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Teachers protest in Pinellas County, demand more funding listen

02/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last year the Florida Legislature cut $1.35 billion from public education. Yesterday teachers and other education advocates protested the sweeping cuts at two busy intersections in St. Petersburg.

On the corner of 38th Avenue and 4th Street North, motorists honked in support of teachers. Educators lined all four corners of the intersection wielding signs demanding more funding. St. Pete High teacher Colleen Parker got a jump on her retirement becau...

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The Komen-Planned Parenthood Controversy

02/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. The AP is reporting that: " Supporters are rallying around Planned Parenthood after renowned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to cut breast screening grants to the reproductive health organization. Besides $400,000 in smaller donations from 6,000 people, Planned Parenthood is receiving $250,000 from a family foundation in Dallas and a $250,000 pledge announced Thursday by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to match fut...

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Prison privatization foe demoted In Tallahassee and a Ballot for America's Future

02/02/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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This morning we’ll talk about the removal of a state Senator yesterday from committee that oversees the prison budget- because the Senator has been critical of prison privatization plans.

And later we’ll talk about an effort to poll Americans on some major issues that are rarely talked about by candidates for national office.

First up today -- State Senator Mike Fasano of New Port Richey was removed from his position on a senate subcommittee that oversees spending on prisons and the...

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In Tampa U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services asks for support of health care law listen

02/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After only 18-months in office, President Barack Obama signed a health care reform law that stops insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition. But now he’s up for re-election. His rival opponents say they will work to have it overturned if they are elected. This afternoon, [Kathleen Sebelius](http://www.hh...

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In Sarasota, Planned Parenthood branch criticizes Komen decision to stop grants listen

02/02/12 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week a leading breast cancer foundation announced it will cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Some have said the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure was a reaction to pressure from pro-life groups opposed to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services. At a press conference in Sarasota yesterday Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida expressed its disappointment with the decision.

Barbara Zdravecky, president and CEO of [Planned Parenthood of Southwest...

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After lull, Gulf coast tourism in the Tampa Bay area continues to recover listen

02/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tourism along the Gulf Coast took a big hit following the 2010 BP oil disaster. The St. Pete – Clearwater area felt the impacts even though their beaches were unaffected. The St. Pete Beach Chamber of Commerce re-capped marketing efforts at an event yesterday which helped the tourism economy recover.

Doreen Moore owns Total Realty Services. That company rents condos a...

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Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida calls this week's ALEC meeting a “democracy killer”

02/01/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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ALEC is holding an education reform academy in the Jacksonville area beginning Friday; the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida is calling the meeting a “democracy killer” and suggests some Florida lawmakers may attend.

My guest today is Susan Smith – she’s president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. We are taking your calls about education bills in Florida and the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

One [bill introduced by state Rep. R...

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Mitt Romney victory speech in Tampa goes after Obama listen

02/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney won Florida’s primary, which gives him a leg up on the Republican nomination. In a celebratory speech in front of hundreds of supporters last night at the Tampa Convention Center, Romney shifted his criticism from party rival Newt Gingrich to President Barack Obama during a flood of cheers.

Florida’s winner-take-all 5...

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Discusion Of Yesterday's GOP Primary In Florida

02/01/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll discuss yesterday's GOP primary election here in Florida in which Mitt Romney won decisively over Newt Gingrich. First we'll talk about something that was rarely mentioned in the campaign leading up to yesterday's vote. That topic is Social Security. Our guest is Eric Kingson, professor at Syracuse University and co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign. FMI http://www.strengthensocialsecurity.org

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