-2016

Oct 21, 2016

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has been leading in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, but new polls show the race may now be too close to call. Regan McCarthy has more.  

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is refusing to say he’ll honor the results of the November 8th election. Politicos and historians alike say the statement undermines integral American institutions like credible democracy and peaceful transitions of power. Kate Payne looks at what Trump’s remarks mean for elections officials in the Sunshine State.

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.  

Capital Report: 10-07-2016

Oct 7, 2016

The major party presidential candidates are offering two starkly different courses for the country ahead of Election Day.  The contrast is particularly acute in their economic plans.  Nick Evans spoke with business leaders on both sides of the aisle about what the candidates’ visions would mean in Florida.

Capital Report: 09-30-2016

Sep 30, 2016

A massive sinkhole under a phosphate plant in Central Florida is dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the ground. West in Tampa, that city’s mayor is facing questions about his handling of a sewage spill into the bay. And in North Florida, a fight over a proposed wastewater pipeline, has surrounding counties picking sides. Lynn Hatter tells us about the latest in Florida’s ongoing water fights.