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Spring Hill Peace Activist to run for Senate by Mitch E. Perry

05/12/06

Among the last hour filings to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Bill Nelson is Spring Hill peace activist Brian Moore.

The 62 year old Moore has led the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice in antiwar demonstrations and vigils, throughout Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties for the past 4 years…WMNF spoke with him a short while ago…We asked him: What does he hope to accomplish ? (roll tape#1 o.q.�is folly�)

That’s Peace Activist Brian Moore from...

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PANEL DISCUSSION ON HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS-Andrew Stelzer

05/12/06

The University of South Florida’s college of marine science held a brown bag lunchtime discussion today about Hurricane Preparedness and Preparation. It brought together oceanographers and emergency responders to examine what they know about hurricanes, and how the Tampa bay region can prepare for a major storm as it’s only a matter of time until it hits. Charlie Paxton, who works with the national weather service, displayed data on larger hurricanes which hit the South Eastern US and ...

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Cholene Espinoza on Hurricane Katrina by Mitch E.Perry

05/12/06

At the Rotary District Conference taking place at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel today, Cholene Espinoza spoke about her experience in trying to help out in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina hit last summer.

Espinoza graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1987, and in 1992 become only the 2nd woman selected to fly the U-2 reconnaisance aircraft.

She has just written a book about her experiences in Mississippi last year, where she went to help out those in need....

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Public Financing Campaign group begins campaign by Mitch E. Perry

05/12/06

One of the most frequent criticisms of the way that politics works in the U.S. is that it takes money – lots of money – for people to run for office, eliminating many citizens whose ideas are as good if not better than better heeled candidates.

One way to even the playing field would be for public financing of campaigns. Currently citizens do this all ready – if you check the box on your tax return, 3 dollars of that return goes into the funds provided to the Democratic a...

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Verizon tries to start serving Tampa for TV service by Mitch E. Perry

05/11/06

The Tampa City Council today discussed for hours a resolution authorizing phone giant Verizon to sell cable television service in the City.

But as of press time – The Council had not decided. They were scheduled to bring it back for an up or down vote at 6:30 tonight.

The idea is that the competition to the only cable provider in town, Brighthouse, will provide reduce prices for consumers.

Verizon won a similar deal with Hillsborough County in February, so th...

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MECICARE PROTEST OUTSIDE BILIRAKIS OFFICE-Andrew Stelzer

05/11/06

Across the country today, Thousands of citizens, organized by Moveon.org, held a day of action, calling on their local senators and representatives to extend the May 15th deadline for signing up for the Medicare part D prescription drug plan. In Tampa, only 4 people made it to the office of Representative Mike Bilirakis, where they presented his staff with petitions calling for an extension of the deadline, and a giant check for 338,335 dollars, the amount the say Bilirakis has accepte...

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REPORT SAYS DEFENSE SPENDING OUT OF CONTROL & UNACCOUNTABLE by Mitch E. Perry

05/11/06

A new report released today blasts the US Defense Department’s fiscal practices, saying the Department does not know what it owns, where its inventory is located, and how its annual budget is being spent.

The report, called “Financial Management in the Department of Defense: No One is Accountable�, was written by Kwai Chan with the group Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. (roll tape# 1o.q.�management practices�)

Chan said that as recently as last November...

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Memoir about dog/Publishing phenomenon--TALKING ANIMALS

05/10/06

Interview with John Grogan -- author of "Marley And Me: Life And Love With The World's Worst Dog," a memoir of sorts that chronicles Grogan's adventures and misadventures with Marley, an irresistibly lovable but certifiably nutty Labrador retriever -- discussed his approach to writing "Marley And Me," his theories on why the book has become something of a phenomenon in publishing circles, that unsurprisingly Hollywood came calling and there's a deal in place to make a feature film of the stor...

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UCF Poli Sci professor says Polls look good for Florida Democrats by Mitch E. Perry

05/10/06

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll, Americans have a bleaker view of the country's direction than at any time in more than two decades. Sharp disapproval of President Bush's handling of gasoline prices has combined with intensified unhappiness about Iraq to create a grim political environment for the White House and Congressional Republicans

Bush’s overall job approval rating hit another new low, 31 percent, tying the low point of his father in July of 1992, ...

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WHO ARE THE BUSH SUPPORTERS?-Andrew Stelzer

05/10/06

Many of those 31% of Americans who still support the job that President Bush is doing were in Sun City Center on Tuesday morning to hear the Bush speak about the Medicare part D Prescription drug plan. Of the more than 400 people who waited on line a few days earlier for tickets, most of them were republicans, and just about all of them were residents of the retirement community Bush spoke at, or the community across the street. WMNF spoke with a few of the attendees after the speech, and a...

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NEW REPORT ON TEACHERS PAY IS DISPUTED BY TEACHERS UNION-Andrew Stelzer

05/10/06

The Florida Department of Education has issued a new report questioning the methods by which teachers’ salaries are compared to those in other states. The report brings into doubt the long-standing notion that Florida’s teachers are underpaid, but the state teachers union says it’s a misleading attempt to distract from the facts. The report, tiled Teacher Pay Review, finds that for calculations of average teachers salaries, definitions of what a teacher is differ by state, with some s...

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May 9th Values Forum with Donna Brazile by Nancy Morgan

05/10/06

Lead: Last night, about 150 people attended a program at the Comfort Inn on Busch Blvd. sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa’s Defending Democracy Project. The program, called Speaking Out on Moral Values: Setting Priorities That Really Matter, generated lively discussion about what moral values mean to progressives in America. Nancy Morgan reports.

Although the crowd was smaller than organizers had hoped for, those who attended were enthusiastic about the m...

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VICTIM OF DOMESTIC SPYING COMMENTS ON THE NOMINATION OF GENERAL MICHAEL HAYDEN TO HEAD THE CIA

05/10/06

Richard Hersh is a peace activist in South Florida who is a member of the group, the Truth Project. That group was spied on by the federal government because it wanted peace activists to have the same access to high school students as military recruiters. He commented on the Hayden nomination, Hayden's apparent unfamiliarity with provisions of the U.S. Constitution and his belief that the country is becoming increasingly militarized.

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GROUP SATIRIZES BUSINESS' APPROACH TO GLOBAL WARMING

05/10/06

Members of the satirical, anti-corporate group The Yes Men made a presentation yesterday on Amelia Island, claiming to represent the Halliburton company. Quoting from the group's press release:

"HALLIBURTON SOLVES GLOBAL WARMING SurvivaBalls save managers from abrupt climate change

An advanced new technology will keep corporate managers safe even when climate change makes life as we know it impossible.

"The SurvivaBall is designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mot...

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Allan Bense says no to Republicans who want him to run for U.S. Senate by Mitch E. Perry

05/10/06

The hopes and dreams of Florida Republicans that House Speaker Allan Bense would save the day by getting into the Senate race and knocking off Katherine Harris, will not come to be, as Bense announced this morning he will not enter the Republican Primary race against the Sarasota area Congresswoman.

With the deadline to enter the race just 48 hours away, hopes of the GOP capturing the Senate seat held by Democrat Bill Nelson are dwindling. On Monday, Governor Jeb Bush said he di...

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