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Friday October 24, 2014

BILL NELSON HOLDS SOCIAL SECURITY TOWN HALL IN BROOKSVILLE-Andrew Stelzer

In support of President Bush and members of his administration have been traveling the country promoting this plan to privatize social security, USA Next, a conservative lobbying organization has announced that plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics attacking AARP, the retirees' organization, because AARP is opposing Bush’s plans. Meanwhile, many members of congress are taking their own tours, to speak to citizens about the privatization plan. Today, Fl...

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MININUM WAGE BILL IN JEOPARDY - Mitch Perry

The activist group ACORN, who led the way in pushing for an increase in the state’s minimum wage law last year, denounced legislation that passed in the state’s House Judiciary Committee yesterday.

ACORN contends that if the bill – sponsored by Representative David Simmons – passes through the legislature, it would make it easier for employers to get away withOUT paying the new state minimum wage of $6.15 starting on May 2nd.

But Simmons says ACORN ...

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INGRID NEWKIRK OF PETA II - Mitch Perry

The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.

Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.

Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...

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INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING - Mitch Perry

Earlier this month, WMNF reported that the Green Party of Hillsborough County was working to get a Tampa City Councilmember involved in sponsoring legislation that would bring Instant-Run off Voting, or IRV, to local elections.

Within the next couple of weeks, advocates for Instant Run-Off Voting, are now hoping to meet in front of the Sarasota City Commission.

IRV is a method of electing a single winner. It provides an alternative to plurality and runoff elections. In a plur...

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TAMPA AREA TENANTS ALLIANCE FORMING-Andrew Stelzer

Earlier this month, WMNF reported on residents of the Cinnamon Cove apartments in North Tampa, along 15th street, south of 125th Avenue. They were having trouble getting their landlord to do proper repairs and maintenance.

ACT-Santoro “They either flat refuse the repair, or say they will and then don’t, or when they get there, they dot do it correctly…

Bob Santoro is a resident of Cinnamon Cover apartments; he says for the past 2 and a half years they have...

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HOW THE RISE OF CHINA AS A SUPERPOWER CHALLENGES AMERICA AND THE WORLD - Radioactivity

Ted Fishman talks about his new book CHINA INC: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World (Scribner). China is on track to be the world’s leading manufacturing company by 2012, yet few Americans have any idea about its dramatic rise. How could they? Nothing like this has ever happened before. What will happen when China can make nearly everything that the U.S. and Europe can, at one-third of the cost? It's a dangerous question that not everyone wants answer...

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WMNF MEETS TO HEAR COMMUNITY WEIGH IN ON CANCELLING OF STRAIGHT TALK - Mitch Perry

Last night the Board of Directors at WMNF held their monthly meeting, where they heard the last formal grievance by Connie Burton. Burton’s 6 year tenure on the public affairs program “Straight Talk “ ended last month, when the staff of WMNF canceled the show, saying that as host, she was in violation of parts of the station’s mission statement.

On the first weekday of programming in the station’s new building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, d...

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PETA CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF BENETTON FOR CRUELTY TO SHEEP-Andrew Stelzer

People for the Ethical treatment of animals, or PETA has launched a campaign against the Australian wool industry, because of how the treat sheep.

SOUND “Most sheep in Australia are Marino sheep, in a cruel effort to reduce infestation, they conduct meulsing, and with no pain relief carve from their legs an rum,

this new video by PETA is available at savethesheep.com

SOUNDv Farmers carve away the flesh this is supposed to create a scar, but it gets infected a...

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INGRID NEWKIRK OF PETA I - Mitch Perry

The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.

Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.

Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...

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