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: 02-24-2017

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Florida’s Governor and House leaders are at each other’s throats over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  Nick Evans reports murmurs are growing louder lawmakers will need a special session to agree on a budget.  Both sides are digging in, and the battle lines are becoming clear in a recent letter. 
The Florida House and Senate have dueling gambling plans, but Regan McCarthy reports leaders insist there’s time for the two chambers to come together.

Capital Report: 02-17-2017

Feb 17, 2017

Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session.  But Nick Evans reports some warn there could be another crisis around the corner.

In the midst of perennial debates over abortion and gun control, Florida lawmakers paused briefly this week to contemplate a nearly utopian future…one where cars drive themselves and the mighty Gulf Stream provides most of our energy needs.  Jim Ash has the look ahead.

Capital Report: 02-10-2017

Feb 10, 2017

During a week when President Donald Trump was tweeting unprecedented personal attacks on federal judges, the Florida courts were coming under some fire of their own.  Some conservative House members want to term-limit Supreme Court justices and Chief Justice Jorge Labarga (George La-BAR-guh) made a rare public response to the onslaught as we hear from Jim Ash.

Capital Report: 02-03-2017

Feb 3, 2017

The Trump administration is driving thousands of Floridians into protest marches and lawmakers’ offices, some for the first time. But will that anger and energy translate into a real impact? Kate Payne reports.

Fear has only grown in the week since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry into the U-S for refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. Now other refugees and legal residents say there are worries they will be the next to lose their chance at the American Dream.  Sarah Mueller has more.

Capital Report: 01-27-2017

Jan 27, 2017

Add fracking to the list of high profile issues that threaten to derail the Legislative Session, which begins March 7th.  Powerful Senate Republicans are calling for a ban on the controversial drilling method.  But as Jim Ash reports, the more conservative, free-market House is in no mood to go along.

Florida Senators showed their hand Wednesday when the chamber’s regulated industry panel approved a comprehensive gaming overhaul. Regan McCarthy has more…

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.

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