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Democratic activists prepare for raucus health care meetings listen

08/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the battle over health care moves out of Washington and into the town halls of America, there are concerns amongst Democrats that these town halls may be overrun by critics of reform.

Over the weekend, Town Hall events hosted by Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter and Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett were met with derision and anger.

That’s led some liberal bloggers to speculate if the Organizing for America group is getting out-hustled at the grassroots level. Organizing for Amer...

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Wagman ordered to take down web ads listen

08/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Issues about political advertising on the internet are being raised after a complaint was made to the Florida Election Commission about Scott Wagman’s ads on Google and Facebook.

The St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate has been accused of violating state campaign laws because of links on those sites that don't indicate who is paying for them.

But as Wagman says, election law is unclear about these new wave of ads.

But Wagman has to decide whether it’s worth taking the time to fight ...

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Stronger Whistleblower Protection Bill Passes Senate Committee

08/04/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity on WMNF. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about stronger protection for government whistleblowers. But first some listener comments about last Thursday's discussion on health care reform.

According to the Associated Press,

Last week a Senate committee unanimously approved legislation to protect federal employees from being punished for blowing the whistle on waste and corruption.

The bill allows many government workers to take reprisal ...

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Clearwater's American flags spared for now listen

08/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The news of the demise of Clearwater’s American flags has been greatly exaggerated. In a workshop this morning, City Council put to rest newspaper rumors that “The city of Clearwater can no longer afford to fly the American flag.”

On Saturday, the St. Petersburg Times reported that 13 of Clearwater’s flagpoles had been removed because of budget cuts to staff needed to care for the flags. But after Monday’s meeting, Mayo...

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Aronberg's request saves taxpayers money listen

08/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has stopped putting annual pay raises in contracts with private consultants. They took that action after a public records request by Democratic State Senator Dave Aronberg.

Further, the FDOT head told Aronberg, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, that the agency has already renegotiated some contracts to remove salary increases from amounts that have yet to be paid to “reduce the extent and impact of salary modification terms that ...

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Cash For Clunkers popular - and confusing listen

08/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An Obama administration official said that the average fuel economy of new vehicles purchased thru the Cash for Clunkers Program was 25.4 miles per gallon (mpg), and the average fuel efficiency of the trade ins was 15.8 mpg, representing an over 9 miles per gallon fuel economy increase.

But the future of the popular federal program is in doubt, after it essentially ran out of money just a week into the program. Reacting to that, the House of Representatives approved an additional $2 billi...

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HART Board maintains millage rate listen

08/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Tampa, the HART Board of Directors voted to maintain the current millage rate. But because property values are down nearly 11% in Hillsborough County, that means a reduction of $2. 9 million dollars from last year’s budget for the transit agency.

Board members spent time debating the financial and political ramifications of keeping the status quo vs. a tax increase.

David Armijo is the CEO for HART. He told the Board that thanks to the federal stimulus bill and other measures, HA...

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Memorial fund challenged by recession listen

08/03/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The recession won’t stop a father from continuing to honor his late son, who volunteered working with people with developmental disabilities. The Robert Chase Memorial Fund is used to help people with the most profound disabilities. Ray Chase, an artist and retired maritime pilot, established the fund to honor his son, Robert.

Chase's specialties are Florida landscapes and maritime paintings. He sells them and donates the money to the fund.

Community Relations Coordinator Rita Hatta...

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Resident saves turtles for 30 years

08/03/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Bruno Falkenstein, a longtime volunteer, was awarded the citizen of the year by the City of St. Pete Beach for his commitment of looking after and nurturing sea turtles.

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"My Stroke of Insight"

08/01/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., talked about her experiences which led to her writing My Stroke of Insight, her recovery, and her work now. A brain scientist's personal journey from the halls of Harvard to an infant in an adult woman's body and back now working with others, including the Dalai Lama, about consciousness. What a journey!

For more information, see www.drjilltaylor.com or www.mystrokeofinsight.com.
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Dr. Regina Benjamin - A Saint in Our Time?

08/01/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Frances Kissling, former Executive Director of Catholics for Free Choice, now with the Bioethics Department, University of Pennsylvania discusses Dr. Benjamin and her many qualifications for Surgeon General. We particularly focused on the possibility of opposition because of her support for abortion even though that is not the main focus of Dr. Benjamin's work. Frances Kissling, who for 30 years has fought for women's reproductive rights, updated us on her beliefs and why she felt Dr. Benja...

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Sotomayor: "A Wise Latina"

08/01/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Erica Gonzalez, opinion page editor of El Diario/La Prensa, the third largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country and the largest in New York, discussed the qualifications of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and the likelihood of her being confirmed as the 111th Justice on the Supreme Court, only the 3rd woman.

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