News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 16, 2014

TOUCHSCREEN VOTING MACHINES - Beth Wolfe

According to the Associated Press, the Florida Department of State has notified election supervisors that ballots from touchscreen voting machines do not have to be included during manual recounts because, according to the Department of state, there is no question about how voters intended to vote.

In a letter to Kurt Browning, Pasco County Supervisor or Elections, the director of the Florida Division of Elections, Ed Kast concluded, that not only is there no need to include the electroni...

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PHONE SERVICE AND CONSUMER ADVOCATES - Mitch Perry

Consumer issues

Last year, the Public Service Commission unanimously approved increases in local basic phone rates of 26 to 90 percent sought by Verizon, Sprint and BellSouth

Attorney General Charlie Crist HAS filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court to overturn the hikes.

And this year, House Speaker Johnny Byrd and Senate President Jim King have recently expressed concerns about the rate increases. Both were among a large majority of state legislators who voted last spring in...

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AIDS EVICTION - Mitch Perry

Yesterday the The ACLU of Florida's Tampa Chapter filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New Port Richey man who was evicted from his home because he has AIDS.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit today in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pasco County on behalf of 35 year old Stephen Stoltz, a Pasco County resident who has been living with AIDS for more than three years. Stoltz received an eviction notice in November from his landlord, Henry Javer that stated: "Now that I know you have this, I would lik...

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OPEN HEARTS OPEN MINDS CONFERENCE

A one-day conference will provide area residents with a unique opportunity to fully celebrate Valentine’s Day. “Open Hearts, Open Minds,� a collection of presentations focusing on the theme of coexistence, will be held Saturday, February 14, at New College of Florida Sudakoff Conference Center. The sessions cover a variety of cross-cultural topics and will inform and challenge attendees to deepen their understanding of coexistence, as well as provide insights into how to mak...

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THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S POSITION ON MOVING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS

President Bush visited Pennsylvania today to talk about the economy. In January, the President backed legislation that cut off overtime pay protections for 8 million workers. And this month, in the face of the state losing 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs, the chair White House council of economic advisors issued a report which praised the outsourcing of jobs to other countries. John Halpin of the Center for American Progress discussed the Bush administration's position on outsourcin...

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SECRETS AND LIES IN IRAQ

Dilip Hiro in an OP-ed for the New York Times confronts what is perhaps the ultimate irony of the current US position in Iraq: " for an administration that fought a "war for democracy," it is now opposing Ayatollah Sistani's call for direct elections to the new national provisional assembly."

Hiro, one of the world's leading authorities on Iraq and the region, and the author of the just-published, Secrets and Lies: Operation "Iraqi Freedom" was our guest on this segment of Radioactivity.

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SKEPTICISM AND SECULAR HUMANISM

Veteran White House Journalist Helen Thomas. Thomas has covered every administration since JFK's. She is known as one of the toughest questioners in Washington and she says since 9/11 the White House press corps has fallen down on its job as the nation's watchdog. Thomas will be a speaker in a few weeks in Tampa at the upcoming SKEPTICISM AND SECULAR HUMANISM conference in Tampa. The conference will be held from February 20-22, 2004, at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

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KEEPING TEENAGE GIRLS SAFE FROM VIOLENCE

The Ophelia Project - Tampa Bay is sponsoring Self Protection & Safety classes designed just for teen girls & adults on February 14, 2004. The classes will be at seven area YMCA family branches, taught by experienced, safety professionals. All the hot teen safety topics will be covered - Street Safety (malls and parking lots), Internet Safety (instant messaging, chat rooms), and Relationship Safety.

The Self Protection classes are part of an international movement called V-Day, a publi...

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Religious Leaders for A More Just and Compassionate Drug Policy

our guest: Rev. Janet Wolf - Dir. of Public Policy and Community Outreach for the group. She says our war on drugs results in a large incarceration rate for people who simply possess drugs, especially marijuana. Many of those imprisoned are people of color. The minister charges that the impact of high incarceration rates is that families are split and defendants are unable to rise above the stigma, sanctions and poverty that result from prison sentences. Wolfe and her group advocate treating ...

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