News & Public Affairs

Wednesday January 28, 2015

LOCAL ELECTION SUPERVISORS LAUNCH GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPAIGN-Andrew Stelzer

8 supervisors of elections from west central Florida gathered today at The Hillsborough county elections office, to announce their participation in a state wide “get out the vote� initiative, designed to get more Floridians to vote, and improve the states image as incapable of holding a fair and efficient election.


SOUND “Demonstration ballot, Pasco County..number of candidates….so it tells you the candidates, George Washington, john A...

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DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S IRAQ SPEECH - Radioactivity

Former Florida Congressman Pete Peterson spent six and a half years as a POW in North Korea. Later he was U.S. ambassador to Vietnam under President Clinton. He discussed President Bush's speech last night, the importance of the Geneva Convention and the prospects for a positive resolution to the Iraq war. This interview was followed by open phones.

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COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS BALK AT TACO BELL PROPOSAL - Mitch Perry

For the first time in the 3 year campaign by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to boycott Taco Bell, the executive of the fast food company's parent corporation - Yum!Brands - has announced a plan to take steps to end the boycott....But it has already been rejected by the Florida based farmworkers alliance....

Last Thursday, Yum Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak announced that if the Coalition of Immokalee Workers ended its 3 year boycott of Taco Bell, his company was prepared...

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BETTY CASTOR VISITS VA NURSING HOME-Andrew Stelzer

As the field for Florida’s’ open US senate seat narrows down, the remaining candidates are making more frequent campaign stops. Today, Betty castor, one of the 3 democratic candidates for Senate, took a tour of the Veterans Administrations’ Nursing home facility. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report. ----------------

SOUND “My name is betty castor…how long have you been here…16 years… so you’ve been in th...

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PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In America there is an array of disquieting social trends. Rising numbers of children living in single parent and in working poor families, fueling drug and alchol abuse, truancy, and worse for America’s youth. Public spending on “At Risk Youth’ a growth industry, is estimated at Fifty Billion Dollars yearly. In Florida, The Pace Center For Girls, covers the needs of Florida’a at risk girls. WMNF’s Mark Antokas visited one center in Pasco County. Roll ...

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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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