News & Public Affairs

Thursday December 18, 2014


Florida Gov. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie

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Libertarian candidate for Florida Gov. Adrian Wyllie joins Radioactivity

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist hold their final debate tonight on CNN. The 7 p.m. debate will take place in Jacksonville. CNN has notified both candidates that its rules specify no electronic equipment - including fans - for the face-off.

And while Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie's legal challenge to get into last week’s debate wasn't successful, the third-party candidate is doing his own live webcast in Jacksonville to respond to debate questions. Wyllie joins Radioacti...

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Students rally against Rick Scott at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.

photo by Gwyneth Dunsford

USF students rally against Rick Scott

TAMPA - It’s two weeks until Election Day and some University of South Florida students are rallying against Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, a small gathering at the Tampa campus gave Scott a failing grade on education and women’s rights.

Alison Strand is a campus Democrat who helped organize the rally.

“I’m tired of having a governor who doesn’t care about students,” said the 19-year-old. “[Rick Scott] doesn’t care about what’s best for us…We’re leaving school with $20,000, $40,00...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg

A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life"

Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa civil rights group warns Muslims to talk to FBI only with lawyer present

A local civil rights group is issuing an “urgent warning” to Muslims not to talk to the FBI unless their lawyer is present; the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-Florida, says it stems from a prominent New Tampa Muslim being questioned at home.

For more, WMNF interviewed, Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of CAIR-Florida.

Later this week we’ll air the 2nd half of this interview in which Shibly emphasizes the danger of entrapment and outlines the case of Sam...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.

photo by Kate Bradshaw/WMNF News (Dec. 2010).

Rick Scott's other awkward #fangate moment

As reported by Janelle Irwin in Saintpetersblog:

With all the buzz over this week’s fangate during the beginning of the Florida Governor’s debate, not too much else has been talked about. Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to debate his opponent Charlie Crist during the first moments was perhaps the most awkward start to a debate ever.

In a tweet from former Gov. Crist today, he wants to make sure people are paying attention to another part of the debate.

“The beginning of ‪#flgovdebate got ...

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Ron Pollack, Executive Director Families USA

Executive Director of Families USA talks about working Floridians who don't make enough to afford healthcare

More than half (51 percent) of the nearly 1.1 million uninsured Floridians who would benefit from the state’s expansion of health care—nearly 551,000 residents—are working Floridians employed in occupations that most people rely on daily and are critical to the state’s economy, says a report released today by Florida CHAIN and Families USA.

These working Floridians are employed in industries ranging from sales and food services to the production and medical sectors, and are employed as h...

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Bikes for rent as part of a bike share program in Sevilla, Spain.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2011).

Cyclovia lets bicycles and pedestrians take over downtown Tampa

A major road in downtown Tampa will close to car traffic this Sunday for a few hours to make room for pedestrians, bikes and other activities; Kennedy Boulevard will shut down as part of the Cyclovia celebration.

WMNF interviewed Kris Carson, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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