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Hillsborough County School Board rejects parent permission to join Gay-Straight Alliances by Mitch E. Perry

12/13/06

After a 2 hour debate, the Hillsborough County School Board lat night voted NOT to require students to get parental permission to join a club at school.

The discussion was initiated after controversy erupted last year over the creation of a gay-straight alliance at Newsome High School in Lithia. A parent group objected to such a club there, though similar clubs were in existence throughout the School District.

Superintendant Mary Ann Elia led off the discussion last night...

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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL MACPHERSON, NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS FOR PEACE

12/12/06

Michael McPhearson, was a field artillery officer in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, also known as Gulf War I. Michael joined the Army Reserve 1981 as an enlisted soldier at the age of 17 and attended basic training the summer between his junior and senior high school years. He separated from active duty in 1992 as a Captain. Now living in Saint Louis Missouri, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Veterans For Peace. In December of 2003 Mi...

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER MICHAEL ISIKOFF, CO-AUTHOR OF HUBRIS, ON THE SELLING OF THE IRAQ WAR

12/12/06

OUR FIRST GUEST, MICHAEL ISIKOFF, IS CO-AUTHOR OF Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War. His co-author is David Corn of The Nation. Hubris describes the build-up to the Iraq War and details the manipulation of intelligence and the failure of Congressional leaders and the media. The book also reveals Richard Armitage's central role in leaking Valerie Plame’s name to reporters… In this interview he discussed how his book is a systematic look at ...

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Florida Presidential Primary To Move up? by Mitch E. Perry

12/12/06

On a local public affairs show broadcast over the weekend, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean warned that if Florida moved its presidential primary before February 5th, Florida Democrats could lose delegates, and any candidate who campaigns in the Sunshine State would have to forfeit delegates.

But both Democratic and Republican officials say that if Florida does move up its primary from its current March date, it would take place on February 5th, 2008, at the ear...

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Hillsborough Democrats select new leader by Mitch E. Perry

12/12/06

Last night the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee moved forward by selecting a new leader to try to bring the party out of the doldrums.(roll tape#1 o.q.�the winner is Michael Suarez�)

Michael Suarez is a former aide to Senator Bob Graham and an unsuccessful candidate for State House in 1998.

He upended Michael Steinberg, a local attorney who ran for the Democratic nomination for Congress in District 11 this summer, Pat Kemp, a Congressional aid...

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Charlie Crist cancels Inaugural Ball by Mitch E. Perry

12/11/06

As criticism reigned down on him, Florida Governor –Elect Charlie Crist announced over the weekend that he was canceling plans for his inaugural ball, saying that he didn't feel right about an expensive party when many people are struggling with higher insurance and property tax bills

Other free events, including a prayer breakfast, parade, the swearing-in ceremony and tours of the governor's mansion will still continue.

Crist's inaugural committee is also returni...

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James Risen, NY TImes Pulitzer Prize Winner, on the Bush Admin.'s abuse of power

12/11/06

Nearly a year ago – December 16, 2005, the New York Times published a blockbuster story revealing that under a presidential order signed in 2002, the National Security Agency has spied on hundreds of people inside the U.S.

The article was written by Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, and immediately electrified Washington and the country. The 2 reporters were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting, and Risen shortly thereafter published a book expandi...

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Open Forum

12/10/06

Discussion on Eduction/ Brown v. Board of Education. The Supreme Court hearing on the desegregated education.

Guest- Mabili

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PHYLLIS BENNIS on IRAQ STUDY GROUP w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

12/09/06

PHYLLIS BENNIS, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism: The Middle East & United Nations Affairs. Phyllis will discuss the report from the Iraq Study Group, the situation in Iraq now and what we should do now. She (with Danny Glover) is the author of Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power (Paperback, Oliver Branch Press). http://www.ips-dc.org/projects/newinternat.htm.

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ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN, THE IMPEACHMENT OF GEORGE W. BUSH w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

12/09/06

ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN, author, former congresswoman, attorney. Elizabeth Holtzman with Cynthia L. Cooper has written The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens (Nation Books). Former US Congresswoman and member of the Nixon impeachment panel, Elizabeth Holtzman has delivered a clear, damning indictment of President Bush that empowers ordinary citizens to take action and remove him from office. She talks with Mary about the impeachable offenses of President Bu...

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SUE FOLEY, Blues Singer, Women Sing the Blues w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

12/09/06

SUE FOLEY. Mary talks to Sue Foley about her career. Her music is much more than the standard blues. You'll find her influenced by the gin joints of rural Mississippi; or in 60's era Detroit wailin' brassy and soulful Motown-style pop; or finger-pickin' her way through country tunes on a back porch in Nashville; or creating sound and lyric swirls reminiscent of Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" period. www.suefoley.com.

SUE FOLEY plus NORA JEAN BRUSO plus Sandy Atkinson and the Modeans at Sk...

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environmentalists decry Oil drilling bill passed in the House by Mitch E. Perry

12/08/06

In the last day of the 109th Congress, The House of Representative has voted to open some 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling , while barring rigs at least 125 miles off Florida's Panhandle.. 235 miles off the coast of Tampa and nearly 325 miles from Naples.

The debate on the issue has splintered thea once-united Florida congressional delegation as rising gas costs and industry pressure convinced many lawmakers to embrace limited drilling in exchange for s...

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Mel Goodman on Robert Gates by Mitch E. Perry

12/08/06

The Wall Street Journal reported today that senior U.S. military commanders in Baghdad, eager to shift the fight in Iraq to that country’s army, are advancing a plan that could more than double the number of American troops involved in training Iraqi soldiers.

The tentative plan, which calls for breaking up some big U.S. combat units into military training teams, reflects a major shift in U.S. tactics, and meshes with one of the key recommendations of a high-profile report rel...

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Another challenger puts her hat in the ring to lead Hillsborough Democrats by Mitch E. Perry

12/08/06

Next week, the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee will vote to select its next Chairperson, replacing Janee Murphy.

There will be many challenges for local Democratic head – After last month’s election, there is now only 1 Democrat on the County Commission. Democrats were also unsuccessful in defeating Ronda Storms in the District 10 State Senate race.

Last night we interviewed Michael Steinberg…Tonight, another candidate we speak to i...

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Right Wing Site Goes After Mel Martinez

12/07/06

Last month parts of the right wing blogosphere went ballistic when Florida Senator Mel Martinez was named to become the Republican National Committee.

Anti-Immigration advocates in particular took umbrage at the selection of the junior Senator. The Cuban born Martinez was one of the leading GOP Senators to get behind immigration legislation supported by President Bush that was derided as ‘amnesty’ among conservative critics.

And now a whole website has been ...

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