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Thursday August 28, 2014

TOUGH ADS TARGET BACKERS OF SLOWED GLADES CLEANUP - Mitch Perry

Starting today in South Florida - but soon to spread throughout the state, including the bay Area - an environmental group is targeted state legislators who voted last year for a law that delays cleanup requirements for the Florida Everglades.

That bill changed the 1994 Everglades Forever Act, which was the basis for a settlement that ended a lawsuit between the state and federal governments. In 1988, the Justice Department sued Florida, saying the state allowed too much pollution i...

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ELECTION DAY-Andrew Stelzer

PARTNERS IN DEMOCRACY

Hillsborough county election supervisor Buddy Johnson kicked off the “partners in democracy� campaign this morning. The aim of the campaign is to try and get companies to give their employees two paid days off so that they can volunteer on Election Day. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has this report, plus a few comments from Buddy Johnson about the felon voter purge list.

ACT ‘Depending on the persons level of experience we have many opportuni...

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TAMPA BAY WATER RESPONDS TO COUNTY COMMISSION-Andrew Stelzer

Yesterday, as reported by WMNF, the Hillsborough county commission voted to extend the once a week lawn watering restriction for unincorporated Hillsborough County. The commission also voted to send a letter to Tampa Bay water, expressing extreme displeasure at the company for failing to meet the county’s master plan, and holding Tampa Bay water accountable for the water shortage, because several of their projects have not been completed as quickly as promised. There were also accusa...

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CNN WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE ON FELON LIST - Mitch Perry

A Leon County Circuit Court judge today struck down a state law that prevents copying a state list with names of more than 47,000 registered voters who may be deleted from the voter rolls because the state has identified them as possible ex-felons.

At issue was a Florida Statute that substantially restricts access to public voter registration records. Although the list technically is a public record, the statute broadly prohibits people and organizations from copying the records or t...

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FLORIDA DEATH ROW HUNGER STRIKE - Radioactivity

On February 1, 2004, Death Row Poet, Ronald Clark Jr. was part of a 10 day hunger strike protesting conditions in Maximum Management, Q-Wing at Florida State Prison. On July 1st, 2004 Clark plans to do it again, this time in protest of the unrelenting heat, the lack of circulating air that re-occurs every summer, the administrations' hesitation to sell fans in the canteen, and other cruel decisions and harsh conditions in Florida state prisons. Ronald Clark's mother Shirley joined us during ...

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FELONS LIST - Mitch Perry

Earlier this week, a public advocacy group charged the State with more problems with the list of nearly 48,000 Floridians listed as felons who may be scrubbed from the Voter Rolls this fall.

The New York City based Brennan Center for Justice sent letters to all 67 Florida counties Monday urging them not to take action on the potential felon list. Under Florida's decentralized elections system, it's up to each county elections chief to review the list of potential felons in his county and d...

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VOTING GEAR CHECK REJECTED - Mitch Perry

Top election officials are dismissing a request from an election watchdog group to conduct an independent review of the state's touch-screen voting systems.

Yesterday The Miami Dade Election Reform Coalition urged the governor to conduct audits of the electronic touch-screen voting machines used in 15 Florida counties, and do random audits of the optical scan machines used in the other 52 counties, to determine if they are working correctly during the August 31st primary.

Audi...

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COUNTY EXTENDS WATERING BAN AND BLAMES TAMPABAY WATER FOR PROBLEM-Andrew Stelzer

Today the Hillsborough county commission extended the restrictions on watering lawns and gardens only once-per-week until August 4th, but not without their customary disagreement and debate. Although all of the commissioners agreed that the ban should go into effect immediately, Commissioner Storms said she wanted a letter to be sent by the commission to Tampa bay water, blaming the company for the shortage of water.

ACT-Storms “The bottom line is that we are in this situatio...

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STATE SAYS THEY WANT TO HELP CANADIAN DRUG PROVIDERS-Andrew Stelzer

As we’ve been reporting here on WMNF, the last week the Florida Department of health sent warnings sent to a dozen Florida businesses that fax customers drug prescriptions to Canada, so that the customers can buy more affordable drugs. The cease and desist letters warned the store fronts, most of which have nothing but a counter and a fax machine, that they would be closed down if they did not comply with state laws and register to operate as pharmacies. The public, especially senior...

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INDEPENDENTS WEEK. - Radioactivity

Locally owned businesses around the country are celebrating July 1-7 As Independent's Week. Our guests were three owners of small businesses: Carla Jimenez of Inkwood Books, Gabe Echezabal of Vinyl Fever Records and CDs, and Georgette Diaz of Georgette's in Old Hyde Park Village. They are all members of the Tampa Independent Alliance. Our guests say that locally owned businesses ultimately are better for communities in terms of accountability, service, and impact on the local economy.

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