Yesterday (Wednesday) the Hillsborough County Commissioners voted down a motion proposed by Commissioner Pat Frank that would have allowed Citizens to have their say on a county program that forgives development impact feesÃ¢â¬Â¦.
The County has 8 such no-fee program, meant to encourage development of economically depressed areas...The CountyÃ¢â¬â¢s Impact Fee Manager says the zones have cost the county more than $13 million dollars since it began 4 years ago.
During the public heari...
Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Willie Bolden were our guests.
Willie Bolden is a civil rights veteran who was active in the SCLC and the Poor PeopleÃ¢â¬â¢s campaign in Washington, D.C. in 1968.
Fred Shuttlesworth is the legendary leader of the Birmingham, Alabama civil rights struggle in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Known for his courageous stands against Bull Connor and other white supremacists, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. Bolden and Shuttlesworth are participating at a co...
Susan Ketterer, Co-Chair of HOPE's (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality's) Jobs and Living Wage Committee. Ketterer is a leader in the movement to bring a living wage to the county. She discussed the difficulty in providing for a family on less than a living wage. She pegged such a wage at $9.97 and hour- which she says would be enough to lift a worker and his/her family of four just above the poverty line. Her coalition is asking the Hillsborough County Commission to create ...
This week at the University of South FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s St Petersburg campus, scholars, activists and historians and gathering for a conference of the history of the civil rights movement in Florida. The conference is being held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown versus board of education decision, which allowed black children to go to school with white children. This morning featured a panel discussion called Ã¢â¬ÅFlorida in the age of Jim Crow: seeds of the civil rights move...
Last night in North Tampa, Republican Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson met in a forum with the 2 Democrats -Rob McKenna and Steve Henley, who are trying to unseat him this November.
The Forum was sponsored by the Democratic 537 Club and monitored WMNF's Rob Lorei. It delved into 2 of the biggest issues facing Florida Supervisors of Election and their challengers this year - the concern about the lack of a paper trail for the electronic voting machines that will be ...
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's and TrueMajority.org about his new book: 50 WAYS YOU CAN SHOW BUSH THE DOOR IN 2004. Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's and president of the online activist organization TrueMajority.org, and Jason Salzman, former campaign director for Greenpeace and president of Cause Communications, this practical guidebook explains what people can actually do to show George the door. In the interview Cohen was asked whether Republicans might find the book interest...
Supervisor of Elections for Leon County in Florida, Ion Sancho said today:
"Florida's 2000 felon purge program resulted in over 50,000 legal voters
being disenfranchised. Officials in the Secretary of State's Division of
Elections misled county election supervisors about the 2000 election purge
list, blaming the vendor (DBT/Choicepoint) for the errors that were
disenfranchising citizens. After the election was over, public record
requests revealed that Division of Elections ordere...
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry spent the last 24 hours in the Tampa Bay area; last night he spoke to a rally at the St Petersburg airport, which was open to the public. Today, Kerry made and unscheduled stop at La Teresita, the same restaurant that Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie visited two weeks ago. This afternoon, Kerry held a panel discussion about national security and emergency responses at the University of South Florida. As he has done for the last several ...
The Center for American Progress today released a new report showing that 20 of the 73 companies that the White House approved to participate in the so called Ã¢â¬ÅMedicare discountÃ¢â¬? program have been involved in federal/state fraud charges. These same 20 companies have significant ties to the Bush Administration. The report, entitled "Paying to Play," also finds that those 20 companies involved in fraud charges gave more than $3 million to the President and conservatives in Congress s...
On Monday, About twenty people held a protest outside a KFC on Kennedy Boulevard to try to alert the public to what they say is KFCÃ¢â¬â¢s cruel treatment of chickens. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
A six-foot tall chicken was among the people chanting and asking passing cars to honk if they are against animal cruelty
Ã¢â¬ÅMcDonalds, Burger King, Wendys have all not passed on price increase to their customers..Ã¢...