News & Public Affairs

Wednesday August 20, 2014

ELECTRONIC VOTING - Mitch Perry

Paper Printout "extremely unlikely"

The Head of the state's election process told the Florida Legislature yesterday that it is ''extremely unlikely'' that Florida voters in November will be able to check their machine-vote ballots against a paper printout before leaving the polls.

But Secretary of State Glenda Hood insisted that voters have every reason to remain confident in electronic voting machines, despite rising worries across the nation that such machines are susceptible to co...

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HOWARD DEAN DROP-OUT - Mitch Perry

Howard Dean effectively ended his is presidential campaign today, a day after his distant 3rd-place finish in the Wisconsin Democratic primary. (roll tape#1 o.q."our country")

For now, the former Vermont governor did not endorse either of his top rivals, Senators John Kerry or John Edwards. He called both men before his announcement to tell them his decision.

Dean said he will not run as a 3rd Party candidate (roll tape#2 o.q."whatever it takes..applause")

As Dean spoke, he was flank...

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THE SOFT CAGE: SURVEILLANCE IN AMERICA

Our guest Christian Parenti has written a new book called THE SOFT CAGE: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror (Basic Books), a vivid and chilling chronicle of the role of surveillance in American life-from the antebellum South to the computerized landscape of the futuristic present. In this provocative and insightful study, Parenti explores the history, technology, and politics of everyday surveillance. THE SOFT CAGE explores the relentless growth of surveillance in the U...

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PENNY FOR PASCO VIDEO. Mark Antokas

Yesterday afternoon the Pasco County Commission unveiled an eighteen minute video at a workshop meeting which also attempted to answer some fifty written queastion submitted earlier by the public. The video promotes the "Penny For Pasco", a tax hike which would raise an additional 437 million dollars over it's ten year lifespan. Schools and the county would split ninety percent of the new income generated, Pasco Counties cities would take care of the rest.The money would go to building new sc...

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JIM DAVIS DEFICIT ROUNDTABLE - Mitch Perry

INTRO: Yesterday in Tampa, President Bush used local workers and business owners to boast about how his economic policies have helped certain sectors of the economy.

But amidst the optimism remains the fact that the expanding Federal Deficit is now projected by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to rise over $500 Billion dollars this year.

Today, Tampa Congressman Jim Davis held a Roundtable discussion on the issue with local business leaders, employers, and academi...

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GUN RANGE ISSUE ADVANCES - Mitch Perry

Legislation continuing to move in the Florida Senate would make gun ranges IMMUNE from existing lawsuits brought by environmental regulators.

The measure would shift cleanup costs to the state. The issue is extremely disliked by the environmental community, who say it endangers public safety and may violate federal clean water requirements.

Under the new proposal, any existing lawsuits by state or local government agencies against gun ranges MUST be withdrawn, including the l...

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WHAT DOES MEDICARE REFORM MEAN FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE DISABLED?

Four guests appeared on this program: Jeff Blum, exec. director of USACTION, the nation's largest consumer group and staffers at the Florida Consumer Action Network (Phil Compton, Becky Martin). These consumer activists say that there are many problems and questions associated with the Medicare reform plan passed by Congress last year. Among the issues are the failure to address the rising cost of prescription drugs, the huge cost to the government, a gaping hole in prescription drug coverage...

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BUSH AT NU-AIR - Mitch Perry

INTRO: President Bush ended his 18 hour stay in Tampa earlier this morning, after conducting a "conversation" on the economy with workers and business owners at an Aluminum window and door Manufacturing Plant in Town N Country.

Although the trip was NOT billed as an election year campaign stop, and thus WAS paid for by the American people, the President's visit to a Florida business - his 19th stop in the Sunshine state since becoming President - appeared as a virtually cheerlead...

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BUSH PROTEST - Mitch Perry

As the President was having his "conversation" across the Street from Nu Air Manufacturing , about 50 protestors, supporters, and onlookers stood along Anderson Road........ A HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE PREVENTED ANYONE FROM GETTING CLOSE TO THE TOWN HALL MEETING AND RESTRICTED PROTESTORS MOVEMENT ON THE PUBLIC SIDEWALK.

SOME IN THE CROWD WERE THERE TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES ON JOBS AND TRADE- THE TOPICS THE PRESIDENT WAS DISCUSSING ON THE INSIDE. OTHERS WERE THERE TO SHOW TH...

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