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Protestors call on Rubio to preserve current Medicare budget listen

05/31/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week the U.S. Senate shot down a controversial House budget that included sweeping changes to Medicare, but critics of the proposal aren’t quite ready to rest easy. About ten people demonstrated outside Senator Marco Rubio’s office in Tampa earlier today. Tim Heberlein of the Florida Consumer Action Network spearheaded the event, which attracted a range of activists.

When you have to have that conversation with people abo...

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Democratic Party activists ejected from Gov. Rick Scott's budget signing ceremony

05/31/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Last week more than a dozen placard-carrying Democratic Party activists were forced out of Governor Rick Scott's signing ceremony for the new State of Florida budget. The Democrats were told by sheriff's deputies that the ceremony at The Villages was a "private" event. Tea Party and GOP activists who had their own signs were allowed to stay in the event. We're joined now by Larry Shipley, president of the Democratic Club at The Villages. ...

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Local sustainability activists

05/30/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our very special guests on today’s program were two of the best local sustainable living activists. The founder of Code Green Community, a green transitions group, Eric Steward and a teacher with Fire of Hope, a permaculture design group, Matt Fahy, both joined the show. Matt talked about our local area and how it’s very similar to where human civilization started and the diversity of human diets. Eric talked about the Transitions Movement based on Rob Hopkins book “Transitions”. Eric’s webs...

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Governor Rick Scott guts even more programs with his red "veto" Sharpie

05/27/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On Thursday Governor Rick Scott travelled to The Villages, a Tea Party stronghold, to sign the $69.1 billion dollar state budget, but not before wielding his veto pen to slash an additional $615 million from it. Democrats were not welcomed at the budget signing; as the St. Pete Times reported.

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This weekend's LULAC Convention In Tampa followed by a discussion of the Governor's budget signing ceremony yesterday

05/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll open the phones to talk about Governor Rick Scott and his signing yesterday of the state budget. But first the District Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Lydia Medrano.

In a press release the group says:

"On May 28th and 29th, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will hold its annual Florida State Convention at the Embassy Suites Brandon, located at 10220 Palm ...

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International water experts, students, study Tampa Bay water supply listen

05/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida may once have had one of the world’s most richest water stores underlying most of the state, but now water managers across the state are scrambling to come up with more sustainable water sources for the coming decades. For example, Tampa Bay’s water utility is about to repair cracks in the 15 billion gallon CW Bill Young reservoir. The enormous surface water store is just part of the complex system the area uses to distribute the vital resource. An international team of water experts ...

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TBARTA gets funding cut by Governor Scott - and Tampa state Representative Janet Cruz talks about what it's like being a Democrat in Tallahassee

05/26/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Ronnie Duncan from TBARTA begins the show commenting on the reduction of funding from the state for the local transportation agency.

Also, Tampa House Democrat Janet Cruz discusses the just concluded Florida Legislative session, a brutal one for Democrats like herself.

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Tampa moves forward on summertime fertilizer ban listen

05/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A state law preventing summertime fertilizer bans goes into effect July 1. Tampa City Council could beat the deadline by taking up the first reading of a fertilizer ordinance next week.

The good news for environmentalists? The Tampa City Council unanimously agreed to discuss a fertilizer ban at the next city council meeting. The bad news? An unrelated workshop item on today’s city council workshop agenda went well beyond its allotted time, so the specifics of the proposal are yet to be det...

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Rick Scott signs Florida budget, slashes $600 million in line-item vetoes listen

05/26/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Republican Governor Rick Scott signed the state budget today. Florida lawmakers had cut nearly $4 billion from the budget for next fiscal year. But today in a private Republican Party of Florida event at The Villages, Scott announced he had vetoed $615 million in line items.

"There were 3,036 line items in the budget. 3,036. I know this because I looked at every single line item in the budget, and it took quite a ...

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Awake the State organizer previews major statewide rally in Orlando

05/25/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane.

More than 4000 jobs were cut from the state budget that was recently passed by the Florida Legislature. Tomorrow in the Villages, Governor Scott will sign the budget and announce which line items he is vetoing.

Joining me in our studio today to talk about this is Jason Smith. He’s with the labor union IBEW Local 824 and also with the new group Awake The State.

They have a major statewide gathering on June 4...

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Pinellas transit agency writes governor, welcomes new executive director listen

05/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a week where his approval rating hit an all-time low of just 29 percent, Governor Rick Scott’s mailbox appears to be brimming with correspondence from agencies across the state. Whether or not he’ll read his mail, Pinellas County’s transit board is among the latest to write the governor urging him not to ax funding.

Although the state legislature left funding intact for the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, also known as TBARTA, the governor may not. PSTA board Chair RB ...

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The debt ceiling deadline approaches: What are the options?

05/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning. Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. The federal government is heading toward an important deadline.

The national government’s accumulated spending is approaching the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Republicans are demanding huge deficit reduction concessions in return for raising it. The nation is expected to run out of money to pay its debts — on Aug. 2. Some fear that as we get closer - and as the debt ceiling is not raised - the markets will get spooked and they may pl...

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Water management district asks governor to ax bill that cuts budget listen

05/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The agencies that oversee regional water resources may soon be in a bind if Governor Rick Scott signs a new law limiting how much they can collect from property taxes. Today the Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as SWFWMD, opted to let the governor know how they feel about the measure.

"I make a motion that we send the governor a letter asking to veto the legislation for the reasons stated here, and somebody needs to put that on paper."

That was SWFWMD board memb...

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Bob Dylan in America author Sean Wilentz

05/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on this, the 70th birthday of songwriter Bob Dylan- an interview with Sean Wilentz author of BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA. From the book's publisher: "Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discov­ered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz’s essays as

“hist...

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In speech to Congress, Netanyahu says Palestinian refugees can't return home listen

05/24/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress today. Many of his positions on an eventual Palestinian state are in opposition to those laid out last week by President Barack Obama. Netanyahu reiterated Israel would not use its pre-1967 borders as a starting point in negotiations. In 1967 Israel seized the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem during the six-day war. But Netanyahu said Israel would not give back any part of Jerusalem and would maintai...

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