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Labor Leader rips Florida legislature after special session ends listen

01/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After Florida legislators approved their new budget, Monica Russo, the President of the Florida chapter of the Service Employees Interational Union, or SEIU, blasted them, saying “The so-called leaders in the Florida legislature today failed both a fiscal and a moral test by proposing crippling cuts to public education and services for Florida’s neediest families. We spoke with her late this afternoon (roll tape)

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Pinellas to close eight schools listen

01/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Faced with declining enrollment and a massive budget shortfall, the Pinellas County School Board unanimously voted this afternoon to close six elementary schools and two middle schools. The board also adopted a student assignment model where transportation will not be provided to most students who attend schools outside of their assigned school zone.

Jim Madden, assistant superintendent for Student Assignment in Pinellas Schools, said the district has lost 10,000 students in the last five...

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ACLU lays out its legislative goals for 2009 listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the 111th Congress begins its work this week, the ACLU today listed its legislative goals on a nationwide conference call this morning.

Yesterday, Barack Obama's transition team announced plans to close the prison detainee camp at Guatanamo Bay immediately, though what they will do with those prisoners still housed there is unknown.

Caroline Frederickson, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, said that is one of their goals as well. On a nationwide conference call,...

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Rowdies withdraw Town 'N Country stadium proposal listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A proposal for owners of the Tampa Bay Rowdies to build their own stadium in Town 'N Country was withdrawn this morning after it was apparent that it would not approved by the Hillsborough County Commission in its current form.

Local opposition had formed around concerns about noise and the availability of parking.

The Rowdies would play in the new United Soccer Leagues First Division.

The team’s President and part owner, Andrew Nestor told the Board that opponents had given misi...

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New book looks at FDR's first 100 days in office listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As America faces its greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there have been countless allusions to Barack Obama’s presidency with what Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to contend with back in 1932.

Reports have surfaced that Obama is studying FDR’s first 100 days even looking at the words Roosevelt used and the tone he struck, in hopes of emulating the way FDR carried on a conversation with the American public and built confidence in the New Deal.

In the new book, *Nothi...

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Dropout Prevention Summit held at Belleview Biltmore listen

01/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Each year, 1 million American high school students drop out of school, according to America's Promise Alliance. This week at Pinellas County’s historic Belleview Biltmore hotel, dozens of educators and public servants are meeting to share strategies on high school dropout prevention.

America’s Promise Alliance was founded by Gen. Colin Powell and forms partnerships “committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources they ...

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Mandate will require utilities to produce more renewable power listen

01/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, the Public Service Commission unanimously agreed to require the state’s utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2020.

That ambitious mandate came from Gov. Charlie Crist back in 2007. Currently, the state gets less than 3 percent of its power from alternative sources.

The proposal calls for 7 percent renewable energy by January 2013, 12 percent by 2016, 18 percent by 2019, and 20 percent by the end of 2020.

There were concerns that...

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Congressional Action Meeting held in Pinellas County

01/12/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In an attempt to build support for President- elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan, a handful of local MoveOn.org members met Sunday in Pinellas Park to watch an instructional video on how to practice successful tactics for influencing their elected officials. The meetings, called Congressional Action Training, were similiar to others held across the nation.

MoveOn.org is one of the largest political action committees and involves citizens in the movement for a progressive Americ...

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Ayres visit to FSU campus stirs controversy listen

01/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Bill Ayers, the 1960s anti-Vietnam War activist, is scheduled to speak tonight at Florida State University, but his appearance is creating controversy.

State Rep. David Rivera, vice chairman of the Education Appropriations Committee, has condemned the invitation to Ayers, calling it "a disgrace." And members with the student organization College Republicans plan to protest.

Ayers is being paid $5,000 for the speech, which will be strictly about education reform, though he will take ques...

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Progressive economist skeptical of Obama stimulus plan listen

01/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team unveiled a 14-page report claiming his economic stimulus plan will create three to four million jobs by the end of next year.

Dr. Ravi Batra is an economics professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and somewhat of a prophet in his analysis of the financial crises.

In 2005, Batra wrote the book, Greenspan’s Fraud, and followed it up in 2006 with The New Golden Age, in which he predicted economic chaos would b...

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South Tampa parents win battle on cell phone tower listen

01/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two days after dozens of concerned parents criticized plans to construct a cellular phone tower in front of Coleman Middle School in South Tampa, the principal of the school said he would not allow the tower to be built.

Michael Hoskinson said today he personally believed the cell tower would mpt pose any danger to the children at the school, but the issue had become so divisive that it was not in the best interests of those at Coleman to construct the facility.

Opposition had been form...

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Gaza Vigil held in Temple Terrace listen

01/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This afternoon, more than 200 people turned out to a silent vigil for victims of Israel’s violence in the occupied Gaza Strip.

People holding flags, posters and photos stood on all four corners of Temple Terrace’s busiest intersection, Fowler Avenue and 56th Street as rush hour traffic passed by Friday afternoon. The silent vigil for innocent victims of Israel’s siege, bombardment, and invasion of the Palestinian Gaza Strip was organized, in part, by Friends of Human Rights. Lars Und...

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Tampa activist appeals lawsuit against DNC listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After the Democratic National Committee (DNC) stripped Florida’s of its presidential delegates because of the timing of the state’s primary election last January, a Democratic activist in Tampa filed a lawsuit claiming that in doing so, the party discriminated against Florida voters.

Today, Victor DiMaio asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to rule that the DNC disenfranchised Florida’s Democrats by not allowing them to choose their party’s nominee for president....

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Nelson proposes amendment to abolish Electoral College listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Members of Congress today formally read off the Electoral College votes from each state and officially declared Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States.

The outcome was 365 votes for Obama and 173 for John McCain.

Later, Florida’s senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson proposed a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College and elect the president by a simple popular vote. “That’s going to be a lengthy process.”

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Caetano asked to resign at Tampa City Council meeting listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council member Joseph Caetano filed for bankruptcy on his Tampa Palms business, which has outstanding liabilities of up to half a million dollars. The Tampa Tribune reported that yesterday a judge ordered Caetano to pay bills he owes to a health care company.

During the public comment portion of this morning’s council meeting, Richard Formica began to call into question Caetano’s ability to serve as an elected official before he was interrupted by Caetano.

Council Chai...

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