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Wednesday October 22, 2014

BIOLOGIST FIRED FOR SPEAKING OUT ABOUT ENDANGERED PANTHERS-Andrew Stelzer

This week, the US fish and Wildlife service announced they were delaying adoption a plan designed to protect the endangered Florida panther from encroaching development. At the heart of the decision is an employee who spoke up about what he calls bad science—that man, Andrew Eller, was fired last week in what he says was retaliation for his trying to do his job and protect the panthers.

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ACT “As a biologist for the fish and wildlife service, and in December ...

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FLORIDA DEMOCRATS RE-ASSESS - Mitch Perry

As state lawmakers return to Tallahassee next week to swear in new members and legislative leaders, battered Florida Democrats are taking a hard look at how to elect more of their own.

The State Republican Party expanded its prodigious dominance in the State House, picking up two open seats and taking a third that was held by a Democrat in Broward County.

Fort Lauderdale Democrat Chris Smith becomes the new House Minority Leader, replacing St. Augustine’s Doug Wiles. H...

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VETERANS FOR PEACE DEMONSTRATE ACROSS FROM BAY PINES-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, several veterans, along with their friends and family, decided to commemorate Veterans Day by participating in a weekly protest across the street from the VA medical facility at Bay Pines in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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An abandoned gas station on the corner of Bay Pines and 100th way became the site of a temporary vigil---the veterans set up flags for the countries which they say the United State...

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BANNING SAME SEX MARRIAGE COMING TO FLORIDA? - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush weighed in on the explosive issue of same sex marriage yesterday, saying he MIGHT support a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage if the courts open the door to such unions in Florida.

It was his strongest statement yet on the issue and came the same day that the Florida Baptist State Convention in Jacksonville unanimously agreed to seek a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bush said he thinks the ...

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BULLET TRAIN PANEL FORGES AHEAD DESPITE AMENDMENT REPEAL - Mitch Perry

The bullet train panel may be pulling ahead

despite the overwhelming vote to repeal a constitutional amendment

requiring the state to build a bullet train system.

 Authorities said yesterday citizens may have freed the panel to

scrap previous plans and select a contractor and route that makes

more financial and political sense.

 Florida High Speed Rail Authority chairman Fred Dudley said "we

have no mandate" but they do have a good idea.

 The authority's me...
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CIVILIANS, INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE ASSAULT ON FALLUJAH - Radioactivity

Our Guest was MARJORIE COHN, Professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and author of the article "Aggressive War: Supreme International Crime," Cohn says that the war in Iraq violates international law against wars of aggression. In her article she said:
"Between 10,000 and 15,000 U.S. troops with warplanes and artillery have begun to invade the Iraqi city of Fallujah. To 'soften up' the rebels, American forces dropped five 500-pound bombs on 'insurgent targets.' The Amer...

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MOST PROVISIONAL BALLOTS REJECTED - Mitch Perry

The Palm Beach Post reported today that a vast majority of provisional ballots cast during last week’s election were rejected.

Provisional ballots were made available for the first time in Florida this year…But the Post reports that Supervisors of Elections from across the state said the majority of rejected ballots were cast by people who simply were NOT registered to vote.

There were other reasons why ballots ended up being discarded…..Such as: voting in the wrong...

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PINELLAS CITIZENS TEST TOUCHSCREEN MACHINE-Andrew Stelzer

About 10 concerned citizens of Pinellas County arranged a meeting to test the accuracy of that county’s touch screen voting machines. The test took place at the county elections office on 49th st; WMNF was told that we were not allowed to record any of the proceedings inside the room with the voting machine; we were told that this was at the instruction of county supervisor of elections Deborah Clark. There were 4 county employees present, they instructed Leonard Schmiege in how to s...

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HIGH SPEED RAIL GOES DOWN - Mitch Perry

High Speed Rail Goes Down

Last week, Floridians voted yes on Amendment 6, which effectively rescinded the Constitutional Amendment requiring High Speed Rail in Florida.

For some, the price to pay for the train system was prohibitive. Others said they weren’t sure that a train going from Orlando to Tampa would ever have enough traffic to make it worthwhile.

But supporters say they’ve worked out a plan that would cost taxpayers 75 million dollars a year , ...

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JACOB HACKER ON BUSH - Mitch Perry

Last week President Bush said his 3 ½ million vote margin over John Kerry gave him Political Capital, and he plans on spending it….The day before , Vice President Dick Cheney said that the popular vote margin – something the Bush Administration never had throughout their first term- was a Mandate for their policies.

But is it a mandate? Jacob Hacker is a political scientists professor at Yale University.

In a piece on the New Republic magazine’s website, co...

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