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: 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. 

Capital Report: 06-24-2016

Jun 24, 2016

Senator Marco Rubio is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate. It’s a reversal from what the senator has been saying for months. And as Tori Whitley reports, both the senator’s supporters and detractors say he has to prove he wants the job.

A state board has narrowed the field to three in a bid to replace a statue of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington D.C.  Nick Evans reports the state Legislature will now choose among a grocer, an environmentalist, or an educator.

Capital Report: 06-17-2016

Jun 17, 2016

Here’s a sonic portrait of how Floridians across the state have been uniting in a show of support for victims and community members impacted by the devastating attack in an Orlando club.  Regan McCarthy prepared this audio montage.

Human drama was everywhere the night of the Orlando shooting. Patience Carter and her friend had made it out of Pulse. But as the shots rang out in the night they realized a third friend was missing. Together they went back inside. Amy Green from member station WMFE in Orlando reports on what happened next.

Capital Report: 06-10-2016

Jun 13, 2016

It’s been just a little more than a week since the official start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  But already there have been three named storms formed in the Atlantic this year.  That includes a tropical storm that hit the Gulf Coast this week.  Local emergency management directors worry that the 11 years without a landfall major hurricane has made residents complacent. Tori Whitley reports.

Capital Report: 06-03-2016

Jun 3, 2016

You’ve heard it before. Hurricane Season is here. And it’s time to get ready. But Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says there’s more to hurricane prep than one might think. Regan McCarthy reports…

Hurricane season may have just started, but Florida officials are also warning Floridians about the increased risk of wildfire danger around this time of year. Sascha Cordner reports.

Capital Report: 05-27-2016

May 27, 2016

Governor Rick Scott is issuing a new challenge to Florida’s public colleges and universities: get students to finish in four years. The call was part of his recent “Degrees to Jobs” Higher Education Summit. But as Lynn Hatter reports, some of the messages relayed to summit goers has Scott’s critics throwing tomatoes.

The state of Florida scored a rare legal victory in a case about how public schools are funded. Lawmakers and school choice proponents are calling the decision a validation of efforts to diversify the way kids are educated in the state. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 05-20-2016

May 23, 2016

Political candidates are wading into the growing fight over who can use which bathroom. The Obama administration says students can use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity—not their biology. And that’s gotten some districts, and politicians, riled up. Lynn Hatter takes a look at what the politicians are saying.

While the bathroom has lately become the site of heated political debate, Florida’s school administrators are getting caught in the crossfire.  Nick Evans reports they’re facing opposition no matter what choice they make.

Capital Report: 05-13-2016

May 13, 2016

Florida’s highest court is weighing a decision that will likely impact all 390 and women on the state’s Death Row.  Nick Evans reports two men in very different places are hoping to see the same thing happen.

Florida’s prison chief Julie Jones is finding herself under an ever-growing level of scrutiny after reaching a shaky truce with a non-profit prison rehabilitation group.  The dustup over closing a Bridge of America facility in Broward County underscores the need to help thousands of inmates transition to society as we hear from Jim Ash.

Capital Report: 04-29-2016

May 2, 2016

In a hastily arranged meeting Friday morning, Florida’s Cabinet members interviewed three more insurance commissioner candidates, promoting deputy commissioner David Altmaier [ALT my urr].  In the two previous hearings, Nick Evans reports, the governor and CFO have clashed over nominees.

Governor Rick Scott is continuing his tradition of trying to lure business from Democratically led states. Scott is targeting California, but Regan McCarthy reports it doesn’t look like he’s getting a warm welcome.

Capital Report: 04-22-2016

Apr 22, 2016

In the run-up to the presidential election, the Republican Party of Florida is busy selecting delegates. In the case of an open or contested convention, delegates could play a significant role. Kate Payne reports.

Higher education promises to be a central focus for incoming senate President Joe Negron, and he just completed a four day tour of Florida’s university system.  Every school wants the same things, but Nick Evans reports the visit to two schools in Tallahassee shows they’re not starting from the same place.

Capital Report: 04-15-2016

Apr 15, 2016

Florida’s students can now attend any public school in the state, as long as there is room. And high school athletes now have greater freedom to switch schools as well. Lynn Hatter reports these are just two of a series of new education laws approved by Governor Rick Scott.

Governor Rick Scott has vetoed a contentious alimony bill because of a child custody provision. Kate Payne reports.

Governor Rick Scott’s second veto of the year denies money for private dental care in rural communities. Ashley Tressel has more.

Capital Report: 04-08-2016

Apr 8, 2016

A redrawn congressional district line continues to be a battle line for a veteran member of congress.  Democratic Congresswoman Corinne Brown is holding her breath in hopes that a panel of federal judges will agree to throw out the newest iteration of Florida’s congressional map.  Nick Evans reports recent rulings may not be helping her cause. 

A decade long fight over Medicaid has come to a close. Parents and organizations providing healthcare to kids sued the state, saying Florida’s old Medicaid program wasn’t serving kids. Lynn Hatter has more.

Capital Report: 04-01-2016

Apr 1, 2016

Enterprise Florida, is facing a major reorganization. Regan McCarthy reports that’s after the legislature denied a request from Governor Rick Scott to give the agency 250 million dollars for economic incentives.

Capital Report: 03-25-2016

Mar 28, 2016

Four Republicans and a Libertarian, all relatively unknown, are slugging it out to replace first-term Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham in newly-redrawn District 2. Graham says she’ll wait on the outcome of a challenge to the map before deciding her future, but the candidates are forging ahead. The North Florida race heats up next week when the Republicans meet in Panama City for their first debate. Jim Ash has this overview.

Capital Report: 03-18-2016

Mar 18, 2016

There are about two-hundred bills awaiting Governor Rick’s Scott’s approval or veto.  Lawmakers passed a number of measures close to their hearts, but Nick Evans reports they missed out on some legislative opportunities as well.

Despite stalling in the legislature, a number of bills still managed to stay alive and were sent to Governor Rick Scott. As Sascha Cordner reports, that includes a measure involving the recital of the Pledge of allegiance in schools as well as another dealing with youth suicide prevention training.

Capital Report: 03-11-16

Mar 11, 2016

The Florida Legislature’s 60-day session has come to an end.  The House and Senate today voted out a budget worth just over eighty-billion dollars and Nick Evans has the story.

A few hours before the final budget vote came, Tom Flanigan sat down with Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet to get his assessment of this year’s lawmaking session and what might happen next.

Capital Report: 03-10-2016

Mar 10, 2016

It may be a shell of its former self, but Thursday, Senate lawmakers moved forward with a tax cut package for the coming year.  Nick Evans reports the proposal seems likely to return to the House only about one tenth the size it was when it left.

With the end in sight, different groups are closing out the 2016 lawmaking session in different ways. Kate Payne reports immigration activists convened at the state capitol Thursday to ‘bury’ a package of dead bills.

Capital Report: 03-09-2016

Mar 9, 2016

Florida lawmakers have approved an expansive bill that could further restrict abortions in the state.  Lynn Hatter reports the measure in an outgrowth of a larger battle over abortion that flared up this past summer, after several heavily-altered and now discredited videos claimed to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal remains.

Capital Report: 03-08-2016

Mar 8, 2016

Civil asset forfeiture changes are on their way to Governor Rick Scott.  Nick Evans reports the House approved the reform package today (Tuesday).

After a veto last year, Florida lawmakers have a family law proposal they hope will get past the governor’s pen. Regan McCarthy has more….

Capital Report: 03-07-2016

Mar 7, 2016

Attorneys for monopoly utility companies were in the Florida Supreme Court today (Monday) arguing their proposed constitutional amendment.  Consumers for Smart Solar does what it claims to do, which is promote solar power.  But, as Jim Ash found, attorneys for a competing amendment argued there’s a hidden agenda.

The Florida Senate is sending a medical marijuana proposal to the governor.  Nick Evans reports the reform package grants access to terminal patients and carries a number of changes for the existing regulatory system.

Capital Report: 03-04-2016

Mar 4, 2016

Seasonal flooding continues to threaten Lake Okeechobee’s Herbert Hoover Dike and the pressure is being felt as far north as Tallahassee.  Lawmakers there have agreed on an environmental spending plan that addresses massive releases of brown water from the polluted lake and Jim Ash has the story.

The Senate took up and unanimously approved changes to the state’s civil forfeiture provisions Friday.  Nick Evans reports the proposal raises the threshold for law enforcement to seize someone’s assets.