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Thursday July 31, 2014

PAT FRANK CAN KEEP SEAT AND RUN FOR OTHER POSITION - Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson told the Tampa Tribune today that County Commissioner Pat Frank CAN keep her Commission seat while campaigning for the Clerk of Circuit Court.....

On Monday, Commissioner Frank announced that she plans to surrender the final 2 days of her term and run for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, running for the position being vacated by Richard Ake....

Frank will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the job against Helene M...

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MATERNAL AND PRENATAL CARE OF JAIL INMATES - Mitch Perry

Last month a premature baby born to an inmate at the Hillsborough County Jail died shortly after her birth......In a subsequent investigation, a nurse practitioner was fired ......The 34 year old inmate - Kimberly Grey, in custody at the time on prostitution and cocaine charges, said she pleaded for medical help for 12 hours before giving birth to the boy in an infirmary restroom in early March.

Falkenburg Road Jail medical workers didn't call 911 until the baby arrived. The boy, named C...

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TECO ACCUSES TWOMEY ON TRANSPORTING COAL - Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa Electric company, or TECO, will be forced to defend themselves in front of the Public Service Commission next month, over charges they did not conduct an open bidding process for transporting coal, and they over charged consumers in the process. But this week TECO has accused the consumer group that is bringing the challenge, of not really representing consumers, and instead working as a tool of TECO corporate competitors. The controversy may play into whether the Public Service c...

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THE LAVENDER SCARE: AUTHOR DAVID JOHNSON - Radioactivity

The McCarthy era is generally considered the worst period of political repression in recent American history. But while the famous question, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" resonated in the halls of Congress, security officials were posing another question at least as frequently, if more discreetly: "Information has come to the attention of the Civil Service Commission that you are a homosexual. What comment do you care to make?" Historian David K. Johns...

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A MODERATE REPUBLICAN SPEAKS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT - Radioactivity

Russell Train, the former EPA administrator from 1973- 1977 under Presidents Nixon and Ford, discussed his memoir, POLITICS, POLLUTION, AND PANDAS (Island Press, November 17, 2003). His main message is about the bipartisan origins of all of our major environmental laws and regulations and the need to get to that political framework. As a lifelong Republican he is pretty unhappy with President Bush.

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JOHN KERRY IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

The Democratic nominee to be for President, Massaschusetts Senator John Kerry, appeared in Tampa today to speak about the environment, and later raise money for his campaign.....

Speaking this morning from the photo-op friendly Ballast Point Park in South Tampa, in anticipation of Earth Day later this week, the Senator laid out a specific plan for the environment........He was enthusiastically introduced by the former Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Florida nat...

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COMMISSION ON OCEANS REPORT SAYS OCEANS ARE IN TROUBLE-Andrew Stelzer

Senator Kerry’s speech in Tampa gave him a chance to talk about the environment, one of the issues on which Kerry seems to have a vastly different track record than President Bush. Kerry spoke about a new report regarding America’s oceans. ACT “Today the US commission….�

The commissions on Ocean Policy’s’ report recommends setting up a special office at the White House to oversee a new, coordinated policy, doubling investment in scientific r...

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ACTIVISTS PROTEST ARREST FOR FEEDING HOMELESS - Mitch Perry

Yesterday Tampa Police arrested 3 activists, accusing them of violating a city policy by feeding the homeless at a downtown park.

That Policy was the subject of a protest and a public feeding this morning in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa

About 35 people - approximately half of them members of the group Food Not Bombs , held signs aloft and demonstrated against the City's Police that they must have a permit to feed the homeless in Tampa. (prote...

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RICHARD PAEY GETS 25 FOR DOCTOR SHOPPING - Mark Antokas

INTRO: In Pasco County today, Richard Paey was sentenced to twenty five years in prison for fifteen counts of drug trafficking, obtaining a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Paey has maintained all along that he was innocent and that medicating himself was not a crime. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Richard Paey sat in his wheelchair waiting sentencing this morning in the Pasco County Criminal courthouse. Paey, a father of three, debilitated ...

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TAMPA PASSES ORDINANCE DENOUNCING PARTS OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT - Mitch Perry

Last night Tampa became the 290th local municipality to pass an Ordinance denouncing parts of the controversial USA Patriot Act.

The preminent legal organization that has been fighting against parts of the Patriot Act has been the American Civil Liberties Union.

Today in Tampa, the executive Director of the Florida ACLU, Howard Simon, addressed that law and other issues at a speech at the Tiger Bay Club.

This past week during the Public Hearings of the 9/11 Commission,...

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