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: 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.

Capital Report: 09-23-2016

Sep 23, 2016

Florida’s cabinet recently got its first look at state agency budget requests this (last) week.  Nick Evans reports with revenue projections showing empty state coffers, those agencies are eyeing state trust funds. 

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

Capital Report: 09-09-2016

Sep 9, 2016

Hermine is the first Hurricane to strike Florida in more than a decade. The storm plunged nearly all of North Florida, including the state’s capital city of Tallahassee, into darkness.  Little by little, the lights have come back on and they’re now shining directly on the feud between a Republican Governor trying to make a bigger national mark, and a mayor considered a rising Democratic star. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has been putting his shoulder into Hurricane Hermine response efforts.  Nick Evans reports.

Capital Report: 08-26-2016

Aug 26, 2016

A grass-roots only political strategy appears to be working as supporters await the fate of Amendment Four, the Florida Legislature’s tax-cutting plan for promoting solar energy.  Jim Ash has the story.

When Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday and again in November, many will be voting in a new congressional district.  Nick Evans and Kate Payne teamed up to look at what redistricting means for one Tallahassee neighborhood.  

Capital Report: 08-19-2016

Aug 12, 2016

Many of Florida’s rural school districts are in trouble and nowhere is the crisis more apparent than in North Florida’s Jefferson County.  The district only has about eight-hundred students left and has been consistently at the bottom of the heap when it comes to academics.  Now it’s in financial trouble.  But as Lynn Hatter tells us, this isn’t the first time and this isn’t the only rural school district in Florida that’s at risk.

Capital Report: 08-05-2016

Aug 5, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s spat with a gold star family is putting Florida’s top elected officials in an awkward position.  Nick Evans has the story.