Florida Roundup

Fridays at noon on WJCT 89.9 FM

Each week Melissa Ross of WJCT and Tom Hudson of WLRN in Miami, along with a panel of journalists from around the state, discuss the week in Florida news in The Florida Roundup. 

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On today’s program we discussed teacher pay and E-Verify, as Florida lawmakers prepare to reconvene on January 14.

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On today’s program, we spent the full hour looking ahead to the 2020 elections in November, including what’s being done to ensure votes are secure and counted properly.

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We devoted today’s program to Florida’s environment, how climate change is impacting it, and what it will take to become more resilient with:

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On today's progrm we looked at how Florida lawmakers reacted to this week’s impeachment vote with Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL 27).

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On Friday’s Roundup we discussed school safety in Florida. Reporting by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this week found that a disturbing number of violent threats against students and teachers come from mentally impaired children who are fixated on violence, and have easy access to guns.

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On Friday’s Roundup, two members of the House Judiciary Committee from Florida joined us to discuss the latest in the impeachment inquiry, and how it’s playing out in the Sunshine State.

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With World AIDS Day approaching, we spent the full program taking a closer look at HIV in Florida with:

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This week on the Roundup, we took a closer look at the push to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida with Nick Hansen, Chairman, Make it Legal Florida; and John Kennedy, State Capital Reporter, GateHouse Media.

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A small Florida county jumped into the ongoing fight between President Trump and the media this week when its county commission's dissing of the New York Times made national headlines.

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On Friday’s program, we took a closer look at Florida’s Republican Party with Mike Haridopolos, author of  The Modern Republican Party of Florida and George Will, a columnist and the author of The Conservative Sensibility.

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On Friday's program, we took a closer look at the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, it’s ties to Florida, and two new University of North Florida (UNF) polls. 

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On this week's Florida Roundup, we discussed the Florida connection to the impeachment inquiry surrounding President Donald Trump with Emily Mahoney, Florida Government Reporter, Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald.

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Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than a million Florida residents with a felony conviction.

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This week we took a closer look at what President Donald Trump wants to do with Medicare, and how it could affect the millions of Floridians who count on it for health care, with:

On today’s show, we looked at how the impeachment inquiry is playing with Florida voters. 

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Millions of students and adults around the world took time off from school and work Friday to participate in a Global Climate Strike. The action comes ahead of a planned United Nations Climate Action Summit that takes place next week in New York.

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We spent the full hour taking a closer look at the growth of the charter school movement in Florida with:

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This week, Hurricane Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas and stalked Florida, which was spared a direct hit, for days.

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Hurricane Dorian may become the strongest storm to hit Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew. As The Florida Round was going on the air, it was tracking closer to the coast, but there were still lots of questions about where it will actually go.

We spent the full hour taking a closer look at how Floridians around the state are preparing for Dorian  with:

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How are race, language and identity shaping our politics and our democracy?

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Many students across the Sunshine State headed back to school this week, and others will do so in the coming weeks. So, we spent the full hour looking at how school safety rules are being implemented, and the effects they could have on student mental health.

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On this week's Florida Roundup we spent the full hour taking a closer look at the politics of pot in the Sunshine State with:

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We devoted the full program to the issue of gun control in the Sunshine State.

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On this week's Florida Roundup we look at the proposed "citizens amendment." 

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Florida’s heat set record highs last month. The Union of Concerned Scientists says in less than 20 years, Florida will be so hot for so much of the year that it could literally be life threatening. The scientists in a new report say the world must reduce carbon emissions now or face extreme heat that will take lives within decades. 

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On Friday, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned due to the role he played in the Jeffrey Epstein case while serving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Back in 2008, Acosta approved a plea deal for Epstein, a convicted sex trafficker. The deal offered very little jail time, even though a 53-page indictment detailed all of Epstein’s alleged crimes.

Our guests for the discussion were:

As of July 1, Florida is expanding several new toll roads. A new law extends the Florida Turnpike west to connect with the Suncoast Parkway; expands the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border; and adds a new multi-use corridor, including a toll road, from Polk County to Collier County.

This week on an encore edition of The Florida Roundup, we revisit that and other top stories from 2019.

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The first Democratic presidential debates took place in Miami Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade.

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Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to decide a brewing fight over the 2020 Census. It has to do with a proposed citizenship question the Trump administration wants to place on the Census.

We spent the full hour taking a closer look at what this might mean for Florida. Our guests for the discussion were:

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