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Tuesday September 2, 2014

MINIMUM WAGE - Radioactivity

Joe Johnson state campaign manager of the effort to raise the minimum wage discussed the measure which just won approval to be on the November ballot in Florida. He discussed the connection between low wages and poverty, where the minimum wage has been raised recently, the effect of a raise on job losses and prospects for a victory in the Fall.

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ACLU ON TERRY SCHIAVO SUPREME COURT CASE-Andrew Stelzer

The case of terry Schiavo, the woman the vegetative hospital patient who had her feeding tube re-inserted at the request of governor Jeb Bush, will be heard by the Florida State supreme court on August 31st. Lawyers for Schiavo's husband who fighting for Terri’s right to die after 10 years in a hospital bed, filed briefs with the court yesterday, which called the governors actions repugnant to the Florida constitution. WMNF spoke today with Randall Marshall, with the Florida ACLU, wh...

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STATE REPUBLICANS CRITICIZE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION - Mitch Perry

Last night at the Democratic Convention, the Democrats touted their party's appeal to Blacks and Latinos, boasting that 40 percent of the delegates are from either ethnic groups, gay or disabled.

But Miami Republican Congressman Mario Diaz Balart, yesterday called John Kerry 'insensitive' because a staunch supporter made negative remarks about the language used by Blacks, Southerners and others a decade ago.

Christie Vilsack, wife of Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, made the remarks...

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DOUG GALLAGHER LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN MOVIE-Andrew Stelzer

Doug Gallagher is currently running in third place for the republican nomination for Florida’s open US senate seat. Bet Gallagher hoping the release of a new 15-minute campaign movie will help him pull close in the race with Mel Martinez and Bill McCollum, as the august 31st primary approaches. Gallagher premiered the video in Miami last week, and today showed in Tampa for the first time to a group of his supporters. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and has this report.

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DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION - Radioactivity

WMNF volunteer reporter Bill Hamilton reports live from outside the Democratic National Convention. Hamilton reported on the "protest cage", and the fenced, barbed wire area designed to be a "free speech zone" for people who wish to protest the convention.

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PASCO COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT RACE 2nd. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In a continueing story brought to you last night, WMNF’s Mark Antokas explores the deepening involvement of partisan politics and infighting into what should be a simple voter issue. Who best to run the Pasco County School District, the largest in the nation still electing a Superintendant.

SCRIPT: Six hundred million dollars annually, fifty-seven thousand students, the largest employer in Pasco County. The largest restaurant, the most expansive bussing system, the largest co...

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U.S. DRUG CZAR IN TAMPA -Andrew Stelzer

The United States Drug czar was in Tampa today, to announce the Tampa bay area’s participation in a new 25 cities initiative; This initiatives stated goal is to reduce drug use among Americans by 10 percent in the next 2 years and 25 percent in the next 5 years. Drug czar John Walters appeared at the sunshine youth services drug treatment facility where he spoke to law enforcement officials and community agency representatives about the need to reduce both the supply and demand for dr...

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