News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 22, 2014

PROPOSAL TO BAN NUDITY GOES TO COUNTY COMMISSION - Mitch Perry

Last night WMNF reported on a news conference held by some Hillsborough County citizens who say they believe public nudity is a problem in the County, and they want local government to do something about it.

Today, members of that ad hoc group, Citizens for Decency, urged the County Commission to support putting an Ordinance on this November’s Ballot asking that the citizens vote on whether or not they would like to ban.

This issue came up about a year ago, but never came to frui...

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HILLSBOROUGH CTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS BUDDY JOHNSON - Mitch Perry

Earlier this week, Attorneys for Florida Elections officials told a Federal Judge that South Florida Congressman Robert Wexler's federal lawsuit over touch-screen voting machines is helping foster doubts about the upcoming election and is shaking people's faith in the new voting machines.

George Waas, an Assistant State Attorney General representing Secretary of State Glen Hood, said, "They have created a fear mentality based on no facts, based on isolated situations."

The att...

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WILL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEFEND ITS BILLBOARD BAN?-Andrew Stelzer

It’s been 19 years since Hillsborough county commissioners voted to ban roadside billboards, but there are still at least 65 of them in the county. Now another lawsuit has been filed against the county, this time by a Texas company which claims the ban violates their constitutional rights. RTM media, based in Austin, has filed suit in Hillsborough circuit court, along with an injunction to against the moratorium that has kept the company from putting billboards up.

Hillsboro...

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PUBLIC COMMENT DURING COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS - Mitch Perry

Today the Hillsborough County Commission heard from an Attorney who suggested that the County strongly revise it's policy on what citizens can say at the Public Hearing portion of their bi-weekly meetings.

The County asked for a review of the policy after a regular speaker at their meetings - Mark Klutho, made a racially tinged remark at Interim County Attorney Don Odom last month.....Odom is Black.

His comment inspired the Commission to vote to seek a legal opinion on whethe...

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PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC APPROACHES TO PARENTING - Radioactivity

Our guests belong to the Adlerian school of Psychology. It's a belief in a mental health model which values peace, co-operative family relations, free sharing of information, and empowering individuals to make responsible decisions. Randall Gainforth, Ross Cannon and Tim Evans were the guests.

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NATIONWIDE GAS BOYCOTT MAY 19-Andrew Stelzer

The internet is abuzz with messages about a nationwide boycott of gasoline to be held tomorrow, May 20th. The letter circulating tells people that if they don’t buy gas, it will show the oil companies that Americans are seriously fed up with the rising of gas, and they will lower prices as a result. There is no organized group claiming responsibility for the boycott, and so-called experts are saying it wont amount too much. WMNF asked Tampa residents who buy gasoline what they though...

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NUDITY ORDINANCE - Aya Batrawy

Imagine a Hillsborough without nudity. No strip clubs, topless contests or nudity permitted anywhere but in the privacy of hotel rooms and homes.

"Citizens for Decency," a grassroots organization created to outlaw public nudity and push for higher community standards, says in less than two months, already 10,000 people in Hillsborough County have signed petitions make this a reality.

The group is comprised of citizens and religious community leaders who believe that the law s...

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FORMER LABOR SECRETARY ROBERT REICH - Radioactivity

FORMER LABOR SECRETARY ROBERT REICH DISCUSSES THE ECONOMY AND HIS NEW BOOK

Robert B. Reich served as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

His latest book is "Reason: Why Liberals Will Win The Battle For America". It's Reich's passionate, comprehensive argument against the distortions that the far right is bringing to American political disc...

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THE UPCOMING TRIAL OF ARMY STAFF SGT. CAMILO MEJIA ON DESERTION CHARGES - Radioactivity

Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, 28, of Miami, FL, an activated Florida National Guard soldier who is currently awaiting court martial for desertion at Ft Stewart, GA. This charge is directly related to his having absented from his unit because he never again wished to witness mistreatment of Iraqi detainees.

      Mejia bases his legal defense against the charge that he

wrongfully failed to return to Iraq on violations of international law which authorized him to absent himself f...

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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS JOIN TOGETHER TO BLAST PRES. BUSH ON OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING - Mitch Perry

Today in Tallahassee, members of two major environmental organizations came together to unveil a new Television ad to be broadcast in Tampa, Orlando and Washington D.C. that they say sets the record straight about President Bush's support for drilling off the western coast of Florida.

Deb Callahan is the President of the League of Conservation Voters

(roll tape#1 o.q."fuzzy up the facts here")

Joining the League of Conservation Voters at the News Conference in Tallahassee ...

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