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Sunday November 23, 2014

William Pryor Nomination Opposed - MITCH PERRY

This week some of President Bush’s most controversial Judicial nominees are expected to be confirmed to the Bench – after 14 Senators 2 weeks ago negotiated an impasse to what had been termed a possible “Nuclear Option�…

Senate Democrats agreed to allow for an up and down vote for Justices Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor.

Today, a coalition of groups, including leading Gay organizations, lambasted the selection of Pryor ...

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MUSA YAZID VIGIL - MITCH PERRY

Friends and families of a 33 year old Black man who fatally shot last month by 2 Tampa Police Department officers held a Candlelight Vigil for him last night in West Tampa.

About 50 people showed at Freedom Park to pay tribute to Musa Yazid, formerly known as Gregory Sanderson.….

Yazid was pulled over on May 19th for a traffic violation…But things went horribly wrong shortly after that..Tampa Police say that Yazid gave them a false name, although his mother says he had...

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LAND OF SUNSHINE/STATE OF DREAMS: A Social History of Modern Florida with Dr. Gary Mormino

On the eve of Pearl Harbor Florida was the smallest state (population wise) in the South. Today it is a megastate, the fourth largest in the nation. In his latest book Mormino explores how Disney, Social Security, slick developers, air conditioning and DDT contributed to Florida's modern growth boom. Mormino discussed with WMNF the impact of such things as the Cuban Revolution and creative newspapermen made Florida a magnet for immigration. He also described how the environmnet was pushed to ...

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CAFTA in Jeopardy on Capital Hill-MITCH PERRY

As the House returned from its Memorial Day break today, , CAFTA-DR supporters, who include many business and agriculture groups and most House Republicans, kick off a monthlong sprint to bring the agreement to a floor vote before the July 4th recess.

CAFTA proponents already face a daunting legislative calculus. Ohio Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown who has been leading House opposition to the pact, said before last week’s congressional recess that he had amassed 4...

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SCHOOL VOUCHERS ARGUED AT STATE SUPREME COURT-Andrew Stelzer

The Florida State Supreme court heard arguments this morning from both supporters and opponents of the states school voucher program. Lower courts have ruled that one particular voucher program is unconstitutional because it diverts public money to religious institutions which use it to promote their religion. The future of the first statewide voucher system in the nation now hangs in the balance. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

The Opportunity Scholarship program being contested i...

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Al-Arian trial, Opening Statements day two - by Lance Robson

The Defense argues that instead of using charities and think tanks as a front for racketeering… these men were actually involved in actual scholarly and charitable activities… and that the government will be hard pressed to show otherwise.

According to the Prosecution all the men on trial are hardened terrorists that are intent on waging economic jihad that is financially supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and their violent actions for more than a decade.

Finan...

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INTERVIEW WITH DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ALBERT FOX OF THE CUBA POLICY FOUNDATION. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The Cuban Trade Sanctions Reform Act was signed into law by President Bush on May 2, 2004 in order to punish Fidel Castro. But many in the Cuban American Community insist that it only hurts their families back on the island nation. The Reform Act limits the amount of family visits to Cuba to once in three years, and forbids the sending of money. The founder and president of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, Albert Fox, was in Tampa recently, and WMNF’s Mark A...

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SUNCOAST NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PRESIDENT GEORGE KISH

George Kish and Debbie Butts of the SNPS discussed the importance of landscape plants that are compatible with Florida's environment. George and Debbie said native plants are superior to non natives on a variety of levels. They grow well in Florida's harsh environment. Native plants provide a habitat for native and desirable animal species. Non-natives are sometimes invasive, can grow beyond the confines of one's own property and drive out native varieties- to the detriment of the environment.

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Janice Rogers Brown set to be Confirmed - MITCH PERRY

With the prevention of the so-called Nuclear Option 2 weeks ago, some of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees will likely be confirmed this week…

None has been more controversial for the District Court of Appeals than California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown….

Although Senate Democrats have negotiated an up or down vote on her, Liberal Activists, as well as House Democrats – such as the Congressional Black Caucus – still are ...

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BUSH AT OAS MEETING IN FT LAUDERDALE- MITCH PERRY

This morning in Fort Lauderdale, President Bush address the Organization of American States General Assembly Meeting. His speech follows Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s speech last night , in which she singled out Bolivia, Ecuador and Haiti as countries that need help in overcoming chronic instability……

Those remarks were seized upon by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who called the U.S. proposal a ploy to justify U.S. Intervention in the hemisphereââ...

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