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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.

The Economic Club of Florida: Jonathan Altman

Jan 20, 2017

Noted international security expert Jonathan Altman talks about what he believes are America’s most dangerous adversaries in this age of global terrorism and uncertainties linked to the spread of nationalist populism.

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

Perspectives: Prescribed Burns

Jan 19, 2017

No matter what Smoky Bear says, periodic fires are actually essential for the well-being of woodlands.  To talk about it are: Brian Wiebler, Red Hills Outreach & Education Coordinator Tall Timbers Research Station; Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Program Director Kevin Robertson; Rebecca Means, Ecologist Coastal Plains Institute; and Debbie Beard, Fire Management Officer U.S. Forest Service in Florida.

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.

Perspectives: Tree Talk

Jan 12, 2017
Girl holding basket of plums
Leon Fruit and Nut Exchange

Tallahassee loves its trees.  And Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District Three Supervisor Tabitha Fraziers has come up with unique initiatives involving the community’s stately icons.  One will provide low-income residents in the city’s “food deserts” with excess produce from local fruit and nut trees.  Another will turn the county’s oldest trees into teachers, using the latest technology so they can share the local history they’ve witnessed over the years.

Visit the Leon Fruit & Nut Exchange Website

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.

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 5, 2017

Human trafficking is by no means confined to third-world countries and the gritty back allies of major cities.  Here in the North Florida area, sex and labor slavery is surprisingly widespread and happening under seemingly innocent cover.  To talk about this scourge problem and what’s being done to combat it is: Robin Hassler Thompson from the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center; Bethany Gilot with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; and Frank Williams, assistant US Attorney from Gainesville.

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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