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Crist extends early voting hours listen

10/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With record turnout in early voting through the first week, Gov. Charlie Crist today signed an executive order extending the hours at early voting sites thoughout the state.

Last week, the entire Florida Congressional delegation wrote to Crist, requesting that he extend early voting hours. That letter came after reports of voters waiting as long as four hours in line. On Tuesday, Crist wasn't willing to make the call.

Nearly 2 million people in Florida have already cast ballots ahead of...

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Interview with presidential candidate Ralph Nader

10/28/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today on WMNF's Radioactivity we heard an interview with Ecology Party President Ralph Nader. He'll be speaking at a campaign rally tonight at the Cuban Club in Tampa's Ybor City at 6:30 p.m.

Nader talked about the reasons he he is running, why the Green Party failed to blossom after his 2000 race, how to grow a third party, his issues with the Democratic Party, what he thought of the Wall Street bailout, the war in Iraq, health care and the World Series.

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Eddie Adams Jr. tries to unseat Castor listen

10/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Bay area Congressional Democrat Kathy Castor is running for re-election next week, and her opponent is Eddie Adams Jr., the same Republican she beat in 2006.

Florida’s 11th Congressional District consists of most of the city of Tampa and its suburbs, and the shoreline of south eastern Hillsborough County. It also includes South St. Petersburg and neighborhoods in and around Bradenton.

In an interview with WMNF Monday morning, Adams tied Castor in with the current Congress, which...

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Hungarian Festival held in Sarasota listen

10/27/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hungarian Festival in Sarasota was a unique opportunity for Floridians to enjoy Hungarian food and culture for a day. The Global Friendship Foundation organized the Hungarian Day in Sarasota on Oct. 26.

The vice president of the foundation, Zsolt Szekely, said that there hasn’t been a Hungarian Festival in Sarasota for 19 years. About 800 people, mostly Americans, attended the first Hungarian Festival last year, this year about 1,500 people enjoyed the Hungarian culture and gastro...

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Festival of Reading held at USF St. Petersburg listen

10/27/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The 16th Annual St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading was held at USF St. Peterburg on Saturday. Notable speakers, avid readers and book vendors crowded the streets near downtown and transformed the campus into a marketplace for literary lovers.

Visitors to the festival had access to more than 50 authors there to promote and discuss their books within the lecture halls of the waterfront campus. Among those who participated included Jay Allison, a journalist and producer for public broa...

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Clergy protests Amendment 2

10/27/08 Emily Reddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Voters in California, Arizona, and Florida will decide in eight days whether to add language to their state constitutions that would make same-sex marriage illegal. Here in Florida, opponents believe the language of the measure could pertain to heterosexual unions as well.

Some religious groups have supported these constitutional amendments, but in Tampa a group of clergy led a rally Sunday in opposition to Florida’s Amendment 2.

A heavily same-sex crowd of about 500 gathered in...

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Florida faces critical nursing shortage listen

10/27/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is only expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the demand for health care grows. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the shortage in the U.S. could reach as high as a half million by 2025.

Florida is especially hard hit with a current shortfall of 13,000, according to the state-funded Florida Center for Nursing. Two contributing factors have created a kind of Catch 22. On one hand, enroll...

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Civil Rights groups continue to fight No Match, No Vote listen

10/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One full week into early voting, and a week to go before the general election, attorneys for two civil rights organizations who unsuccessfully tried to prevent Florida’s, “No Match, No Vote” law from going into effect spoke today about the implementation of the legislation so far.

“No Match, No Vote” mandates local supervisors of election deny voters the chance to complete a regular ballot, if there are problems with their identification being matched against a state or federal...

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Former County Commissioner: Renew ELAPP listen

10/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the ballot Tuesday in Hillsborough County is a proposal to renew a local land preservation Program known as the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).

The referendum asks voters to approve $200 million in bonds for land acquisition, but unless approved, it will end in 2011. Supporters say the amount Hillsborough homeowners would pay amounts to $27 a year for a home assessed at $300,000. One public official who was critical of getting the program up and running...

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Palin speaks at rally in Tampa listen

10/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With just a little over a week to go before the election, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin made a campaign appearance in Tampa yesterday morning.

A crowd estimated at around 5,000 showed up for the rally, which began shortly before noon. Among the local politicians that warmed up the partisan crowd was Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe.

Palin was then introduced by Elizabeth Hasselback, the conservative member of the ABC talk show, The View. Hasselback bashe...

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A discussion of womens' political status

10/25/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Eleanor Schmeal, executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, discussed issues and postions of various women congressional and senatorial candidates. She also discussed the positions of Barack Obama and John McCain. She also analyzed the present sense of feminism particularly in the light of the Sarah Pallin nomination.

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A talk with candidate Phyllis Busansky

10/25/08 Mary Glenney & Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Phyllis Busansky, who is running for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, came in and discussed her campaign and the importance of every vote counting and also the importance of voting in a democracy.

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A look at Amendment 2

10/25/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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We discussed the various ramifications of the proposed Amendment 2 on the upscoming November ballot with Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.

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Book Babes at Reading Festival

10/25/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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We discussed with Margo Hammond and Ellen Heltzeltheir new book: Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Reading Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. We discussed the various categorizations in the book and the resons for the choices of the books. It was a fun and informative discussion with two book babes who indeed love books.

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Obama campaign optimistic about Florida listen

10/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Key strategists for the Barack Obama campaign team spoke on a conference call today, where they sounded confident, both about the polls in key battleground states as well as the number of Democrats who have already voted in early voting.

Today the co-chairman of John McCain's campaign, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, said that unless McCain wins Pennsylvania, “I don’t think he is elected president.”

But Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the math will be hard for McCain...

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