News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 30, 2014

AVON PARK HEARINGS - Mitch Perry

Tonight in Avon Park in Polk County, the 3rd and final Public Hearing on plans for new bombing at the Avon Park Air Force Range will take place, at the Avon Park Community Center.

After the Pentagon halted Navy Operations at Vieques in Puerto Rico in 2002, Pentagon officials said that military use at Avon Park could increase.

The Navy’s departure from Vieques was a huge win for most of the Puerto Rican people, who had protested the site for decades, claiming it created ...

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FLORIDAS MEDICAID RX LIST MAY BECOME DANGEROUSLY SHORT-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of patient protection groups issued a warning this morning, that Governor Bush’s plans to change the list of prescription drugs available under The states Medicare system could have grave consequences for many Floridians. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports

ACT-Frye “There are huge consequences of public health not being available…�

Jesse Frye is director of government affairs and advocacy with the AIDS institute, based in Tampa.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE BOMBING TESTS - Radioactivity

ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE NAVY PLAN TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE USE OF AVON PARK BOMBING RANGE FOR TESTS OF EXPLOSIVES AND OTHER LIVE AMMUNITION. Our guest Marian Ryan of the Sierra Club in Winter Haven was one of the people who made a presentation on the first night of a public hearing this week on possible expansion of the use of the bombing range. There was a lengthy piece in the Sunday Ledger (click for article) detailing the economic impact and the effects on about a dozen endangered specie...

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THE ELECTION REFORM COALITION IN PINELLAS COUNTY - Radioactivity

Arlin Briley and Len Schmiegge of the Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas County discussed the upcoming public Voting Issues Forum for voters to voice their concerns and share their experiences regarding recent elections. All citizens are welcome to attend. The Election Reform Coalition is an umbrella organization of Pinellas County chapters of political parties and community organizations with voting and election interests. The forums will be on Saturday, March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the...

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THE VIEW FROM CANADA - Radioactivity

THE VIEW FROM CANADA with Tom Philp, a special assistant to Paul Macklin an MP and leader in the Labor Party in Tampa. Macklin is a leader in the effort to legalize same sex marriage and to decriminalize marijuana. Philp spoke of the progress of those efforts. He also discussed the views of Canadians about U.S. foreign policy, especially the war in Iraq, prescription drug exports to the U.S. and the state of the Canadian health care plan. FMI

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DELAY CRITICIZES AARP ON ITS SOCIAL SECURITY STANCE - Mitch Perry

Republicans attacked the AARP as well as congressional Democrats today as they struggled to build momentum behind President Bush's call for personal investment accounts under Social Security.

The AARP, which claims 35 million members age 50 and over, is "against a solution that hasn't been written yet," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay after a closed-door meeting with the GOP rank and file.

He called the group's opposition to personal accounts irresponsible and hypothetical, adding...

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RETIRED CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT TOM FENTON ON HIS NEW BOOK "BAD NEWS" - Radioactivity

At a time when the world has been blindsided by failures of intelligence, veteran CBS News correspondent Tom Fenton gives us BAD NEWS: The Death of Reporting, the Business of News, and the Danger to Us All (ReganBooks: March 1, 2005) and reveals how the news media has betrayed our trust and endangered our democracy. In BAD NEWS Tom Fenton argues for more and better news: more foreign news, more context, and less fluff, celebrity news and infotainment. "We are not giving the public what it n...

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NEW PRISON COMMISSION FORMED - Mitch Perry

There are currently 2 million people serving in America’s prisons, but according to a new organization, nobody is looking closely at how they are being treated and how that treatment affects them as they return to society.

So, today a national Commission announced they will investigate Safety and Abuse in the county’s Prison facilities, by holding a series of public hearings over the next year……Their first Public Hearing will take place in Tampa next month....

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BUD CHILES DROPS OUT OF GOVERNOR'S RACE - Mitch Perry

Lawton "Bud" Chiles the Third is dropping out of the governor's race.

He's citing a provision in the state constitution that requires

a gubernatorial candidate to live in the state for the seven years

before the election.

 Chiles announced in January he was going to run for Democratic nomination for Governor that Jeb Bush will be leaving because of term limits.

 But a friend of his says that Chiles recently learned about the

residency restriction and decided to ...

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MAN, WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF MURDER, SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - Radioactivity

Juan Melendez and Abe Bonowitz, founder of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty appeared on the program to talk about the death penalty, cuts in funding to lawyers who represent people on death row, and the number of people wrongfully condemned to death by the state. Melendez shared his story of surviving almost 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongly convicted in Polk County, was exonerated and released in January, 2002. These events kick off three we...

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