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Tuesday September 2, 2014

TONI JENNINGS ON CHILD ABUSE-Andrew Stelzer

There were 100,000 reported cases of child abuse in Florida in 2004. Today was the annual Child abuse Awareness luncheon, held by Joshua House, a local residence for abused children. Don Wallace is with Lazy Days RV center, the main sponsor of the annual fundraising luncheon

ACT “I didn’t sleep well last night…cause I was thinking about what those kids go through to have the people that all of us love abuse you how much shame they grow up with they feel like they...

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THE GROWING EFFORT TO ERASE THE WALL OF SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE - Radioactivity

Eddie Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in Beverly Hills, California. He is member of the board of directors of the Council for Secular Humanism and Chairs the Council's First Amendment Task Force. He is considered a leading expert in First Amendment law as it applies to free speech and to the separation of church and state. He discussed a recent conference in Washington DC in which leading conservative and Christian activists called for the impeachment of judges who do not adhere to a rel...

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BILL TO CURB CITIZEN INITIATIVE MOVES IN STATE SENATE - Mitch Perry

This morning in Tallahassee, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 1996, known as the “The Petition Fraud and Voter Protection Act� that would make it much more onerous for citizens to collect petitions to get a Constitutional Amendment on the Florida Ballot.

Critics say the proposed law creates 8 different ways to invalidate signatures collected by petition, including threatening jail time for Floridians with jail time up to 5 years for not turning...

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VOTING MACHINES - Mitch Perry

Dade studies switch to paper ballots

In 2001, Hillsborough County spent $12 million dollars to install touch screen voting systems. Virtually every other county in the state did as well, in the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida.

Now, the biggest County in the state to use touch screen – Miami Dade – has been asked to study eliminating the system in favor of paper-based balloting.

Miam Dade spent twice the amount of Hillsborough - $24 and a half m...

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CONFERENCE ON MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MILITARY-Andrew Stelzer

Thousands of members of the US military are in Tampa this week, learning how they can make their operations more environmentally sound and sustainable. This morning, at the joint Services Environmental Management conference, supporting the war fighter was the theme of Dr Paul Mayberry, The deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Readiness. Mayberry said that the armed forces is facing the challenge of needing a variety of larger environments to train in, both urban and natural, hot and cold we...

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THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY - Radioactivity

Al From, the CEO of a conservative wing of the Democratic Party- the Democratic Leadership Council is warning that MoveOn and Michael Moore have become the wrong "public face" of the Democratic Party. From says the party must be a big tent but that the the left-wing activists are turning off mainstream people. He says the party should re-focus efforts not on registering/turning out new voters- but capturing "frequent voters".

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NEW LOCAL BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION PROGRAM-Andrew Stelzer

Over the weekend, St Pete Times published an extensive report that finds Tax breaks given by State and local governments to businesses relocating to Florida often cost the state more than they bring in. This morning, in an announcement unrelated to the times report, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce has launched a new initiative to better serve local businesses that already exist. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

ACT “We spend a lot of time and effort recruiting new businesse...

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GINNY BROWN-WAITE ON JESSICA LUNSFORD, TERRI SCHIAVO AND SOC SEC. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Congressional District five’s Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite Held a Press conference today in Homosassa Springs today to announce new sexual offender legislation. House Resolution 1505, the “Jessica Lunsford Act�, would change existing laws by requiring released offenders to respond to more than one mailer sent out by probation officers; failure to do so would result in a one hundred thousand dollar fine, and one year of prison time. A second offense would result in ...

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LYNNE STEWART FACES CHARGES - Mitch Perry

Radical Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart awaits prison time after being convicted in February of providing material aid to terrorism and for lying to the Government .

The New York City based lawyer faces up to 30 years in jail for actions involved with her defense of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman,..…Rahman is serving a life PLUS 65-year sentence for conspiring to bomb several New York City landmarks and soliciting crimes of violence against the U.S. Military and Egyptian President ...

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