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Wednesday November 26, 2014

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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LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE SPEAKS IN MIAMI - Mitch Perry

Last week, hours before the 1st Presidential Debate took place on the University of Miami’s Campus at Coral Gables, ANOTHER debate took place…This one was between the Green Party and the Libertarian Party’s candidates…..

Tonight we want to air the opening statement of Michael Bednarik, the Liberatarian Party candidate, speaking in Coral Gables last Thursday (roll tape#1 o.q.�applause�)

That was Michael Bednarik, the Libertarian Presidential candidate ...

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JENNIFER VAN BERGEN ON CIVIL LIBERTIES - Mitch Perry

Questions for Jennifer Van Berger is a journalist, legal analyst and has written, spoken, and debated widely on the USA Patriot Act and other civil liberties concerns. She was Co-Chair of the Broward Bill of Rights Defense Coalition, which in early 2003 obtained the passage by the Broward County Commission of a resolution protesting the PATRIOT Act. At the time Broward was the most populous community to pass such a resolution.

She’s written a new book, published by Common Courage ...

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HOUSE DISTRICT 52 DEBATE-Andrew Stelzer

Florida's House District 52 includes most of Northeast St. Petersburg and extends west through Pinellas Park and Largo. Today, The candidates running to represent district 52 in the Florida house held a debate for the suncoast tiger bay club at the yacht club in downtown St Pete. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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ACT--McCollum ‘this race offers choice between failures and hope. You have failed.

Liz McCallum is an author...

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