News & Public Affairs09/06/06
Despite the hoopla, Kathy Castor has NOT won the Congressional seat held by Jim Davis for the past decadeâ€¦She has simply won the Democratic nominationâ€¦However, the District is skewed heavily Democratic, and last nightâ€™s election is considered a near victory.
But there will be an election in November, where Castor will face a Republican who ran unopposed â€“ Eddie Adams Jr., A Temple Terrace businessman who formerly was a board member for WMNF.
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Senate President Tom Lee defeated his chief opponent, State Senator from Celebration, Randy Johnson, in the race for the stateâ€™s Chief Financial officer position.
Property insurance- the biggest issue amongst Floridians this election year, was a topic of debate during their race.. Johnson had called for an immediate freeze to insurance rates this year â€“ though state law does allow for such rate hike moratoriums.
Lee will now face former banker, Alex Sink. Sink...Be the first to comment
In the Sarasota, Manatee County area last night, Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings emerged from harsh primary battles to face each other in what should be an extremely expensive race for the District 13 Congressional seat being vacated by Katherine Harris.
Jennings defeated Jan Schneider easily, by a 64 to 36 percent margin. Jennings was favored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee out of Washington.
She ended the campaign with nearly a mill...
Jim Motavalli is editor of E/The Envronmental Magazine. He writes regularly for the New York Times "Automobiles" section, produces a weekly auto column, which appears in The Philadelphia Review and five other papers, and he's the author of numerous books including Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works and Forward Drive: The Race to Build â€œCleanâ€? Cars for the Future (Sierra Club Books/Random House).
Motavalli discussed efforts to reduce reliance on oil: hybr...Be the first to comment
From the United For A Fair Economy Press Release: "CEOs in the defense and oil industries have been able to translate war and rising oil prices into personal jackpots, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy, "Executive Excess 2006."
OIL BARONS: With Americans now paying over $3 per gallon, petroleum profiteers are raking in nearly three times the pay of CEOs in comparably sized businesses. In 2005, the top 15 U.S. oil CEOs got a 50% r...Be the first to comment
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Two of the most interesting local races taking place in todayâ€™s Primary are 2 Republican State Senate affairs.
In District 16, which includes both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, 2 GOP House members, Kim Berfield from Clearwater and Frank Farkas from St. Petersburg, are battling in a vicious primary, with the winner to face Democrat Charlie Justice in November.
Wayne Garcia is a former political consultant, and currently, the Political Editor at Weekly Planet...Be the first to comment
WMNF spoke with Rod Smith today. We began our conversation with the State Senator from Gainsville and Democratic candidates by asking about an incident yesterday at a Miami-Dade County Labor Day event.
Smith ripped into Davis for voting against providing compensation for 2 wrongfully convicted black men. That's when a black activist who supports Davis began heckling Smith, telling him to stop "race-baiting".
WMNF asked Senator Smith about the incident (roll tape#1 o.q."ef...Be the first to comment
09/05/06 SeÃ¡n Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
Yesterday in the Channelside district near the Port of Tampa a Labor Day rally was held to end the Cuban embargo and to call attention to the campaign of Al Fox. Fox is a candidate for the 11th Congressional District, the seat Jim Davis is vacating.
Forty people held signs supporting Al Fox and calling for an end to the Cuban Embargo. One of the speakers at the rally was community historian Maura Barrios who spoke about why she thinks the embargo is unjust.
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Ari Schoenbrun joined Marc and Kevin on the Sunday Simcha via telephone interview. On September 11, 2001 Schoenbrun was on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center when the first of the two terrorist-hijacked airplanes hit the structure. He describes what it felt like, what was going through his head, and how he got out. Schoenbrun's entire office was wiped out, none survived. Schoenbrun also told of the woman that was severely injured that he was able to help out of the building. A last...Be the first to comment
Poverty â€“ One Year After Katrina HEATHER BOUSHEY, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Center for Economic Policy Research, Research Affiliate with the National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and on the editorial review board of WorkingUSA and the Journal of Poverty. On this Labor Day weekend, are there any links between the non-recovery of New Orleans, those who have gone from â€œwelfare poorâ€? to the â€œworking poor,â€? and increasing disparity...Be the first to comment
Is Florida Prepared for a Major Hurricane? ANN HOUCK, co-founder, Council of Civic Associations, Inc.. With sea levels rising, what about storm surge? Evacuation routes? Development in flood plain? Could Florida handle the big one? http://www.peer.org/chapters/fl.php.Be the first to comment
Does Losing a City Teach Anything? â€“ Katrina: The Failures of Success
ZOE CHAFE, Staff Researcher, World Watch Institute. â€œKatrina was much more than a natural event; human hands played a role in the damage and in the stormâ€™ equally disastrous aftermath,â€? writes former New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter John McQuaid in the latest issue of World Watch magazine, devoted to unraveling the factors that exacerbated the impact of Hurricane Katrina. We will discuss the...Be the first to comment
Amy Boyd and The Fallopian Tubes Support Womenâ€™s Energy Bank
PAT THE PLUMBER, Editor, Womynâ€™s Words. Pat will talk about the upcoming fundraiser to support Womynâ€™s Words, established in 1983 and the oldest gay publication in Florida. The Fallopian Tubes will open for comedienne Amy Boyd, Saturday, September 23, 7:30 pm, King of Peace MCC. FMI or tickets: Pat the Plumber, 727-3223-5706 or Patty Petruff, 941-747-1789. www.trampproductons.com.Be the first to comment
Today in Tampa, a forum for Hillsborough County School Board candidates presented some interesting choices for voters â€“ from experienced incumbents seeking re-election to a teenager who hasnâ€™t even graduated high school yet.
ACT: Logan Cobb
That was XXX High School senior Logan Cobb speaking at a Tiger Bay of Tampa luncheon about what makes him stand out from the rest of school board hopefuls.
For district 2, Cobb is running against Candy Olson, the m...Be the first to comment