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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 host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

DeSantis removes another state attorney, and Immigration Divide, WMFE’s new multimedia series 

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This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about Gov. Ron DeSantis' action this week to suspend Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell of Florida's 9th Judicial Circuit. Plus, we get a preview of WMFE's new series Central Florida Seen and Heard: Immigration Divide.

Orange and Osceola County State Attorney Monique Worrell is out of a job … at least for now. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Worrell this week. She’s a Democrat who was elected in 2020 with 66% of the vote.

In a press conference Wednesday, DeSantis said Worrell hasn’t been tough on crime and has avoided mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes and drug offenses.

In her own press conference, Worrell said her suspension was a political move and she labeled DeSantis “a weak dictator.” Worrell also said she would fight the suspension and run for reelection next year.

We examine how the governor has used his executive power during his tenure and talk about what this all means legally and politically.


  • John Kennedy, capital correspondent for Gannett newspapers in Florida. 
  • Judith Scully, professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. 

Immigration Divide: A look at WMFE’s new multimedia series 

Throughout Florida, there are many families of immigrants. Some of those families include members who are undocumented or in the process of obtaining permanent citizenship.

A new series from WMFE, Central Florida Seen and Heard: Immigration Divide, explores how Senate Bill 1718, which went into effect July 1, affects these families as well as its broader impact across over a dozen policy areas.


  • Talia Blake, morning edition host and reporter for WMFE. 
  • Joe Byrnes, reporter for WMFE. 
  • Samuel Vilchez Santiago, Florida director of the American Business Immigration Coalition. 

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Bridget O'Brien produces WLRN's The Florida Roundup as well as morning newscasts. A long-time public radio geek, she feels that audio journalism can take a story beyond text and allows listeners to truly connect through the power of voice. With a background in drama, she brings a theatrical element to everything she does.