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TV Critic bashes Chris Matthew debate performance by Mitch E. Perry

10/31/06

Today’s St. Petersburg Times blasted the MNSBC host, saying he (and 3rd Party candidate ) Max Linn ‘hijacked the debate. The Times chastised Matthews, writing that he forget that the debate was for Governor, not Congress.

Eric Deggans writes on media issues for the St. Petersburg Times. He says he actually liked some of Chris Matthews style, but also criticizes him for NOT being sufficiently prepared (roll tape#1 o.q.�with this�)

That’s Eri...

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A,MENDMENT 8 WOULD HARDEN EMINENT DOMAIN LAW by Roxanne Escobales

10/31/06

An amendment change on the ballot would constitutionally seal Florida’s eminent domain laws into place gets backing from property rights advocates but not from local government. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports.

In a controversial 2005 decision, known as the Kelo case, the U-S Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that private property could be taken by municipalities for private development. As a backlash, 42 states discussed hardening their lawbooks against such eminent domain ...

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Davis blasts Crist on Crime by MItch E. Perry

10/31/06

The Jim Davis camp is making the most of a gaffe made by Charlie Crist in last night’s debate. When discussing the issue of crime, Crist said violent crime had gone down in the state in the past 6 months, when in fact, the murder rate is up.

The Davis camp said out a press release today saying Crist had ‘lied’ about the crime rate. But on a conference call for reporters today, Davis would not go that far in responding to the Orlando Sentinel’s Jason ...

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Republicans GOTV - Nobody Does it Better by Mitch E.Perry

10/31/06

Democrats remain excited – and some would say overconfident – going into next week’s Mid Term Elections. But news today that Republicans are doing better than ever in early voting and absentee balloting is being met with some concern. The Wall Street Journal reported today that in congressional districts from Ohio to New Mexico to Arizona and Florida, Republicans report that their Get Out The Cote organization is gaining traction a week before election day.
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Davis-Crist-Linn and Matthews debate in Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

10/31/06

The last minute inclusion of Reform Party candidate Max Linn and the sometimes erratic moderating style of cable news star Chris Matthews led to a wild gubernatorial debate televised nationally from Tampa last night. Linn persuaded U.S. District Judge James Whittemore that he had met the criteria set out by the sponsor of the debate WFLA Television, just 20 minutes before the debate began, forcing organizers to let him participate. Linn was an equal opportunity basher, but saved most o...

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ATTORNEY GENERAL DEBATE GETS PUNCHY by Roxanne Escobales

10/30/06

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers King Henry VI Dick the Butcher

According to an October 28th poll by the St Petersburg Times, Democrat Skip Campbell leads Republican Bill McCollum by five points in the race to become Florida’s next attorney general. Until then, the widely known McCollum led the polls. Today in a taped-for-TV debate at the WEDU studios in Tampa, McCollum came out fighting to win back support. WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports. <...

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Busansky-Bilirakis Debate by Mitch E. Perry

10/30/06

One of the most closely watched Congressional races in the Tampa Bay Area has been the race to replace retiring longtime GOP Representative Mike Bilirakis in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

Democrat Phyllis Busansky is making her first run for office in a decade, against Bilirakis’ son, 43 year old state legislator Gus Bilirakis. For much of the campaign, Busansky has complained that her Republican opponent has ducked out of debating her.

So Saturd...

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Washington (and Hillsborough) Democrat(s) dream of House take over by Mitch E. Perry

10/30/06

Based on any many of the national polls taken with just 8 days before the election, some Democrats can almost taste taking back the House of Representatives. Today at Tampa’s Union Station, 2 of them began discussing how that result could ultimately could help the Tampa Bay Area with its transportation needs.

Jacksonville based Congresswoman Corrine Brown met today with Kathy Castor, the The Democratic nominee for the Florida Congressional seat in District 11, the seat b...

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Sunday Forum

10/29/06

Guest Samm Simpson, candidate for Congress

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CLAIRE MATTURRO, Florida Author,

10/28/06

CLAIRE MATTURRO, author of Florida-based legal thriller, Bone Valley, formerly practiced law at Dickinson and Gibbons in Sarasota, Florida, and was its first woman partner. We interviewed Claire about her earlier mysteries, Wildcat Wine and Skinny-Dipping and now continue the adventures of Lilly Belle Cleary in Bone Valley. This time she is dipping into environmental law when she defends two activists sued for defaming oranges. The only trouble is that these men are radical in their fight ag...

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MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, SHAPE YOURSELF w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

10/28/06

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and a hero for all ages. In September, at the age of 49, Martina captured her 59th Grand Slam title, winning the mixed doubles at the 2006 US Open. She holds 168 singles titles, more than any other player in history, and 177 doubles titles. She holds a record 9 Wimbledon singles titles and shares a record 20 total Wimbledon titles with Billie Jean King. She was listed as #19 on ESPN’s list of the 100 Greatest Athlete...

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ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, "ON BECOMING FEARLESS," HUFFINGTON POST w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

10/28/06

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, Author and co-founder and editor of the HuffingtonPost.com. Her latest book, On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life has just been released. Why a book about women and fearlessness now, when we’re at war in Iraq, the Middle East is erupting, and the country is gearing up for midterm elections? As much as Huffington enjoys the rough and tumble of the political arena, she loved the idea of tackling a subject that cuts across partisan lines – thing...

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MEG TILLY, Author, GEMMA, St. Pete Times Fesitival of Reading w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

10/28/06

MEG TILLY, Author, Her debut novel, Singing Songs, was published by Penguin Putnam to critical acclaim in 1994. Her second novel, Gemma, has just been published by Syren Book Company. Gemma is a compelling and disturbing story in which we see both sides of child molestation and sexual abuse, hearing the voice of not only the adult predator, but that of the young victim as well. Meg has revealed that both novels are based on memories from her own childhood. About Singing Songs, she says, ââ...

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LYNN SHERR, ABC Correspondent, St. Pete Times Festival of Reading w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

10/28/06

LYNN SHERR, Correspondent. Author of Outside the Box: A Memoir, Lynn Sherr joined 20/20 as a correspondent in May 1986. She has covered a wide range of stories, specializing in women's issues and social changes, as well as investigative reports. She shares some of her experiences from her 35 year career in the media… starting with, “We don’t hire girls.� http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=126383

The Festival of Reading is Saturday, October 28 from 10 am t...

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Gay Marriage & The GOP by Mitch E. Perry

10/27/06

Gay Marriage was considered a major issue in the 2004 Presidential election, but it hasn’t been much more than a blip when analyzing this year’s mid terms elections.

But that may change. Earlier this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided that gay couples are entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, though it stopped short of allowing same sex marriage.

Yesterday, President Bush put a spotlight on the issue in ...

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