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A Look Back at this Week's RNC with Dan Ruth and Libertarian Republicans Dissent at the Republican Convention

08/31/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll get Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth's take on the just-completed Republican National Convention including the speeches last night by Mitt Romney, Clint Eastwood, and Marco Rubio. And we'll hear from Libertarian-leaning Republicans who were upset that some pro-Ron Paul delegates were not seated at the convention. One major story from the convention that did not get much reporting—the anger by Ron Paul supporters, ...

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Some low income families being forced onto the streets of Charlotte ahead of Democratic National Convention listen

08/31/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C. for their national party convention, an Op-Ed in the Charlotte Observer voiced concern over the fact that many low-income families in that city are being displaced from relatively affordable “extended stay” motels that have jacked up their rates to as high as $300 a night ahead in an effort to cash in on the DNC that begins on Tuesday. According to the Observer:...

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University of CA Irvine Professor David Meyer discusses low protestor turnout for Republican National Convention listen

08/31/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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It's being reported that law enforcement outnumbered protestors at this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa by as much as 4 to 1. The most anticipated "March on the RNC" on Monday was expected to draw some 5,000 people but instead drew a few hundred. Weather was definitely a factor as Florida's entire Gulf coast was under a tropical storm warning from Isaac. ...

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Last Call Friday: the RNC Wrap up

08/31/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's "post RNC" show we were joined by Tampa activists Life Malcolm and Kelly Benjamin, who were involved in organizing many of the protests covered by WMNF reporters and other local media.

We also heard from UC Irvine Sociology Professor David Meyer on why the projected number of RNC protestors differed so dramatically from the the actual turnout. And we heard from the head of the Charlotte N.C. area [Salvation Army](http...

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Anarchists continue peaceful protests in streets of Tampa on final night of Republican convention listen

08/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For a fifth straight day protests of the Republican National Convention were peaceful. More than 100 demonstrators, many of whom described themselves as anarchists – marched through the streets of downtown Tampa until after midnight, after the convention was over.

The celebrations ended soon after a steady trickle of convention delegates and alternates made their way north on Ashley. That’s the scene of the only close encounters between protesters and a few dozen convention-goers. A f...

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Anti-pollution activists lock themselves together at TECO plant - police use saws to free them listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Seven environmental activists locked themselves down yesterday during a direct action at the TECO power plant in Apollo Beach. Even though police spent hours cutting the locks that linked protesters no one was arrested.

Earth First! activist Leah Rothchild wanted to use the Republican National Convention as a loudspeaker for the group.

“Because this is the dirtiest coal burning power plant in the state of Florida and TECO whose power plant it is, theyâ€...

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Journalists and suspected activists denied entrance to 'public' Citizens United film screening listen

08/31/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Several people, including journalists, were denied access to a film screening about the Occupy movement Thursday. The film sponsored by Citizens United was described as being free and open to the public on the last day of the Republican National Convention. WMNF’s Liz McKibbon was one of the people denied access. This is her story:

I arrived at downtown Tampa’s Liberty Plaza with ticke...

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Outside Republican convention, Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee use film to push parent trigger education policy listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush used the Republican National Convention as a platform to garner support for so-called parent trigger legislation. During a panel discussion at the Straz Center for the Arts Tuesday, Bush said states need massive overhauls to their education systems.

“We have a third of our kids that are college or career ready despite spending more per student than any country in the world. We can say, ‘U.S.A. number one’, we can be proud that we won all these meda...

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Last Night's Speeches from the RNC

08/30/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll listen to portions of the speeches from last night’s Republican National Convention. And we’ll open up the phone lines to get your comments about the speeches and all the events related to the RNC.

We’ll start with excerpts from Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s speech. Paul’s father Ron Paul- the leader of the Libertarian wing of the GOP was not given a speaking slot at the Convention and his ba...

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Political conventions' purpose

08/30/12 Mitch E. Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Julian Zelizer, a professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, came on the program to discuss the importance (or lack thereof) of political conventions in the year 2012, and what were the goals of Mitt Romney in Tampa this week.

Also, what was with the lack of activism in Tampa? Activist Kelly Benjamin came on the program to discuss.

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Colonel Ann Wright talks about her involvement with Code Pink

08/30/12 Colonel Ann Wright/Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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One of the most notable groups to come to Tampa to protest during the Republican National Convention was Code Pink. Members participated in numerous demonstrations calling for an end to US military involvement and women's rights. Colonel Ann Wright is a retired 20 year military office who opened the first US Embassy in Afghanistan and then resigned in frustration over the Iraq war. She spent the next two decades in the US...

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Robin Marty a senior editor on RH Reality Check discusses Todd Akin's comments

08/30/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Robin Marty, a senior editor for RH Reality Check, discusses the comments of Rep.Todd Akin from Missouri. RH Reality Check is an internet web sight that updates reproductive issues of women. Robin compares Todd Akin's beliefs to those of most Republican lawmakers and questions if Akin is that different from the policies and issues held by Paul Ryan and others. Robin discusses the bills and issues that have been introduced and fought for in Congress and feels that Todd Akin is "mainstream" ...

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Adelle Stan discusses what she has observed at the Republican National Convention

08/30/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Adelle Stan, the Washington Bureau chief for AlterNet, relates her observations at the meetings she has attended at the RNC in Tampa. Adelle is particularly expert on issues regarding the religious right and money in politics. For more information go to alternet.org and put in the search for Adelle Stan. Stan's writings are commonly seen on the Huffington Post, American Prospect and other media sources.

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Tampa Police give leftover Republican convention lunches to Romneyville homeless camp listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police presence around the Romneyville camp has been tight this week, but today they showed up not for security, but to hand out food. Hundreds of left over boxed lunches were given to people sleeping in tents in downtown Tampa.

Inside the white boxes were massive sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit. Most of the people staying at Romneyville don’t have homes and often wonder where their next meal will come from. The camp had a bus that...

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Romneyville campers may struggle with finding a place to sleep after Republican convention listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Romneyville camp in downtown Tampa was set up as a place for both protesters and people without homes to sleep during the Republican National Convention. Now that the event is drawing to a close people are going to have to start finding other places to go.

Shortly after all of the delegates and journalists leave Tampa, Romneyville residents will have to pack up their tents and go somewhere else. The Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign leased the property where they’r...

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