It's About Florida

It's About Florida is a half-hour discussion program focusing on topical issues in the state, from roundtable discussions with news trackers to one-on-one discussions with leading newsmakers. It's About Florida captures the headlines and goes behind the issues with in-depth discussions on diverse topics such as immigration, the environment, and the economy, just to name a few.

It's About Florida will be broadcast monthly on Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET on 88.9 WFSU-FM & 5:30 pm CT on 89.1 WFSW-FM.

Listeners can email comments or questions about the program to wfsufm@wfsu.org.

For months, state lawmakers have been pouring over proposals ahead of the 2017 legislative session and already there’s plenty of conflict to go around. At the center of it is House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who has focused his efforts on making government more transparent. Corcoran likens the state’s economic development agencies, Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida to “cockroaches” and is blasting what he sees as the cozy relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.. Corcoran laid out his

It’s About Florida: Gambling

Jan 20, 2017

Florida lawmakers will take another shot at getting a gambling infrastructure in place. Parts of the original deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida have expired. That, coupled with several pending lawsuits over local gaming referendums, has created a bit of a quagmire that the legislature has to find its way out of. But that’s proving to be a hard task. And for the third year in a row, the state’s gambling interests will face off in the annual lawmaking session. That’s ahead on It’s About Florida.

Host: Lynn Hatter

Guest: Jones-Walker Attorney Marc Dunbar

It’s About Florida: 2016 Year in Review

Dec 16, 2016

2016 was a big year in news: a new President was elected, and the black lives matter movement gained steam due to an increased focus on police shootings. There were protests: political and environmental, and then there were the mass shootings which claimed the lives of thousands. Tonight, we take a look back at the news that shaped Florida in 2016, recapping our top three stories of the year. That’s ahead on It’s About Florida.

It's been about week since Americans chose a new leader. President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. That's got a lot of people on the left and the right trying to guess at how he'll govern and what he'll do on important issues like the economy and healthcare. What would a Trump administration mean for the Sunshine State? That's ahead on It's About Florida.

Host: Lynn Hatter
Guests: James Madison Institute President Bob McClure and Progress Florida's Damien Filer

It’s About Florida: Amendment One

Oct 12, 2016

During the Primary, Florida Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment for tax breaks on solar amendment. Solar is popular in the Sunshine State. So much so, there’s a second amendment question on the November ballot. But environmentalists and clean energy advocates are urging voters to say NO on this one. They call it a deception on behalf of utilities, and argue that just because it sounds good, doesn’t mean it is. Amendment One: what it is, what it means, and the latest controversy clouding its future. That’s coming up on It’s About Florida.

It’s About Florida: Florida Politics

Sep 15, 2016

A big shakeup in Florida’s public university system as Florida A&M University parts ways with its president, and reintroduces an old name. That comes with a political upset for a powerful former state Senate President was passed over for the top job at the University of West Florida. And State Attorney General Pam Bondi continues to weather a political storm over a campaign donation from Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump that just won’t go away. It’s been a raucous few weeks in Florida politics. These stories coming up on It’s About Florida.

It’s About Florida: US Senate Race

Aug 8, 2016

Five people are vying for a shot at incumbent Senator Marco Rubio’s job. The race at first appeared to be wide open when Rubio was running for President—but after he failed to make a showing the Republican Presidential primary, the junior Senator from Florida decided to stay in his current job. True to fashion, most of Rubio’s Republican challengers dropped out—except for one. But Democrats see Rubio’s chair as one that needs a new host: And they’ve got their own roster, including two sitting  congressmen, vying to fill it. We’ll take a look at the candidates running for U.S. Senator.

It’s About Florida: Presidential Polling

Jul 21, 2016

What makes a good poll? In the past few weeks, there’s been conflicting information put out on the state of the Presidential Race in Florida. Some surveys have Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump ahead by several points, while others have Democratic Presidential Nominee Hilary Clinton up in the state. Even the same polling companies are releasing conflicting surveys one after the other. So can these polls be trusted? And what do they really tell us about how the American electorate is feeling? That’s ahead on It’s About Florida.

It’s About Florida: Aftermath of Orlando

Jun 17, 2016

Terrorism came to Florida this week in the form of a massacre at an Orlando area gay nightclub. At least 49 people are dead, some are still fighting for their lives in hospitals. More than 50 others were wounded, and we’ll hear some of their stories this evening. We’ll also hear about some of the reaction to the shooting. That conversation ahead on It’s About Florida.

Host: Lynn Hatter

Guest: WMFE Reporter Brendan Byrne

The Florida Education Association has spearheaded a years-long fight against the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. The system lets businesses earn a tax credit in exchange for donating money to send low and middle income kids to private schools. The teacher’s union argues that is an unconstitutional diversion of would-be public dollars to private entities. Last year, a judge tossed out the suit—ruling the union didn’t have standing. But recently, the union was back in court. A judge is now deliberating on whether the union’s lawsuit can go forward.

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