Looking Ahead to 2009

Looking Ahead to 2009

We'll take some time as a new year begins to revisit a couple of shows from the past year, but with a twist: we’ve selected two shows that are likely to be part of the community discussion through 2009. First, we'll hear about the gambling compact Gov. Charlie Crist signed with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. which was thrown out by the state Supreme Court last year because Crist failed to get the Legislature's approval. A special legislative committee has been assembled by House speaker Ray Sansom to review the deal and decide how to move forward. We'll revisit our show from December 2007 about the compact. Then we'll hear portions of our conversation about drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and natural gas. That show, from August, came after President Bush lifted the executive order banning drilling on the continental shelf and after Crist and Sen. Mel Martinez both expressed support for more drilling. President-elect Barack Obama has said he wants to increase domestic oil production and encourage oil companies to use their existing drilling leases. But what that will look like and how much say Florida's Gulf coast will have is still to be determined.

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Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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