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Obama's Florida campaign manager on voter caging listen

09/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Barack Obama today began three days of intense preparation for his first debate against John McCain on Friday night.

He’s spending that prep time right here, in the Tampa bay area as part of his extensive campaign to try to win the state when Floridians go to the polls in six weeks.

Two polls released today show different results in the sunshine state: A Mason-Dixon survey released this morning shows Obama up 2 percent over McCain in Florida, 47 to 45 percent. But a Rasmussen poll h...

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USF conference spotlights Mideast discord listen

09/22/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A USF student organization and a Tampa community organization are teaming up to raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Peace @ Large, a non-religious organization at USF whose mission is to raise awareness and develop solutions for peace, and Women of Faith Building Community, a local interfaith group, will co-host a conference entitled “Searching for Peace in Palestine & Israel.” It begins tonight at USF’s Marshall Center.

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Hopefuls seek work at St. Pete job fair listen

09/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Inside the Coliseum in St. Petersburg today, a job fair brought together people looking for work and 38 companies or government agencies that are either hiring or offering employment services.

With unemployment numbers across the country and especially in the bay area at their highest levels in years, many of the job seekers were determined to find positions, but aware of the challenges of the current economy.

Nearly a year ago, the company Neil Schipper worked for went into bankruptc...

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Grass-fed animals, environment and health

09/22/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is an international group whose concerns are wise traditions in food, farming and the healing arts.

Sarah Pope, the leader of a local WAPF chapter, joined the program to talk about the foundation and its view on climate change. Also, we talked to an environmental studies graduate presently working at Polyface Farms a sustainable, grass-fed animal farm in Swoope, VA.

Both guests were on the entire hour and presented ...

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Mitchell shrugs off civil lawsuit listen

09/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Days before the Democratic primary election, John Dicks filed a lawsuit against Bill Mitchell, the man who would beat him for the District 9 nomination.

The civil suit centers on print and television ads that Mitchell ran shortly before the primary last month. In them, they alleged that Dicks, the former mayor of Plant City, was primarily responsible for financial losses incurred by a New Jersey investor nearly 20 years ago.

On Saturday night in Tampa, WMNF caught up with Mitchell, who ...

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Florida activists try to combat global warming listen

09/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last year, Gov. Charlie Crist signed an executive order requiring the state Legislature to come up with a proposal to take the state to 20 percent renewable power by 2020.

However, last month, staff members with the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, issued a preliminary proposal pushing that deadline back to 2050.

Environmental advocates say Florida is falling behind other states on combating climate change. No state is more progressive on the issue than in Califor...

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Iorio discusses local economy listen

09/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The economic slowdown has certainly affected the Tampa Bay area.

Over the weekend, WMNF spoke with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio on a number of topics, including how the previously bustling Ybor City area has become extremely tough for local merchants and restauranters, even on weekends.

Although crime has dropped dramatically in the historic entertainment district since Iorio took office, the perception that it’s a violent area still seems to persist.

Asked what, if anything, she can do ...

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Election update on Palin, Clinton and sexism

09/20/08 Mary Glenney,Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Arnie Arneson host of Political Chowder returns to discuss Sara Palin and her effect on women voters. Also, we discussed the sexism seen by Hillary and Sarah and the different reponses by the various parties.

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More Alaska women discuss Palin

09/20/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Karen Button returned to talk about Sarah Palin. Button also discussed her own involvement with international organizations working with Iraqi refugees. Plus, she has worked extensively with Alaska natives and gave background of this state.

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Candidates for three constitutional offices at Tiger Bay listen

09/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Candidates for the Hillsborough County constitutional offices of supervisor of elections, tax collector and property appraiser were showcased this afternoon at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa. But the incumbents for two of the offices were no-shows.

The race for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections is between incumbent Republican Buddy Johnson and Democrat Phyllis Busansky. Both candidates were invited to speak to the Tiger...

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Pinellas candidates debate in Clearwater listen

09/19/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Words were their weapon of choice as the candidates for several Pinellas County offices battled it out in Clearwater on Thursday evening. Candidates for county commissioner, sheriff and property appraiser participated.

The evening heated up as the candidates for sheriff took the stage amid a small crowd of Pinellas County residents. Randall Jones is the Democratic candidate; he served in the Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. When asked about how racism within the Sheriff's Office will be d...

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Nomi Prins on financial crises listen

09/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nomi Prins is a journalist senior fellow at the public policy group DEMOS. She is also the author of Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America, and Jacked: How Conservatives are Picking Your Pocket. She previously worked at Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs.

In an interview that will be aired in its entirety tomorrow morning, Prins spoke with WMNF’s Women’s Show co-host Mary Glenney about the financial crises. She says the same issues rocking the country were discove...

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Crist defends controversial "No Match, No Vote " law listen

09/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Gov. Charlie Crist is defending Florida’s controversial “No Match, No Vote” law.

Speaking to reporters Friday in Orlando, Crist said “You have to be who you are, in order to vote. It makes sense to me. I don’t want election fraud.”

But critics like Rich Templin with the Florida AFL-CIO question whether the law is needed.

The Secretary of State’s office began enforcing the law on Sept. 8, following a June court decision upholding the statute. It calls for newly registere...

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Hillsborough noise pollution ordinance revised listen

09/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County today revised its noise pollution ordinance. Some county residents worry that despite the changes, frequent violators like the Ford Amphitheatre will still create disturances.

Until Thursday, it was a violation of the county’s noise ordinance to exceed certain decibel limits, even for a split second. The main revision averages the sound over a 10-minute period to determine whether a violation has occurred.

John McDo...

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A debate over Christian Zionism

09/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, a debate over the support conservative Christians are giving the state of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians.

But first about two minutes of listener comments. One from a listener who has a program suggestion and most of the rest about yesterday’s interview with Pam Haengel of the Florida Voters Coalition. Some listeners wanted to defend the Post Office from a criticism that was made yesterd...

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