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Thursday December 18, 2014

FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT ASKS FOR RATE INCREASE-Andrew Stelzer

Florida Power and light has requested permission from the public service commission to increase its electricity rates. The increase would cost each customer approximately 3 to 4 dollars per month. Several hearings have been held throughout the state, where Florida Power and Light begins by presenting its case for rate increase which would bring them 430 million dollars more every year. Today at the county administration building in Sarasota, the Public Service Commission, or PSC, heard fro...

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FORMER CIA AGENT LARRY JOHNSON ON ROVE CONTROVERSY

This week the questions regarding how the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame was made public have dominated the media. Plame, the wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, was outed by columnist Robert Novak. Some Bush administration critics think the outing was both illegal and in retaliation for an op-ed piece written by Wilson suggesting President Bush made untruthful statements about uranium and Iraq during his 2003 State of the Union speech. In the growing controversy the Republican National...

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Hillsborough County Democratic Party Chair accused of financial irregularities- by MITCH PERRY

The Hillsborough County Democratic Party, which has struggled in recent years due to the growth in the outlying areas of the County which has voted more conservative in recent years, is also facing internal battles.

Late last week, the Vice Chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, Bob Keenan, wrote a letter to the new State Party Chair, Karen Thurman, outlining a series of criticisms against the DEC Chair, Janee Murphy.

WMNF contacted State Cha...

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CONSTIITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW STUDNETS TO BREAK UP SCHOOL DISTRICTS-Andrew Stelzer

A Delray beach state representative is pushing for a constitutional amendment which would allow voters to split up county-wide school districts, and create smaller districts. Representative Adam Hasner says that Florida has 7 of the 20 largest school districts in the country, and its not working out for the people.

ACT-hasner “in some case here in south Florida was have 180, …and its just too large, parents don’t have the ability to have local control..�

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Al-Arian trial, Relavent semantics, FBI Translator - by Lance Robson

After three days of admitting transcripts and Conversations into evidence, attorney for Sami Al-Arian, Linda Moreno, had her turn to cross examine Fbi translator Tashin Ali on

Moreno’s questions about the selective nature of evidence the Prosecution asked FBI hired translator Tahsin Ali to work on were confirmed. He said he played no part in selecting what conversations or faxes were to be translated, but admitted Fbi agents and prosecutors involved in the case briefed him...

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GOVERNOR BUSH SIGNS LAWS TO CHANGE OUR ELECTION SYSTEM

Last month Governor Bush signed into law sweeping election legilsation that will change the way we vote. The law received little media coverage as it was being debated in the legislature. But on the program today to tell listeners about the changes was Karen Burns, the co-president of the League of Women Voters in the St. Petersburg area. Burns discussed the shortening of the hours for early voting, the elimination of the primary runoff, and the expansion of the campaign spending cap statew...

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GOVERNOR BUSH SIGNS LAWS TO CHANGE OUR ELECTION SYSTEM

Last month Governor Bush signed into law sweeping election legilsation that will change the way we vote. The law received little media coverage as it was being debated in the legislature. But on the program today to tell listeners about the changes was Karen Burns, the co-president of the League of Women Voters in the St. Petersburg area. Burns discussed the shortening of the hours for early voting, the elimination of the primary runoff, and the expansion of the campaign spending cap statew...

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INCOME EQUITY ACT-Andrew Stelzer

The growing gap in salaries between corporate chief executive officers, or CEOs, and the lower level employees of the companies they are in charge of has been one of the most glaring examples of the increasing class inequality in the United States. One member of congress has been trying for more than a decade to rein in the method by which corporations use exorbitant CEO salaries as a tax deduction, and he reintroduced his legislation today, hoping that this time he can garner enough support...

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GOVERNOR BUSH SIGNS LAWS TO CHANGE OUR ELECTION SYSTEM

Last month Governor Bush signed into law sweeping election legilsation that will change the way we vote. The law received little media coverage as it was being debated in the legislature. But on the program today to tell listeners about the changes was Karen Burns, the co-president of the League of Women Voters in the St. Petersburg area. Burns discussed the shortening of the hours for early voting, the elimination of the primary runoff, and the expansion of the campaign spending cap statew...

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EXXON MOBIL BOYCOTT-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of environmental and citizens advocacy groups has launched a boycott of Exxon Mobil products to protest the company's challenges to warnings about global warming and its support for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The boycott is part of a planned public relations campaign across the United States to brand Exxon Mobil, the country's biggest oil company, as an "outlaw," The groups involved, which range from the sierra club to moveon.org, to greenp...

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