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Davis produces witness in voting controversy by Mitch E. Perry

11/02/06

Two new polls released today show Charlie Crist continuing to hold onto to a solid lead over Jim Davis, 5 days before next Tuesday’s election.

A Mason Dixon Poll shows Crist up, 50 to 43 percent, with 7 percent undecided or supporting a 3rd party candidate. While a Strategic Visions poll has Christ up 50 to 44 percent, with Reform Party candidate Max Linn at 1%. Those numbers are not looking good for The Tampa Democrat, who participated in early voting in Tampa.

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ATTORNEY FOR MICHAEL SCHIAVO DISPUTES CHARLIE CRIST STATEMENT FROM MONDAY'S DEBATE

11/02/06

The Associated Press reported yesterday: "(AP) - The case of Terry Schiavo was one of the issues that surfaced in the final gubernatorial debate on Monday night. Republican Charlie Crist said that he and his Democratic opponent Jim Davis agreed that politicians shouldn't have interfered in the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. When the debate moderator Chris Matthews, of M-S-N-B-C's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," asked Crist if he spoke out when Congress became involved in t...

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CRIST DENIES RIGHT TO VOTE TO HUNDREDS OF FLORIDIANS by Roxanne Escobales

11/02/06

While Charlie Crist’s campaign produced doubts about whether Jim Davis voted in the controversial 2000 presidential election, the Davis campaign shot back with questions about Crist’s role in denying people the right to vote.

Today Davis’s running mate, Daryl Jones, told reporters on a conference call that during the six years Crist has served on the clemency board, he allowed almost six hundred people to be denied to have their civil rights restored. .

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GREG PALAST DISCUSSES POTENTIAL ELECTION PROBLEMS

11/02/06

Greg Palast (author of ARMED MADHOUSE) and an investigative reporter with the BBC says that there are some potentail major problems with voters being disenfranchised in next week's elections. Starting with purged voter lists for incorrect addresses (some voters are stationed overseas in the military and not living at their "official" address), and the new requirements for ID that matches the exact name on the voter rolls, there could be millions of people barred from voting, says Palast. He s...

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FREE AIR TIME FOR CANDIDATES ON BALLOT NOVEMBER 7TH

11/02/06

This is part two of a segment we began yesterday- giving free air time to candidates who are running in the November 7th election. The candidates who took us up on our offer of free 90 second messages were: Keith Fitzgerald, State House District 69; Lawrence Scott and Belinda Noah, candidates for U.S. Senate; Hillsborough County Commission candidates Mary Mulhern (district 1) and Joe Redner (district 5); State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink; Glen Clayton running for Florida House District ...

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Joe Viscusi for Congress by Mitch E. Perry

11/02/06

One local Congressional race that has received virtually no media play is in the District, where young Adam Putnam is looking to be elected to his 4th term in Congress, and he’s only 32.

The Republican has never had much competition since he won the open seat back in 2000. And he’s moved quickly up the House leadership. Earlier this year, he became the Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the 5th highest ranking Republican position in the House. Even...

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WMNF GIVES FREE AIR TIME TO CANDIDATES (part one)

11/01/06

This was day one for free candidate air time. WMNF offered free air time to candidate's on a first, first serve basis.

Here's a list of candidate's who participated today: Betsy Valentine, State House District 54; Samm Simpson, Tenth Congressional District; Candi Jovan, State House District 50; Brain Moore, Cndidate for U.S. Senate; Ginny Browne Waite, candidate for Florida's Fifth Congressional District; Brian Becker, State House District 57; Dr. Piotr Blass, candidate for Governor; Tamm...

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BOTH CHAIRS OF POLITICAL PARTIES MEET IN PINELLAS by Roxanne Escobales

11/01/06

Today the heads of both major political parties in Pinellas County met to set out reasons why their respective sides will win Tuesday’s election. Depending on who spoke, the Democrats will either lose because they are a bunch of negative whiners. Or they deserve to win because the GOP majority of the past decade has brought imbalance to American democracy.

The chair of the Republican party of Pinellas County, Tony DiMatteo, revealed the secret to the GOP’s success and t...

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Families and Work Institute by Dawn Morgan

11/01/06

FWI 11.01.06 RT: 5.13

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The Families and Work Institute, or FWI, is a nonprofit center for research that provides data to inform decision-making on the ever-changing workforce, family and community. They revealed three new reports today that shed light on who low paid and entry-level employees are, what their work places are like, and what makes them most effective. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan has more.

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Hillsborough County Commission not ready to sign off on Urban League building by Mitch E. Perry

11/01/06

The Hillsborough County Commission today voted today to delay approving a deal that would allow a group led by Without Walls International Church to purchase the historic Centro Espanol de West Tampa building in West Tampa.

That building had been the home to the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League in recent years, but financial mismanagement led the civil rights organization to dissolve this summer, at a debt over $3 million dollars.

With the County owed over $400,000, officials...

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Jewett on Shaw- Klein race by Mitch E. Perry

11/01/06

Bloomberg news reported today that national republicans are shifting priorities in the waning days of the Congressional campaign, and are pouring more money into Florida to protect endangered House members while scaling back in Ohio and Pensylvania.

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The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has spent more than $666,000 in the last week for South Florida Republican, engaged in an intense battle against Democratic State Senator in the 22nd Congressional district, which takes...

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Davis Keeps Panhandle Democrats in line by Mitch E. Perry

11/01/06

Jim Davis continued his campaign today, saying that his support is state wide, including the conservative North Florida area.

Allen Boyd is considered a Blue Dog Democrat, one the more conservative members in the entire House of Representatives. He says he is enthusiastically endorsing Davis and urging his contituents to do so next Tuesday(roll tape#1 o.q.�I think that’s what Jim Davis is all about�)

Suwanee County Commission Randy Hatch says in the past,...

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Burt Lithicom is running for State Senate in Florida's District 12 by Mitch E. Perry

11/01/06

In the State Senate District 12 seat, Republican Victor Crist is running without a Democratic opponent. But that doesn’t me he’s unopposed.

That’s because career CPA Burt Lithicomb has thrown his hat in the ring against Crist, running on the Constitution Party ticket.

Victor Crist has represented District 12 –which encompasses Northern Hillsborough and much of Pasco County, in Tallahassee for over a decade. But other than the fact that he may...

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