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In Tampa, officials tout high-speed rail's jobs potential listen

08/31/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S.’s first “real” high-speed rail line is quickly approaching Tampa. Construction of the line between Tampa and Orlando will be partly funded by federal stimulus funds. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and others say its construction and operation will create sustainable jobs. Today, small business owners in Tampa got a glimpse of how they might benefit from high speed rail.

In an election year that’s happening during a recession, the words “job creation” may sound like a broken re...

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Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman recounts her arrest at 2008 Republican National Convention listen

08/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman was keynote speaker at WMNF’s 2nd annual Peace Awards on Saturday. On the Evening News last night we played part of her speech where she criticized opposition to the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in lower Manhattan.

Today we play an excerpt of Amy Goodman’s account of her arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

We’ll make Amy Goo...

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The impact of third parties in American history

08/31/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Next up, Third Parties and their impact on American elections.

Donald Greene teaches at Hillsborough Community College and he’s written a new book called THIRD PARTY MATTERS (Praeger). In it he outlines the history of third parties, how they've affected the outcome of presidential elections, and how they influenced the two major parties.

FMI dgreene4@tampabay.rr.com

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Operation Free: Military Vets Say Climate Change and Imported Oil Is A National Security Issue

08/31/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity…. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll meet a group of veterans who say that America’s dependence on oil—especially imported oil is a national security issue.

Later we’ll hear about the impact of Third Parties on American history.

But first, one listener comment about last Thursday’s program on which we talked about the competing rallies scheduled in Washington DC last weekend: One sponsored by radio talk show host Glenn Beck and the o...

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Florida high-speed rail will be partnership with private company to design-build-operate listen

08/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Beginning in just a few years, you’ll be able to take a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando in under an hour. But before then the high-speed rail line needs to be built. Half of the roughly $2.5 billion dollar project has been funded through the federal Recovery Act.

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week in the three cities where the bullet train will stop; Today in Tampa, tomorrow in Lakeland, and Thursday in Orlando.

For a preview of those meetings ...

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Dems hold fierce rally in Tampa listen

08/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Things have taken an unexpected turn for the Republican Party in Florida. Party leaders are skittish about embracing Republican nominee for governor, Rick Scott. Scott did not attend a rally Wednesday morning that featured Marco Rubio and many other GOP candidates. Democrats may be taking advantage of the apparent rift by having unity rallies featuring all the party’s state heavyweights.

It’s not what you’d expect from a guy who wants to be the Florida’s next Agriculture Commission...

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At WMNF Peace Awards, Goodman critical of NYC Islamic Center controversy listen

08/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Amy Goodman was keynote speaker at WMNF’s 2nd annual Peace Awards on Saturday. During her half-hour address she spoke about her arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention, the death of her mother and the controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in lower Manhattan. Goodman criticized opposition to what some media outlets, like MSNBC, still incorrectly call the “Ground Zero Mosque.”

We’ll make Goodman’s entire speech available as a thank-you gift during ...

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U.S. Rep. Castor previews high-speed rail meetings in Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando listen

08/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa will be one of the first communities in the country to have a true high-speed rail line. Because of a federal stimulus grant, Florida will construct a line that starts in downtown Tampa and continues to Lakeland and Orlando.

This week there will be meetings on high-speed rail in those three cities beginning tomorrow in Tampa. As a preview, WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL).

The high-speed rail meetings in Tampa will b...

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Eliza Gilkyson

08/28/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Eliza Gilkyson is a singer/songwriter whose worked has graced the American scene for over 40 years. She is going to perform at the WMNF Peace Awards Banquet on August 28 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Many compare Eliza's passion and lyricism to that of Bob Dylan. Eliza discusses her career and her urgent hopes for peace. She uses her music in the hopes of facilitating a more peaceful world.

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Ann Wright

08/28/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Ann Wright is a former United States Army colonel and served actively and as a reservist for the US Army for 29 years. She also served 15 years in the U.S. State Department. Ann re-opened the US Embassy In Kabul with the departure of the Soviet Forces. She volunteered as a foreign service officer in some of the most dangerous and war torn countries in the world. After serving the United States for over 41 years as soldier and diplomat, Ann resigned on the eve of the invasion of the United...

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Nancy Cole

08/28/10 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Nancy Cole is the recipient of the 2010 WMNF Peace Legacy Award. She will be honored at the WMNF Peace Banquet at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 28. Nancy Cole is a professor at USF in the Theater and Arts Department. She is well known for her direction of plays not only with students at USF but also with professionals at the Gorilla Theater and other local venues. Nancy loves theater and discusses the many ways it impacts peoples lives and how it is an instrument ...

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TBARTA hears from freight giant CSX listen

08/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning, the board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, or TBARTA, heard from freight company CSX. TBARTA is exploring the possibility of to running part of its proposed rail line along a CSX corridor. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said the CSX right of way in question would constitute a crucial portion of the proposed countywide mass transit system.

However, the mayor said, CSX doesn’t necessarily have to be part of the equation.

The other option is to go along I-275...

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Jeb's claim that student performance not affected by class size refuted by NEA president listen

08/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2002, then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was caught admitting he had “devious plans” to overturn the class size amendment that voters added to the state constitution that year. In Utah on Tuesday, Bush told officials he didn’t know of any research suggesting that lower class sizes impacts student learning. But the president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel begs to differ.

We [spoke with him yesterday](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/national-education-association...

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Chiles on partisanship, money, and the governor's race listen

08/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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He’s been called a spoiler for Alex Sink, whom Democrats are hoping will be Florida’s next governor. But Lawton "Bud" Chiles III doesn’t see it that way. Today in South Tampa, he said he was emboldened by the fact that unknown candidate Mike McCalister got more than 10% of the GOP vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Bud Chiles said the fact that Republican newcomer Rick Scott spent tens of millions of dollars to get less than half of the GOP vote it shows voters are sick of pricey mudsling...

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Chiles: GOP political groups sidestep campaign finance laws listen

08/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many of the political ads you’re seeing this election year are not paid for by individual campaigns. Instead, entities called political action committees, or PACs, often foot the bill. Some see this as a shameless way to sidestep campaign finance law, since unlike official campaigns, there’s no limit to how much individuals can donate to a PAC. Independent candidate for governor Bud Chiles was in Tampa today accusing a local accounting firm of legally laundering money for GOP causes.

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