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Wednesday August 20, 2014

ST PETE CITY COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST PATRIOT ACT - Mitch Perry & Grace Santos

Last night the City of St. Petersburg joined over 300 Cities and Counties - including Sarasota and Tampa -in denouncing portions of the USA Patriot Act.

The vote comes on the same day that FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Congressional Hearing how important it is for law enforcement to renew the act when it expires at the end of next year......

But the fight for renewal of the Act, is expected to be an uphill battle due to growing concern on Capitol Hill, and a lack of answe...

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LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZEN'S CONVENTION - Mitch Perry

The country's oldest and and largest Latino organization is holding their state Convention in Tampa this weekend - and with Latinos being severely courted by both national political parties, the organization's State Director says nearly every politician running for office this year state wide wants to get in on the action.

Lulac - The League of United Latin American Citizens - is holding their State Convention this weekend at the Wyndam Harbor Island Hotel....

And there will b...

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DNC CHAIRMAN TERRY McAULIFFE IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

With the election less than 6 months away, the focus on swing states, and swing regions will be bringing both political parties to the Tampa bay area. Today, the chairman of both the democratic and republican parties were in Tampa. His morning, Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of the Democratic national committee held a press conference at Books For Thought on North 56th street. Mcauliffe said he thinks Novembers election will once again come down to Florida, but the focus of today’s ev...

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FRIDAY FEEDBACK ON MEDIA AND BIAS-Sarah Miselis and Theresa Moore

FRIDAY FEEDBACK

Following the release of incriminating photos, Americans have expressed outrage about the rape and torture of Iraqi prisoners. Over the past year, many articles have been written about abuses at Abu Grahab, but the mass media did not report on it until a few weeks ago. The level of surprise and shock individuals felt was often closely related to where they had been getting information from before the scandal hit; our media choices shape our perspectives on local and wor...

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REPUBLICAN LUNCHEON - Aya Batrawy

MEANWHILE ACROSS TOWN IN WEST TAMPA, REPUBILCAN CHAIRMAN ED GUILESPI DEFENDED THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION AND SUPPORTED HIS NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND EDUCATION INITIATIVE. WMNF’S Aya Batrawy was there and filed this report.

Viva Bush, or live Bush, was the slogan at today’s Le Terevisita luncheon for Tampa Bay Republicans.

They came from all over the Bay Area to hear Republican Chairman Ed Guilespi talk about President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Policy and support the pres...

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ON PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUES - Mitch Perry

According to the annual Congressional Scorecard on major public interest issues released by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, only Only five out of the twenty-seven members of Florida's Congressional delegation voted for the public interest more than 80% of the time.

Mark Ferrulo is the Director of the Florida Public Interest Research Group, also known as FPIRG...(roll tape#1 o.q."..for professional interests")

Locally, Tampa Democratic Representative Jim Davis scor...

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CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS HOW TO REGULATE INAPPROPRIATE SPEAKERS-Andrew Stelzer

Also today at the city council meeting, the issue of banning inappropriate speakers came up, after Tony Daniels a city council member made these remarks in regard to the redevelopment of East Tampa. He refers to council member Ferlita as the drug store owner. ACT

COUNCIL DANIELS

Speaking in reference to the Hillsborough county commissions recent discussion of how to handle members of the public who repeatedly make inappropriate or irrelevant comments, council member Rose Ferlita aske...

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CRA DESIGNATION FOR 4 TAMPA NEIGHBORHOODS-Andrew Stelzer

In an effort to provide improvements in some of Tampa’s lower income neighborhoods, the city council today created 4 Community Revitalization Areas, or CRA’s. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was at city hall and filed this report. --------

Once an area is designated a CRA, a greater percentage of the taxes paid by that area’s residents will go back into that neighborhood for its needs. Although the council was considering four Community redevelopment Areas, they ...

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SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS BUDDY JOHNSON PART 2 - Mitch Perry

Earlier this week, the State's Division of Elections office said that there are 47,687 Florida voters suspected as felons who may be ineligible to vote this year.

That list is being viewed with considerable scrutiny followed the 2000 Election, in which thousands - possibly tens of thousands of Eligible voters were turned away from the polls because the Division of Elections sent Counties an inaccurate list of 173,000 felons and others not qualified to vote.

In the wake of tha...

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ONE MAN'S CASTLE - Radioactivity

ONE MAN'S CASTLE author Phyllis Vine discussed her book One Man's Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream. Vine describes the story of Ossian Sweet, an esteemed and ambitious black physician who wound up in jail for his attempt to integrate a white neighborhood in 1925 Detroit, and his NAACP hired defense lawyer, fresh from the Scopes "monkey trail".

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