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Thursday August 28, 2014

ACTIVIST FAIR AT USF-Andrew Stelzer

A poll taken yesterday of almost 800 students at the university of south Florida’s Tampa campus found that students favor George Bush by a one-point margin, 45 percent to Jon Kerry at 44 percent. The poll also found that Students favor amendment 1, which would require parental notification for a minor to have an abortion, by a 4-point margin, and they would vote to pass the amendment to raise Florida’s minimum wage by a 3 to 1 margin. Students preferred Betty Castor over Mel M...

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MINIMUM WAGE - Mitch Perry

In 3 weeks, voters will decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Florida a dollar to $6.15 an hour, and from $2.13 to $3.13 for tipped workers, with annual adjustments for inflation. If approved, the new wage would go into effect six months after being enacted. Employers violating it will be subject to a $1,000 fine. It would raise the annual salary of a minimum wage earner to $10,712, still 28 percent below the 2003 poverty level. Congress' most recent raise to the federal minimum wage...

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JEANNE SHAHEEN IN ROUNDTABLE FOR UNDECIDED WOMEN VOTERS-Andrew Stelzer

About 25 woman, and a couple of men, had lunch at the Mise en Place restaurant in downtown Tampa—the event was paid for by the state democratic party in collaboration with the Florida Victory 2000 campaign, supporting john Kerry and John Edwards. Although it was advertised to the media as a roundtable discussion with undecided women voters, there were only about 5 undecided voters in attendance—the rest were John Kerry supporters. Leading the discussion was Jeanne Shaheen, the...

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AL FRANKEN IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry & Farhad Sabet

Al Franken in Tampa

Over the weekend, satirist, Democratic Party activist, and now talk show host Al Franken performed at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center….The performance was a benefit for the Democratic National Committee….

Although WMNF was not allowed to record the comedian’s speech, WMNF’s Farhad Sabet was able to speak to many of those in attendance afterwards, and get their views on Al Franken, as well as on Friday night’s 2nd Presidential...

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DAVID COBB IN MIAMI - Mitch Perry

Tonight is the 2nd of the 3 Presidential Debates between The Democratic and Republican Candidates…..Last week, across the street from the 1st Debate on the University of Miami Campus, Green Party candidate David Cobb debated the Libertarian candidate, Michael Bednarik…Last night, we played Bednarik’s opening comments….Tonight, we hear from David Cobb, running on the Green Party ticket, although he is NOT campaigning in any of the Battleground states - like Floridaââ‚...

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DAY OF CHENEY VISIT, NY ATTORNEY GENERAL SPITZER TO HOLD ROUNDTABLE ON CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY - Mitch Perry

New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer was in the Bay Area today, holding a roundtable discussion in Ybor City on the on the importance of corporate responsibility and the Bush Administration's complete failure to protect smaller investors.

This afternoon, Spitzer was in Largo , speaking to retired teachers and seniors in Largo at the Pinellas County Teachers' Union Hall.

WMNF spoke to him via phone this afternoon…We asked him if he believes that the corporate scandals of 2 y...

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NATIONAL SUMMIT ON CUBA HELD IN TAMPA. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Today at the Tampa University, the National Summit on Cuba was held in order to discuss travel to the Island nation and trade issues with the Castro Regime. The conference, a one day event was specifically designed to discuss the Trade Sanctions Reform Act of 2000. The Sponsors of todays event were The Alliance For Responsuible Cuba Foundation, Americans for Humanitarian trade With Cuba, The Florida Cuba Busuiness Council and the World Policy Institute of New School University. Thirty ...

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KATHY CASTOR FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH-Andrew Stelzer

County Commissioner Kathy Castor was at the University of South Florida this afternoon to speak in favor of Stem Cell research and to campaign for her mother, Betty Castor, who is running for Florida’s open Senate seat. The issue of Stem cell research has become one of the major differences between Castor and her competition, Mel Martinez.

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ACT ‘we truly are in a race against time, and those who oppose, rarely think of those who are effecte...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL DEBATES TEEN CURFEW FOR YBOR CITY - Mitch Perry

After Tampa Police blamed crowds of teenagers for an increase in violence among weekend partiers in Ybor City this summer, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio called for a curfew to keep minors out of Tampa’s late-night entertainment district.

Tampa’s Citywide Curfew was declared unconstitutional in 2002, and remains in legal limbo awaiting a ruling by the State Supreme Court.

So the idea of placing a curfew in one district of the city carries with it legal hurdles that the City Council...

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FCAT - Mitch Perry

The state's top education official says he supports giving high school students another year to prepare for the science section of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, a move requested by teachers.

Education Commissioner John Winn said that Florida Department of Education officials asked lawmakers yesterday to support giving the test to 11th instead of 10th graders, perhaps as early as next spring.

Winn said that the department changed its position after hearing from science teac...

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