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Florida House incumbent Larry Ahern on the defensive during event with opponent, Mary Louise Ambrose listen

10/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two candidates for the Florida House butt heads on key issues like education reform and the long list of ballot initiatives this November. Republican State Representative Larry Ahern is up for re-election against retired Democratic attorney Mary Louise Ambrose. Ahern found himself defending the 11 amendments that most Democrats oppose during a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s too many on there. I agree. That’s a big number for one election.”

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Cancer Votes campaign wants voters to think about how candidates will support cancer treatment listen

10/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A cancer-advocacy group wants voters to consider how politicians will support cancer research.

They’ve launched a campaign called Cancer Votes.

This week I spoke with Karen Moffitt, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

"If one American can fight cancer a nation can rise up to defeat it. So, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Netowrk is working to educate the public and elected officials on the importance of mak...

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New take on nonviolence: pillow fight for peace listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With uprisings in overseas countries and U.S. occupations of places like Afghanistan, peace activists called attention to the problems yesterday in downtown St. Pete by hitting each other with pillows.

“Everybody is out here just hitting each other, but laughing at the same time. So, it’s kind of like a play on words.”

Elizabeth Dunn planned the event because, as she put it, it was on her bucket list. The idea was to promote peace through togetherness.

“You end up fighting with y...

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Environmentalists want Gulf of Mexico to be part of the political discussion listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This election year has been focused on economic issues facing Americans with little emphasis on environmental concerns. But more than two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental groups are still trying to make sure the topic sees the light of day.

During a press event in downtown St. Pete today, member of Congress Kathy Castor said that keeping the Gulf of Mexico healthy is a key part of improving and maintaining Florida’s economy.

“The leading issue during...

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Voter suppression is partisan warfare: USF St. Pete professor listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Republican led State legislatures across the country have passed numerous laws they say will ensure only legitimate voters are casting ballots. Opponents call them voter suppression laws and say they disenfranchise minorities and people with low incomes. Seth McKee, an associate professor of political science at USF St. Pete tackled the issue this month during a lecture at the school’s library.

“Oh, there’s bi-partisan agreement that these laws are just done to protect the integrity o...

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Tampa City Council considers cracking down on human trafficking in massage parlors listen

10/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Catching human trafficking rings is difficult because investigators often have a hard time tying prostitution to the broader organizations. In a Tampa City Council meeting last week, city attorneys laid out plans to create business regulations on massage parlors where the groups often operate.

Katherine O’Donniley is an attorney who specializes in human trafficking cases. She said there are several key consistencies in organized prostitution rings that localities can use in drafting ordin...

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Republican reaction to VP debate: Biden is rude listen

10/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan squared off in a verbal sparring match last night in Kentucky. Reports, even though pundits are all over the board with who the winner was, viewers at a Republican watch party in Pinellas Park declared it a victory.

When Paul Ryan said something they liked – which was a lot, the crowded erupted into applause.

When Biden said something kooky, they booed and hissed.

So...

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Incumbent Beckner takes on tea party challenger for Hillsborough County Commission seat listen

10/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last week we previewed candidates for Hillsborough County Commission district four. The countywide district 6 seat currently held by Kevin Beckner is also being contested this November. Beckner is being challenged by tea-party Republican Margaret Iuculano. At a Tiger Bay Club of Tampa meeting in early October, Beckner highlighted some of his priorities for the county which includes staying away from partisanship.

I’ve always been about working together to make sure that we can address ...

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Liberal non-profit slams Romney economic plan listen

10/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A political think tank studied the economic plan pushed by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and didn’t like what they found. At a town hall meeting this morning in Tampa, the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s president predicted higher taxes for the middle class and higher healthcare costs for seniors if Romney is elected.

Tom Perriello, president of the political advocacy group, said retired Floridians could expect to pay $11,000 more a year on their healthcare costs unde...

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USF study adds to knowledge of how to control invasive species listen

10/11/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida researchers have studied one of the most commonly known invasive species in the world, house sparrows. They found behavioral and stress hormone patterns that could help control and prevent house sparrows and other invasive species from future invasions.

The study was published in the biological research journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Andrea Liebl, a PhD candidate at USF, says in many cases invasive species are controlled after they’re already intr...

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Republican convention stakeholders look back on what went right and wrong in Tampa listen

10/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s been more than a month since the Republican National Convention left Tampa and local groups and city officials are looking back at how the event played out. In some circles, the consensus is that it went well, but some people still think police presence was overkill.

At an ACLU forum Tuesday night at the Stetson University College of Law campus in Tampa, executive director of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, Cheryl Shroeder said the excessive militarization of downtown...

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Obama camp pushing voting early in Florida even before early voting starts listen

10/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Obama for America organizers across the state are asking supporters to cast their mail in ballots in person at local Supervisors of Elections offices. It’s the first time a statewide group has used in-person absentee ballots to entice people to vote. Meeting with Obama supporters at the elections office in downtown St. Pete Wednesday morning, Democratic Florida Representative Rick Kriseman said it’s a response the a new voting law that reduces the number of early voting days.

“If they’r...

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Conservationists want Florida wildlife to have its own corridor listen

10/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Natural habitats in Florida are being threatened by development and road expansion. A group of conservationists are trying to establish a tract of protected land from the Everglades through Central Florida and north to Georgia to protect natural resources and wildlife. At an event at Stetson University College of Law today, Carlton Ward Junior explained what the Florida Wildlife Corridor could mean for Floridians.

The grandson of a rancher, Carlton Ward Jr. organized a 1,000 mile expedit...

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Romney v Obama: Who's Better For the Middle Class?

10/09/12 Robert Lorei
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What is the the true cost of a Romney-Ryan Presidency on Florida? We're joined now by Tara McGuinness, Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action.

This summer, CAP Action launched Romney University to inject what they say are facts into the national debate and they are putting a price tag on a Romney-Ryan presidency. The Price of Romney tour comes to Tampa this Thursday morning at the Letter carriers Hall in West Tampa.

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Mitt Romney rallies supporters at St. Pete Pier listen

10/08/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As dusk set in last Friday, Mitt Romney stumped to several thousand supporters at the Saint Petersburg Pier Park. Romney’s speech focused on taxes, health care and personal anecdotes.

In the largest swing state, Romney leads by only 2 points in the latest Rasmussen Poll. As his supporters cheered, Romney said his campaign has been re...

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