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Pinellas sheriff candidates debate at Tiger Bay listen

09/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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No punches were pulled today in a debate between three candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.

Former deputy sheriff Randall Jones felt so strongly that he wanted a new boss that he ran for Sheriff. Because of state election laws, that means he had to resign from his job. Jones, a Democrat, did not hide his criticisms of how Sheriff Jim Coats, a Republican, has led. Jones brought up what he called “reckless statements” Coats made earlier this year when fa...

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Activists urge Crist to prevent voter disenfranchisement listen

09/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The group Progress Florida today launched a statewide petition campaign urging Gov. Charlie Crist to prevent what they claim are efforts designed to confuse and disenfranchise voters this election.

Those include reports of possible Voters Caging, and the new “No Match, No Vote” law.

Mark Ferrulo, with Progress Florida, wants Crist to speak out on mailings that were sent to registered Democrats in several Florida counties, including Hillsborough. The mailings say recipients are...

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Congress Watch calls for protections in bailout plan

09/25/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Two nationally recognized citizen groups called on Congress Wednesday to slow down, proceed carefully and incorporate consumer safeguards in any financial bailout plan, including a cap on credit card and mortgage interest rates, public equity in firms receiving bailout funds, and rules that would prevent lobbyists and firms from cashing in on the massive taxpayer handout.

Public Citizen and Consumer Watchdog released a set of recommendations for Congress to consider as it debates a bail...

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Torture of detainees by U.S. blasted

09/25/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, we’ll look at the proposals to bail out the country’s financial sector and we’ll meet a member of Physicians for Human Rights who is a longtime critic of the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s discussion of the Wall Street bail out. Here’s four comments from listeners.

First up today is Nathaniel Raymund, senior investigator with the group Physicians for Human Right...

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Tampa City Council considers river setbacks listen

09/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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At a workshop today, the Tampa City Council discussed expanding setbacks for homeowners who live along the edge of the Hillsborough River.

Currently, setbacks for waterfront lots range from 5 to 20 feet, but city officials are proposing a 30-foot waterfront setback for residential development.

City Councilman Joseph Catano questioned the need for the change.

City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena is leading the charge for the changes. She said that the Hillsborough River Board and the Tam...

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Dr. Sizer talk on Christian Zionism

09/25/08 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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World renowned expert on Christian Zionism Dr. Rev. Stephen Sizer spoke on Monday evening at USF on the topic "American Apocalypse: Are we too anxious for Armageddon?"

Christian Zionism advocates that God decreed that the Jewish people have a divine right to possess the land of Palestine based on Bible interpretation and Old Testament prophecies. They believe the right of the Jewish people is being fulfilled today in the present state of Israel.

Sizer is an Anglican minister, vicar of ...

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Full text and audio of Obama's Dunedin speech listen

09/24/08 Staff report
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF. Read and listen to the full story here.

Here is the full text of Barack Obama's speech, as reported by his campaign:

“We meet here at a time of great uncertainty for America. The era of greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street and in Washington has led us to a financial crisis as serious as any we have faced since the Great Depression. They said they wanted to let the market run free but they let it run wild, and in...

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Obama speaks to 10,000 at Dunedin rally listen

09/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama held a rally today before more than 10,000 fans in a Dunedin baseball stadium. His speech focused on the economy and was strongly critical of his main rival, John McCain.

Hundreds of people were already in line when the doors to Knology Park opened to the public at 10:30 a.m. Some had been waiting for hours. More than three hours later, at about 10 minutes before 2 p.m., Barack Obama took the stage for a 29-minute speech. Obama said the $700 bi...

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Author Susan Edwards gives advice to writers

09/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. Coming up we’ll meet one of the author’s who will appear at this Saturday’s Deep Carnivale event in Ybor City. But first- four listener comments about yesterday’s program which featured the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate.

First up today, an interview with Susan Edwards who is a local novelist and who edits a website (Ellora’s Cave) that features “romantic erotica.” She’ll be one of the featured writers at this Saturday’s Deep ...

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Combating climate change in Florida not easy listen

09/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Tuesday, an alliance of seven Western states and four Canadian provinces announced a plan for the most far-reaching effort in North America to curb emissions linked to climate change.

The Western Climate Initiative is intended to achieve a 15 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020. U.S. states in the alliance include Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and California.

Jerry Karnas is the Florida Climate Project Director for Environmental Defense...

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Amendment 8 a fundraiser for community colleges? listen

09/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Nov. 4, Floridians will vote on several amendments to the state’s Constitution, including one forbidding partnership rights for everyone except people in heterosexual marriages.

One lesser known amendment, Amendment 8, would allow counties to raise their sales tax in order to increase community college funding. It was placed on the ballot by the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.

Allan Bense, chairman of that committee, explained the amendment.

“What Amendment 8 ...

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Feeney apologizes for his role in Abramoff scandal listen

09/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida Republican Congressman Tom Feeney, in the fight of his life to get elected to a fourth term in Florida’s 24th Congressional District, yesterday made a pre-emptive strike by airing a television ad where he apologizes for his role in the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal.

Critics say Feeney is fooling no one when he calls his journey with the disgraced former lobbyist a "rookie mistake."

In 2000, during the presidential recount, Feeney was a prominent face as Florida’s Speaker ...

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Rosa Clemente, Green Party VP candidate

09/23/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll talk with Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente. But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s debate about Christian Zionism between Rabbi Shalom Adler -- who thinks Christian Zionism is a positive thing -- and the Rev. Steven Sizer -- who thinks it hurts efforts to create peace in the Middle East.

Our guest today is Rosa Clemente, vice presidential candidate for the Green Party this...

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Galvano, Gelber on how to deal with budget deficit listen

09/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s current revenue shortfall is one of the worst in state's history.

Earlier this month, a legislative budget panel, urged by Gov. Charlie Crist, took $672 million from Florida’s Budget Stabilization Fund, which must be paid back within five years.

Legislators will meet again in November to deal with the remaining $1.5 billion shortfall. And next year, the budget shortfall is slated to be more than $3 billion.

WMNF recently spoke with two state legislators for their thou...

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Darryl Rouson on his goals in Tallahassee listen

09/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg Attorney Darryl Rouson is running for re-election for state House in District 55 for the third time this year.

Rouson won in a special election earlier this year after former Rep. Frank Peterman left the seat. Last month he defeated the Rev. Charles McKenzie in the Democratic primary. In November, he faces write-in candidate Calvester Benjamin–Anderson.

On Saturday night in Tampa, WMNF spoke with Rouson about his support for Barack Obama for president, and what his ow...

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