News & Public Affairs08/24/06
On Saturday, Aug. 26, celebrating the 86th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment (woman suffrage). It is a coalition of about 20 organizations operating under the umbrella name of the Friends of Susan B. Anthony (FoSBA). The group presents an award in her name to an outstanding woman activist in the community.
This year Doris "Granny D" Haddock will be the group's speaker. (See: http://www.grannyd.com). She's the 89 year old lady who walked across the U.S. in 1999 talking a...Be the first to comment
21 Pinellas cities try to protect their autonomy as they say the county is attempting to reduce their power. The county says itâ€™s just trying to make Pinellas-wide decision-making less cumbersome. WMNFâ€™s Roxanne Escobales reports from Clearwater City Hall.
ACT: On behalf of 21 cities, a lawsuit will be filed today in circuit court against Deborah Clark, the Pinellas County board of commissioners and the Pinellas Charter Review Commission.
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Buckhorn on Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
Former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn is a political analyst with Bay News 9.
He calls last nightâ€™s gubernatorial debate a tossup (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?that would offend some center-right Democratsâ€?)
Thatâ€™s Bay News Political Analyst, commenting on last nightâ€™s Democratic gubernatorial debate between Jim Davis and Rod Smithâ€¦The two will tango again next Tuesday night in West Palm Beach ...Be the first to comment
Through the first 15 minutes of last nightâ€™s debate between Jim Davis and Rod Smith, the 2 candidates were in lock step regarding public education, the evils of the FCAT , Small Class Size, and even the Death Penalty.
But when Palm Beach Post columnist Elisa Cramer asked about the cleanup of the Everglades, the sniping began â€¦Congressman Davis got the first dig in (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?
$1 million dollars to this campaiginâ€?)
Smith responded, and bla...Be the first to comment
Democrat Phyllis Busansky, running against Gus Bilirakis in Floridaâ€™s 9th Congressional District , came out formally with her plan on dealing with Iraq today.
The race in the 9th District is for an open seat â€“ longtime Congressman Mike Bilirakis is stepping down this year, and Democrats hopes of capturing the Congress this November, include Busansky pulling off a minor upset and taking down Bilirakis son, Gus, a State Legislator.
Part of Busanskyâ€™s plan ...Be the first to comment
In an internet chat session, Jim Davis says that as governor, one thing he would like to do is review the various tax exemptions that so many different companies enjoy.
The issue has bi-partisan supportâ€¦.Former Republican State Senator John McKay has tried for years â€“ first thru the legislature and then thru an amendment â€“ to have an independent group review the many many groups and businesses that enjoy such exemptions.
But the Rod Smith Campaign says t...Be the first to comment
Last night in Tampa, the 2 candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor, Tom Gallagher and Charlie Crist battled it out in front of a state wide television audience.
The front runner, Attorney General Crist, appeared to do nothing to lose his double digit lead over CFO Gallagher, who needed to make a strong impact to keep his struggling campaign afloat.
Gallagher is running for Governor for the 4th time, a statistic alluded to by Crist during the debate.
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A new report in Mississippi says that a year after Hurricane Katrina, the focus and attention by federal and state policy toward rebuilding has been slow, disjointed, and not often reflective of key voices in Mississippi.
The report comes from 2 dozen organizations from Mississippi, which critiques local and federal responses to Katrina, whose anniversary is in 6 days.
Derek Johnson is president of the Missisippi State Conference of the NAACP. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?fun...Be the first to comment
With 11-thousand people without a home, Hillsborough County ranks sixth in the nation for homelessness. Ninety percent of them are of voting age. An initiative that takes place next month is aimed at getting them registered so they can do just that â€“ vote.
ACT: imagine tonight you donâ€™t have a place ot go home to, itâ€™s hot outside, you donâ€™t have a shower and youâ€™ve got two kids with you\
Reverend Tracey Crocker doesnâ€™t have to imagi...Be the first to comment
According to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll, over a third of the American public suspect the United States government of either direct involvement in or prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks, and believe that they were staged or covered up in order to provoke a Middle East war.
There are dozens of not more websites that also promulgate alternative theories that stand in contradiction to the 9/11 Commission report. There have also been books and moviesâ€¦.
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INTERVIEW WITH CONG. JIM DAVIS, ONE OF TWO DEMOCRATS VYING FOR THEIR PARTY'S GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION08/22/06
Congressman Jim Davis joined us for this segment to discuss his campaign for governor. He talked about the FCAT, teacher pay, suburban sprawl, his vote for the federal bankruptcy bill, etc. And took calls from listeners.Be the first to comment
Republican rivals Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher, whose race for Governor has suddently turned uglier in the last week, meet tonight in their first statewide televised debate.
The stakes are increasingly high for CFO Tom Gallagher, who has spent the entire summer trailing Crist in both the polls and in fundraising.
The one hour debate will be televised live from the studios of WEDU, the PBS affiliate in Tampa, and simulcast here on WMNF, beginning at 8PM. Moderating the ...Be the first to comment
Admiral LeRoy Collins is running against Katherine Harris in the Republican Primary to get a crack at Senator Bill Nelson in the General Election. He was at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Tuesday, speaking to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.
WMNFâ€™s Stan Davis was there and filed this report.
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To hear Moderator, Greg Wilson tell it, Katherine Harris was the first to be invited. When she stipulated that c...
Itâ€™s been 34 years since the Republican party descended upon Florida for its national convention. Tampa and St Petersburg have literally rolled out the red carpet to woo the GOP convention to town. But Republican national committee chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson said that while sheâ€™s been impressed with the Bay areaâ€™s enthusiasm, practical matters will rule any decision in selecting the site for next yearâ€™s Republican National Convention.
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The Honeywell corporation, responsible for a chemical spill that has never been completely cleaned up in 24 years in northwest Tampa, today came before the Hillsborough County Commission to ask for a â€œbrownfieldâ€? designation for the contaminated site at the corner of Himes & Waters.
Such a label would allow the company to seek tax breaks if the property is cleaned up under the supervision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
But not everybody ...Be the first to comment