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Thursday April 17, 2014


Democrat Alex Sink joined homeowners in a St. Petersburg neighborhood prone to flooding to talk about rising flood insurance costs.

photo by Janelle Irwin, WMNF file photo 2014

Campaign funding, flood insurance and Obamacare take center stage in Pinellas County Congressional debate

The race to replace Republican Bill Young in Congress has become centered on big Washington money. During the first televised debate Monday night in Seminole, Republican David Jolly was accused of lobbying for offshore drilling, which he now opposes. Jolly denied the claim, but his Democratic opponent, Alex Sink, continues to criticize Jolly’s lobbying career.

"We all know what Washington lobbyists do. Mr. Jolly made the decision after he left the employment of Representative Young to go ...

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photo by Professor Mordechai Kedar

Israeli Professor Mordechai Kedar discusses the Middle East conflict

Early last month one of our listeners Simon from Lakeland, suggested our next guest should discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We spend a lot of time talking about the issue on WMNF because the tension it has caused on foreign policy for the US for more than 40 years- ever since the oil embargo of 1973.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews Professor Mordechai Kedar, director of the Center for the study of Middle East and Islam, research associate of the Begin-Sadat Cente...

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman takes notes at a meeting last year.

photo by Janelle Irwin, WMNF file photo 2013

Transit corridor near I-4 and I-75 may be in line for some upgrades

A group of elected officials from across Hillsborough County is looking at ways to patch some of the region’s traffic woes. During a monthly meeting earlier this month, members of the Transportation for Economic Development Policy Leadership Group were given a list of 52 proposed projects around the area where I-4 and I-75 meet. Mike Williams is director of the county’s engineering and environmental division.

“They need access to the spine system to move goods and people as well. So, if ...

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Grassroots advocacy campaign asks to end the National Football League’s nonprofit tax-free status

Today on The Last Call, Rob Lorei discusses is a national grassroots advocacy campaign launched by fans on the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII to end the National Football League’s nonprofit tax-free status, as well as the overall government subsidization of the league. Despite making $10 billion annually in profits, and paying Commissioner Roger Goodell a whopping $29.5 million dollars-a-year (15 times more than the nonprofit tax-free league g...

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Time Banking

This week on Sustainable Living we talked about time banking. Marie Nelson, former professor at National Louis University in Illinois and a Tampa Bay Time Bank Coordinator, was one of our guests and Christina Bellamy, another Time Bank volunteer, joined the show. We were honored to have on the show Edgar Cahn, a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law that received his PHD at Yale Law School and has been an advocate for the poor and others with needs all his life. Edgar’s the father of Time ...

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Miko Peled

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Israeli peace activist's speech

This week on True Talk Rob Lorei airs a speech made by Miko Peled an Israeli peace activist and author. He has written the book, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, and travels the world discussing his experience.

Listen to the entire show above.

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Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin accuses Superintendent Elia of bullying staff

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin only has nine months left in her tenure on the education board and she's not holding any more punches.

The former board chair wants to change the way the district evaluates Superintendent Maryellen Elia. But she's angry the Hillsborough Schools top employee won't agree to it.

The tension boiled over this week when Griffin was quoted telling reporters that Elia was, "full of shit."

Griffin explains and defends her comments.

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Tampa City Council's Mulhern not challenging Higginbotham on County Commission

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern is taking her name out of the hat for Hillsborough County Commission. Mulhern, a Democrat, would have faced incumbent Republican Al Higginbotham. Her decision possibly paves the way for the current district 7 official to slide easily into another term. Citing health concerns, Mulhern said the choice was more of a realization than a decision.

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