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Thursday August 21, 2014

TAMPA'S CITY COUNCIL ON REZONING, STREET FAIRS, AND CRIME-Andrew Stelzer

At today’s city council meeting, the Tampa city council heard a report back from its key staff retreat, where a vision statement was created for the city of Tampa: Tampa will be recognized as a diverse progressive city, celebrated as the most desirable place to work play learn and live. As they do most every week, the citizens of Tampa challenged the council to live up to this statement. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was at city hall and filed this report.

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ED AUSTIN FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER - Mitch Perry

Earlier this month, former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn announced his entry into the race for the Democratic nomination for Hillsborough County Commission, District 6 -the seat that Jan Platt is stepping down from this November.

Tonight WMNF interviews 2 men who are also vying to replace Jan Platt.

Ed Austin is a Democrat running against Bob Buckhorn this August....WMNF referenced the recent discussion on an Anti-Nudity Ordinance resolution that went down to defeat earli...

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REPUBLICANS SEIZE ON ACT USING FELONS - Mitch Perry

Yesterday the Asssociated Press reported that an independent group playing an important part for John Kerry's presidential campaign here in Florida and in other states - has paid felons - some convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary - to conduct door-to -door registration drives.

The group - America Coming Together, is an independent organization, independent of the Democrat Party party, but has been working to register new, preferably Democratic voters.

The AP reported that A...

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JIM DAVIS ON CUBA - Mitch Perry

Today in Washington, Tampa Congressman Jim Davis introduced legislation to overturn President Bush's new Cuba policies which he says undermine families and jeopardize innocent Cubans who rely on visits from their Cuban-American relatives for their livelihood.

Under the President's new restrictions on travel and remittances, starting on June 30th, Cuban-Americans will only be allowed to visit their families in Cuba once every three years for a maximum of 14 days with no exceptions, an...

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UPCOMING PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN TO CUBA - Radioactivity

Pastors for Peace's Ellen Bernstein is accompanying the Caravan this year. Ellen is Associate Director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), a national ecumenical agency which has been working for racial, social, and economic justice since 1967. IFCO is the parent organization of Pastors for Peace, and Ellen coordinates Congressional outreach and the legislative component of IFCO's work on Cuba policy.

Ellen Bernstein's numerous trips to Cuba have included sev...

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PAIN RELEIF NETWORK AND NOVEMBER COALITION. Mark Antokas

NTRO: Exede twenty eight grams of Percocet, and you will receive twenty five years in prison. But it will take the state a while to find and convict you. Richard Paey sits in prison today for possession of Percocet, containing the opiate Oxycontin. A bill introduced this past legislative session would have made all that much easier for the state. With more and moe insatances of “Doctor Shopping� in Florida, the medication of patients in pain continues to be an issue in Florida and ...

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GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE TOXIC MERCURY LEVELS IN FISH-Andrew Stelzer

Yesterday, WMNF reported on a nationwide day of action to raise attention about Mercury pollution in the nations water and fish. Today, a local non –profit group, the Florida PIRG launched a grassroots campaign to go door to door and get people involved in letting government leaders know that Mercury pollution is an issue that’s important to the people. Standing in front of a 30 foot long inflatable fish, Vance Tys, the owner of Tightlines tackle shop in Tampa, is that the peo...

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G-8 PROTESTORS GO TO TRIAL - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow morning in Glynn County, Georgia, 6 protestors at the G-8 Summit that took place earlier this month go before a Judge for a Preliminary Hearing. The 5 men and 1 woman were arrested for disorderly conduct and giving a false identification......

Media reports indicated that around 350 demonstrators turned out during the 3 day G-8 Sea Island Summit events in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia.....The Summitt ended 13 days ago with relatively little news produced by the World leaders,...

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RALPH NADER & REFORM PARTY - Mitch Perry

Today the Green Party convention began in Milwaukee...

On Monday, Nader named Green Party member Peter Camejo as his running mate.

The drama in Milwaukee this week is whether the Green Party will endorse the Nader/Camejo ticket, though the 70 year old consumer advocate has consistently said he is NOT seeking its nomination.

Because of the Greens showing in the 2000 election, the party now has access to 23 state ballots...

Earlier this year, the Reform Party, created by R...

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LUCY MORGAN ON FLORIDA POLITICS-Andrew Stelzer

Lucy Morgan has been writing about Florida politics for almost 40 years, she is currently the Tallahassee editor of the St Petersburg Times. Today, she spoke at the Tiger bay club in St Petersburg about state politics. Morgan spoke at length about former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, who caused controversy at the opening of this year’s session by calling the other republican members of the house ‘sheep’ waiting to be told what to do.

ACT “The legislature en...

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