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1,000-plus come to Lakeland Tea Party to protest Obama listen

09/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, several so-called Tea Party protests were held across the country. In Washington, tens of thousands attended such an event. And in downtown Lakeland, despite a steady rain, at least a thousand people gathered at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre to hear a variety of speakers, including GOP Senate Candidate Marco Rubio.

Health care reform and the growing federal deficit were the key issues animating those in attendance. And there were plenty of signs showing support for South Caroli...

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Florida Chief Justice Peggy Quince encourages lawyers to do more pro bono work listen

09/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Chief Justice of Florida’s Supreme Court, Peggy Quince, was the first African-American female to be appointed to a Florida district court of appeal in 1993.

In an address this afternoon to the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Chief Justice Quince stressed that lawyers should volunteer their services and should strive for a criminal justice system that insists on treatment rather than just incarc...

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Interview with St Pete Mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford listen

09/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week we reported on a wave of endorsements for Bill Foster for Mayor of St. Petersburg.

Today, WMNF spoke with Foster’s opponent, Kathleen Ford before a St. Petersburg Bar Association meeting.

We began the interview by asking Ford for her reaction to finishing second in the crowded ten-person primary to advance to the general election: “Oh, I’m thrilled.”...

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers signs agreement listen

09/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Just week before the new season begins, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has announced that they have reached an agreement with one of the state’s largest tomato growers -- East Coast Growers and Packers -- to implement the advocacy groups agreements, including the penny-per-pound raise to harvesters, supply chain transparency, and a stringent code of conduct. There are six agreements in all.

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker discusses his future listen

09/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, who has been known to pick up a guitar on occasion and perform, appeared on WMNF’s Florida Folk Show. Afterwards, he stepped inside one of our production studios, where we asked him his plans after he steps down due to term limits as Mayor of St. Pete.

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Loose Change Director discusses '9/11 Truther' Movement listen

09/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the months and years since the terrorist attacks, there has been an element in this country who have believed the events of September 11th were pre-determined.

Such explosive charges are often considered to be outside acceptable mainstream discussion.

Van Jones, the Obama administration’s point man for Green jobs, stepped down from his position last weekend, in part after it was reported that he had signed a petition put out by the 9/11 Truth movement urging a further investigati...

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HART alternative analysis could depend on sales tax listen

09/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is conducting a study of possible transportation routes from USF to downtown, and from downtown to the Westshore business district. This “alternative analysis” could help determine the route of future light rail lines, assuming county residents are willing to pay for them.

A regional transportation network is expected to have its light rail beginnings in Tampa. A USF to downtown line could open by 2018 and another line from downto...

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Florida's shrinking population listen

09/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Last month the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research reported that the state of Florida, which has seen its economy and population grow for more than 60 years, lost a net 58,000 people this past year.

That news has stunned many in the state. Some elected officials have said the state is just in a minor slump, due to the recession, and that people will ultimately flock back to the Sunshine State.

But is that a good thing? Dr. Robert Costanza is the Directo...

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Baker backs Foster on debate over Rays stadium listen

09/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

One of the few significant areas of disagreement between the St. Petersburg Mayoral candidates is baseball, and a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

A committee studying the issue last month strongly suggested that the team’s new stadium should be located outside of St. Petersburg.

Bill Foster would be willing to renegotiate to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg. His opponent, Kathleen Ford, says the city's contract with the team is solid through 2027, and there's no need to put tax p...

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker on the health care debate listen

09/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Although the President is gathering solid reviews for his address last night on health care reform, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker isn’t quite sold on it yet. Speaking with WMNF this morning, Baker reflected on the town hall meetings over the past month, and also expressed disappointment that a ‘public option’ is still part of his plans to reform the system.

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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio talks transit at Suncoast Tiger Bay listen

09/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at the Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club hosted Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.

Iorio focused much of her address on issues of mass transit in the Tampa Bay region and how Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties can connect by light rail and other transportation options.

“You know, I think it’s OK to say ‘yes’ to something. For too long I think our politics have been ruled by ideology. Local politics even: ‘I’m against anything has to do with f...

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Bill Foster picks up endorsement of Mayor Rick Baker and others listen

09/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On the steps of City Hall this morning, outgoing St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker announced that he is endorsing Bill Foster to be his replacement.

After 8 years in office, Rick Baker is term-limited as St. Pete's Mayor. He says there are two reasons why he is endorsing Bill Foster over his opponent Kathleen Ford.

Last week's primary election trimmed the field of contenders to replace Mayor Baker from ten to two. Bill Foster received the most votes, 27 percent, and he was followed closel...

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Where Is The Health Care Insurance Debate Heading?

09/09/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about the President's highly-anticipated speech tonight about health insurance reform. But first, some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Everyone wanted to comment about the President’s speech to the nation’s school children. We aren’t able to bring you all the comments- there were far too many- but here’s what some listeners had to say.

Tonight President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress about...

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Energy executive wants 'cap and trade' legislation to pass Senate listen

09/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last (Tuesday) night WMNF reported on a new project in Lakeland, where a private company called Regenesis Power will be allowing residents to sign up to get solar water heating systems.

John Cheney Sr. is Vice President of Regenesis. He says he is hopeful that energy legislation approved in the summer by the House Of Representatives, referred to by some analysts as ‘cap and trade’, will pass the Senate later this year.

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Hillsborough Commissioners get briefed on light rail proposal listen

09/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The most specific plan yet for a potential light rail system in Hillsborough County was presented before the Board of County Commissioners this afternoon.

But before officials with the County’s Transportation Task Force could present their plan, Commissioner Jim Norman said he was growing weary of such presentations, and wanted to have some serious questions asked and answered.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as HART, is taking the lead on putting togethe...

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