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Hillary Clinton's pollster on "micro-trends"

10/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillary Clinton said today that "all options must remain on the table" if Iran does not comply with nuclear nonproliferation requirements.

In an article in Foreign Affairs Magazine, the New York senator says the U.S. should be prepared to offer incentives if Tehran curtails its nuclear weapons plans, renounces sponsorship of terrorism, supports Middle East peace and plays a constructive role in Iraq.

Clinton argues that the U.S. must make a serious diplomatic effort with Iran.

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Lawmakers consider several tax-cut plans listen

10/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lawmakers continued to debate a proposed property tax cutting package in Tallahassee today.

The tentative proposal would allow seniors with household incomes under $24,000 to be exempt from property taxes. First-time homebuyers would receive additional cuts in taxes for the first several years of home ownership.

Other changes would make it easier for homeowners to challenge property assessments.

If voters were to approve the measure that would go before them in January, the amount of...

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Claim: South Africans were better off during apartheid listen

10/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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South Africa politician Mfanelo Skwatsha will be St. Petersburg tomorrow night.

Skwatsha is a member of the National Executive Council of the Pan Africanist Congress. The Pan Africanist Congress was formed in 1959 as a breakaway from the African Nationalist Congress, which is the dominant party now in South Africa, and is the political home of Nelson Mandela.

The party currently holds three seats in the National Assembly.

South Africa was gripped by racial segregation under its apart...

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Lawmakers urged to overturn health insurance veto listen

10/12/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This year, Congress passed legislation expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

The Democrats, who control Congress, passed the legislation with significant support from Republicans. It would add $35-billion to SCHIP over five years, allowing an additional four million children to join the program.

But on Oct. 3, President Bush vetoed the legislation. An attempt to override the president's veto is expected on Oct. 18.

The Senate appears to have the two-thirds ...

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Sarasota official slams lawmakers over tax cuts listen

10/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night WMNF heard from a rental property owner and a representative from Canada, two people who say that the proposed new constitutional amendment on property taxes still will do nothing to help provide tax relief.

In working to give Florida homeowners property tax relief, state legislators have dismissed complaints from local officials about the mandatory budget cuts imposed earlier this year, and those still to come if the proposed amendment is approved in next January.

Sarasota ...

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Jim Davis joins battle to stop same sex marriage ban listen

10/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group battling a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Florida has hired former Tampa Congressman Jim Davis as an honorary co-chairman.

Davis has joined Florida Red & Blue, an independent, nonpartisan group organized to stop Florida from becoming the latest state to pass a ban on gay marriage.

In terms of fundraising, the group is doing better than the group it is battling, Florida4Marriage. That group still has not collected enough signatures to prese...

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Protesters greet Bush at St. Pete airport listen

10/12/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Air Force One carrying President Bush touched down at St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport about 9:45 this morning.

Bush was in town to raise money for the Republican National Committee at a fundraiser at the Pinellas Park home of developer Brent Sembler. Almost 100 protesters greeted the president, including 79-year-old Bud Holle, whose son John was killed in 1969 in the Vietnam War.

Michael Freincle has a brother serving in Iraq and told WMNF why he was protesting President...

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Pinellas County makes 198 voters 'inactive'

10/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida election law dictates that when a citizen moves within a county, you must notify your Supervisor of Elections office. otherwise, you are not considered an active voter.

What that means is that if you moved from Largo to St. Petersburg within the past year and didn’t notify the county, you could only vote in next January’s primary election by filling out a provisional ballot.

Maggie Hall from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office said today that 198 voters have b...

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Cool response to new property tax cut plan

10/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Gov. Charlie Crist enthusiastically endorsed a compromise plan to cut $11-billion in property taxes today. But House Speaker Marco Rubio continues to downplay the proposal.

Although some aspects of the plan – such as preserving the Save Our Homes tax cap, making it portable, and doubling the homestead exemption to $50,000 - are receiving a positive reaction, many citizens say overall it still doesn’t address their huge property tax bills.

One constituency which says they still will...

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Group pushes for civil rights for the blind

10/11/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Marion Gwizdala, president of the East Hillsborough Chapter National Federation of the Blind of Florida, joined us for this segment to talk about the organization; discrimination and false assumptions against blind people; the high rate of unemployment; the need to study braille; reading services for the blind; and the upcoming traffic deomnstration in Brandon to mark "White Cane Safety Day."

Plus, Marion graced us by performing a song written about the National Federation of the Blind. ...

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USF Tampa campus looking to go green

10/11/07 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Later today at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, a student group is meeting to try to galvanize support for an eco-friendly campus. The group was born of concerns that USF lagged behind other campuses in sustainable development.

According to the Oracle, to date, USF has no green-building initiatives, while the University of Florida has eight green buildings in construction, Florida State University has a Sustainable Campus Committee and the University of Central Florida i...

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Report details troubled waters in Florida

10/11/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The nonprofit group Environment Florida released a report today revealing that many polluters in Florida repeatedly violate federal clean water laws. The report is called Troubled Waters: An analysis of Clean Water Act compliance.

Environment Florida used a Freedom of Information Act request to get data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding all major facilities across the country that exceeded their Clean Water Act permits in 2005.

Two Tampa Bay area counties, Hillsbo...

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Bipolar Awareness Day is observed

10/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Currently, 10 million Americans live with bipolar disorder. For them, life feels incredible one day, hopeless the next.

As part of the National Alliance on Mental Ilness’ annual Mental Illness Awareness Week, today is Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day. The aim is to increase awareness of bipolar disorder, reduce stigma and minimize the impact on those with the disorder.

Eric Arauz was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995, and has a family history of mental illness. Arauz said he deal...

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SEIU, others want health care takeover scrutinized

10/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today in South Florida, a coalition of health care workers, seniors and politicians announced a plan to fight for heightened scrutiny of the takeover of health care provider Manor Care by the global buyout giant the Carlyle Group.

Carlyle is one of the biggest private-equity firms in the world, with $76-billion under management. But much of this $6.3-billion acquisition is debt – an alarming concern for health care advocates who say firms like Carlyle have cut costs, increased profits ...

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Ruling: It's not a crime to feed the hungry

10/10/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Tuesday, Eric Montanez, a member of Orlando Food Not Bombs, was found not guilty of serving food to the homeless without a permit.

Montanez was arrested April 4 in downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park for violating an ordinance enacted last year by the city requiring a permit for “large group feedings” of more than 24 people.

Food Not Bombs routinely shares vegetarian and vegan food with large numbers of homeless people in cities throughout Florida and the world.

Montanez plea...

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