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. 

Football and politics dominate this week’s Florida Roundup.

Co-hosts Melissa Ross and Tom Hudson spoke about Tuesday’s Florida primary elections and what to expect as we head to November with Diane Roberts, author, professor and columnist at Flamingo Magazine and contributor at NPR, and Republican strategist Rick Wilson, author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Trump Touches Dies.  

Early voting is underway across Florida right now as candidates for governor barnstorm the state hoping to get that final edge in the polls.

A controversy has exploded in Florida after Sen. Bill Nelson said there was evidence of Russia’s trying to hack into Florida’s voting records. His assertion was sharply criticized by Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging Nelson for his seat, and state elections officials.

We discussed the matter with Gary Fineout, reporter for the Associated Press;

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan; and Jeff Kosseff, assistant professor in the Cyber Science Department at the U.S. Naval Academy.

As the NFL preseason gets underway, the controversy over players kneeling or raising their fists during the national anthem is back.

First off in Friday’s Florida Roundup, it was a Trumpian spectacle in Tampa earlier this week as the president came to town.

Early voting can proceed at Florida’s college and university campuses.

Five Democrats and two Republicans are racing ahead toward the August 28 primary, hoping to become the state’s next governor. Normally midterm elections are sleepy - but voters are paying closer attention this political season.

The green, algae infested water is flowing out of Lake Okeechobee again.

On this week’s Florida Roundup podcast we find that Florida’s inland sea is a mess of algae.

President Donald Trump has backed down on his controversial “zero tolerance” policy separating kids from their families at the southern border.

Disney may be the next company facing public pressure over its political contributions in Florida.

This week on The Florida Roundup we discussed nine symbols of the Confederacy that have been removed in Florida over the past three years. Dozens more remain. We also looked at the increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying for governor.

Florida’s hurricane season officially got underway Friday but the storm season actually got an early start when Alberto formed just off the Yucatán Peninsula a week ago.

Publix SuperMarkets is known more for its subs than its political activism, but the grocery chain’s support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam is generating controversy. And one candidate says Puerto Ricans shouldn’t be allowed to vote in Florida- even though they’re U.S. citizens.

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