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. 

11/2/18: Early Voting; Pinellas County; Amendment 4

Nov 2, 2018
row of poll booths
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

On Friday’s Florida Roundup we looked at how voting is going with just days left before the midterm elections, how one county is a microcosm of Florida politics and how Amendment 4 could drive voter turnout.

WPLG-TV via The Associated Press

On Friday’s Florida Roundup we led with breaking news as authorities arrested a man in connection with the wave of suspicious packages sent this week to political critics of President Donald Trump.

David Goldman / Associated Press

On Friday’s Florida Roundup we looked at the race to become Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture  along with recovery efforts in the Panhandle.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

This week The Florida Roundup looked at the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael along with what the response has been from officials.

CAMPAIGN PHOTOS

The Florida Roundup expands this week as we welcome stations around the state that are picking up the weekly news program produced by WJCT in Jacksonville and WLRN in Miami.

On this week’s edition of The Florida Roundup we looked at how the next governor might tackle the rising cost of health care with candidates Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis at largely opposite ends of the political spectrum.

In this week’s Florida Roundup we looked at dueling education plans in the race for governor from Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Progressive or conservative — is the race to be Florida’s next governor really a bellwether for America’s politics?

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.

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