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WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with PolitiFact Floridas Josh Gillin about claims that Marco Rubio has changed his stance on immigration reform. Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house. And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration. Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now. One of those Democrats is the...

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with PolitiFacts Joshua Gillin about fact-checking some claims made in Marco Rubios new book "American Dream: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone". Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't said if he's running for president in 2016. But if you want a peek at what some planks of his presidential platform might look like, just crack open Rubio's new book, "American Dream: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone." PolitiFact Florida did just that and has fact...

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institutes Sense-Making Project about the decision by Sony Pictures to pull the film "The Interview" from distribution after alleged cyberterrorism and threat against theaters by North Korean operatives. "The Interview" is a comedy from stoner bros Seth Rogen and James Franco about a TV entertainment reporter and his producer who get an interview with the leader of North Korea -- and then try to assassinate him at the request of the CIA...

The deadline has passed to buy a health plan on HealthCare.gov for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2015. But open enrollment goes through Feb. 15, 2015, and this week on Florida Matters on WUSF 89.7 FM, we talk about what consumers should do if they need to buy a health plan. The show airs on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 a.m. Our panelists are Mary Shedden, editor of WUSF's health reporting project Health News Florida , and Jodi Ray, the project director for Florida...

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with PolitiFacts Josh Gillin about a claim that the medical marijuana amendment did better at the polls than the last five governors in Florida. In the midterm elections earlier this month in Florida, the constitutional amendment to allow for the distribution of medical marijuana needed 60 percent of the vote to pass. Amendment Two received 57.6 percent. However, Ben Pollara , the campaign manager for the group behind the amendment, United for Care , tweeted two days...

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institutes Sense-Making Project about a new Pew Research study on political polarization and media habits. Would you be surprised to learn that liberals and conservatives don't get their news from the same sources? That's one of the findings in a big Pew Research study called Political Polarization and Media Habits. Before you say, "Well, duh," Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project says there are some things to...

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with PolitiFacts Josh Gillin about TV commercials from The Republican Party of Florida and Charlie Crist which both cite a convicted Ponzi scammer. The battle for the Florida governor's office is fully engaged now. And, oddly, both Republican Governor Rick Scott and his challenger, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist , appear to be using some of the same ammunition. Both the Republican Party of Florida and the Crist campaign have recently cited convicted Ponzi...

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Governor Rick Scott declined to accept federal money for a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. But Scott is supporting the All Aboard Florida project -- a rail line from Miami to West Palm Beach that could eventually reach Orlando. The difference, Scott says, is that there's not government money involved in this rail project. In an interview with the West Palm Beach TV station WPEC June 30, Scott said, "All Aboard is a 100 percent private venture. There is no state money involved....

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with PolitiFact Floridas Josh Gillin about Senator Bill Nelsons Claim that Florida has surpassed New York state in population. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson wants Florida to be ready if and when a hurricane strikes. That's why during a recent Senate Armed Services committee hearing , Nelson argued against cuts to the Florida National Guard. As he made his argument, Nelson also took a little jab at New York State. Nelson said, ""My state of Florida is now the third-largest...