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Dorworth is losing; Florida House speaker-designate Will Weatherford will wait and see who his successor will be listen

11/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican state Representative Chris Dorworth from Lake Mary was slated to become House speaker in 2014. But he trails his Democratic challenger Mike Clelland in his reelection bid. At a Tampa Bay Partnership meeting Friday in Tampa, the incoming House Speaker wouldn’t say who might replace Dorworth.

A social media post by Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times suggested that Republican Steve Crisafulli could take Dorworth’s spot. But Will Weatherford, who is set to assume the speaker...

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Eric Deggans Talks About His New Book Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

11/09/12 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 speak with Eric Deggans, the media columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He's written a new book called RACE BAITER. It looks at the fragmented modern media landscape and how the that fragmentation leads to hate and distrust.

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Experts analyze party differences after local Democratic gains listen

11/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Political yard signs are disappearing, but analysts are still hard at work evaluating what happened this election and what it means for the future. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting in St. Petersburg yesterday Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith and political scientist Susan McManus took a look at the changing demographics in Florida. Smith said Florida’s voting patterns have always been pretty predictable.

“The basic calculus is, Democrats win heavily, heavily in southeast Flo...

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Laura Gottesdiener discusses the reaction by Occupy members to Hurricane Sandy

11/08/12 Laura Gottesdiener
From A Woman's Point of View
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Laura Gottesdiener is the author of a forthcoming book from Zucotti Park Press-"A Dream Foreclosed: The Fight for a Place to call Home". Laura discussed the immediate response of the members of the former Occupy New York to Hurricane Sandy. They were organizing relief efforts even before the storm had passed. In many instances, Occupy NY were the first, and at times the only, responders. Occupy was there before the Red Cross. Laura noted the over 6 million dollars spent to eradicate O...

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Robin Marty senior political analyst for Rh Reality Check analyzes the election

11/08/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Robin Marty, the senior political analyst for the internet web sight Rh Reality check gives her analysis of the 2012 elections. She was very encouraged by the election of Elizabeth Warren to be the Senator from Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin to be the Senator from Wisconsin. Robin also discussed the election of Tammy Duckworth to be in the US House of Representatives from Wisconsin. Robin was encouraged by the fact that there will be 20 women in the United Stat...

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Election summary from a woman's point of view

11/08/12 Mary Glenney and Debbie Terry
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Glenney and Debbie Terry discussed the recent elections from a woman 's point of view. Using audio clips from Elizabeth Warren the newly elected senator from Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin the newly elected Senator for Wisconsin, they noted there will be 20 female Senators in the next Congress. Other issues were noted using audio clips from Bill O'Reilly of Fox TV News and Laura Flanders of True Grit radio and TV. Does this represent a watershed moment for the Republican Party at leas...

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Looking back at the election results and Florida's voting problems

11/08/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tampa Bay Times Metro columnist John Romano joined us in studio to talk about the results of Tuesday night's election, and what the results mean for the Republican Party.

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St. Pete's new armored surveillance vehicle has cameras, not guns listen

11/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg Police Department unveiled the newest addition to their crime stopping fleet this morning – it’s an armored surveillance vehicle. The mobile monitoring device can record activity in a 360-degree radius during the day or night. The former Brinks cash truck won’t be manned by a police officer. But that doesn’t mean no one is watching the area around it. It will instead by monitored remotely by officers on an as-needed basis. St. Pete Police Chief Chuck Harmon said t...

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Florida Supreme Court Justices overcome Republican-backed campaign to oust them listen

11/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three Supreme Court Justices retained their seats on Florida’s high court despite a campaign by Republicans to oust them. Conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity dumped millions into ads calling on voters to reject what they call judicial activism.

Justices Peggy Quince, R. Fred Lewis and Barbara Pariente aren’t named in the ads, but they voted against putting the healthcare question on the 2010 ballot. Florida Supreme Court Justices have to be retained by voters every six ...

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Tampa Democrats celebrate Obama victory listen

11/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Democrats celebrated President Barack Obama’s reelection at the Museum of Science and Industry last night. The evening started quietly with a bit of cautious optimism. But after Iowa and Ohio were called for Obama putting him over the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the election, more than 1,000 supporters burst into uncontrollable cheers.

It took a good two minutes for the crowd to stop screaming, but even then Obama supporters were hugging complete strangers,...

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The F-word: Dems pry two seats from anti-fluoride Pinellas Commissioners listen

11/07/12 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the economy was a major factor driving voters to the polls yesterday, a pair of local races may have been decided along simpler lines. The Pinellas County Commission picked up two new Democrats who challenged their Republican opponents’ stance on fluoride in drinking water.

Not long after the polls closed Tuesday, Pinellas Commissioners Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock, both Republican incumbents, threw in the towel. The latter was down by five points; the former by nearly eleven....

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Republican Al Higginbotham reelected to Hillsborough County Commission listen

11/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two Hillsborough County Commissioners won reelection Tuesday.

Democrat Kevin Beckner defeated Republican challenger Margaret Iuculano.

Republican Al Higginbotham held off two challengers, Democrat Mark Nash and Joy Green who is not affiliated with any party. At the Republican Party of Florida election night reception in Tampa, Higginbotham said he was able to win despite the Democratic wave that swept Hillsborough County because of the effort of his campaign workers.

"We have work...

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Democrats trounce Republicans in several 2012 Hillsborough races listen

11/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former State Democratic Representative Bob Henriquez defeated outgoing state Senator Ronda Storms for Hillsborough County Property appraiser by a comfortable margin. More than 100 supporters met at a restaurant in Tampa to celebrate. Many of them, including Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen said some voters might have been turned off by Storms’ social views.

“There may have been Romney voters who, for one reason or another, either thought that Rhonda Storms’ social positions we...

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Technical glitch tells Pinellas voters Election Day is Wednesday listen

11/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Throughout the Tampa Bay area there have been several minor problems at polling places reported Tuesday ranging from sending people to the wrong precinct to telling voters Election Day is tomorrow.

Hundreds of voters received robo-calls from the Pinellas County elections office this morning that told them Election Day was tomorrow. Linda Walburn, a spokesperson for the office, said the voters were later called back with accurate voting information.

In a conference call this morning...

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Voters swamp the polls despite steady rain listen

11/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday to gray skies and a steady trickle of rain in the Tampa Bay area. But as That didn’t deter voters from showing up early in the morning to cast their ballots on Election Day.

Before doors opened to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg more than forty people were already waiting in line to vote. Marguerite Mastry Dawson was decked out in a stars and stripes jacket with matching scarf and even socks. She was the first one in line. Dawson said she was a ...

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