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Poll: Politicians should fight global warming listen

04/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new poll released today shows broad support across all parties for federal legislation requiring cuts in global warming pollution to combat climate change.

The survey, conducted by Republican pollster Whit Ayres, found that a majority of voters of all political persuasions want Republicans to work with Democrats.

Jerry Karnas, Florida Climate Project Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, says the results show that Floridians of all stripes want leaders who want to proactively...

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Interview with political columnist Mark Shields

04/03/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)

Our guest is syndicated columnist and PBS News Hour panelist Mark Shields. He'll be speaking in Sarasota on April 7.

The event sponsor, Forum Truth for a Change, is a Sarasota organization that brings speakers and events to the Southwest Florida area to enlighten and provoke thoughtful dialogues about today's issues. The forum has put on nearly 60 speakers over the past four years.

Mark Shields has been on the political playing field since Robert F. Kennedy ran for president in 1968...

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Tampa grapples with contracting ordinance listen

04/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members today heard from a Chicago-based attorney with expertise in equal opportunity contracting, as they continue their journey to create an ordinance that would increase the city’s contracts with minority and women-owned businesses.

The attempt to create such an ordinance has been an issue with the city for nearly two years, ever since a recommendation from a consultant highlighted the disparity in local minority and women-owned businesses and prime contracts.

Co...

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USF may consolidate some departments listen

04/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of severe budget cuts at the University of South Florida, the Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) departments may be consolidated into a single school.

But some faculty members from those programs think politics are playing as much of a role in the decision as finances. The consolidation could mean a loss of independence and resources for those programs.

Harry E. Vanden is a professor of Government and In...

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A tale of two pastors

04/03/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today is a tale of two pastors. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have connections to controversial religious figures. We’ll hear about both on the first part of today’s program and then we’ll open the phone lines to get your comments.

Thousands gathered at a Chicago church earlier this week to honor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor who's been at the center of a media storm since snippets of his sermons showed him denouncing America for allegedly racist and ...

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Tampa Council approves museum, park renovations listen

04/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today unanimously approved $37 million in contracts for the construction of a new Museum of Art and an expanded Curtis Hixon Park. But the vote was not without controversy.

The problem for a couple of Council members was the mayor's decision to put the projects in one resolution, when city staff had said last year said that the projects would be voted on separately.

Public Works and Utilities Administrator Steve Dagnault said at one time the thought was one of th...

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Rising power of the youth vote

04/02/08 Robert Lorei
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Our guest Michael Connery is author of Youth To Power: How Today’s Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow’s Progressive Majority.

Contact Michael Connery at his website.

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New centrist political blog now online listen

04/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For political junkies, there is a cornucopia of websites and blogs on the internet for information and opinion.

Many of those sites that are “Old Media” are ideological in tone – such as Daily Kos and the Huffington Post on the left, and National Review and Hugh Hewitt on the right.

Now there’s a new website that’s trying to provide open discussion from both sides of the aisle. It’s called RedBlueAmerica.Com, and is written and edited by two men – Joel Mathis, also known a...

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Truckers strike in Tampa to protest fuel prices listen

04/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the second day in a row, independent truckers were on strike in Tampa today protesting high diesel fuel prices and stagnant incomes. About 50 truck owner-operators demonstrated on Causeway Boulevard in front of the Port of Tampa.

David Santiago is a truck owner-operator. Santiago is striking because he wants the companies who hire independent truckers to pay them more.

“We just came together, we sat down and said, hey enough is enough, we can’t make it any more. I’m sure McDo...

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Developers halt construction on Cypress Creek mall listen

04/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Construction has been halted on the troubled Cypress Creek Town Center in Wesley Chapel.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had suspended the wetlands infill permit on Feb. 1 after storm water runoff polluted Cypress Creek, which is a tributary for the Hillsborough River, where the city of Tampa gets its drinking water. It was the second time the Army Corps had inspected such runoff. But despite that, construction had continued, until now.

Michelle Seifert is associated vice president of ...

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Hillsborough Commission hears plan for homeless listen

04/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today homeless advocates came before the Hillsborough County Commission to see if they could help fund a program that will provide the homeless with voice mail and identification, that will help them gain employment.

Dr. Tom Atchison is pastor of the New Life Pentecostal Church of God and New Beginnings of Tampa, and vice president of HOPE, the Hillsborough Organization of Progress and Equality. He asked commissioners to make an initial commitment of $125,000, which they say would pay fo...

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Parents push schools to go green listen

04/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of environmentally conscious parents and educators has formed in Hillsborough County to encourage schools to go green. This Environmental Improvement Force met today to share their accomplishments and ideas for upcoming initiatives with Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The Environmental Improvement Force met at the Jan Platt Library in South Tampa. Leslie Farrell, chairman and founder, described the group's mission.

“We’re a nonpolitical, no...

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State lawmakers say CSX deal smells bad listen

04/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, the state Department of Transportation said the price of purchasing 61 miles of CSX track near Orlando and relocating a rail yard to Winter Haven had increased by a third. The cost to taxpayer, originally estimated at $491-million two years ago, is now at supposed to cost $650-million.

It’s just the latest bit of questionable news for a project that was created in secrecy by Gov. Jeb Bush back in 2004. The money to pay for the project is to come from money previously earmarked...

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Truckers protest gas prices in Tampa listen

04/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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About 70 truckers lined up their rigs on 22nd Street near Causeway Boulevard in Tampa this morning to protest high fuel prices. They were joining a loosely formed national protest, hoping to pressure President Bush to stabilize prices by using the nation’s oil reserves.

Lakeland resident Jen Coolidge says she and her husband have been in the trucking business for more than 40 years combined, and it’s never been harder than right now to be an independent truck driver.

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MPO thwarts bid to fire executive director listen

04/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization today rejected an initial motion by County Commissioner Mark Sharpe to fire MPO Executive Director Lucie Ayer.

But Sharpe’s move – which blindsided some MPO members when his intentions were reported this morning in the Tampa Tribune, ultimately led to a calm, two-hour discussion about the board’s goals in trying to bring mass transit to the region.

But Sharpe was on the spot as the meeting began, and was called out imme...

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