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The Libertarian Illusion

05/12/09 Robert Lorei
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The Libertarian philosophy is gaining wider public exposure - from the candidacy of Ron Paul to Republican officials in the last four decades who branded themselves as "Libertarian Republicans." The concept they embrace is smaller governmnet, fewer taxes and a belief that private property rights are supreme.

Our guest, Providence College political scientist William E. Hudson argues in his new book, The Libertarian Illusion: Ideology, Public Policy, and the Assault on the Common Good, t...

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving plan fundraiser this Saturday

05/12/09 Robert Lorei
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This Saturday morning the local chapter of MADD will hold a fundraser at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Here to talk about the fundraiser and efforts to stop drunk driving are Don Murray, Florida director of MADD, and Jennnifer Alban, the group's Florida Development Director.

For more information, visit MADD.org or call (813) 935-2676.

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Crist confirms he will run for Senate listen

05/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist confirmed today that he will be running for the U.S. Senate seat next year being vacated by Mel Martinez. Speaking at a news conference in Tallahassee, Crist was asked about those Floridians who may be disappointed that not only will he not be the governor after next year, but that he may be ineffective in his job as he becomes distracted by the Senate race for the next year and a half.

In Washington, the National Republican Senatorial Committee said it will support Cr...

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Castor: Tampa Bay will get its share of stimulus funds listen

05/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Communities in the United States that are in most need of job creation are least likely to benefit from federal stimulus transportation spending, according to an Associated Press analysis. Despite this, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor told a group of Hillsborough County Democrats today that plenty of stimulus funding is coming to the Tampa Bay area.

After reviewing $18.9 billion in stimulus funding, the AP found the federal government plans to spend 50 percent more per person in regions w...

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Jamie Bennett tarred by allegations from ex-campaign manager listen

05/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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According to a campaign organizer fired last week, St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett intentionally tried to influence neighborhood presidents and community leaders with free baseball tickets to the city's suite at Tropicana Field.

That's according to Peter Schorsch, Bennett's former campaign manager, in comments made to the St. Petersburg Times on Sunday. Schorsch also said Bennett attempted to discredit other candidates, and attempted dirty campaign tactics – such as t...

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Pam Iorio will not run for CFO or Senate in 2010 listen

05/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced today that she would not seek any statewide office in 2010.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist will announce his future political plans on Tuesday. It is widely expected that he will run next year for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. Crist’s decision is likely to set off a chain of other announcements, including the state’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announcing a run for governor.

But Iorio’s announcement on Monday means that ...

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Neighborhood activist pleased at new Gasparilla regulations listen

05/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, some residents in Tampa’s Hyde Park District have become increasingly angry at the annual Gasparilla Parade event.

The signature Tampa street party brings several hundred thousand people to town in mid-February. Many of those people drink alcohol, sometimes beginning early in the afternoon. That’s led to lots of reports of public urination, belligerent attitudes, and other related aspects of drunken behavior.

In response, the organizers of the event met with some resid...

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks in Tampa listen

05/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday morning, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, addressed the University of Tampa commencement convocation at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The first woman president on the continent of Africa, President Sirleaf was elected in November 2005. In 2006, Forbes magazine named her the 51st most powerful woman in the world.

In her address, Sirleaf told the Tampa graduates that they should not get discouraged in the current economy if they can’t acquire th...

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A 'Mother Load' of humor from one who knows

05/09/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Amy Wilson is a writer and actor in a one-woman show. She is a mother of three children under age 5. Amy Wilson brings her own experience in her fruitless quest to be the perfect mom to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Critics have called it “flawless”, “hysterical” and a “must see.” She talked about her experience as a mother and some of the issues surrounding motherhood. TECO Theater, TBPAC, May 12-14, 7:30 pm. www.tbpac.org. www.motherloadshow.com.

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Code Pink in D.C. on Mother’s Day

05/09/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Medea Benjamin is co-founder of Code Pink. Medea talked about Code Pink and other activists as they prepare for the 24-hour vigil across from the White House and are busily stitching together the thousands of pink and green knit squares sent from all over the world.

Remembering the original Mother’s Day intent for mothers of the world to unite to try to prevent war. She spoke of the emotion of receiving squares from groups like a homeless group in Turkey.

As Julia Ward Howe said...

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Doctor calls for health care not warfare

05/09/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-chair of the Maryland Physicians for National Health Program, and Donna Smith, Community Organizer of California Nurses Association and National Co-chair of Progressive Democrats of America “Healthcare Not Warfare Campaign, were our guests.

Did you read about the Maryland Pediatrician who was cuffed like a criminal and pushed out the door at the Senate Finance Committee’s roundtable discussion of healthcare? Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Maryland Pediatrician was t...

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Rep. Keith Fitzgerald on Legislature's lack of action listen

05/08/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last year, Gov. Charlie Crist bucked party lines by endorsing clean energy at the the Global Summit for Climate Change, promising to invest in renewable technologies and reduce carbon emissions.

As lawmakers in the Tallahassee wrap up another legislative session today it looks like Florida has made little progress toward greener fuels.

Democratic State representative Keith Fitzgerald of Sarasota spoke with WMNF earlier this week about the state’s clean energy portfolio. Fitzgerald ...

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General Dynamics to hire engineers for Broward plant listen

05/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Labor Department announced this morning that the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in April, and it’s even higher in Florida.

Up to 20 Tampa Bay area engineers who have government security clearance and are willing to relocate to Broward County may be in luck finding a job next week.

C4 Systems is one of 12 business units of the weapons and technology company General Dynamics. On Monday and Tuesday they will b...

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Ranks of homeless in Pinellas swell listen

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A report says that homelessness in Pinellas County has risen by 20 percent since 2007.

The Pinellas Coalition for the Homeless announced that a total of 6,235 are homeless, after conducting a count in the last week of January. And the report show a 100 percent increase in homeless children.

Sarah Synder is the executive director of the Pinellas County Coalition of the Homeless. She says the bad economy is the #1 factor in the increase.

Meanwhile, there will be a benefit for a Pinell...

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King sways some Democrats on budget vote listen

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Florida Senate voted 32-8 for the $66.5 billion budget today, but not all of the Democrats voted against it, as they vowed last night as a protest.

Jacksonville Republican Jim King tried to shame some of them today against voting against the budget, discussing the bipartisan nature of the Senate in passionate terms.

Miami Dade County Democrat Fredericka Wilson bitterly accused Senate leaders of capitulating to the more conservative House in crafting the final budget.

J.D. Alexand...

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