News & Public Affairs

Monday April 27, 2015

Eyewitnesses to U.S. military support for Colombia's government

Jane and Don Thompson of Bradenton have just returned from a Witness for Peace delegation to Colombia. The Thompson's are religious peace activists who say they have grave doubts about U.S. policy in Colombia. They say U.S. military aid ends up supporting an army which has little concern for human rights. They also say that killings of civilians by the paramilitary continue. Jane and Don say it is dangerous to advocate for peace or for labor rights in Colombia. They also say the spraying of c...

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4TH OF JULY on the Women's Show - Mary Glenney

Independence Day celebrated in music and spoken word, including "Sunscreen" by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and Granny D's commencement speech at Hampshire College (May 21, 2005). You can view the music playlist on the WMNF website.

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INTERVIEW WITH FRED TAYLOR, CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT NINE. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The term “Reagan Democrat� was coined in the early eighties to describe the many Democrats who participated and supported Ronald Reagan’s two terms in office. Some went so far as to switch parties completely, becoming Republican. In what may be a new trend, some of those who felt more comfort from the Reagan Era G.O.P., are increasingly finding discomfort with the policies and direction of the current administration, and congress. One such disaffected Republican is Fr...

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Katherine Harris advisors say they're not swayed by bad polls-Mitch Perry

Despite polls that show her trailing badly in a possible race for U.S. Senate next year, The Bradenton Herald reported today that Congresswoman Katherine Harris’s camp spirits are now improving with the results of an internal poll this week.

The poll was done by the Tarrance Group, a Republican polling and strategic research firm out of Washington...The results, according to pollster Ed Goeas,indicate that Harris need not worry at this time about the double –digit ...

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VOTERS ON BUSH SCHIAVO CASE: BUTT OUT!

According to a new poll, Florida voters are convinced Governor Jeb Bush is intervening in the Terri Schiavo case for political reasons and disapprove by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

But the survey of 1,248 registered voters in Florida by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute finds the Governor still getting a solid 49% approval rate.

The Survey also shows that most voters – 70 percent – do NOT want to see Bush further cement a political dynasty by runni...

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Activists Demand An Answer from Katherine Harris on Social Security- Mitch Perry

A coalition of groups held a press conference today outside Congresswoman Katherine Harris District office in Sarasota, calling on her to make her position known on the President Bush’s plans to partially privatize social security, and a new proposal just introduced by House Republicans which could come up for a vote within the next month. The groups, united under the umbrella of Floridians United to Protect Social Security, do not support any privatization of the system which woul...

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Al-Arian trial, Financial transfers during Ramadan, PIJ Document - by Lance Robson

The Prosecution began the day by calling Chicago resident Salah Da-owd(Daiod), an employee at the Middle East Financial transfer service, which specializes in money transfers between the US and Middle. Da-owd was asked to testify about financial transfers made by the Chciago Islamic Center, a mosque that two of Al-arian;s co-defendants have worked for.

The Prosecution discussed over twenty money transfers made in the name of the Chicago Islamic Center (as well as the American Muslim...

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Bayshore Task Force may reassess sidewalks on Bayshore -Mitch Perry

Citizens living along Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa raised objections today to a plan to add sidewalks on a portion of the western part of the road, used daily by tens of thousands of motorists.

The objections came during a meeting of the Bayshore Task Force, a group assigned by Mayor Pam Iorio over a year ago to study what could be done to make the road safer after 3 different fatalities occurred with a year.

Last December, Mayor Iorio allocated $200,000 from the city...

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"Pride Is Back" Rally

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A week and a half ago Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to forbid county government from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride events. That decision set off an avalanche of controversy, that the commission is still weathering. Now, members of the community from all walks of life are continuing to gather and speak out in hopes their efforts will result in the repeal of the ban. WMNF reporter Julie Togba attended the “Pride is Back� rally la...

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