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Wednesday May 27, 2015

Les Miller running for Congress- Mitch E. Perry

Les Miller is the Senate Minority Leader in the Florida Legislature. He was elected to the State Senate in 2000, after previously representing the Tampa area as a House Member since 1992.

With Jim Davis’ decision earlier this year to leave his Congressional seat he has held since 1996, Senator Miller announced that he would run for that seat.

We interviewed the Senator this afternoon..We began by asking him his thought about the goal to have constitutional amendments approved to...

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HURRICANE EVACUEES HAVE HOUSING PROBLEMS-Andrew Stelzer

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, more than half a million gulf coast residents have been displaced. Today Housing and homeless advocates held a conference call to get answers from FEMA about the difficulties Hurricane evacuees are having getting housing assistance. Jack Schuback, the individual assistance specialist at FEMA, began by reading off statistics about how many people had contacted FEMA so far.

ACT “as of last night, we had ### shelters open..we want to gi...

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News Teleconference on Gas Act 2005- Wilmer Ramirez

A NEW ENERGY BILL IS PASSED TODAY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE HIGH ENERGY COSTS. THE GASOLINE FOR AMERICA’S SECURITY ACT HAD A CLOSE VOTE OF 212 TO 210. EARLIER TODAY A TELECONFERENCE WAS HELD WITH KEY OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT THE ACT AND HOW THIS BILL IS TAKING AN OPPOSITE DIRECTION FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. WMNF’S WILMER RAMIREZ LISTENED IN AND FILED THIS REPORT…

IN A TELECONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE APOLLO ALLIANCE, AN ORGANIZATION PROMOTIN...

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"TOUGH CHOICES" REPORT ON FLORIDAS ECONOMIC FUTURE-Andrew Stelzer

Researchers at the University of Florida and Florida state University have released a new report warning that the State of Florida will likely see an economic slowdown in the next five years, and legislators must be prepared to make difficult decisions about how to keep the state financially afloat.
The bipartisan study, directed by the Leroy Collins institute at FSU, lists several possibilities for how to handle a decrease in revenue—changing the voter approved class size amendmen...

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Al Fox running For Congress - By Mitch E.Perry

Al Fox

61 year old Tampa Native and Washington Lobbyist Al Fox made news earlier this week with the latest Democrat to enter into the race to succeed Jim Davis in Congress reported that he has raised close to $170,000 for his campaign – after only declaring his candidacy 6 weeks earlier.

Fox is best known as being a strong advocate for trying to eliminate the trade embargo with Cuba, now going strong for 45 years.

So far this year, WMNF has interviewed Kathy Castor, Scott Fe...

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Michaelangelo Signorile author of HITTING HARD

Signorile is a gay activist, columnist and commentator. He's regarded as the father of the "oting movement". In this interview on WMNF's Radioactivity program he discussed gay marriage bans, outing of conservative political figures, safe sex and the transgendered movement.

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David Rothkpf author of RUNNING THE WORLD, the new book about the NSC

Never before in the history of mankind have so few people had so much power over so many. The people at the top of the American national security establishment, the President and his principal advisors, the core team at the helm of the National Security Council, are without question the most powerful committee in the history of the world.Yet, in many respects, they are among the least understood. A former senior official in the Clinton Administration himself, David Rothkopf served with and ...

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School Board Member reacts to Commissioner Storms on Concurrency Issues-By Mitch E. Perry

As we reported last night, the Hillsborough County Commission yesterday proposed that a Task Force be formed to look at whether development should be restricted to match classroom capacity.

Among the ideas on the table include a higher sales tax, higher impact fees on new houses, or both to help pay for more classrooms.

In proposing those two motions yesterday, County Commissioner Ronda Storms also slammed School Board Members and new Superintendant Mary Ellen Elia for wh...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTE AGAINST GAY PROTECTION- By Mitch E. Perry

Nearly 4 months after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to ban endorsing gay pride events in the County, the hurt and anger in the gay community continues to reverberate.

Yesterday,,the lone Commissioner who voted against that resolution, Democrat Kathy Castor, proposed a resolution to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation for private and public employees in the County.

But not only did the majority of the Commission reject Castor’s proposal...

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Defenders of Wildlife Release Report on ten Most Endangered Wildlife Refuges- By Mitch E. Perry

The environmental group Defenders of Wildlife released a report today on the Ten Most Endangered National Wildlife Rufuges in the country.

At the top is the most famous refuge in the country, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. And Florida’s Panther National Wildlife Refuge also make the organization’s top ten Most Endangered refuges.

Noah Matson is the Director of the Federal Lands Program for Defenders of Wildlife. WMNF asked him about the refug...

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