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Lobbyists Ban proposal discussed then put off by Hillsborough County Commissioners by Mitch E. Perry

04/19/06

Last December the state legislature voted last to ban themselves and other state officials from accepting gifts of any value from lobbyists.

Today at the Hillsborough County Commission Meeting, a proposal submitted by Commissioner Kathy Castor that the County adopt a similar proposal was met with much grumbling and a sense that such a ban was not necessary. ( roll tape#1 o.q.�and decision making�)

Nevertheless, the idea was not dropped altogether, but instead ...

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County Mayor Concept dissed again by County Commissioners by Mitch E. Perry

04/19/06

Most of the Hillsborough County Commissioners have made no secret they have little love for a proposed referendum that would enact an elected Mayor form of County Government.

In previous discussions, they have ridiculed the concept and its architect, lobbyist Mary Ann Stiles.

Today at the County Commission’s bi-weekly meeting, economic advisories who had been authorized to conduct a study analyzing the financial impact that a County Mayor has had on other Counti...

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SIT IN IN GOVERORS OFFICE IN PROTEST OF NO ACTION ON BOOT CAMP BEATING DEATH-Andrew Stelzer

04/19/06

About 30 college Students entered Governor Bush’s office this morning, sat down and refused to leave until the governor met with them and took action on the case of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year old African American who died after being beaten in his first morning at a juvenile boot camp in bay county, Florida. The students, from Florida State University, Florida A and M, and Tallahassee Community College, were joined by several Black state Senators and Representatives during part ...

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DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST TALKS ABOUT WHY DEMOCRATS HAVE LOST RECENT ELECTIONS

04/19/06

Steve Jarding and Dave "Mudcat" Saunders are fed up with the arrogance of Republicans, and frustrated by a Democratic Party that has lost its will to fight. In "Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republican Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out" (A Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster; 0-7432-8651-0), Jarding and Saunders, who were key players in Democrat Mark Warner's upset win in Virginia's 2001 governor's race and veterans of some of the most surpris...

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NEW EXHIBIT DOCUMENTS DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY URBAN RENEWAL IN YBOR CITY

04/19/06

Founded in the late 1800's, Ybor City was once a separate city from Tampa, home to thousands of immigrants from Spain, Cuba, Italy, and Germany. The chief industry was cigar making- but with mechanization, the decline of the industry and the migration to the suburbs--- YBOR City was in economic decline by the early 1960's. City officials began a program of Urban Renewal- which led to hundreds of houses being torn down. Ybor's economy didn't really recover until the 1990's.

An exhibition...

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ST PETE CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM WILL NOT HAPPEN-Andrew Stelzer

04/18/06

A yearlong campaign to get curbside recycling in St Petersburg appears to be over, without any new recycling program being created. A request for bids for a voluntary recycling program found no takers, so for now St Pete will continue on as the largest city in the state of Florida without curbside recycling. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-Foster “i've been on council since 1998, and it seems to go nowhere..�

City council member Bill Foster wanted to pu...

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Jeffrey Sachs on Ending Poverty by Mitch E. Perry

04/18/06

Last week we ran an interview with Dr. William Easterly, who is disdainful of U.S. Foreign Aid, saying there’s a lot of good will involved, but very poor execution.

A much different perspective comes from Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, dubbed the most important economist in the world last year by the New York Times Magazine.

His book “The End of Poverty�, has just been published in paperback We began our interview with Jeffrey Sachs by ...

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POLITICAL ANALYST KEVIN PHILLIPS ON HIS NEW BOOK

04/18/06

Phillips is a former aide to Richard Nixon and it was Phillips who developed the "Southern Strategy". That was a plan to turn the South from a Democratic to a Republican stronghold. His strategy worked. But in the last few years he's become a critic of some GOP policies. And in his latest book "AMERICAN THEOCRACY: the Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century" the GOP is the first political party in American history to be controlled by religious group...

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER JASON LEOPOLD ON THE PLAME LEAK CASE

04/18/06

Jason Leopold author of NEWS JUNKIE (Process) was the Los Angeles bureau chief for the Dow Jones news service when the Enron scandal story broke. After suffering setbacks in his personal life he has resumed his reporting career for TRUTHOUT.ORG. In that capacity he's broken many stories about the President Bush and VP Cheney's involvement in the Valerie Plame case. He discussed his latest pieces, including a story on a newly released State Department memo that showed a fierce debate between t...

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Class Size Fight in Tallahassee by Mitch E. Perry

04/18/06

After years of warning the public that the class-size reductions approved by voters will force deep budget cuts --and years of seeing the state economy prove them wrong -- legislative leaders are now starting to working on a way to help pay for the program. The Miami Herald reported on Monday that Republican leaders are circulating a draft proposal to put aside $1 billion to $3 billion of surplus budget money into an escrow account that would be used to pay for 30-year bonds to build an es...

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Al-Arian pleads guilty to one count - will be deported by Mitch E. Perry

04/18/06

A federal judge has set a May first hearing soon to close the case of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian, who will be deported after pleading guilty to providing support to a Palestinian terrorist group.

Documents unsealed in U.S. District Court today provide the details of Sami Al-Arian's secret plea deal, which was first revealed on Friday afternoon.

The former University of South Florida professor pleaded guilty to Count Four of the original indictment against him, whic...

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Sleepout in Solidarity with St. Petersburg's Homeless -by Emily Reddy

04/17/06

On Friday night about 50 people gathered outside St. Petersburg's City Hall to protest the county's new ordinance against camping in public places. Thirty of those protestors slept the night on the sidewalk in front of the building as a sign of solidarity with the nearly 5,000 homeless in Pinellas county. This ordinance is actually an old ordinance that has been revivied and clarified, empowering law enforcement to arrest or site those sleeping on the grassy areas of city parks after the cl...

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JIM DAVIS FOR GOVERNOR TOWN HALL IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

04/17/06

Tampa area Congressman Jim Davis kicked off a series of 10 town hall meetings in his campaign for governor today. The first meeting was held at the Lions eye institute, in an old cigar factory in Ybor city. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

ACT “for the first time in 12 years, were not going to have any bushes on the ballot..cheers..�

The latest Zogby polls have Jim Davis within 2 Points of Republican Charlie Crist, and have Davis leading bo...

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The Sunday Forum-Immigration

04/16/06

Features Guest Patrick Manteiga, editor and publisher-La Garcia Newspaper

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The Sunday Forum- Immigration Issues

04/16/06

Guest Patrick Manteiga editor and publisher of La Gaceta newspaper and host Otis Anthony discuss Immigration Issues.

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