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. 

We begin The Florida Roundup statewide edition this week with a closer look at an incident at the University of Florida caught on video, that’s highlighted the divide over race in America.

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The Sunshine Summit is an annual conference for Florida Republicans, and this summer one of the invited speakers is Dinesh D’Souza, is a convicted felon and conservative firebrand who mocked Marjory Stoneman Douglas students on Twitter. He later apologized.

Gov. Rick Scott and incoming Senate President Bill Galvano have criticized the GOP invitation to D’Souza.

The Republican Party has responded to the criticism by adding a speaker who’s been critical of D’Souza. Matt Schlapp is chair of the American Conservative Union.

Florida does not have to change its system for restoring the voting rights of felons -- for now.

Voters will decide a stack of proposed changes to the state constitution. That’s in this week’s Florida Roundup podcast along with a look at how schools could put more people with guns on campuses to protect students.

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On this week's Roundup: The matchup between Gov. Rick Scott and Senator Bill Nelson is expected to be the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history and we look at how a new law might impact your trip to the beach.

On the statewide Roundup this week:  Two former Florida congressmen – one a Democrat and the other a Republican – joined us for a wide ranging discussion.

A judge has ordered Gov. Rick Scott to find a new system for restoring voting rights for felons in Florida.

On this week’s Roundup: In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, billionaire donor Tom Steyer has pledged a million dollars to register young Florida residents to vote.

3/16/2018: Students Walk Out To Speak Out

Mar 16, 2018

Across the state, students walked out of class this week in protest of guns and school violence - one month after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The state budget and public schools were the focus of this week’s The Florida Roundup.

Hosts Melissa Ross and Tom Hudson were joined by WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk to talk about how the legislature was finally able to agree to a budget deal and some of the things the legislature did and didn’t pass before the end of the session.

03/2/2018: Gun Control In Florida

Mar 2, 2018

Gun reform takes center stage in this week’s podcast.

This week’s Roundup looks at the complex gun issue, including the influence the NRA has among Florida politicians.

After this week’s mass school shooting in South Florida the debate is growing over how the state treats guns and pays for mental health services.

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Teacher unions are being targeted in the battle over public education in Florida. That’s among the stories you’ll hear in this week’s Roundup.


On this week’s statewide Roundup: The state’s ban on felon voting rights has ruled been unconstitutional while Florida’s House Speaker said there will be there will be no sanctuary cities on his watch.


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