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Friday April 18, 2014

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION - Mitch Perry

The Tampa City Council met for the first time in 3 weeks today.....As the Council's Meeting room is being remodeled, today's meeting was held at the Tampa Convention Center, which is where the next several meetings will take place as well.

A couple of City Council members - most notably, Rose Ferlita, have objected to a new directive issued by the Iorio administration - that all city business conducted by Council members with staff members take place AT CITY HALL.

Ferlita, who...

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PINELLAS COMES OUT AGAINST THE WAR - Mitch Perry

U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Alex Pinellas, in a speech at a Tiger Bay Event in Tallahassee, today called for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Iraq.(roll tape#1 o.q."

To win the peace")

In his speech, Pinellas calls the American led invasion of Iraq as being one of worse miscalculations in American military and political history...WMNF asked Pinellas if his call for the withdrawal of troops would mean immediately - or under a certain time table....He said he hopes it happens ...

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PASCO SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS, KURT BROWNING. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Kurt Browning, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, has been involved with elections since 1975. Browning was first elected as supervisor in 1980, was re-elected five times thereafter as a democrat. After the 2000 election, in 2002, browning changed horses mid-stream, becoming a republican, citing issues with Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader in the house. Browning said at the time that the Democrats had become too liberal, and that, “The party had left him.� On Monday, at ...

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FLORIDIANS SUPPORT ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, BUT WILL IT EXPIRE???-Andrew Stelzer

A survey of 800 Florida state residents finds that 81 percent of likely voters are in favor of renewing the national assault weapons ban, and 80 percent of Florida’s likely voters favor strengthening the ban to include new assault weapons that have been created since the ban was instituted in 1994. Among the respondents, 64 percent of gun owners favor keeping the ban, 62 percent of NRA supporters want to keep the ban, as well as 85 percent of women, and 74 percent of NASCAR fans. The...

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SPORTSMEN SAY BUSH ADMINISTRATION POLICIES ARE WRONG ON CONSERVATION - Mitch Perry

A Florida Wildlife Federation - National Wildlife Federation Poll released today reveals that most Florida Hunters and Anglers - who voted for President Bush by better than a 3 to 1 margin in 2000 - oppose administration policies that that destroy wetlands and roll back environmental protections.

...She said the Florida section of the Poll was extrapolated from a national poll of hunters and anglers nationwide...

By Party Breakdown, those who participated in the poll voted ov...

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COMPUTER ATE MY VOTE RALLY-Andrew Stelzer

Today citizens in 24 cities across the country held rallies as part of a national day of action called the “Computer ate our vote day�. Participants are calling for paper receipts for all voting machines, so that it can be verified that votes are counted correctly, and in the event of a close election or malfunction, a recount can be conducted. About 40 people gathered in front of the Hillsborough county center in downtown Tampa, the rally was organized By Rob McKenna, who is run...

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THE COMPUTER ATE MY VOTE, PASCO COUNTY. Mark Antokas

Patrick Bergy, non-partisan candidate for Pasco county elections supervisor spoke of his frustrations today at the Computer Ate My Vote Rally today at the West Pasco Government Center. Bergy, who accepts no financing for his bid for election says that incumbent supervisor Kurt Browning will not answer his questions. Roll Tape;

Jan Lentz, chair of the voting machine taskforce of the west Pasco Democratic club says that they are trying to draw attention to the problems with Paso County E.S&S...

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MEL MARTINEZ SUPPORTS AMENDMENT AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE - Mitch Perry

This morning, Florida GOP Senate Candidate Mel Martinez, perhaps trying to impress upon conservative Republicans that he is one of them, held a conference call to Florida reporters with Pensylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum, discussing the proposed Constitutional Amendment banning Gay Marriage.

Santorum has emerged as the Chief Advocate in the Senator of the ban on Gay marriage,

And like most of the Republican establishment in Washington, has bestowed his support in the Augu...

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