News & Public Affairs

Friday October 31, 2014

DICK CHENEY IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

As the beginning of the work week saw traffic snarled in parts of Tampa as President Bush made an appearance at a glass manufacturing plant, traffic again has been slowed this afternoon, as Vice President Dick Cheney prepares for a campaign speech and fundraising event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel off the Courtney Campbell Causeway between Tampa and Clearwater this evening at 6:30.......

Cheney's visit is supposed to raise approximately half a million dollars to the already massive Bush Cheney...

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HAITIAN POLL - Mitch Perry

Poll: Most Haitians in U.S. back Aristide

According to a new nationwide poll, a majority of Haitians living in the United States want Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to finish his term in office, but an even larger group says the country was better off under the Duvalier dictatorships

The Poll of 600 Haitians living in the U.S. - half of them from Florida - also found that the community is divided on whether the U.S. should send its military from Haiti.

Belinda Jea...

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LATINO CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION SHOWS DISENFRANCHISEMENT - Mitch Perry

A Latino Civil Rights organization has released what they say is the first ever report on the effect of Felony Disenfranchisement laws have on Latinos nationwide...

The Report from MALDEF - The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, concludes that significant numbers of Latino citizens are prohibited from voting by so-called "felony disenfranchisement" laws - laws that ban or restrict the voting rights of persons with felony convictions - with an estimated half a mi...

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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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