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Friday October 24, 2014

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What's happening to the American middle class?

After the economic downturn 7 years ago- wages have not recovered college tuitions are skyrocketing, low paying service jobs are on the rise. Young people fear they will not be as financially well off as their parents- -given what’s happening to the US economy.

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks to the author of WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM, Hedrick Smith.

Historians and philosophers have long pointed out that a strong middle class is a basis for a stable democracy. Aristotle sa...

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From A Woman's POV covers Super Storm Sandy anniversary and Moral Mondays in Florida

Whether they are totally driven by humans or the vicissitudes of nature, in order to survive, we have to be able to center and orient ourselves. We start with Superstorm Sandy. We are coming very close to the second anniversary of that extraordinary, cataclysmic event. When the seemingly impossible merger of a hurricane and an extra-tropical northeaster cyclone barreled in to one of the most populous and powerful centers of the world.

What was that weather event? Why were we so unprep...

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Residents and panelists discuss medical marijuana in South St. Petersburg

A forum in South St. Petersburg last night brought together panelists who support and oppose the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Florida. Most of the residents who squeezed into the conference room in Childs Park support Amendment 2.

The nearly 40 people on hand overwhelmingly support passing the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. But one of the panelists, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, urges a “no” vote.

Occasionally...

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Part of the 2014 general election ballot listing the candidates for governor.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tens of thousands in Hillsborough have voted by mail as early voting set to begin

Many Florida voters have received their ballots by mail, and thousands have returned completed ballots.

Early in-person voting opened this week in Pinellas County and opens Thursday in Hillsborough and in other counties in the region.

WMNF asked Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer about election turnout so far.

Election Day is November 4.

*Here is much more [information about voting in all counties](https://www.wmnf.org/blog_posts/2...

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Congressman James Clyburn


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Congressman James Clyburn joins Radioactivity to discuss voter rights

Today on Radioactivity we hear from Congressman James Clyburn who will be the keynote speaker this Saturday at the Hillsborough NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner at the Hilton in downtown Tampa.

Congressman James Clyburn is from Sumter, South Carolina, He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old, helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College, and even met his wife Emily in jail during one of his i...

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Florida Gov. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie


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Libertarian candidate for Florida Gov. Adrian Wyllie joins Radioactivity

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist hold their final debate tonight on CNN. The 7 p.m. debate will take place in Jacksonville. CNN has notified both candidates that its rules specify no electronic equipment - including fans - for the face-off.

And while Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie's legal challenge to get into last week’s debate wasn't successful, the third-party candidate is doing his own live webcast in Jacksonville to respond to debate questions. Wyllie joins Radioacti...

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Students rally against Rick Scott at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.


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USF students rally against Rick Scott

TAMPA - It’s two weeks until Election Day and some University of South Florida students are rallying against Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, a small gathering at the Tampa campus gave Scott a failing grade on education and women’s rights.

Alison Strand is a campus Democrat who helped organize the rally.

“I’m tired of having a governor who doesn’t care about students,” said the 19-year-old. “[Rick Scott] doesn’t care about what’s best for us…We’re leaving school with $20,000, $40,00...

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Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg

A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life"

Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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