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Florida Matters: Primary Election – The Final Push

Several high-profile statewide primary races are neck-and-neck right now, and the candidates have gotten very heated in their rhetoric and their advertising. Would-be nominees have one last week to make their case and position themselves with their party’s voters. Veteran political strategists help us figure out what the last-minute strategies will be and how primary winners will fare in the general election. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: If you’re still undecided in any of the primary races, what can the candidates do to win your vote?

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Florida Matters: Primary Election Preview – Senate and Gubernatorial Races

Voters decide Aug. 24 which Republican will face Alex Sink and Buddy Chiles in the governor’s race and which Democrat faces Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio for a U.S. Senate seat. With two weeks to go, these primary races are getting heated, and there’s no love lost between the candidates. They have debated each other several times over the last few weeks. We’ll listen to portions of a debate in each race as voters try to decide who gets their support. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: Have you decided for whom you will vote? How did you make your decision? How did the candidates’ debate performances influence your choice?

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More coverage of the Greene-Meek Debate

More coverage of the McCollum-Scott Debate

Florida Matters: Primary Election Preview – Attorney General’s Race Part 2

Our coverage of the race for state attorney general continues with the Republican primary election. Three Republicans hope to succeed Attorney General Bill McCollum and continue much of his work in the office. Meet the field — two Crist administration officials and a career prosecutor — and find out what they would do as the state’s top cop. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: How much are you paying attention to this race? Who has your vote so far?

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Florida Matters: Primary Election Preview – Attorney General’s Race, part 1

The Democratic primary for Florida attorney general has two veteran state lawmakers pitted against one another in a race that has been somewhat overshadowed by contentious contests for governor and U.S. Senate. In the first of our two-part series on the attorney general’s race, we’ll hear from both Democrats who want to be the top law enforcer in Florida. We’ll also meet the race’s lone independent candidate. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: How much are you paying attention to this race? Who are you supporting?

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Florida Matters: Oil Spill Claims

Oil giant BP has promised to pay for the damage caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. For many fishermen and beachside hotels and restaurants, the company’s money may be all that keeps them from losing their businesses. And now, some local governments are getting in on the claims process, hoping to recoup lost revenues they say are related to the spill. We’ll explore how the claims process works and what types of claims BP will be paying. Join the conversation, tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: How do you think BP is doing with processing claims and helping people affected by the spill? If you’ve made a claim, how did it go?

More on this show: Florida Matters “Oil Spill Claims”

Florida Matters: Tampa Police Shooting, A Community Conversation

Tampa Police Officers David Curtis and Jeff Kocab were shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop June 29, setting off a four-day manhunt for the gunman. The officers have been laid to rest, and the accused shooter has been captured. But the community is still reeling as the investigation of the incident continues. We talk this week about how our community has been impacted by the killings of these two men. Join the conversation, tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: How do you think the Tampa Police Department handled their search for the accused cop killer? Does the Bay area feel less safe to you after these deaths and the subsequent manhunt?

More on this episode: Florida Matters “Tampa Police Shooting: A Community Conversation”

Florida Matters: The Oil Spill’s Psychology

Social scientists will tell you that every disaster — natural or man-made — takes a mental toll on those living through it. More than two months into the Gulf oil spill, we look at the psychological impact of this catastrophe, including how it’s different for those who have oil on their shores and those who are still watching, waiting and hoping. And we talk about media coverage of the spill and whether we’re all tired of hearing about it, this week on Florida Matters. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: Do you think the media coverage of the oil spill is too much, not enough, or just right? What do you want to see the media do more or less of?

More on this episode: Florida Matters “The Oil Spill’s Psychology”