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Monday November 24, 2014

LAUTENBERG COMPLAINS ABOUT GOP MEMO RE/SCHIAVO - Mitch Perry

Meanwhile, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg has written a letter to

Misissippi Republican Senator Trent Lott and Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, demanding an investigation into who distributed the “talking points� memo to Republicans regarding the relief legislation for Terri Schiavo last week.

That unspecified one page memo, distributed to Republican senators,called it an “ an import...

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WILL FLORIDA SHUT DOWN PUBLICALLY PROVIDED WIFI?-Andrew Stelzer

The issue of public access to wireless internet access came to national attention in 2004 in the state of Pennsylvania, when city of Philadelphia was launching their initiative to make the entire city a wireless hotspot, and the telecommunications industry tried to stop it from happening. Now Florida state legislators are considering several bills that would prevent towns and cities from setting up free public wireless internet hotspots—the laws are being pushed by giant telecommunica...

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CITY COUNCIL ON MUSEUM - Seán Kinane

Details of the proposed Tampa Museum of Art was discussed at today's Tampa City Council Meeting. WMNF's Seán Kinane files this report.

In one week the Tampa City Council will vote on whether to go ahead with the Museum of Art. Bonnie Wise, the director of Tampa's Revenue and Finance Department describes progress that has occurred since last week's meeting.

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TAMPA FINANCIAL REPORT & CITY AUDIT - Seán Kinane

Accountants from the city of Tampa presented the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at this morning's City Council meeting. WMNF's Seán Kinane reports.

Tampa’s annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept 30 2004, was completed without major problems. Chip Jones, accountant for the City of Tampa describes some of the city's most expensive programs and that a surprisingly small amount of the city's revenue comes from property taxes.

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DEBATE: SHOULD SOCIAL SECURITY BE PRIVATIZED? - Radioactivity

Two supporters of President Bush's concept to privatize part of Social Security (Kevin Wright a local activist with the group Generations Together -http://www.generationstogether.net/.- and Derrick Max, who runs two business groups: the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security and the Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security, or Compass) debated Bernard Wassow of the Century Foundation. "Scare Tactics: Why Social Security Is Not In Crisis" was written by Was...

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD - Mitch Perry

Last month the Attorney General in Kansas, a staunch opponent of abortion, demanded the medical records of nearly 90 woman and girls who had late-term abortions, saying he needs the material to investigate crimes.

The two abortion clinics involved in the case say the state has no right to such personal information and are fighting the request in the Kansas Supreme Court.

But Attorney General Phil Kline insists he needs the records because he has "the duty to investigate and p...

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FLORIDIANS MAY BE ABLE TO SHOOT PEOPLE IN THE STREET-Andrew Stelzer

Floridians may soon have a greater ability to shoot people on the street without legal repercussions. A bill introduced in the state legislature, which seems likely to pass, strengthens the ability of people to shoot intruders on their property, and gives them the ability to use a gun if they are threatened in a public space. The bill was authored by State Senator Durrell Peadon; his legislative assistant Roger Robinson, says current state law does not go far enough in protecting people who...

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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, ROD SMITH. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Democratic State Senator Rod smith, a relatively unknown quantity in South Florida, announced last month his intentions of running for the Governor’s office in 2006. Smith, of Alachua County, came to prominence as a prosecutor who brought to trial the case against Gainesville student killer Danny Rolling. Smith says he expects the high profile case to win him votes across Florida, a feat no Democratic candidate for Governor has done since Lawton Chiles was re-elected in 1994. Sm...

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CONGRESSMAN ADAM PUTNAM HOLDS TOWN HALL ON SOCIAL SECURITY-Andrew Stelzer

Florida State representative Adam Putnam was in Sun city center this morning, holding what he called a town hall meeting to discuss changes to the nations social security program. The republican party had previously had member of congress holding large public events, but because so many people came to complain and protest against the changes proposed by president Bush, they have changed to holding smaller meetings. About 80 people came to the meeting--almost all of the attendees were senior...

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