News & Public Affairs

Tuesday July 29, 2014

DEBATE FOR PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION-Andrew Stelzer

There are 4 seats of the Pinellas county commission up for election this November 2nd, but 3 of them have the incumbent leading by wide margins. Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd is stepping down, leaving the race for her at large countywide seat open for competition. The two major party candidates are Ronnie Duncan and Norm Roche, and they debated this afternoon at a meeting of the Suncoast tiger bay club in Clearwater. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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AMENDMENT 3?-Andrew Stelzer

One of the most contentious initiatives on the florida ballot this election season in Amendment 3, which would limit the amount a lawyer could be paid if his client won a medical malpractice lawsuit. First, WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke with Elizabeth Hurst, a spokesperson for amendment 3 and citizens for a fair share. .

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Next WMNF spoke to Walter Dartland, the director of the consumer federation of the Southeast; Dartland opposes Amendment 3, has also launched...

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AMENDMENT 5 ON MINIMUM WAGE - Jen Germaine

Florida House Representatives Arthenia Joyner and Bob Henriquez came out today, in downtown Tampa, to speak about voting YES on Amendment 5.

In the park, across from the County Center, where people were lined up for early voting, Representatives Joyner and Henriquez, joined about 40 members of ACORN, to support the state's minimum wage increase from $5.15 to $6.15 per hour.

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Opponents of Amendment 5 have been running ads that the ...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HEALTH CARE PLAN - Mitch Perry

Since 1991, the Health Care plan created by the Hillsborough County Commission has been lauded as one of the finest in the nation……..The plan originally authorized a half cent sales tax to create a program for the indigent in the County…… The tax was lowered to a quarter cent back in 1997…..

But the program is now being squeezed……After years of stable enrollment, there has been a 5 ½% increase in citizens entering the program…..Couple th...

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UPSKI ON THE LEAGUE OF PISSED OFF VOTERS-Andrew Stelzer

William Wimsatt, also known as Upski, is the author of Bomb the Suburbs and No more prisons; hes recently edited and contributed to a new book, How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office, which is the organizing manual for the league of pissed off voters, and indyvoter.org. He will be speaking tonight at Eckerd college at 7pm, yesterday he visited WMNF’s studios to talk about this new project, aimed at organizing young people to get involved in the electoral process.

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NATIONWIDE PROTEST AGAINST SINCLAIR BROADCASTING-Andrew Stelzer

This afternoon, Corporate crimebusters, a group representing Ralph Naders presidential campaign, had 20 of its van around the country deliver letters to many of the 62 TV stations owned by the Sinclair broadcast company to protest their plans to air a program The program includes accusations that John Kerry's anti-war efforts 30 years ago worsened the torture of U.S. prisoners in Vietnam and prolonged the war. In Tampa, Clint Coppernoll was allowed by an armed security guard to enter the lobb...

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KELLY DUANE ON DAVID BROWER DOCUMENTARY - Mitch Perry

Tonight at the Tampa Theatre, there will be a screening about a man considered to be one of the country’s greatest environmentalists - David Brower. ..Brower died 4 years ago in Berkeley at the age of 88……He served as the 1st Executive Director of the Siera Club, a position he held from 1952 through 1969. During his tenure, the organization's membership rose from 2,000 to 77,000.

In 1969 he founded Friends of the Earth along with the League of Conservation Voters and i...

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GREG PALAST ON ELECTIONS - Mitch Perry

Rampant voter fraud in Florida will disqualify 200,000 mainly Democratic and African-American voters in 2 weeks…..That’s what journalist Greg Palast alleges in an article to be published in Harpers magazine next week.

In anticipation of the publication of his piece, Palast hosted a nationwide teleconference today…

Palast first reached fame as the reporter who broke the story about the egregiously inaccurate Felon list that was used in 2000 in Florida, which led to te...

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EFFIGY OF LYNCHING IN ST PETE?-Andrew Stelzer

WMNF received a call this morning about an effigy of a black man being hung from a tree on the 5000 block of Martin Luther King Street in North St Petersburg. We spoke to Omali Yeshitela of the UHURU movement.

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Angry neighborhood residents had called the media, but George a police spokesman, said there was nothing to investigate unless a citizen called the police to report a crime.

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In the early afternoon, Nan O’reily, a neighborhood resid...

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PROTEST AT BUSH RALLY IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

Before President Bush came to Pasco County, he held a rally in St Petersburg this morning, giving a similar speech. About 75 people gathered across the street from Progress Energy Park in downtown St Pete, to protest the President’s appearance and his policies.

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Larry Fahn, the president of the Sierra club was among the protestors.

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As the president arrived, the protestors were joined on the sidewalk by about 30 Bush supporters, some of whom came...

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