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SENATOR MARTINEZ IN TAMPA TO TALK ABOUT ETHANOL-Andrew Stelzer

06/01/06

Florida Senator Mel Martinez was in Tampa today, meeting with local leaders in the alternative fuel community, especially those involved in manufacturing and distributing ethanol a fuel additive that can be mixed with gasoline, or substituted for gasoline in cars that are built to run on the fuel. The first term Senator also shared his thoughts about the immigration debate. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

Martinez is the co-sponsor of the most popular immigration bill moving thro...

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Discussion on reducing ad valorem taxes by Mitch E. Perry

06/01/06

Today 2 Republicans on the generally non-ideological Tampa City Council endorsed the idea of reviewing a classic GOP plank: reducing taxes.

City Councilman Sean Harrison introduced the idea of having the City Council and Mayor Pam Iorio’s administration review the possibility of reducing ad valorem taxes in Tampa, which have not been adjusted in any way since 1989. (roll tape#1 o.q.�very timely topic right now�)

Councilwoman Rose Ferlita chimed in with a st...

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City of Tampa finally gets closer to building East West Road in New Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

06/01/06

Today the Tampa City Council approved selling the East-West Road Corridor to the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority for $ 4 million dollars. The sale will allow the authority to now negotiate with a contractor to bid on and then build the long delayed road that would relieve traffic congestion in New Tampa.

Tampa City Attorney David Smith told the Council that because neither the City, nor the Expressway Authority, can pay for the new road itself –now estimat...

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IRAQ WAR VETERAN DESCRIBES HIS COMBAT EXPERIENCE

06/01/06

Paul Rieckhoff joined Rob Lorei by phone to discuss his new memoir, CHASING GHOSTS: A Soldier's Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington (Published by NAL Caliber). CHASING GHOSTS was published on May 1, the 3rd Anniversary of Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech. He spent nearly a year in one of the most dangerous parts of Baghdad, as an infantry Lieutenant in charge of 38 men, and in that time encountered bureaucratic red tape to get supplies to his men and the Iraqi people. He exp...

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SEMINAR STARTS IN ST. PETERSBURG TO INTRODUCE YOUNG ADULTS TO POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

06/01/06
      Earlier this week fifteen young adults began a four day seminar in practical politics in preparation for work as “interns� or “fellows� with on-going political campaigns in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.   The participants in the pilot Summer 2006 Leadership and Public Policy Academy will work to learn the “nuts and bolts� of political campaigning from professional campaign workers, and current and former candidates.  Sponsored by the First Prog...
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