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Saturday July 4, 2015

Constitutional Scholar Eddie Tabash Discusses the Roberts' Confirmation Hearings and Church-State Issues

Eddie Tabash is a lawyer, a part time judge, the son of a Holocaust survivor, and a secular humanist. His experiences lead him to believe strongly in church-state separation. That wall is being weakened, he says, by GWB's nominees to the federal bench. He says at least one Supreme Court justice (Clarence Thomas) believes that states may recognize an official religion. Because of that the high court is in a precarious balance and our civil liberties are at stake. Tabash says that as the countr...

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LEGAL CHALLENGE FILED TO GAY MARRIAGE BAN AMENDMENT-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of civil rights groups has filed a challenge to the proposed amendment to the Florida constitution that Would ban gay marriage, on the grounds that the ballot language misleads voters about what it will do, and it addresses more than one issue. Polls have shown that although Floridians do support a ban on gay marriage, they also support other legal rights for domestic partners. This morning, a press conference was held in Joe Chillura courthouse park in downtown Tampa, to let the...

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DARDEN RICE HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING-Andrew Stelzer

The primary election for the St Petersburg city council will be held next Tuesday, September 27th. One of the most contentious races is for the district 6 seat, where there are 4 people running to challenge incumbent Earnest Williams. One of those candidates, Darden Rice, held a town hall meeting at the Enoch Davis center Tuesday night to hear from her constituents. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.

The main issues discussed during the 2 hour discussion were ...

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Fundraiser for Local Man Who has No Health Insurance

Mark Beiro is a part-time radio talk show host on WFLA. He is one of 45 million Americans who have no health insurance. Earlier this year, after running low on money, he fialed to take his diabetes medication. His health began to deteriorate and, ultimately, he was hospitalized. For a time his condition was touch and go, but after several days he began to recover and was released. The approximately week long stay in the hospital will cost Beiro tens of thousands of dollars, none of which is c...

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Discusses the Iraq War

McGovern served as a CIA analyst and Presidential briefer for 27 years (ending his service under the George HW Bush administration.. He's become an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, saying that intelligence was manipulated by the Bush administration to build public and Congressional support for invading Iraq in 2003. McGovern says the real motives were to build permanent U.S. military bases and to control Iraq's vast oil wealth. McGovern says that among the documents prooving that intelligenc...

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JANEE MURPHY STEPS DOWN AS HILLSBOROUGH PARTY CHAIR-By Mitch E. Perry

Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Janee Murphy last(Monday) night resigned during the Party’s monthly meeting.

Murphy has been under unrelenting attacks from fellow Party members since nearly the day she took over the Chair in March of 2003. She was re-elected to the post last December.

Her resignation came as a Subcommittee of the Democratic Executive Committee –or DEC- the Credentials Committee, wa...

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ANTI-WAR CRITICS STOPPED FROM GOING TO MANATEE SCHOOLS- By Mitch E. Perry

In the past few weeks, WMNF has aired several stories about the group Veterans for Peace being shut out of addressing students at schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough.

Anti-war activists like Veterans for Peace say they just want equal time – since the Military is allowed by Federal Law to address and actively recruit high school students. The No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts to allow recruiters on campus and provide them with the names, addresses and ...

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County Commissioner says Not Enough Attention paid to CIT public hearing - By Mitch E. Perry

CIT Tax

As we reported last Friday on the Evening News, a mysterious e-mail sent out by a previously unheard of group, Hillsborough Tax Watch, alerted Hillsborough Citizens about a discussion on the Community Investment Tax at this coming week’s County Commission Meeting.

The Community Investment Tax, or CIT, was approved by County citizens in 1996. The highly controversial half cent sales tax was used in part to build Raymond James Stadium, the home since 1998 to the Tam...

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BLACK STUDENTS AT U OF F PROTEST KAYNE NI**A CARTOON-Andrew Stelzer

A cartoon of Kayne West and Condoleezza Rice in a student newspaper at the University of Florida which contained the word “nigga� has several black student groups calling for a boycott of the paper. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-knight ‘because of the use of the word nigga we found it offensive and had to let the alligator know how we felt s a minority community…�

Krystalee Knight is a junior at UF, and the president of Gi...

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Online colnsortium of university classes offers free courses for Displaced Katrina Students-By Mitch E. Perry

As institutions, churches and organizations around the country race to help save lives through aid relief in the Gulf region, universities –like USF locally, are also using all available resources to offer assistance to get life back on track for the thousands of students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Now 2 University of Illinois administrators have created a website to provide a quality online education for up to 10,000 displaced students – at no cost to them.

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