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GET OUT THE VOTE FLORIDA CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED-Andrew Stelzer

02/21/06

Supervisors of elections from 5 Tampa bay area counties gathered this morning at the Hillsborough county elections office, to launch a get out the vote campaign, aimed at registering voters for the 2006 primary and general election. ------------

ACT-Browning "before 2000 election’s no body paid attention to supervisors..now they do.."

Pasco county supervisor of elections Kurt Browning, was joined by supervisors from Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pinellas, and Sumter cou...

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THE BAPTIZING OF AMERICA: The Religious Right's Plans For The Rest Of Us- interview with Rabbi James Rudin

02/21/06

U.S. Jewish leaders say they are increasingly worried that Christian conservatives want to turn America politically and culturally into a country that tolerates only their brand of Christianity.

"There is a feeling on all sides that something is changing," said Abraham Foxman, director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.

"The polls indicate a very serious thing - that over 60 percent of the American people feel that religion and Christianity are under attack," he said...
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BURT SAUNDERS RUNNING FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL-Andrew Stelzer

02/20/06

Naples area state senator Burt Saunders officially kicked off his campaign for Florida attorney general today, he spoke in front of a group of employees at All Children’s hospital in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

ACT- “this will be the challenge of my life in terms of running for statewide office..�

Saunders is currently serving out his last term as a state senator, he’s also been in the Florida house, th...

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SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE WHICH COULD UNDERMINE CLEAN WATER ACT-Andrew Stelzer

02/20/06

Two cases being heard by the US supreme court on Tuesday may have enormous consequences for the future of Americans wetlands, the continued existence of the Federal clean water act, and are being watched closely by advocates for private property rights. As WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports, environmental advocates are concerned that the first case heard by Justice Samuel Alito could set the tone for a steep decline in the protection of Americas water systems.

In the 2 Michigan cases w...

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT FIVE'S GINNY BROWN-WAITE MEETS MEDICARE BUS IN SPRING HILL. Mark Antokas

02/20/06

INTRO: Millions of older American lives are in upheaval, since the Presidents Medicare Part D plan has gone in effect. Beginning January 1st., prescription drug coverage became available to Medicare recipients. There is a wide array of plans, which has given rise to confusion, and the Department of Health and Human Services has sent out a special bus which is touring the States in an effort to bring education and information to a confused public. The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Service ...

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ELIZA GILKYSON in concert for WMNF - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/18/06

Eliza Gilkyson, singer/songwriter. ELIZA GILKYSON comes to Tampa for WMNF at The Friday Morning Musicale, 809 Horatio Street in Tampa's Hyde Park, Friday, February 24. $20. With her deeply personal and powerful political music on her most recent albums, Eliza Gilkyson has become one of the most important singer-songwriters of today. She was the most played artist on American folk radio shows in 2004 and 2005. She received numerous awards at the North American Folk Alliance last week i...

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INTERWEAVE CONFERENCE, Clearwater - Kris Temple and Sabrina Sojourner - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/18/06

Kristin Temple, Interweave Conference Planner, UU of Clearwater. Kristin will provide information about the National Interweave Convocation, “Accepting Ourselves, Accepting Each Other,� which will take place at the UU Church in Clearwater February 24-26.

Sabrina Sojourner, Keynote speaker and former congresswoman from DC. Sabrina is a nationally recognized educator on diversity and multiculturalism. The first openly lesbian congresswoman, she was elected by a whopping 83% of...

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CATIE CURTIS, SINGER/SONGWRITER - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/18/06

Catie Curtis, singer/songwriter. Called a "folk-rock goddess" by The New Yorker, Boston-based Catie Curtis has toured with Mary Chapin-Carpenter, the Lilith Fair and Dar Williams – playing 100 dates a year. Her songs have been featured on Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Alias and Chicago Hope. She sings serious songs about life-changing moments in a strong, yet haunting, voice. Her latest album is “Dreaming in Romance Languages.� "People Look Around" -- her tribute to th...

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Analyst dissects President Bush's Tampa appearance by Mitch E. Perry

02/17/06

Aubrey Jewettt is a professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando….he says despite the President’s battered public opinion numbers, he remains The top politician among Republicans in raising money and spirits (roll tape#1 o.q.��lots of contributors�)

State Democrats trying to find an angle to criticize President Bush today went with the theme that they hope will help them in the fall – that is, the Republican Par...

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Over a dozen protestors greet President Bush by Mitch E. Perry

02/17/06

There were about 15 citizens who came out to protest the President’s appearance today, meeting at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard …Most of those came to demonstrate the U.S.’s involvement in Iraq, which in a few weeks will mark 3 years in Country…. ..

Vietnam Veteran Janis Josephine Carney sees many similarities between the current war and what the US is doing in Iraq right now (roll tape#1 o.q.�in one piece�)

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PINELLAS SCHOOL EMPLOYEES PROTEST JOB CUTS-Andrew Stelzer

02/17/06

On Monday, Pinellas county schools superintendent starting letting individual schools know that he was proposing to cut about 350 jobs in his proposed 2006-2007 budget. The school employees union is speaking out against the cuts, which they say will eliminate needed positions and are really a route for the privatization of support services throughout the district. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-Boone ‘Tuesday afternoon hen we went tin, we were told there would be an...

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THE FREEDOM RIDERS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS- interview with USF professor Ray Arsenault

02/16/06

Raymond Arsenault was the guest on this segment where he discussed his groundbreaking new book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (Oxford | January 2006).

In 1961, the Freedom Riders set out for the Deep South to defy Jim Crow laws and call for change. They were met by hatred and violence - and local police often refused to intervene. But the Riders' efforts transformed the civil rights movement. The book details how volunteers - both black and white - traveled to ...

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SENATOR SAUNDERS WANTS TO REFUND ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

02/16/06

Florida would bring back the edgy "truth campaign" and other elements of a program to combat youth smoking under a $58 million proposal announced Tuesday by the state Senate's top health care budget writer.

Florida's effort to convince kids that smoking isn't cool was a hit in the late-90s with catchy - if a bit irreverent - television commercials, and was credited with dramatic drops in the number of children who said they smoked.

But the program, which went beyond the TV ad campaign, ...

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TOM BLOMBERG ON BOOTCAMPS-Andrew Stelzer

02/16/06

The Florida house criminal Justice appropriations committee held hearings on the states boot camps in Tallahassee on Wednesday. One of the people who spoke was Tom Bloomberg is the dean and professor of criminology at the college of criminology and criminal justice at Florida state university. WMNF spoke to Bloomberg today, we began by asking him about the history of boot camps around the country.

"They are not in all 50 states. They did spread pretty substantially, really, in the l...

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CHAIR OF TAMPA'S AFRICAN AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL REMOVED-Andrew Stelzer

02/16/06

The chair of Tampa mayor's African-American advisory council has been removed from his position. While the city says that James Evans resigned, Evans said he was removed because he was critical of the city's support of the black community.

ACT-Evans “I've always had a good relationship with Pam Iorio until I questioned the city's investment into the black community…�

Tampa has no African-American chamber of commerce, and the hefty fees involved in joinin...

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