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Wednesday August 27, 2014

PROTEST ALONG BUSH'S MOTORCADE ROUTE-Andrew Stelzer

Moments ago, WMNF spoke to Larry Fahn, the president of the Sierra Club; he's at the protest at north 22nd and north coffee pot boulevard by the bridge to Snell island, along the path of president Bushs motorcade.

That was Larry Fahn, the president of the Sierra club, one of the protestors along the presidents motorcade route to his fundraising dinner in St Petersburg. Code Pink will be hosting a breakfast and march to the voting booth with Medea Benjamin tomorrow At Fogerty...

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LATINO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY - Mitch Perry

Latinos suffer from more environmental hazards than the rest of the population, but also don't get the information they need to protect themselves, a study just released says. The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council notes that a large percentage of Latinos live near heavy-pollution areas, like industrial zones and agricultural operations, putting them at greater risk of asthma, cancer and other conditions. Adriana Quintero is the Director for Latino Outreach for the NRDC. (r...

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VETERAN FOR KERRY - Mitch Perry

In this morning’s NY Times, reporter Rick Lyman was given unrestricted access to troop members in Iraq, to discuss who they support in the Presidential Election.

He reported that some soldiers felt uncomfortable expressing criticism of their commander in chief or expressing support for John Kerry - in particular because the military is now and has been for decades, predominantly Republican.

Jon Stolz served in Kosovo and as a Captain in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom ...

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POLLS SAY FLORIDA EVENLY SPLIT IN PRESIDENTIAL RACE - Mitch Perry

A new poll suggests Senator Kerry has pulled even with President Bush in Florida.

The Quinnipiac University survey of 808 likely voters put Bush at 48 percent and Kerry at 47, well within the three and a-half percent margin of error.

A Quinnipiac poll two weeks ago had Bush ahead 51-to-44 percent.

Assistant poll director Clay Richards says the debates have strengthened Kerry's image in Florida, the most populous of the battleground states. Richards says for the first time, Kerry vo...

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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.

Representative Henriquez

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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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