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McCain's plan to eliminate deficit in 2013 draws support listen

07/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In discussing his economic plan yesterday, John McCain said he’s going to cut the deficit out entirely in his term in office- and says he’ll do it by ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan or "by winning it." The conflicts have cost U.S. taxpayers $100 billion a year.

Steve Forbes is editor in chief of Forbes magazine and an economic advisor to John McCain. We asked him if what McCain is proposing is possible.

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Report card: Florida has more A and B schools listen

07/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida schools posted a record number of A's and B's this year in school grades that were announced today, but a majority of them also failed to meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The number of failing schools in the state dropped from 302 to 199; but 76% failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the Federal education law, up from 67 percent last year.

Last week, Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings included Florida in a group of six states i...

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Democratic group angry at Obama listen

07/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Debate on amending the controversial FISA bill in the Senate began today, though votes on the bill and three different amendments won’t happen until tomorrow.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama has angered some of his supporters in recent weeks by agreeing to vote for the GOP-sponsored amendments to FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

On Obama's own social networking website, a group of supporters lobbying the senator for a "no" vote on the FISA amendments have a...

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The impending collapse of the middle class

07/08/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up today a powerful talk by Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren about the financial risks facing America’s middle class. But first a listener comment about last Thursday’s program. We got into another discussion about a possible attack by the U.S. against Iran. Here’s what one listener had to say.

Coming up next a speech by Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor. Warren writes that “the American middle-class fami...

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Disney considers itself exempt from gun law listen

07/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, Florida’s guns-at-work law went into effect. This means that in most cases, employers can’t forbid their employees with concealed-weapons permits to keep guns locked in their cars at work. But Walt Disney World claims that it is exempt from the law.

A late amendment to the bill exempts employers that hold a federal permit to import, manufacture, or deal in explosive materials on their property. Walt Disney World is claiming that it fits into that exemption category.

Repu...

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Meeting could decide whether Red Sox come to Sarasota listen

07/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The move by Sarasota public officials to woo the Boston Red Sox could face a decisive moment next week when the board members of the Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Association meet about a potential land swap.

Sarasota city and county officials want to acquire 66 acres the Fair Board owns for a potential stadium. The land is at Fruitvale Road and Tuttle Avenue. The question is what the Fair Board thinks is an equitable tradeoff.

The Red Sox currently conduct spring training in For...

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Redner tries for elective office for a 7th time listen

07/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair finds himself a marked man this year. The former professional wrestler turned GOP local legislator faces Don Kruse in the August primary – and there are three Democrats who’d love the opportunity to face him in November.

Evironmentalist Dee Layne, financial planner Kevin Beckner, and entrepreneur Joe Redner are also vying for the position. For Redner, it’s his seventh bid for office.

He came closest a year ago, when he lost in a ru...

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Women on Independence Day

07/05/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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History of women in relation to independence.

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Friendship and the pursuit of happiness

07/05/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Glenney talks about the impact the economy is having on "little people" and the impact on family and friends.

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Are Democrats pushing us to war with Iran?

07/05/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Sarah van Gelder, editor of Yes! magazine talks about our actions in Iran and the state of nuclear disarmament.

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Court rejects pact with Seminole Tribe listen

07/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled against Gov. Charlie Crist in the Seminole gaming contract, saying he had no authority "to change or amend state law."

Last November, Crist signed the 25-year deal that gave the tribe exclusive statewide rights to offer games like blackjack and baccarat and the only Las Vegas-style slots outside of South Florida. In return, the state was to receive a portion of at least $100 million in the first year.

Senate President Ken Pruitt said today that the ...

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CFO Sink criticizes hurricane bond deal listen

07/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year, Florida shifted much of the financial risks associated with hurricanes from private insurance companies to the state’s government, in an effort to reduce property insurance rates. Yesterday the state’s Board of Administration voted to take a gamble to spend nearly a quarter-billion dollars in exchange for up to $4 billion in bonds in the event that the state endures a catastrophic hurricane season this year.

One member of the Board of Administration, the state’s Chief Fina...

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Marines to stay in Afghanistan a month longer listen

07/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time.

The Marines said the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is doing combat operations in the volatile south, will stay an extra 30 days and come home in early November rather than October.

The news comes a day after Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that more troops were needed in Afghanistan, but the Pentagon did not h...

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Hurricane home fortification program ending listen

07/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today in Pinellas Park, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and a state senator announced that a program that helps Florida’s residents to fortify their homes against hurricanes is coming to an end. CFO Alex Sink and Sen. Charlie Justice were touting the My Safe Florida Home Program and asking for people to support its continuation.

Sink oversees the Florida Department of Financial Services, which includes the My Safe Florida Home program. She said the program is so popular that there ar...

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Biographer on Roger Ailes - Part II listen

07/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Fox News channel made news yesterday for airing photos of two New York Times staffers that appear to have been doctored to portray the reporters in an unflattering light.

The liberal media watch dog group Media Matters said the photos depicted New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg with yellowed teeth, "his nose and chin widened, and his ears made to protrude further." The other image, of Times television editor Steven Reddicliffe, had similar yellow teeth as well as "dark ci...

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