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Double standard on allegations of voting fraud?

12/30/11 Robert Lorei
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A Virginia tea party activist is seeking to have Newt Gingrich's name placed on the state's March Super Tuesday primary ballot.

The Tea Party activist filed the suit yesterday. It contends that Gingrich met the requirement of filing 10,000 signatures and that many of those were improperly excluded by the Republican Party. Gingrich turned in more than 11,000 signatures.

The suit also takes issue with how the Republican Party of Virginia determined that not enough signatures were valid. ...

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What were the top political stories of 2011?

12/29/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Progressive activism in Florida and the Tea Party's antics in Pinellas County were some of the top stories of the year, at least according to host Mitch Perry. Listeners called in what they thought were as significant, or under reported in 2011.

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Union leaders for one fifth of Hillsborough County employees negotiate rights for workers listen

12/29/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Union leaders for many Hillsborough County employees want to change the process by which employees are disciplined. Negotiations on behalf of those employees continued with county management this morning.

One fifth of Hillsborough County employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME. Union leaders want to include language in the employment contract that would clari...

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Many Florida lawmakers want internet sales tax but some want to divert revenue to tax cuts listen

12/29/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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With the 2012 legislative session just around the corner, state lawmakers are facing some tough decisions. One proposed law would close an internet sales tax loophole. Some politicians want to make sure the tax doesn’t increase revenue for the state.

When a consumer makes a purchase online, the transaction appears to be tax free. What most consumers don’t know, and what internet retailers rarely tell them, is that the consumer is supposed to calculate and ...

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New online source for statewide newspaper editorials

12/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we'll talk with the former editorial page editor of The Tampa Tribune Rosemary Guodreau. Guodreau has co-founded a new web site, Florida Voices, which compiles editorials from the state's newspapers along with original content. We'll talk about online media, the future of media and the role newspapers play as watchdogs in our society.

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Congressman Ron Paul agrees with John Birch Society on threat to the U.S. from the United Nations

12/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Next up we'll hear a documentary from the John Birch Society (produced in 1997) which claims the United Nations presents a danger to American democracy. The leading "expert" in this documentary is Ron Paul who is running for the GOP Presidential nomination. We'll play the documentary and then open the phones to get your comments.

This article links to the documentary.

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Some protesters think Tampa police are handing out too many trespass warnings listen

12/28/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Occupy Tampa activists and some advocacy groups are wondering why the City of Tampa is giving trespass warnings to so many protesters. This month two groups of people were trespassed from areas where they thought it was safe to assemble.

Cari Welsh thought she was going to be arrested based on the actions of police officers during an Occupy Tampa meeting last week. Instead, about 30 people were given trespass warnings from a parki...

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Interview with Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard

12/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up today we’ll talk about elections. What are the deadlines to register to vote. Who can vote in the upcoming primary? And what do the voting law changes passed in Tallahassee mean for voters in Hillsborough County? But first one comment about yesterday’s interview with the founder of Tampa Epoch - the newspaper sold on street corners by homeless people in Tampa.

Our guest today is Earl Lennard who is the [Supervisor of Elections in Hillsborough County](http://votehillsborough.o...

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Occupy Tampa activist gets sent home, not to jail listen

12/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa arrests have slowed down, but the court proceedings are in full swing. Last week, most of the 29 protesters arrested at Riverfront Park on December 2 were arraigned. The bail for Occupy Tampa protester Tim Sommers was revoked during his first hearing and he was sent to jail. That left others worried the same thing would happen to them. Daiquiri Jones has been arrested 5 tim...

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Publisher Of The Tampa Epoch- A Newspaper Sold By The Homeless

12/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

For two months there’s been a ban on panhandling on the streets of Tampa. But many homeless people are still out there — collecting money from passersby. The way they do it? They sell a new newspaper called “Tampa Epoch”.

Even though elected officials in the city banned panhandling, they did not ban street corner newspaper sales. We’re joine...

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Winter vegetable gardens

12/26/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our topic today was backyard gardening, with Debbie, Rob & I taking calls on winter gardening questions. We received some informative calls from listeners on making and using worm and compost ‘teas;’ an offer of horse compost; and some great gardening questions. Winter is the best season to grow vegetables here in west central Florida. Now, depending on how cold it gets, we can grow many vegetables without the summer insects and wet conditions that make growing sometimes nearly impossibl...

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Plan to end homelessness in Sarasota; What is it like to live in the Holy City of Bethlehem?

12/23/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we’ll hear about a new plan to end homelessness in Sarasota. And we’ll also go to Bethlehem -- one of the holiest places in Christianity -— where we’ll talk about what the situation is like there just two days before Christmas.

But first a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Iranian American scholar Trita Parsi about the prospects for war with Iran.

First up today — five years ago The ...

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61 homeless men and women died this year in Hillsborough - a memorial is held in their honor listen

12/22/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sixty-one men and women without homes died this year in Hillsborough County. Wednesday night The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County held a memorial during the Homeless Persons’ Annual Interfaith Memorial Service.

In downtown Tampa’s Joe Chillura Courthouse Square a li...

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Tim Sommers' occupation of Orient Road jail is called off listen

12/22/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A judge ordered Occupy Tampa protester Tim Sommers released from jail this afternoon. Sommers was in custody most of this week. The presiding judge in his case revoked the activist’s bond during his arraignment on Monday. Occupy movement supporters were outraged with th...

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Some Occupy Tampa members get more lenient arraignment hearings than others listen

12/22/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Twenty-nine Occupy Tampa protesters were arrested on the morning of December 2 for trespassing in Riverfront Park. This week most people in that group are being arraigned on those charges. On Monday one judge revoked bond for a protester with repeat offenses. But this morning another judge imposed a lesser penalty on a different protester facing similar charges.

Dylan Wallis was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest without violence while attempting an overnight occupation of River...

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