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Wednesday April 16, 2014

STATEWIDE RALLIES FOR MINIMUM WAGE AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

This November, Floridians will vote on whether to raise the states minimum wage from 5.15 to 6.15 an hour. Last month, the amendment to the constitution officials collected enough signatures to be on the ballot, and today, Floridians for all, a coalition of community groups that’s pushing the ballot initiative, held rallies across the state to kickoff a campaign to educate the public about why its important to vote yes on amendment 5. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was at one of those r...

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VERIFIED VOTING WITH MARTINE ZUMANIS - Mitch Perry

Today was the 2nd day of Logic and Accuracy tests in some of the 15 counties in Florida that will use electronic voting machines later this month and in November. Members of the public are allowed to test out the equipment...

Martine Zumanis is a member of Verified Voting, a national organization that advocates the use of reliable and publicly verifiable elections in the U.S.

As a part of their Tech Watch Program, Zumanis , along with 13 other members of the public, showed u...

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TARIFFS PROPOSED ON IMPORTED SHRIMP. Mark Antokas

INTRO: On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept of Commerce proposed, at George W. Bush’s wishes, tariffs up to 112 percent on shrimp imported from China and Vietnam. The commerce department is asking for public comment on the tariffs and they are expected to rule on July 28th on whether to also propose duties on shrimp exported from other countries such as Brazil, Equador, India and Tailand. The proposed tariffs mean that the commerce department and the administration believe that the countries affe...

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VOTING RIGHTS EXPERTS DISCUSS BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS KEEPING ELIGIBLE VOTERS FROM 2004 ELECTION POLLS - Mitch Perry

A Voting Advocacy group says there are nearly 5 million Americans who are NOT eligible to vote because they have been convicted of felonies. Florida is one of 6 states that refuses to give automatic restoration of Civil and Voting Rights to those people who have paid their debt to society. But in the 40 something states that DO restore Voting Rights automatically, a significant amount of that population is never informed that they do have that right.

Robin Templeton is the Executiv...

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CAFTA PROTEST - Mitch Perry

Today the City of Tampa began the first day as host of new Free Trade negotiations between the U.S. and Panama.

Tampa is the 4th site of such negotiations.....The city is considered an ideal location because it has the closest major U.S. port to the Central American nation, and because of its significance for business and politics in the U.S.

The 5 day Conference began with a Business Forum at the Tampa Waterside Marriot...But outside the Marrioit, activists who fear an imp...

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SHRIMP TARIFFS GO INTO EFFECT. Mark Antokas

INTRO: ON Wednesday, July 28th, the Commerce Department ruled, at George W. Bush's wishes, to impose tariffs on imported shrimp, six nations are affected. FSRN's Mark Antokas has the story: SCRIPT: The Tariffs go into effect immediatly on farm raised shrimp from the countries of Vietnam, China, Brazil, Equador, India, and Thailand. The Southern Shrimp alliance brought the issue up, claiming that the U.S. was a "Dumping Ground" for seafood. John Williams is a Florida shrimper and the...

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JUAN SOSSA INTERVIEW - Mark Antokas

On April 17th, 1961, thirteen hundred members of a covert C.I.A. supported Counter-Revolutionary Cuban force stormed the beaches of Cuba. It was the beginning of a short military action which fast became a foreign policy debacle for President john F. Kennedy. When the conflict abated, one hundred fourteen members of the 2506 Cuban brigade were dead and almost twelve hundred were Castro’s prisoners. Juan Sossa was one. Even though over 40 years have passed, the memory of the failed inva...

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EX-CIA OFFICIAL ON 9/11 REPORT - Mitch Perry

Jeffrey Smith served as General Counsel for the CIA in 1995 and 1996. WMNF spoke to him today about the 9/11 Report, the recent terror alerts, and why the root of terrorism is rarely discussed in American media.

We began by asking him about one of the major recommendations from the 9/11 Report that was endorsed - somewhat - by President Bush on Monday. That being the recommendation of having a National Intelligence Director....But critics note that the President wants to authorize ...

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PETA PROTESTS SUSHI SHOWDOWN - Mitch Perry

Tonight beginning at 6:30, members of the animal rights group PETA- People For Ethical Treatment of Animals - are protesting in front of the Florida Acquirium in the Channelside District of Tampa, after learning that the Acquirium is hosting a fund-raiser they're calling a "Sushi Showdown", a cooking competition to raise money for an aquarium.

WIlliam Rivas-Rivas is from PETA...He says his group couldn't believe what they were hearing upon learning of the theme of tonight's fundraiser ...

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SENATE CANDIDATE SONYA MARCH - Radioactivity

Our guest during this segment was Sonya March, candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. March attended public school in St. Petersburg, is a pilot, an Air Force veteran, and a patent attorney. This is her first run for office and among her positions: she advocates an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, she is in favor of equal pay for equal work, she opposes abortion, she backs the President's policy on Iraq, and she doesn't think the Iraq war has hurt efforts to combat terrorism...

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