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New GOP Senate candidate critical of peers listen

06/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday Sarasota resident and former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith announced that he is a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next year in Florida.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF spoke with Smith today about his candidacy. We began by asking him about the Obama administration’s moves so far in 2009 – Smith says the biggest issue he worries about is what he says has been the "intrusion into the private sector."

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GOP House candidate says Sansom has to go listen

06/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A Republican candidate for a House seat in Pinellas County is calling on Ray Sansom to resign from the Legislature.

Fabian Calvo owns a Real Estate Investment Trust and a property management company in Clearwater. He also hosts a daily radio show on WTAN 1340 AM in the afternoon.

And he’s now one of three candidates to enter the District 45 seat currently held by Tom Anderson of Dunedin, who will leave the seat next year because of term limits.

Calvo says that Sansom, currently awa...

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A glimpse inside Brook Creek Preserve treasure listen

06/08/09 Andrea Lypka
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On National Trails Day, visitors could get a rare glimpse inside Brooker Creek Preserve's latest addition, the 870-acres of native plants, the Wilde Tract on June 6. The trails at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island won a top national award from the American Trails Association this year.

Twenty-two interpretive and directional signs were unveiled along the nature trails throughout the preserve. Former County Comissioner, Fred Marquis was also honored with a plaque for supporting land acquisit...

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World Oceans Day celebrated as Florida oil drilling amendments are announced listen

06/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The United Nations has designated today, June 8, 2009 as their first official World Oceans Day. At least two celebrations of the day are occurring around the Tampa Bay area. Meanwhile, a group plans to ask voters to amend the state’s constitution to lift the ban on drilling off the Florida coast.

Amy Fraenkel is the North America regional office director of the United Nations Environment Programme, or UNEP. She says that in the past, World Oceans Day has been informally celebrated by man...

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Small business owners call for credit card reform listen

06/08/09 Amy Beeman
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida small business leaders and national credit card swipe fee experts held a conference call this morning to address what they consider to be excessive and unfair fees imposed by major credit card companies for credit card transactions-- fees they say the credit card companies don’t want the public to know about.

Bruce Mitchell, the owner of Rally stores in Clearwater, is frustrated because of what he says credit card companies have been getting away with. According to Mitchell and ...

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Obama administration says stimulus to kick in now listen

06/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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While 67 percent of Americans view President Barack Obama favorably, a new Gallup poll shows only 45 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of federal spending, and 46 percent agree with his handling of the federal budget deficit.

The poll also says that even though a majority support on handling the economy, Obama's disapproval rating has risen by 12 points since March.

Perhaps cognizant of that, President Obama announced today that his administration will be increasing sti...

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Florida Hometown Democracy says it has surpassed goal listen

06/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Organizers of the Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment petition campaign announced today that they have passed the threshold of signatures needed to get on the 2010 ballot.

The proposal would allow voters to challenge developers by requiring voter approval to local comprehensive land use plans.

But organizers say it’s not yet time to celebrate. Specifically, organizers are challenging a 2007 law passed by the Florida Legislature that allows for the process of revoking petitions, which...

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Tampa urged to review preferences for local businesses listen

06/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Officials with the city of Tampa’s Purchasing Department are expected to present to the City Council a report on giving a preference in contracting to local businesses.

In February, the Council questioned information from the city’s Purchasing Department, and the definition of what is considered local business.

Gregory Hart with the Small Minority Business Development Office told the Council whom the city considers local businesses.

City Councilman John Dingfelder asked that the ...

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Comments from a speech by Dr. George Tiller

06/06/09 Amy Goodman
From A Woman's Point of View

Excerpt from a speech Dr. Tiller gave last year to the Feminist Majority Foundation. As brought by Democracy Now earlier this week.

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Single payer supporters meet with Sen. Max Baucus

06/06/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-chair of the Maryland Physicians for National Health Program. and Brigitte Marti, a French expert on health care Systems, were our guests.

Margaret and Brigitte have met with Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Ted Kennedy’s staffs regarding a single payer health care system. They will give us an update on the meetings and Brigitte will share her analysis of European healthcare systems.

PNHP.org [GuaranteedHealthCare4All.org](http://www.guar...

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How important is a woman’s right to choose?

06/06/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Suzanne Poppema, author of Why I Am An Abortion Doctor, was also a friend of Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Poppema has treated many women’s reproductive issues, including providing abortions for her patients. As a family physician, Dr. Poppema has defended her patients’ right to reproductive healthcare through legislative testimony, involvement in numerous medical organizations and media interviews.

She says, “Until we have a foolproof, easy-to-use form of birth control – in my o...

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Dr. George Tiller remembered

06/06/09 Amy Goodman
From A Woman's Point of View

Shelly Sella talked about her personal involvement with Dr. Tiller - and why she became involved.

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Impact of Tiller's murder on abortion

06/06/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Mary discussed the ramifications of Dr. George Tiller's murder and real cases of late term abortions.

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Reservoir being filled; Tampa Bay Water has determined cause of cracks listen

06/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cracks that developed more than two years ago in the state’s largest reservoir are caused by high water pressure under an erosion-control liner, Tampa Bay Water announced yesterday. The cracks in that soil-cement layer lining the interior of the C. W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in southeast Hillsborough County have been temporarily patched and now water is being pumped in.

The area’s recent heavy rains mean that flows in the Alafia River and the Tam...

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Dave Aronberg running for Attorney General listen

06/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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South Florida Democratic State Senator Dave Aronberg announced yesterday that he is running for Attorney General next year.

The 38 year old legislator represents a wide swath of the southern portion of the state: his District 27 seat includes parts of Lee and Charlotte Counties in Southwest Florida, spreads through Glades County, and ends on the East Coast in Palm Beach County.

He also may soon be joined by some other major Democrats in the race for Attorney General.

No major Republi...

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