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Wednesday October 22, 2014

Katherine Harris announcement not universally supported by state GOP-Mitch Perry

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported today that not everybody in the Florida Republican Party is convinced that Katherine Harris will be the only candidate to run for the GOP Senate nomination next year.

On Tuesday, Harris announced that – after much speculation- she would in fact, run for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson.

Unlike the race for Governor to succeed Jeb Bush, no other prominent Republicans had entered the race yet – waitin...

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SURVAILLANCE OF ACTIVISTS IN BREVARD COUNTY-Andrew Stelzer

Revelations that the Brevard county Sheriffs department, and the Melbourne police department were keeping records of peaceful political protestors have forced changes for the police, but community members are still wondering which agencies now have information about them. The surveillance was first discovered in January, when Jeff Nall, an organizer for a group called Patriots for peace organized an protest in the city of Melbourne on the day of president bush’s inauguration.

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City Council Honors Hyde Park Activist/WMNF Programmer- Mitch Perry

Today the Tampa City Council awarded a commendation to Hyde Park Activist and long time WMNF programmer Jeannie Holton Carufel this morning.

Jeanie Holton currently hosts the Saturday morning Folk Show ….Over the years, she has also hosted the Women’s Show, and the Bluegrass Hour.

But she will no longer be appearing before the Council, because after decades of living in South Tampa, she’s moving into Keystone, in Hillsborough County.

Upon learn...

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PAPER PLANTS TO USE GULF OF MEXICO AND OTHER WATER BODIES AS SEWER?

Our guest Linda Young is director of the Clean Water Network, Southeast. She says that three belching North Florida paper mills are going to be allowed to pipe their wastes to larger water bodies where people fish and swim, just because the companies claim that they can't meet water quality standards on the smaller rivers and creeks that they have already polluted and killed.

Young adds, "For years, the EPA has opposed the absurd idea that "dilution is the solution to pollution." The whole...

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DARYL ROUSSON CALLS FOR SOUTH ST PETE TO SUCEED-Andrew Stelzer

Today at the St Pete Tiger Bay club meeting on Snell Isle, St Pete NAACP president Daryl Rousson spoke about his brushes with the law, and came public about a proposal to have South St Petersburg become its own city, succeeding from St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.

ACT-Rousson “I am an angry black man on probation…

St Petersburg NAACP chief Darryl Rousson open his speech by talking about an incident last year ...

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UHURUS AND DARYL ROUSSON ON JARRELL WALKER-Andrew Stelzer

In St Pete, the controversy stemming from the Pinellas county sheriffs killing of Jarrell Walker, an unarmed 19 year old black man continues. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-brewer “I wasn’t in Childs park I was home…

Joanne Brewer, lives in the Childs park neighborhood in South St Petersburg. In front of the St Pete police station this morning. She spoke about what happened to her on May 8th, spoke about how she was treated on May 8th, when c...

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DID BUSH AND BUSH PAY OFFER TO PAY TO MUCH FOR EVERGLADES MINERAL RIGHTS?-Andrew Stelzer

In may of 2002, President Bush announced the administration's plans to acquire the mineral rights for land located in the Florida Everglades - from the Collier Resources Company. Governor Bush was on hand for the announcement, and he used it during his campaign to drag about how he was protecting Florida’s environment. But now the Interior Department's top investigator has issued a report saying that the government was trying to pay tens of millions of dollars more than the mineral ri...

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PROTEST TO DEMAND COVERAGE OF THE DOWNING STREET MEMO

A local group of activists is planning a protest tomorrow (June 9th; 4:30PM) at Media General/Channel 8/Tampa Tribune to demand coverage of the Downing Street Memo. That memo was written in 2002 by an aide to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In it the aide writes that the intelligence was being "fixed" to make the case for going to war in Iraq. Our guest was an organizer of the protest, Michelle Kenoyer. She says the media needs to cover the issue so the question of the Bush administration'...

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Supreme Court on Marijuana - a 48 hour perspective - Mitch Perry

In a 6-3 decision, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that those who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating Federal drug laws, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states.

Some medicinal marijuana advocates say the ruling is not as bleak as it sounded when the Court’s verdict came town. They take solace in Justice John Paul Stevens closing statement of his opinion, in which he wrote that the democratic proc...

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GRASSROOTS ELECTION REFORM COALITION CALLS FOR VOTING CHANGES IN PINELLAS

the Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas County has just issued a report on how to improve the county's election system. The coalition held two public hearings that were attended by hundreds of people. Our guests: Arlin Briley (Vice chair of the Pinellas Democratic Party), Mike Henkel (Co-Chair Green Party of Pinellas County), Leonard Schmiege (Citizen's Vote Verification Group), and Michael Gilson (Chair Libertarian Party of Pinellas County). Among the recommendations: implement a voter ver...

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