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Katrina anniversary by Mitch E. Perry

08/29/06

Today the liberal advocacy group the Campaign For America’s Future released a report slamming the Government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. The report says a year after the devastating storm ,the Gulf Coast is still suffering from a response that shows how government failed its people.

The report: “Hurricane Katrina – Natural Disaster, Human Catastrophe� was co-written by Robert Borosage.. He said the government’s failure to respond to Kat...

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PINELLAS COUNTY PREPARES FOR ERNESTO by Roxanne Escobales

08/29/06

As Floridians monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Ernesto, Pinellas County started preparing for the worst today. And on the one-year anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Pinellas emergency management director said that no plan exists for the mass evacuation of the peninsula.

ACT:

That was Pinellas County emergency management director Gary Vickers speaking after a Disaster Advisory Committee, or DAC, meeting in Seminole. Despite the lack o...

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CANDIDATES GIVEN FREE AIR TIME FOR CAMPAIGN MESSAGES

08/29/06

Because the radio and television airwaves belong to the public- WMNF has offered free air time (90 seconds)to candidates in the last several election cycles. After announcing the free air time (beginning last Thursday at 2PM0, and posting details on our web site, today we played back messages from 15 candidates who are running for office. They included candidates for Congress, school board, county commission and state house. The candidates were from the two major parties and included independ...

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Crist & Gallagher : Just One week to go by Mitch E. Perry

08/29/06

There is only 7 days until the Florida Primary Election. Only 7 more days for Florida CFO Tom Gallagher to convince Republicans that he should be their nominee for Governor this November.

Last night in West Palm Beach, Gallagher and Charlie Crist engaged in their 2nd debate in 6 days – but whether many people in South Florida were paying attention is in question.

With Tropical Storm Ernesto bearing down, the debate was NOT televised in Broward County, one of the top...

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Uhuru forum on Crisis in Middle East and Africa - by Seán Kinane

08/29/06


Last night at the Uhuru Solidarity Center in St. Petersburg there was a Public Forum on The Middle East and Africa in Crisis hosted by the African People’s Solidarity Committee. WMNF’s Seán Kinane files this report.

Tampa resident Mohammad Chehab, an Arab rights activist, spoke about the current conflicts in Lebanon and Palestine. He attempted to differentiate the real roots of the problem from the false distractions often presented by politicians and the med...

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ORGANIC FARMING AND GARDENING

08/28/06

Jon Butts produced this SUSTAINABLE LIVING program. His invited guests were Lynn Barger of the Hillsborough Extension Service regarding the upcoming Compost Happens! workshop. Also appearing were Marty Mesh and Juan Rodriguez of the Florida Organic Grower's Association to discuss conversion of farms from chemical to organic.

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JUDGE RULES VOTER REGISTRATION LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL By Mitch E. Perry

08/28/06

A Federal judge today declared a new Florida voter registration law unconstitutional, ruling that its stiff penalties for violations threaten free speech rights and that political parties were improperly exempted.

The ruling means that state authorities can NOT enforce provisions of the law. Several organizations had sued the state, saying the law effectively blocked voter registration drives because of the financial risks it imposed. (roll tape#1 o.q.�I’m absolutel...

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REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY PROPOSED FOR BAY AREA by Roxanne Escobales

08/28/06

Gather 200 politicians and business leaders into one room and the last thing you might expect is for them to agree on one thing. But that’s exactly what happened today in Sabal Park, Tampa. Everyone agreed that the Tampa Bay area must address the increasing transportation problems the region faces. As WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports, Tampa Bay is one step closer to forming its own 8-county transit authority.

ACT: [SANSOM] The time is to start doing something, not keep ...

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POV Film "WAGING A LIVING" to air Aug. 29 - Barbara Brooks & Mary Venitelli w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/26/06

10th Anniversary of Welfare Reform – POV Features “Waging a Living� – August 29th BARBARA BROOKS and MARY VENITELLI, two of the women featured in the film. Hear how welfare reform affected them and how the making of this film affected their lives. We will talk with them about what they are doing now and their plans for the future. www.pov.org.

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WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/26/06

Today is the 86th anniversary of women getting the vote in the U.S. This followed 72 years of struggle by women to achieve this right. And the struggle for equality continues.

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KATHA POLLITT - "VIRGINITY or DEATH!" w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/26/06

Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time KATHA POLLITT, essayist, poet and columnist for The Nation. Katha returns to The Women’s Show to discuss her new book, Virginity or Death! The book contains columns which first appeared in The Nation and gives an excellent “summary� of the Bush administration antics, particularly their attitudes and actions toward women. Katha talked aobut the status of women in the U.S. on this Women's Equality Day - ...

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Jim Davis 1990 vote could bite him by Mitch E. Perry

08/25/06

During Wednesday’s Democratic gubernatorial debate between Jim Davis and Rod Smith, Smith appeared to score debating points when he asked Davis why he had voted AGAINST compensating 2 Black men who were wrongly convicted of the murders of 2 white men in 1963 (roll tape#1 o.q.�and delayed�)

Yesterday a mailer was sent out to about 100,000 homes throughout Florida that reads, “Jim Davis’ record of Shame…Davis voted to deny justice�.

The...

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David Dunbar on 9/11 Myths by Mitch E. Perry

08/25/06

On Wednesday night, The Evening News Broadcast a portion of an interview we had with Popular Mechanics editor David Dunbar. He’s the co-editor of a new book called “Debunking 9/11 Myths:Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t stand up to the facts�.

Tonight, we run a 2nd part of that interview. We should note that we heard from some listeners after Wednesday’s show, bitter with me personally for giving a “platform� for Dunbar and the work he has don...

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Al Fox And Ralph Fernandez by Mitch E. Perry

08/25/06

In the last week or so, signs have been scattered near roads in Tampa that read, “Give Fidel Castro A Voice in The U.S. Congress - Vote Al Fox�.

That Al Fox is the one running for the Democratic nomination in Hillsborough’s 11th Congressional District.

Ralph Fernandez is a Tampa attorney and has been involved in Cuban-American activities for the last two decades. He’s one of the people behind those negative signs (roll tape#1 o.q.�Osama B...

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Democrats try to make political hay out of GOP comment by Mitch E. Perry

08/25/06

The Florida Democratic Party is making hay out of an audio recording that has one Republican legislator calling another “in the pockets of the insurance industry�.

The tape surfaced this morning on the Jim Defede Show in Miami on 970 WINZ Am this morning. That’s when Miami Republican House representative Juan Zapata, speaking at Coral Gables High School last Saturday ripped into his own party on the issue of property insurance (roll tape#1 o.q.â€? out of fearââ...

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