News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 23, 2014

A Reporter Remembers

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly interviews radio reporter Brian Brewer who covered the Bay area for WFLA Radio from 1982 till 1998.

Listen to the entire show above.

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Pinellas County Medicare recipients are asking congressional candidate David Jolly to keep his hands off Medicare if he's elected in March.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Pinellas seniors to David Jolly: Hands off my Medicare

A dozen Pinellas County Medicare recipients are asking congressional candidate David Jolly to keep his hands off their healthcare. During a protest Wednesday at Jolly’s campaign headquarters across from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport the group waved signs at passing motorists cautioning them against what they see as a plan that would gut Medicare. Dave Dovar, a retired computer programmer, said if Jolly had his way, the senior safety net would be hawked off to the private sector.

“Anytime so...

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Ed Turanchik (right) with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

photo by Kate Bradshaw/WMNF News (Dec 2009)

Passenger ferry proposal moves forward in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County moved ahead today with a high-speed passenger ferry partnership. The County commission approved an interim public-private partnership agreement with HMS Ferries and South Swell Development Group to study a ferry linking the south part of the county, perhaps near Apollo Beach, with MacDill Air Force Base. Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is the public face of the project.

"We've already said this, no other transportation option can do so much for so little so fas...

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Max Richtman

photo by twitter

The push to increase Social Security payments

Today Radioactivity explores Social Security and Medicare. Rob Lorei interviews Max Richtman, President of the Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare about the efforts to change the systems.

The Tampa Bay Metro area, has a higher percentage of residents on Social Security than the national rate. Statewide more than 3.6 million people receive Social Security. Social Security benefits are not keeping pace with the cost of living in America. The average monthly benefit is $1269 wh...

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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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