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August 26, 2022

The race to be the next governor of Florida is well underway, and Steve Bousquet looks ahead to what the next 10-plus weeks are going to be like.

The race for Florida Attorney General is heating up following Tuesday’s primary election. Regan McCarthy reports Democratic nominee Aramis Ayala will face off against incumbent Ashley Moody.

Two U-S House incumbents are vying to represent more than a dozen North Florida counties in Congress. Tallahassee Democrat Al Lawson and Panama City Republican Neal Dunn were placed in the same district after Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a new congressional map that eliminated Lawson’s district – which was an African-American opportunity seat. Valerie Crowder recently sat down with each candidate in the studio to talk about issues facing the district. We’ll first here an excerpt from that interview with Congressman Dunn. Next week, we’ll hear from Democratic Congressman Al Lawson -- who currently represents District 5 -- but is seeking re-election in District 2 after state lawmakers drew new congressional map boundaries earlier this year.

Less than 10% of faculty and staff at Florida’s 12 public universities who received a survey on viewpoint diversity earlier this year, responded. The figure was 2.4% for students who received the survey. Lynn Hatter reports the low response rate, coupled with problems in how the survey was put together and distributed, is problematic for parsing out what the responses mean. Florida’s university system governing board took up a report on the survey, Friday.

There is just something about the human spirit that is capable of turning even the most serious situation into a punchline. Three-decades after a catastrophic storm hit South Florida, WLRN’s Danny Rivero discovered the compulsion to turn tragedy into comedy remains strong.