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Monday November 24, 2014

LAWYERS DROP DOCTOR FEE BALLOT ITEM - Mitch Perry

Florida trial lawyers have decided to scrap a proposal to require doctors to charge all patients alike, one of their three proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot aimed at doctors.

The executive committee of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers decided over the weekend to drop the proposed amendment, after gathering more than 700,000 voter signatures and winning approval for the ballot language from the Florida Supreme Court.

The lawyers say instead they'll focus their...

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT

Our guest during this hour was Phil Berg, an attorney in Philadelphia who has filed a lawsuit against President Bush on behalf of Ellen Mariani whose husband was killed in a plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Berg commented on today's release of the 9/11 report and what his client sees as the major unaswered questions about the attack.

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IAN SANCHO - Mitch Perry

The Associated Press is reporting that the head of the Supervisors of Elections Association in Florida, - Orange County Supervisor Bill Cowles - earlier this week sent a harshly worded 1 page Letter to Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ian Sancho....Sancho has criticized touchscreen voting technology that will be used in 15 Florida Counties this year.....Cowles said most Supervisors disagreed.

That was followed by another attack on Sancho by Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who said...

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JOHNNIE BYRD AT DEFENSE MANUFACTURING SMALL BUSINESS-Andrew Stelzer

The outgoing Florida State Speaker of the house and US senate candidate Johnny Byrd held an event to make himself seem supportive of small business this afternoon. He chose EEI manufacturing in Clearwater, a company that makes components for missiles and missile defense systems. He was given a tour of the facility by Sue Englander, EEI’s president and owner

SOUND ‘This is the missile warning system�

Byrd has made national defense a cornerstone of his camp...

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BAYSHORE TASK FORCE WRAPS UP - Mitch Perry

A Task Force named by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to recommend ways to make Bayshore Boulevard safer wrapped up their last scheduled meeting today, and will now forward to the Mayor their list of suggestions.

Among the recommendations the Task Force will submit include reducing the Speed Limit to 35 miles perhour, downsizing the 6 lanes of traffic to 4, and there would be fewer openings in Bayshore's median.

The Task Force was convened back in February by Mayor Iorio after the death...

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MIDDLE CLASS CONSERVATIVES

In his new book, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, Baffler founding editor and journalist Thomas Frank uses Kansas as a metaphor for the rest of the country in order to examine why so many working and middle-class Americans consistently act against their own self-interests. To unravel this mystery, Frank, one of "our most insightful social observers" (Los Angeles Times), examines the country's growing rancor against the so-called liberal elite and reve...

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FBI CONDUCTS NEW INTERVIEWS WITH MUSLIMS AND ARABS - Mitch Perry

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents has begun interviewing Muslims and Arab-Americans in the United States in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks ahead of the November 2nd presidential election.

An FBI official told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity that a few dozen Muslim students, community leaders and businesspeople had already consented to be interviewed, stressing the interview subjects were not suspects.

Altaf Ali is the Director of the Florida Office of the...

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INDEPENDENT MEDIA - Radioactivity

Media Critic Norman Solomon talks about mainstream media coverage of the war on Iraq. Tampy Indy Media members Lara Stewart and Charles Suggs talk about their new organization.

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BAYWALK MARCH FOR PEACE - Mitch Perry

City officials in St. Petersburg say that public demonstration at Baywalk in St. Pete are creating a public safety hazard by pushing pedestrians into the street, and they are now proposing designated "pedestrian safety zones" outside Baywalk AND Tropicana Field where picketing would not be allowed.

Chris Enresto is one of about 2 dozen protestors who have been demonstrating against the War in Iraq for over a year now...He reacted with disgust when discussing with WMNF the proposals th...

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DICK ARMEY ENDORES BILL MCCOLLUM FOR SENATE-Andrew Stelzer

Bill McCollum picked up an endorsement in his run for Florida’s senate seat from Dick Armey, the former House majority leader who retired in 2002. The formal announcement was made today in temple terrace. In 1995, Armey co-authored the contract for America with Newt Gingrich, he is currently the Chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) and co-chairman of the Alliance for Retirement Prosperity. During their news conference, Armey and McCollum stuck to McCollum’s main issu...

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