Listen to a panel of journalists and newsmakers discuss every week with hosts Melissa Ross and Tom Hudson the issues that define the Sunshine State. This show is co-produced with WJCT in Jacksonville.
Crist Eyes Return As Governor — As A Democrat. And Mayors On Wiping Away Local COVID-19 Rules
Charlie Crist wants to move back to his old address — the Florida governor’s mansion. The one-time Republican governor is the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for the 2022 race. And local mayors react to canceling local pandemic restrictions.
The Census Count of Florida, Politics And Policies As the State Legislative Session Ends
Florida keeps growing and Florida’s influence on national politics keeps growing, but could it have grown more? And as state lawmakers finish up their regular law-writing session — the politics of policies.
Anti-Riot Or Anti-Speech? HB1 Becomes Law In Florida; Earth Day And Florida's Environment
One of Gov. Ron DeSantis' highest priorities is now law. And it already faces a challenge in federal court. Supporters call it anti-rioting legislation. Opponents call it an unconstitutional restriction on protests and free speech.
Gov. DeSantis Vs. YouTube, And Effort To Ban Transgender Student Athletes
YouTube takes down a video of Gov. DeSantis and controversial health policy experts, saying it spread misinformation about kids and masks to stop COVID-19. The governor says it’s another example of what he calls Big Tech stifling free speech. Plus, lawmakers advance a ban on transgender student athletes.
DeSantis Vs. '60 Minutes,' Gaetz Investigation And Piney Point Pollution
CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ reported Gov. Ron DeSantis gave vaccine access to favored groups and Publix. DeSantis called the TV report a smear campaign. Allegations around Rep. Matt Gaetz grow more intense as the Panhandle Republican says he won’t step down. And Florida scrambles to avert an environmental disaster.
Infectious Disease Expert Says Vaccine 'Passports' Will Be Less Of An Issue If More Floridians Get Vaccinated
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order prohibiting the use of COVID-19 vaccine "passports" and preventing Florida businesses from requiring patrons to provide documentation that they have been vaccinated.