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Floridians for and against Amendment Two speak about new advances for gay rights listen

06/03/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In a 4-3 vote, California recently overturned a ban on same sex marriages. Shortly after that, New York Gov. David Paterson announced that all marriages performed out of state would be considered legal.

Meanwhile in Florida, an amendment is on the ballot for November that would effectively ban gay marriage and state in the constitution that it be solely between a man and a woman.

Dan Renzi is editor of South Florida’s weekly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual newspaper, *Express...

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Pinellas won't alter human rights protections listen

06/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning in Clearwater, the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners declined to move forward with adding protections based on gender expression or identity to its Human Rights Ordinance. The proposed changes would have protected transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.

The commission voted 3-3 to advertise for a public hearing on the changes, but the proposal failed because it did not have a majority.

Title VII of the Federal Civ...

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Report emphasizes green jobs to come to Florida listen

06/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During this campaign season, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have discussed a way to combat global warming and stimulate job growth is to have an explosion of “green collar" jobs.

But what they?

Today in Tallahassee, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups, including the United Steelworkers, the Sierra Club and the Blue-Green Alliance spoke about a new report on job growth that gains from green investments.

To learn more about the report, visit [bluegreenallia...

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A year in the life of a Brooklyn hospital listen

06/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Granted an unprecedented level of access to the inner workings of a contemporary hospital, bestselling journalist Julie Salamon has written Hospital, a book about a year in the life of Miamondes Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Salamon is perhaps best known for her book, The Devil’s Candy, which examined the making of the film, The Bonfire of the Vanities.

In Hospital, Salamon looks at this facility, which is located in a community where 67 languages are spoken. She captu...

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Will Clam Bayou be dredged? listen

06/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month the Gulfport City Council passed a resolution asking the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) to dredge parts of Clam Bayou. But many citizens oppose the idea of removing sediment from such a large portion of the estuary.

This morning, Swiftmud employees, members of the Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board and city officials toured the navigable portions of Clam Bayou by boat.

The Gulfport City Council’s only vote against the resolution calling for large-sc...

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Tampa Democrat gets a little notoriety

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Megan Foster is a grassroots Tampa Bay area Democrat.

At the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting on Saturday, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson invoked her name when talking about how Florida’s 1.75 million voters who participated in the Jan. 29 primary should have their vote counted.

Foster, who supported the idea of restoring Florida’s delegation with half their votes, thought Nelson was on a different page.

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League of Women Voters on sexism listen

06/02/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In an interview more than a week ago, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with Washington Post reporter Lois Romano about the sexism she has experienced from the media during her campaign.

Saturday in Tampa, WMNF spoke to the Hillsborough County League of Women’s voters about whether they have witnessed gender discrimination toward the senator.

Clinton says more people would be against voting for a woman than black man, which is rarely reported.

Guest speaker and Tampa native Con...

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Tampa Democrat gets a little notoriety

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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During Bill Nelson’s presentation before the Rules and Bylaws Committee, he referred to Florida voters who had been adversely affecting by the DNC’s penalty in taking away Florida’s delegates.

He mentioned Tampa Bay area Democrat Megan Foster. Foster initially thought, however, that her name was being inaccurately invoked, since she herself was supportive of the ultimate decision made by the Rules and Bylaws Committee to split the Congressional delegation in half.

Foster explains ...

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Freedman balks at decision on delegates listen

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman is a strong Hillary Clinton supporter. She attributes the fact that so many superdelegates have chosen Clinton over Barack Obama to the power of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Freedman is not happy with the decision to cut Florida’s congressional delegation in half, and she’s as unhappy as Clinton advisor Harold Ickes about how the delegate breakdown came out in Michigan.

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Buckhorn reviews DNC's decision

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Democrat Bob Buckhorn is a political analyst for Bay News 9 and has been a supporter of Hillary Clinton. His reaction to Saturday’s resolution of the delegate debacle is somewhat ambivalent.

On Sunday, Sen. Clinton won another decisive race against Sen. Barack Obama, this time in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, where Clinton won 68 percent of the vote to Obama's 32 percent. That’s Clinton's third blowout over Obama in the past month, including West Virginia and Kentucky.

At...

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