News & Public Affairs

Friday April 18, 2014

80-20 INITIATIVE BY ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE - Grace Santos

80-20, the largest Asian American Organization in the United States, is a national non-partisan Political Action Committee dedicated to work for equality and justice for all Asian Americans. Last week, 80-20’s endorsement convention, consisting of 1/3 Republicans, 1/3 Democrats, and 1/3 Independents, announced it is unanimously endorsing Senator John Kerry for President. WMNF’s Grace Santos interviewed S.B. Woo, 80-20 Founder.

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Caribbean Hurricane Relief Group - Jen Germaine

Summary: Dr Trevor Purcell, chair of African-American Studies at USF, is calling attention to the hard hit islands in the Caribbean.

The Consulate General of Grenada released the following statistics to the Caribbean Hurricane Relief Group, CHRG: 5000 children are homeless approximately 60K people homeless 300 fatalities to date $15B in collateral damage ($6B usd) most hotels are damaged utility infrastructure seriously impacted medical facilities have been destroyed and seriously...

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STATE HOUSE CANDIDATES DEBATE AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

Candidates for 5 Seats in the Florida House of Representatives were invited to the Tampa Tiger Bay club for a debate this afternoon. While nobody showed up for District 62, there were 7 candidates for 4 other seats; while some of their agendas were surprising, there was a lot of talk about working hard for the people.

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‘for too long our voices haven’t been heard in Tallahassee…� Deborah cope is a democrat running for district ...

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MILITARY MOMS - Mitch Perry

Military Moms - Anne Richards - visit Tampa 8 women whose sons or husbands are in the military took their multistate bus tour to Tampa this morning to campaign for John Kerry and against the war in Iraq. The event took place in the backyard of a local Democratic Party activist, in the Beach Park section of South Tampa. And leading the women in their discussion was former Texas Governor Anne Richards, making her 2nd appearance in Hillsborough County in the last week (roll tape#1 o.q.�...

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TED DANSON SAYS GW BUSH ADMIN IS POISONING FLORIDIANS WITH MERCURY-Andrew Stelzer

A group of celebrities and activists came to Tampa today, to call on voters to realize the health dangers posed by the Bush Administrations environmental policies, especially those which have slowed increasing amounts . WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

ACT “its not just people from Hollywood, were talking about public health.�

Actor Ted Danson, who founded the non-profit American Oceans campaign 17 years ago, has been touring t...

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SARAH BIANCHI ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE - Mitch Perry

Yesterday Senator Kerry did not campaign, deciding to spend the entire day in Sante Fe, New Mexico, preparing for tonight’s debate.

One of those advisors helping him extensively for tonight’s debate is Sarah Bianchi, a Domestic Policy Advisor for the Kerry campaign. Bianchi previously worked under Vice President Gore, and under President Clinton

Health Care will invariably be discussed during tonight’s debate….We asked Sarah Bianchi what are the key aspects o...

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ACTIVIST FAIR AT USF-Andrew Stelzer

A poll taken yesterday of almost 800 students at the university of south Florida’s Tampa campus found that students favor George Bush by a one-point margin, 45 percent to Jon Kerry at 44 percent. The poll also found that Students favor amendment 1, which would require parental notification for a minor to have an abortion, by a 4-point margin, and they would vote to pass the amendment to raise Florida’s minimum wage by a 3 to 1 margin. Students preferred Betty Castor over Mel M...

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MINIMUM WAGE - Mitch Perry

In 3 weeks, voters will decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Florida a dollar to $6.15 an hour, and from $2.13 to $3.13 for tipped workers, with annual adjustments for inflation. If approved, the new wage would go into effect six months after being enacted. Employers violating it will be subject to a $1,000 fine. It would raise the annual salary of a minimum wage earner to $10,712, still 28 percent below the 2003 poverty level. Congress' most recent raise to the federal minimum wage...

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JEANNE SHAHEEN IN ROUNDTABLE FOR UNDECIDED WOMEN VOTERS-Andrew Stelzer

About 25 woman, and a couple of men, had lunch at the Mise en Place restaurant in downtown Tampa—the event was paid for by the state democratic party in collaboration with the Florida Victory 2000 campaign, supporting john Kerry and John Edwards. Although it was advertised to the media as a roundtable discussion with undecided women voters, there were only about 5 undecided voters in attendance—the rest were John Kerry supporters. Leading the discussion was Jeanne Shaheen, the...

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AL FRANKEN IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry & Farhad Sabet

Al Franken in Tampa

Over the weekend, satirist, Democratic Party activist, and now talk show host Al Franken performed at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center….The performance was a benefit for the Democratic National Committee….

Although WMNF was not allowed to record the comedian’s speech, WMNF’s Farhad Sabet was able to speak to many of those in attendance afterwards, and get their views on Al Franken, as well as on Friday night’s 2nd Presidential...

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