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Another Democrat sues over delegates listen

11/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A Mason Dixon poll released Monday revealed that a fifth of all of those surveyed said they were less likely to vote for a Democrat who pledged not to campaign in Florida because of the state’s early primary date.

Pollster Brad Coker said those numbers indicate that the decision by most of the Democratic candidates not to campaign before the Jan. 29 presidential primary "could come back to hurt the party in the general election."

Controversy over the Democratic National Committee’s dec...

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Research group addresses toy safety listen

11/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite numerous toy recalls this year, hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, says a message in a 55-page report called Trouble in Toyland.

The 22nd Annual Survey of Toy Safety was released by the Florida Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) this morning at Children’s Choice Learning Center at Tampa General Hospital.

Florida PIRG, along with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and a local pediatrician, spoke about some of the report’s findings and what consumers can do to make...

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Rally for at-risk youth set for Dec. 1 in Tampa listen

11/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A week from Saturday, a Youth Crime Prevention event called "Don't Do It" will be held in Tampa’s Copeland Park.

"Don’t Do It" is being sponsored by officials with the Ministry of Spirit and Truth International in Tampa.

Gregory Lockett is a homeless advocate who now works for the Church. Lockett says it’s critically important for adults to be able to educate young people about life’s challenges before they succumb to their emotions and end up in trouble.

Bishop Saughhanto Austin ...

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Report: Floridians need more tax reform listen

11/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A study released today by 2 Miami-based social service organizations shows just how much Floridians pay for housing, healthcare, childcare and other basic needs, and how in many cases, it simply isn’t enough.

The Human Services Coalition along with the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, produced the report, called Blueprint for Prosperity: 2007 Self Suffiency Standard.

Diana Pearce, author of the report, said the standard was somewhat similar to what is referred to as the Federal Poverty Le...

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Private security personnel to patrol USF campus listen

11/19/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month, University of South Florida students concerned about a lack of security on campus protested in the administration building and asked the university to hire more police.

About eight University Police positions are vacant, in part because officers leave for to work in nearby police departments like Hillsborough County or Tampa, where they can earn much higher salaries. But USF has hired AlliedBarton Security, a private security company, to provide unarmed officers for the campus,...

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How to simplify airline security checks listen

11/19/07 John Gillmore
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Get helpful advice from an actual airline security screener on how to make the airline security process easier on you in this busy holiday season.

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AG backs strict law on drug grow houses listen

11/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Grow houses are where home-grown marijuana operations set up. They’re usually owned by one person and rented by another to use as a "greenhouse" for growing pot.

Under current Florida law, growers can be charged as traffickers only if they grow more than 300 plants; but a new law that two Florida Republicans plan to introduce in the Legislature would lower the requirement to 25 plants.

The “Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act,” would also create a new penalty for those who live in or a...

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Group: Higher CAFE standards save money listen

11/19/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In June, the Senate passed H.R. 6, its version of the energy bill, that includes increased fuel standards for automobiles and light trucks. This is the first time in more than 30 years that either branch of Congress has passed an increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

A new report by Environment America details how much oil and money residents of each state would save if the Senate version of the energy bill becomes law. This afternoon, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with A...

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State pact with Seminoles not a done deal listen

11/16/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Just day after Florida penned a historic 25-year agreement with the Seminole Tribe to expand gambling at casinos, questions remain if the deal will actually hold.

Top state legislator such as House Speaker Marco Rubio and Democratic Senate leader Steven Geller insist that the Legislature must approve the deal.

But Gov. Charlie Crist disagrees. Crist spokesman George LeMieux said earlier this week that the "pact intentionally has no provisions infringing on the Legislature’s authority."...

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Hometown Democracy vs. Save Our Constitution listen

11/16/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The primary opponent and supporter of the proposed Florida Hometown Democracy constitutional amendment debated this afternoon at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa. If it makes it to the ballot and if 60 percent of voters support it, the Florida Hometown Democracy amendment would require that voters approve any changes to local land use plans.

Lesley Blackner is an environmental attorney who is promoting the Florida Hometown Democracy amendment effort pro bono. Her opponent in the Tiger Bay deba...

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Max Linn on Bill Young and pork spending listen

11/16/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Last Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times, longtime Pinellas Congressman C.W. Bill Young was ripped in a full page ad for his spending.

The ad blared, “Congragulations to Congressman Bill Young for being the #2 most fiscally irresponsible representative in the entire U.S. Congress.”

The ad was paid for by Max Linn, president of Florida Citizens for Term Limits. Linn ran as an independent for governor last year.

The watchdog organization Taxpayers for Common Sense recently called out Yo...

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Democratic House leader visits Tampa listen

11/16/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week, Dan Gelber, House Democratic leader in the Florida Legislature addressed the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Democratic Professionals Council at Mise En Place restaurant in Tampa.

Gelber (D-Miami Beach) talked about working with Charlie Crist, and how it differs from being the top foe of former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena asked Gelber why the Legislature didn’t get that cutting property taxes is severely hurting local governments.

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Hillsborough EPC tables Agriculture exemptions listen

11/15/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) voted this morning to delay its decision on implementing rules providing exemptions that would have let farmers destroy some wetlands on bona fide agricultural properties.

Ten environmentalists spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, raising questions about the rules. The EPC will consider those questions over the next two months and vote on the new rules in January.

Most of the exemptions apply to iso...

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Tampa studys Denver's mass transit system listen

11/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the Tampa Bay area begins taking baby steps toward bringing mass transit to the region, an official that has recently implemented a light-rail system addressed the Tampa City Council today.

Three years ago in Denver, voters approved a transit plan called FasTracks; it was similar to a proposal voters there had previously rejected.

Cal Marsella, director of the Regional Transit District in Denver, told the Tampa City Council some of the reasons why the measure passed in 2004, after fa...

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Florida budget woes continue listen

11/15/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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State economists in Tallahassee yesterday said that the the state will lose $2.5-billion from next year's budget. They also said state tax collections are down for the second straight year.

This is the first time since the early 1970s that the state has recorded two consecutive years of declining income.

Gov. Charlie Crist told reporters yesterday that the disappointing news is another reason Floridians should vote for the constitutional amendment on property taxes next year. Crist said...

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