News & Public Affairs

Tuesday July 22, 2014

PINELLAS TAX FOR EDUCATION - Mitch Perry

Pinellas voters yesterday resoundingly approved a property tax increase to raise teacher pay and bolster programs in public schools…

The measure will bring an additional $26-million a year in revenue.

Teachers saw it as a vote of confidence in a year when soaring medical insurance premiums, small salary increases and increased pressure from government accountability programs combined to bring down morale.

Supporters said the measure also sent a message to state lawmakers that F...

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BLAIR/BUCKHORN RACE - Mitch Perry

In District 6, the closest local race of the night, former Professional wrestler Brian Blair has a narrow lead over Bob Buckhorn..With all precincts reporting, Blair had 216, 430 votes, or 50.28% of the vote, while Buckhorn had 214,062, or 49.72 percent…

Last night Buckhorn said he knew the race would be tight (roll tape#1 o.q.�either way�)

Blair is a former professional wrestler and owner of 4 Gold’s Gyms.. He lost to Pat Frank in a surprisingly strong ...

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PAT FRANK WINS CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT RACE - Mitch Perry

In the race for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Pat Frank continues her political career, winning that position against her former Republican County Commission colleague, Chris Hart….The race was close, and now Frank replaces Richard Ake, who has been in the position for 18 years…

But Frank’s Election to Clerk of the Circuit Court is bittersweet for some Hillsborough Democrats…That’s because Frank left her County Commission seat halfway thru her termâ...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS RACE - Mitch Perry

In the race for the Supervisor of Elections, Republican incumbent Buddy Johnson – despite a series of mistakes leading up to the election – won by a 56% to 44% margin over Democratic challenger Rob McKenna…….

The 33 year old McKenna, a computer programmer for the Eckerd Corporation, campaigned on a platform demanding a paper trail for the Touch Screen Voting Machines used in Hillsborough and 14 other counties in Florida.

McKenna was an organizer in ...

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE PASSES-Andrew Stelzer

Last night, 71 percent of Floridians vote to increase the states minimum wage to 6.15 an hour—it will be the first increase since 1997. Amendment 5 was one of the least controversial of the 8 constitutional amendments on the ballot this year, polls leading up to the election consistently showed voters would support an increase in the minimum wage. ACORN was one of the groups that organized the campaign; WMNF spoke to Frank Houston the state field director for Florida ACORN about what...

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CASTOR/MARTINEZ RACE - Mitch Perry

In the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, there a 3rd Party candidate, Dennis Bradley, running on the Veterans Party Ticket….In some polls, he is drawing near 2% in the Polls, which could make his participation critical in the Senate Race.

WMNF spoke to Dennis Bradley yesterday from his home in Kissimmee…He said he’s been a registered Democrat AND Republican in the past, but says the Veterans Party fulfills his conservative beliefs. He now calls himself a pragmatic c...

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BETTY CASTOR ON ELECTION DAY-Andrew Stelzer

Heading into Election Day, polls show Republican Mel Martinez and Betty castor locked in a dead heat in the race for Florida’s open senate seat. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer and Free Speech radio News' Mitch Jeserich spoke to Castor this afternoon at the Valencia Gardens restaurant. We began by asking castor, why has the controversy over voting rights fallen along party lines—with democrats trying to keep people’s rights intact, and republicans working hard to keep ine...

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GARY HART ON ELECTIONS - Mitch Perry

Former Colorado Senator Gary Hart co-chaired both the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, which issued three public reports forecasting the age of terrorism and outlined a new, post-Cold War national security policy, well before the 9/11 attacks….WMNF spoke to him today from Colorado…We began by asking him about the legislation that has yet to be created regarding the recommendations from the 9/11 Commission (roll tape#1 o.q.â€? radio stationsâ€?) Thatâ€...

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WRAP UP OF PROBLEMS AT THE POLLS--Andrew Stelzer

Thousand of volunteers from all over the country are fanned out across the State of Florida to protect residents right to vote, and avoid some of the problems which plagued the 2000 election. So far, there have been minor problems reported throughout the state, but no major incidents of voter suppression.

VOTING

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SOUND “VOTE NOW� In a NEIGHBORHOOD nicknamed suitcase city Because of its poor, transient population, a car with a Kerry Edwards s...

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IS THE ENVIRONMENT AFFECTING VOTERS CHOICES-Andrew Stelzer

With the war in Iraq dominating the presidential campaign, some are calling the environment the lost issue of the 2004 election season. WMNF went to the College Hill library on East Martin Luther King Boulevard Monday afternoon, to ask people waiting in line to vote what role the issue of the environment played would play when they cast their ballots.

ENVIRONMENT

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