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No match, No Vote law causes confusion listen

09/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Proponents of Florida’s new “No Match, No Vote” law say it is a way to make sure that only people who are eligible should be able to cast a ballot on Election Day. The law says that a person’s name and identification numbers must match exactly in order to be eligible to vote.

But civil rights and voters’ rights group say the law is a political tool designed to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

Bill Newton, executive director of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) call...

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Realtor upbeat about housing condition listen

09/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Nancy Riley was the 2007 president of the Florida Association of Realtors, and currently works with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Pinellas County.

Riley is also a Republican State Committeewoman, and served on the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission in Tallahassee earlier this year.

WMNF asked Riley, who supports the bill, if that disappointed her.

In the Tampa Bay area, only Republican Adam Putnam voted for the bailout legislation yesterday on Capitol Hill.

Tampa a...

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Professor Juan Cole on Iraq and the election

09/30/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, an interview with Juan Cole, a history professor from the University of Michigan who writes an influential blog covering the Middle East called “Informed Comment”.

We’ll also hear about the CLIP film festival- formerly the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which gets under way this week.

But first- five listener comments about last Thursday’s program in which we featured a sp...

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Board of Education holds workshop on strategic plan listen

09/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Board of Education held a workshop today at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Facing state revenue shortfalls that could affect education budgets, the Board reviewed a draft of a new strategic plan for the state’s education system.

The state Board of Education will submit its 2009-2010 legislative budget request to Gov. Charlie Crist on Oct. 15, Commissioner Eric J. Smith said.

The Board of Education examined aspects of the new strategic plan that Commissioner Smith called “cr...

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Uhurus embrace Green Party candidates listen

09/29/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Uhurus held their 17th annual convention in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Presidential and vice presidential candidates from all of the political parties were invited to debate at the event, but only Green Party vice presidential nominee, Rosa Clemente, participated.

Socialist Party presidential nominee Brian Moore was scheduled to participate in a discussion panel with Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, but cancelled his appearance right before the two-day conventi...

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Clinton fundraiser blasts Obama, backs McCain

09/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Among the legions of Hillary Clinton supporters who have said they will not support Barack Obama for president, none has seemingly gathered more media attention than Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

Rothschild is a member of the DNC's Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York. She was one of Clinton's top fundraisers, bringing in more than $100,000 for her presidential campaign. Rothschild built a multimillion-dollar telecommunications company before marrying i...

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Nelson: Bailout legislation not good enough listen

09/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Sen. Bill Nelson was one of a group of 10 senators – both Democratic and Republican – who sent a letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd of Connecticut last week, demanding certain elements be placed in the legislation voted down in the House this afternoon.

Nelson said today there were items in the bill that the House voted on that he could not support. WMNF asked Nelson to discuss his specific objections to the bill.

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Bill to repeal ban on internet gambling still alive listen

09/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Earlier this month, the House Financial Services Committee voted to require federal agencies to define unlawful internet gambling before completing regulations to enforce a ban against it.

However, house leaders did not schedule a vote before the entire House of Representatives before it adjourned today. When it does come before the House, it is expected to provide momentum to efforts to roll back an internet gambling ban in Congress next year.

Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Massac...

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Health care system in critical condition?

09/27/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Heather Courtney the director-producer of Critical Condition, a film which discusses the condition of the health care system in this country. It follows four patients through their treatment or lack thereof and examines the effects on their recovery. Particularly heartbreaking was the story of a women with ovarian cancer and the terrible consequences of losing her health insurance.

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What Amendent 2 would do

09/27/08 Mary Glenney;Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rebecca Steele and Nadine Smith discussed Amendment 2 on the November ballot and various challenges that could arise from its passage. We also discussed various measures that have been passed to give some partner benefits to same-sex and unmarried co-habiting couples. Steele is executive director of the Southeast section of the ACLU and Smith is executive director of Equality Florida.

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Implosion of the economy

09/27/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Ellen Frank, professor of economy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, discusses the present state of the economy, the history as she sees this dilmena, and measures that can be taken to help.

She is author of Raw Deal, and feels the average American is very much getting a raw deal.

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TBARTA considers sales tax for transit listen

09/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The bay area’s transit board met today in Tampa. One topic the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) covered was long-term funding for regional transportation projects.

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, chair of TBARTA’s funding and finance committee, suggested two ways to fund TBARTA long-term: One is through part of a surcharge on rental cars that now goes to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT); another is through an increase in sales tax. Hibbard said T...

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Busansky on Buddy Johnson's no-show at Tiger Bay listen

09/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week WMNF aired a debate at the Tiger Bay Club in Tampa featuring candidates running for political office in Hillsborough County.

Democrat Phyllis Busansky is challenging GOP incumbent Buddy Johnson for supervisor of elections – but Johnson did not appear at last week’s forum. WMNF asked Busansky about his absence.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

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Bankruptcy judge weighs in on bailout proposal listen

09/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As Congress continued to work on a plan to bail out Wall Street, some Democrats have insisted that it makes no sense to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on toxic mortgages without also extending aid to households at risk of losing their homes.

To that end, they’ve inserted a plan to allow bankruptcy judges re-write mortgage-loan terms for struggling homeowners.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherine Peak McEwen in Tampa says the plan is intriguing.

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Newton reacts to mayor’s flip-flop on curbside recycling listen

09/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has reversed his long-held position and will now support a Pinellas County proposal to bring curbside recycling to his city. The county’s program will not cost residents because it will be funded by a surplus in revenues generated by solid waste collection.

Before today’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting in St. Petersburg, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke today with City Council member Wengay Newton, to get his reaction to Baker’s change of heart.

“I t...

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