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Clinton denies "urging" Meek to leave the Senate race listen

10/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night an after-hours twist broke in the bizarre story of Florida’s US Senate Race. The Web site Politico reported that Bill Clinton had urged Democrat Kendrick Meek to drop his US Senate candidacy as the former president stumped for Meek in Florida last week. Polls show Meek’s Republican opponent, Marco Rubio, leading the multi-way race, with independent Charlie Crist trailing by at least seven points, and Meek with less than a quarter of the vote. At a press conference last night, M...

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Candidates reach out to Muslims at Tampa mosque rally listen

10/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Much of the news media’s coverage of this election season has centered on a voting block that is far from diverse, the only difference among voters being the source of their anger. And with so many politicians that are desperate to appeal to a seemingly two-dimensional part of the electorate, the word diversity seems taboo when it comes to many campaign slogans. A rally on the outskirts of Tampa brought some local candidates face to face with a voting block that’s shunned at best, demoniz...

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Non-party affiliated candidates take a stand in Tampa listen

10/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This year, Governor Charlie Crist has added a little star power to no-party-affiliation candidacy. Several state-level candidates running without a party are campaigning in ways that do anything but pander to centrists.

For a brief moment, things get pretty tense at a South Tampa Chamber of Commerce candidate forum this afternoon.

"Your organization is spreading lies."

Joe Redner, who is running for the State House’s District 58 seat,has enjoyed a degree of notoriety as the owner ...

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Tampa City Council approves voluntary wellness centers for employee health care listen

10/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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City of Tampa employees will have the option to attend a wellness center instead of their regular doctor under an agreement approved today by the City Council. The city’s director of human resources, Kimberly Crum, says the voluntary program will cut costs and improve the health of Tampa employees and retirees.

"The benefits to employees include convenience, each visit they make to a voluntary wellness center will be zero cost payments as well as zero co-payment for generic prescription...

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Castor says she needs to know more before calling for Wikileaks abuse probe listen

10/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A key UN human rights official is calling for an investigation into detainee abuse allegations contained among the pages online whistleblower Wikileaks published Friday. But such a task may be on the backburner for US lawmakers.

It would be up to the US Congress to launch an investigation into alleged detainee abuses in Iraq that, prior to Friday’s Wikileaks report, had apparently been under the radar for many. But the local economy has been at the forefront for many, as have next weekâ€...

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Castor - new bill would pay seniors in lieu of cost of living increase listen

10/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Earlier this month, the US Social Security Administration announced that, once again, it won’t increase payments to seniors to reflect the rising cost of living. One US Member of Congress from Tampa is pushing for funds to help offset the increased cost of living for seniors – if it can escape Republicans.

For the third year in a row, the Social Security Administration won’t budge on the amount it pays out to seniors and others who rely on the system. US Member of Congress Kathy Cas...

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Saul-Sena prints Confederate flag signs to criticize Hagan in heated Hillsborough Commission race listen

10/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Confederate flags on campaign signs, allegations of broken laws. That’s right; it must be less than a week until a contentious election.

Democrat Linda Saul-Sena, who is running for Hillsborough County Commission, has printed up yard signs with the stars and bars from the Confederate battle flag and the name of her main opponent, Republican Ken Hagan, who says,

"I think it's disgusting and again, I think it's a desperate attempt and it's pretty sad that...

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Candidates in two local races hash out local, national policies listen

10/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With all the excitement over the Senate and Governor’s race, it might be easy to forget that voters will be weighing in on a host of other, smaller, races. Today candidates in two key Pinellas state legislature seats plead their cases before a packed room at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting. And while CNN wasn’t there to catch the show, the theme one can see across the country this election year quickly emerged.

"I'm running for the Florida House because I believe we need long term s...

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FL gov candidates trade barbs, share a gaffe listen

10/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you like the attack ads Rick Scott and Alex Sink have been exchanging over the airwaves, you’d probably love the debate that took place between the two in Tampa last night. Neither candidate is veering off message as election season hits the home stretch, and each has a solid base to show for it.

In the hours leading up to the final gubernatorial debate before next week’s election, supporters pack the sidewalk in front of the Marshall Center at USF’s Tampa campus. Sink supporters ...

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PSC approves rate increase for Progress Energy customers to construct uncertain nuke plants listen

10/26/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Florida Public Service Commission elected a newcomer, Arthur Graham, to be chair, instead of outgoing Commissioner Nathan Skop. Skop is the last of four commissioners who were let go after voting down rate hikes for power companies. Graham replaces former chair Nancy Argenziano who resigned early to endorse Alex Sink for governor.

Today the new-look PSC also agreed to allow Progress Energy to keep billing customers for nuclear power plant that may never be built.

For a typical...

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The New Film ARABIA Premiers at MOSI

10/26/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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First up today, a new IMAX film about Saudi Arabia premiers this week at The Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. Our guest served as an adviser to the film.

Robert Lacey is author of the best-selling book The Kingdom, which is a look at the recent history of Saudi Arabia. Lacey is a distinguished British journalist and historian and the author of the book Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia, ...

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Preview of Florida gubernatorial debate at USF between Sink & Scott listen

10/25/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Rick Scott and Alex Sink prepare to face off in a gubernatorial debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, we hear from WMNF's Kate Bradshaw on the scene.

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Alan Grayson in danger of losing his seat in Congress to Daniel Webster says analyst listen

10/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday we brought you our interview with progressive member of Congress from Orlando, Alan Grayson. His Republican opponent, Daniel Webster has declined our requests for an interview. Three others are running as well.

Today, we hear about that race from Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida.

"Well, Allen Grayson is a very liberal, ...

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Florida US Senate Debate listen

10/25/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday’s US Senate debate gave Florida voters their second to last chance to make a decision on who they want to send to the senate.

A poll released yesterday morning conducted by the St.Petersburg Times, the Miami Herald and Bay News Nine gave Rubio 46% of the vote with Independent Charlie Crist in second place with 26% and Democrat Kendrick Meek trailing with only 20% of the vote.

However, this debate left people unsure of the direction the polls will take in the next 8 d...

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Dan Gelber speaks with WMNF on current political climate listen

10/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In recent years the office of the state attorney general has become highly political. Current attorney general Bill McCollum is leading a multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul, and has taken a stand on issues like immigration. Last Week, WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw spoke with Democratic State Senator and Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber, who says political grandstanding can shift vital resources away from things like fighting fraud and pill mills.

Gelber, a South Flo...

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