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The Florida Roundup

The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.

Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

When Will Amendment 4 Be Implemented?

Dec 16, 2018

More than one million felons in Florida are supposed to be able to register to vote in a little over three weeks. 

Amendment 4 —the ‘Voting Restoration Amendment’ — was approved by 65 percent of voters on Nov. 6, amending the state constitution to return the right to vote to most felons after they’ve served their sentences. It goes into effect January 8.

12/14/2018: Felon Voting Rights Next Steps

Dec 14, 2018

Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of most felons, but with just weeks before it goes into effect, there’s no clarity on how it will be implemented.

The Trump Administration has approved the search for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast. Late last month, the federal government gave the green light to five applications that allow companies to use seismic testing in different sites, including along part of Florida’s eastern seaboard.

The tests work by using airguns to send sound waves through the water to image the sea floor. The waves then bounce back to deliver information about the location of buried oil and gas.

Soon you may hear the sound of seismic tests up and down Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Orlando has committed to powering itself entirely with renewable energy by 2050. Miami-Dade County has a goal to plant 1 million trees by 2020 to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover. Satellite Beach, south of Cape Canaveral, is implementing aggressive plans to protect itself against climate change.

This week on The Florida Roundup we dedicated the full hour to looking at the risks from climate change and impacts the Sunshine State faces.

This week on The Florida Roundup we present an encore presentation of highlights from past programs.

On this week’s Florida Roundup we’re looking at the Florida recount and the slow recovery in the Panhandle.

It may be more than a week until clear winners emerge in several statewide elections in Florida, including the race for U.S. Senator and Governor.

Ballots are still being counted in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and the supervisors of elections there have until noon Saturday to submit final results to the secretary of state.

Less than .5% separates the candidates in both races, which automatically triggers a machine recount under Florida law. If the margin of victory is 0.25% of below, the recount will be by hand.

Recounts are looming and expected to be ordered Saturday afternoon in at least three statewide races.

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.

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.

Longtime Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich says the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis  is shaping up to be an echo of the 2016 presidential race.

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.

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