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Voters go to the polls today listen

08/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Update: a March 11, 2009 St. Petersburg Times article says that Buddy Johnson's office used taxpayer money to pay Michelle Patty.

Today is the primary election in Florida. Voters are choosing school board members, judges and who will represent their parties in Legislative and County Commission races.

In Hillsborough and 14 other counties across the state that had used touch-screen voting machines are using optical-scan mach...

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Sarasota moves to get land for ballpark listen

08/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Sarasota County Commission today approved the purchase of property next to Payne Park that gets them and the city one step closer to possibly building a spring training baseball park that would lure the Boston Red Sox to town.

The Commission unanimously approved the $4.8 million plan, although there was reluctance upon the part of Commissioner Shannon Staub because the Commission did not have the appraisal for the land on paper.

The $4.8 million purchase price has been the subject...

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Florida delegates insist party will unite listen

08/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

The Democratic Convention begins its second night in Denver and tonight the focus will be on Hillary Clinton’s speech, scheduled to begin at 10:30 eastern time.

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, running for the U.S. Senate this year, will give the keynote address. But all eyes will be on the former first lady, who ran a historic primary race with almost as many votes as Barack Obama won, but lost out among the superdelegates who ultimately were slated to decide the nomination.

Clinton’s...

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Amethyst Initiative ignites debate on legal drinking age listen

08/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month 100 college and university presidents and chancellors banded together to encourage a national discussion to reconsider the legal drinking age. The Amethyst Initiative contends that the “21 year-old drinking age is not working, and … has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses.”

Don Eastman, president of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, wrote an opinion piece in Monday’s St. Petersburg Times supporting a dialog about how to prevent alcohol-related death...

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Pinellas-Pasco citizens will elect two judges listen

08/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Voters throughout the Tampa Bay Area will vote tomorrow in local primary elections.

In Pinellas and Pasco Counties , citizens will vote in two judicial races.

In Group 6, there are three candidates. Bruce Howie is a Clearwater attorney who has worked in the legal field since the late 1970s. He graduated from Boston University College of Law in 1978. WMNF spoke with him recently in Tampa.

Mary Handsel has worked for 18 years in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office, beginning t...

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Does it always have to be about the Clintons? listen

08/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the website of The New Republic magazine today, former Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson writes that it’s up to Barack Obama to pay more respect to the Clintons this week as a way to mend the rift in the party.

Wolfson writes, “That there is still work to do on the Bill Clinton front. He feels like the Obama campaign ran against and systemically dismissed his administration’s accomplishments. And he feels like he was painted as a racist during the primary process.”
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McCain camp concerned more registering as Democrats listen

08/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Recent polls in Florida show the race between Barack Obama and John McCain to be close, with McCain up in most major polls. That comes despite the fact that Obama has spent more than $5 million to run more than 7,000 ads on network television in the state; McCain hasn’t spent a dime.

The Obama team has set up 32 local offices statewide and hired hundreds of staffers. McCain has set up nearly as many offices here.

Buzz Jacobs is John McCain’s regional campaign director for the Southeast...

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Title IX, opportunities for women in sports

08/23/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Libby Sharrow of the Malponeme Research Institute talked about Title IX and its effect on women's opportunities and the constant efforts to overturn Title IX.

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Feminism and the 2008 election

08/23/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Katha Pollitt, a writer for The Nation, talked about women, particularly Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.

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Addison Harden on women in politics

08/23/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Addison Harden talked about the difficulties for women in entering and being involved in politics.

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Feminist Author Jessica Valenti on Sexual Double Standards

08/22/08 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Feminist Writer Jessica Valenti published her second book earlier this summer entitled He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan spoke with the author in a two part interview about her new book on sexual double standards.

Stay tuned for the second half of that interview on Monday nights’ Evening News.

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Tampa firefighters get a raise

08/22/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Hall was the hot spot for controversy today as hundreds crammed into the building to hear the City Council’s verdict about the much disputed firefighters’ pay raise. Over the past year, both the city administration and the firefighters' union have debated endlessly in an attempt to agree on a one-year contract that would satisfy both sides.

After pushing for a combined 10 percent pay raise, the city council voted unanimously to give the firefighters' union a 5 percent salary ra...

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Uhurus react to police suspensions listen

08/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two St. Petersburg Police officers were suspended Thursday for allowing their personal feelings to influence a decision to tow a truck in June.

The parked truck displayed posters supporting Javon Dawson, who had been shot and killed by a police officer a week earlier. One officer was suspended without pay for 20 days and the other for seven. Today, WMNF spoke with Nyabinga Dzinbahwe, press secretary for the Uhuru movement.

“I think what would effectively act as a deterrent for police o...

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Martinez on Tropical Storm Fay listen

08/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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WMNF asked Florida Sen. Mel Martinez about the effects of Tropical Storm Fay on the state.

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Martinez: Keep military presence in Iraq listen

08/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida Sen. Mel Martinez told WMNF this morning he hopes there will be a U.S. military presence in Iraq, even after the 2011 withdrawal date stipulated in the Status of Forces Agreement.

“It’s the benefit, or the real yield, that has come as a result of what our troops have done down there so competently, led by General Petraeus.”

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