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Thursday November 27, 2014

CUBAN-AMERICAN VISITS TO HOMELAND CUT. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In the past, the Cuban vote in Florida has historically gone to hard line Republicans who have been tough on Fidel Castro’s regime. At the same time, Florida’s Cuban population have annually ferried money and medicines to their families on the island. But now, President Bush has aligned himself with a faction in the Cuban-American community who are willing to sacrifice their families back home in order to send Fidel a message. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story. ...

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GRAHAM & NELSON LAY OUT NON-AGRESSION PACT - Mitch Perry

This afternoon in Tampa, Florida's U.S. Senators, Democrats Bob Graham & Bill Nelson, held a joint news conference where they announced that the 3 major Democrats running to replace Senator Graham had signed a pledge agreeing NOT to engage in a campaign that will disparage the character or public service of the other candidate.

This is the third time that Graham, retiring from the Senate, has taken on a peacemaking role in the high-stakes race to replace him. In the two previous inst...

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SENATE CANDIDATE PETER DEUTSCH - Mitch Perry

47 year old Peter Deutsch has served in Congress for 12 years, and is running for the Democratic Nomination for U .S. Senate.

Today Deutsch visited WMNF's studios. We began our interview by asking him

If he had signed the Non-Agressision Pact proffered by Senators Graham and Nelson

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That's South Florida Democratic Congressman Peter Deutsch, running for the Democratic nomination for U.S.Senate. The Evening News has previously interviewed...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATE ON ENVIRONMENT - Lance Robson

Last night at the Tampa port authority, Candidates running for the Hillsborough County commission, Fl Legislature, and Congress participated in a forum that focused on transportation issues affecting the Tampa bay area.WMNF’s Lance Robson reports:

The event was sponsored by HAFIT, Hillsborough County advocates for improved transit, a not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to inform the public, and especially our elected officials, of the need for significant improvements in...

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NADER IN TAMPA CALLS FOR ELECTION OBSERVERS AND INVESTIGATION OF GLENDA HOOD-Andrew Stelzer

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader is holding a rally in Tampa tonight, and earlier today he made a call for Florida’s voters to demand a transparent electoral system, including a paper trail for electronic voting machines. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

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ACT “I'm offering my campaign as a vehicle for poll watchers. They can be credentialed. This is an offer to citizens across the country.

Nader said the US could easily adopt a ...

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REPUBLICAN SENATE PRIMARY - Mitch Perry

Last night in Winter Park, the 4 leading contenders for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate went head to head in an hourlong debate televised throughout the state on NBC affiliates stations, locally on WFLA Channel 8.

As Bill McCollum and Mel Martinez continue to battle for the lead according to most polls, it was novice Doug Gallagher, who is spending millions of his own money to win a U.S. Senate seat, who went on the offensive last night…

Gallagher is the brother of Insur...

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JACOB HACKER ON ECONOMY PART II - Mitch Perry

Last Friday economists were stunned by the paltry job numbers for July. Expected to be at least 200,000 new jobs created, the Labor Department reported that there were only 32,000.

Before that news, economists - and certainly Bush Administration officials - have been trumpeting that the economy has been on the upswing....But Poll numbers consistently show differently, as the American public shows signs of anxiety about the economy. Administration officials say it takes a couple of months...

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COMMUNITY GROUPS DENOUNCE US PANAMA TRADE TALKS-Andrew Stelzer

As representatives of the US and Panama meet inside Tampa’s Downtown Marriot this week to negotiated a trade agreement, a coalition of community groups are calling for greater transparency in the process. Today at the Tampa convention Center they held a press conference to ask why the talks have been so secret, and whether the people of the US have learned anything since NAFTA was passed 10 years ago. Pastor warren Clark of the 1st United church of Tampa said that religious organizat...

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LAWSUIT BY GAY MARRIED COUPLE AGAINST THE STATE OF FLORIDA-Andrew Stelzer

Meanwhile, an attorney for several same sex couples is trying to use NAFTA in a lawsuit filed today against the state of Florida, to try and make the state respect a marriage conducted in Canada. The lawsuit calls on both the United national treaty on human rights and NAFTA, its says that both these international agreements signed by the United States, stipulate that the US must honor any legal contract from Mexico or Canada. Gay marriage is legal in Canada.

ACT “They have bee...

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STEVE HENLEY IN VENEZUELA - Mitch Perry

Polls show voters in Venezuela are evenly split between supporters of populist President Yugo Chavez, and his opponents, who accuse the fiery leader of trying to impose a Cuban-style leftist dictatorship.

A late surge in support for Chavez has many observers betting he will squeeze out a victory.

There will be international observers at the Polls this Sunday to monitor election, and a local candidate for Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections will also be present.

That would be Steve ...

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