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: 12-30-2016

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.

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.

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.

Capital Report: 07-29-2016

Jul 29, 2016

Florida has a big role to play in the upcoming Presidential election, and beyond. And as Lynn Hatter reports while the state’s televised presence during the Democratic National Convention may have been limited, the state is still expected to keep its role as a national player.

While this week was a big one for Democrats, it turned out to be big trouble for one particular Democrat and by extension a rocky start for the Florida delegation.  Regan McCarthy reports….

Capital Report: 07-22-2016

Jul 25, 2016

After a bruising primary, the GOP has officially settled on Donald Trump to lead the party into November.  Nick Evans reports elected officials from Florida—likely one of the most important swing states come Election Day—were out in force to support the Republican candidate. 

Every four years, Democrats and Republicans hold elaborate conventions to celebrate their candidate of choice and stir up party support. But the events this month also offer an uninterrupted view into the country’s partisan divides. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 07-15-2016

Jul 15, 2016

Members of the law enforcement community are weighing in on a so-called “Blue Lives Matter Act” that may be filed in the 2017 legislative session. As Sascha Cordner reports, the proposal would expand Florida’s definition of a hate crime to include law enforcement officers and firefighters—similar to a bill filed last year.

Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail? Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 07-08-2016

Jul 8, 2016

Following the Thursday night deaths of five police officers in a hail of sniper fire in Dallas, the head of the Florida Police Benevolent Association is accusing President Barack Obama and others of demonizing law enforcement.

Longtime Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown is facing federal conspiracy and fraud charges. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Three provisions in a wide ranging abortion measure passed earlier this year are on hold after a federal judge intervened late Thursday evening.  Nick Evans reports the case comes on the heels of a major abortion ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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