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Capital Report
Weekly Podcast

WFSU Public Media 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 sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business, or the arts, Capital Report provides information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

  • On tonight’s program: After his first pick is rejected as ineligible, Governor DeSantis finally manages to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court; A federal court rules that Florida felons must complete their entire sentences, including fines fees and restitution, before their voting rights can be restored. Advocates say that may be tough for some; Some disabled voters will need to ask others to fill out their mail-in ballots; Accusations of local government corruption cause political upheaval in a small North Florida town; Florida’s Secretary of State insists the state’s voting machinery is fully capable of handling the flood of mail-in-ballots coming in the November election; This busy hurricane season has already used up every traditional storm name allotted for 2020.
  • On tonight’s program: Governor Ron DeSantis has to pick a new Florida Supreme Court Justice, after the court rejects the current nominee; Restaurant owners say they’ve been struggling to stay above water since efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus put restrictions on their businesses; And as new cases of COVID-19 infections continue to drop in Florida, Bars and Restaurants are getting a little of what they’ve been asking for.
  • On tonight’s program: The November election is coming up. Meanwhile, many younger voters appear newly energized and on the march. But will they show up to vote?; A COVID test data dump leads to Florida ending its relationship with the lab responsible; As at least some Florida students head back to the classroom, that fact alone is revealing the inequities in the system; The police presence on Florida’s public school campuses has nearly doubled in the last two years; Florida’s tourist hot spots are encouraging more in-state tourists to come pay a visit.
  • On tonight’s program: The decision on whether or not to physically reopen Florida’s public schools now rests with the state’s individual school districts; We visit one Florida school district and talk with some of the teachers trying to juggle health and safety along with in-person and virtual classes; Florida colleges and universities are looking to crack down on large gatherings and students not wearing masks; As the concerns about the coronavirus continue, some businesses look for ways to move forward; There’s a reason Florida is considered a “purple” state. Now a new political action group aims to nudge the electorate in a “bluer” direction; As the deadline for voters to register for the presidential election draws near, voter registration groups worry about what will happen with felons who want to register, but are waiting on a ruling out of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals; The race is on for the U.S. Census to get everyone counted by the end of September. We’ll talk with one of the project’s managers for the Southeast region that includes Florida
  • On tonight’s program: Final arguments go before the judge in the case of whether the state can force the physical reopening of Florida’s schools; Governor DeSantis announces more housing assistance for hurricane-ravaged communities in the Panhandle; The recent primary election brought challenges for candidates and voters because of the coronavirus; The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has launched a campaign against a state constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour; A North Florida community wrestles with itself over the most appropriate way to recall past sins as part of the healing process.
  • On tonight’s program: Some college students fear that moving to Florida will put them at risk of catching the coronavirus; Will college football kickoff as scheduled in Florida, or will the season be blown dead before the first snap?; Attorneys for the state’s largest teachers union have convinced a judge to hear the case over school reopening’s and a ruling came in a motion for dismissal this morning. The case stems from an executive order sent by the state requiring schools open before September or face penalties; Concerns about a post office slow down rise just as voters are being encouraged to send their ballots through the mail. We ask, how long does it really take?; A Florida film commissioner thinks film and TV productions could help boost the state’s post-COVID economy; The state of Florida suddenly backs away from a legal fight over how the state’s twenty-eight colleges handle the requirement their students learn civics.
  • On tonight’s program: The State of Florida has ordered schools reopen in a matter of weeks. The state’s largest teachers union is pushing back in court; As Florida high school sports officials look at pushing back the date of the athletic season, the state’s leaders argue THAT decision is best left to parents; What happens if a COVID-19 outbreak hits a school?; A new Florida task force takes action aimed at getting visitors back into the state’s nursing homes; Florida’s clemency process remains sidelined by the pandemic. But critics contend that process hasn’t been fully functional in years; E-scooter use is up as riders find its a great way to cover distance while keeping social distance; If you hate dialing long phone numbers, you may soon want to get an auto-dialing machine.
  • On tonight’s program: A group of college professors says there’s no way to reopening classes safely this fall. Especially since many of the schools’ reopening plans were made before coronavirus cases really began to climb in Florida; As if a pandemic isn’t enough, a hurricane threatens Florida’s eastern seaboard; A flood of vote-by-mail ballots is coming to Florida’s county elections offices. We’ll find out if they’re ready for the tsunami; Some Florida election supervisors are extending their early voting periods; Most of those being held in Florida’s county jails aren’t felons. That means they still have the right to vote although exercising that right may be another matter all together; A Central Florida State Representative says a recent Supreme Court appointment made by the governor doesn’t follow the rules and wants the appointment reversed. The appointed justice, meanwhile, thinks the rules say otherwise; Whether it’s the local Shakespeare troupe or touring rock band, the performing arts shutdown imposed by the coronavirus is taking a heavy toll across Florida.
  • On tonight’s program: The demand of Florida’s Education Department to fully reopen schools this fall has attracted a teachers’ union lawsuit; The sometimes violent controversy over protective mask wearing looms over the possible reopening of Florida schools; Some Florida hospitals and their staffs fear the present COVID spike will push them beyond their abilities to cope; The ACLU, Dream Defenders and others have been asking for the release of certain Florida prison inmates due to COVID-19. But the Capital region’s state attorney says it’s tough deciding who to release and who to keep locked up; A landmark federal court case about the vote in Florida is suddenly settled; The incidence of child abuse typically increases during times of stress and uncertainty. But the number of such cases now being reported is down and a noted advocate has one possible explanation.
  • On tonight's program: The State of Florida demands all schools reopen for fall. But lots of local school district administrators and teachers are saying, “No way!” Democrats say it’s time to take a step back on the state’s reopening plans, including the demand to send kids back to the classroom; Masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus have become a political issue; The perpetrators in a bizarre murder-for-hire case are being punished. But so far, those believed to have hired them remain uncharged. The friends and family of the murder victim are determined to change that; Players within the online gaming community are getting the courage to speak out against sexual harassment and assaults they’ve been subjected to.
  • President Trump, the Florida Education Department and Governor DeSantis insist schools will reopen next month. Governor DeSantis wants a better count of how many in the state have been infected by the coronavirus. Florida’s rural food banks are among the most hard-hit victims of the coronavirus. Florida’s ban on evictions continue. But some legal experts worry a flood of evictions could happen when the moratorium ends. A new report says Florida should start taxing “miles driven” instead of “gallons purchased.” Some voting rights groups are worried about lackluster voter turnout during the upcoming elections and want to see some changes made.
  • Despite budget vetoes, the governor approves a teacher pay boost. Also this week, Florida’s Amendment Four is once again headed for court. We’ll delve into a tragic police shooting that doesn’t exactly fit many preconceptions and also find out why your neighborhood might be a lot noisier than usual this Fourth of July weekend.