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Montana Senate Race could be close by Mitch E. Perry

06/09/06

Earlier this week, Primary elections were held in 8 states, including Montana, where there was an upset in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate. 3rd Generation farmer John Tester defeated the favorite, John Morrison.

Tester has become a favorite of some liberal bloggers, and the race will becomes nationalized as he will go up against Republican incumbent Conrad Burns, whose name has been bandied about in the Jack Abramhoff lobbying scandal.

WMNF spoke this morn...

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Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Council Forum (6-8-06)

06/09/06

Mayor Pam Iorio’s Hispanic Advisory Council hosted a public forum last night at Jefferson High School. The aim was for officials to highlight projects, programs and services geared towards Tampa’s growing Hispanic community. Ernesto Difilippo files this report.

In the lobby were tables of general public information translated into Spanish. The Police Department, voter registration, the Housing Department and others were there to communicate their services to the Spanish sp...

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TEACHERS RECRUITING FAIR IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

06/08/06

With the state of Florida facing a massive teacher shortage, this week brought hopes for helping solve the problem before next school year begins. Thousands of current and prospective teachers came to Tampa for the state biggest teacher job-recruiting fair of the year. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer went to the fair, and filed this report.

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In the main hall of the convention center in downtown Tampa, sits a map of the United States with the words, “PINPOINT WHERE ...

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THE GLOBAL CLASS WAR an interview with Jeff Faux

06/08/06

JEFF FAUX, The Global Class War: How America's Bi-Partisan Elite Lost Our Future and What It Will Take To Win It Back will speak at 7:30 PM Hyatt Sarasota June 13th.

Jeff Faux is the founding president and a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Mr. Faux has researched, written and published studies on a wide variety of subjects, from the global economy to neighborhood community development — and from monetary policy to political strategy.

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Green Building Coalition appeals for City of Tampa to get behind Green initiative by Mitch E. Perry

06/08/06

Today at the Tampa City Council, representatives from a group trying to get the City to begin adopting more green building guidelines presented their proposals.

Green Building ordinances have spread throughout the country, and the state, in recent years. Locally, Sarasota has become a leader in creating policies to promote environmentally friendly buildings. Now the Green Building Coalition is trying to make Tampa a Green City.

Environmental activist Liz Taylor came before...

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Central Park Development Plan still in flux by Mitch E. Perry

06/08/06

As we reported last night, the Hillsborough County Commission approved an Ordinance that would create a special taxing district to remake the Central Park Village public housing project near downtown Tampa – but only if they’re allowed more power in how the money will be spent.

Unlike the Civitas plan that Hillsborough Commissioners rejected 2 ½ years ago, City of Tampa officials were said to have learned from mistakes made in that process – such as criticis...

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Bill Nelson to be rare Democrat to vote for repeal of the estate tax by Mitch E. Perry

06/08/06

Senate Republicans are divided over whether to eliminate altogether the estate taxes on a small group of U.S. multimillionaires or just sharply reduce their tax liabilities at death.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, is pushing this week for a permanent repeal of the tax, which is being temporarily phased out under President George W. Bush's 2001 tax cuts. The Senate begin debating repeal today and may hold a first vote on the measure tomorrow.

Charles Grassley, the chai...

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Empowerment Hour

06/07/06

The show features the guest Reverend Ralph Hawthorne, President of "Cease Fire" and Tio Hartman the Director of Gang Mediation Services and Clergy Development- Cease Fire Chicgo.

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Gas Tax Relief proposed by Commissioner Storms by Mitch E. Perry

06/07/06

With Gas prices continuing to hover near $3 a gallon of gas, The Hillsborough County Commission supported a motion offered by Ronda Storms today to ask the County Administrator to find out how to give motorists a break at the pumps by seeking to determine if the County could provide a suspension of local gas taxes.

Storms introduced the measure by acknowledging that the County is flush with revenues this year, and that tax relief at the pump is a way to go (roll tape#1 o.q.â€...

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REPUBLICANS GIVE DEMS "REALITY CHECK" By Roxanne Escobales

06/07/06

In the second of a two day tour, the Republican Party of Florida stopped in Tampa today to give Democratic candidate for governor Congressman Jim Davis what it called a “reality check� in his own constituency. Yesterday’s stop in Gainesville saw a similar send up of Rod Smith, who will face off with Davis in the Democratic primaries in September. With six months of campaigning left until November elections, the Republicans would like to hold onto the leadership of the state....

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COUNTY COMMISSION VOTES TO APPROVE CENTRAL PARK CRA-Andrew Stelzer

06/07/06

In January of 2004, the city of Tampa proposed a plan to redevelop Central Park Village, the housing projects between orange and Nebraska avenues, bordered by I-275 and Nuccio. The item came to the county commission with short notice, and was rejected. Today, the city of Tampa came back to the county commission once again asking for the creation of a Community Revitalization Area. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

The City of Tampa’s revenue and finance director Bonnie Wise ...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSES AUDITORS PERFORMANCE/ANNIVERSARY OF GAY PRIDE BAN-Andrew Stelzer

06/07/06

Before getting into the contentious issue of Central Park Village, the Hillsborough county commission heard citizens’ comments about their gay pride ban, and tore into the performance of a key county employee. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

To open the meeting, more than half a dozen people spoke in opposition to the ban on county recognition of gay pride events. High school student Michael Frankle noted that it was one year ago this month that the policy was passed...

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COMPLAINT FILED WITH FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL OVER UNCERTIFIED VOTING MACHINES

06/07/06

A complaint filed June 1st with Florida’s attorney general challenges the shipment of uncertified voting machines to Volusia, Putnam, Polk, and Glades counties, a felony under Florida law. Florida Fair Elections Coalition (FFEC), the Volusia-based election watchdog group that brought the complaint, has asked the attorney general to initiate an investigation of the actions of both the state officials who gave permission for the delivery of the equipment and those of Diebold Election Sy...

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Report on Prison Abuse in US Jails to hit Congress by Mitch E. Perry

06/07/06

After a year of studying the problem of abuse and violence in U.S. Prisons, a Commission is poised to present its findings and recommendations to Congress tomorrow.

The report, called Confronting Confinement, details the impact of violence in prisons on public safety and public health, and how correctional facilities nationwide can become safer and more effective.

Members of the reviewing Committee, called the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons, held 4 pu...

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ACLU PREPARING TO ARGUE CASE AGAINST NSA SPYING PROGRAM-Andrew Stelzer

06/06/06

Its been almost 6 months since the New York Times revealed that under the direction of President Bush, the national security agency has been conducting phone and email surveillance on thousands, if not millions of Americans without court approval. As the ACLU prepares to mount the first legal challenge the NSA spying program, they’re having to simultaneously watch legislation in congress that could make the program legal retroactively, and fight the merger of two phone companies who h...

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