News & Public Affairs

Friday April 25, 2014

WMNF programmer Pat Kemp announces bid for Hillsborough County Commission

Pat Kemp, former host of WMNF’s Last Call Tuesday, has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission as a Democrat. Kemp, a Tampa attorney, is running for the countywide district 7 seat being vacated by Mark Sharpe who will be term limited out of office.

Kemp stepped down from the Last Call on WMNF. According to the Supervisor of Elections website, current Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, Don Cruse and Robin Lester, all Republicans, have filed to run.

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Greener Tampa Businesses and Bay area Biking

We started the WMNF Sustainable Living program with a short piece on a project to construct edible gardens in juvenile detention facilities around Florida. They would be maintained, and the food consumed, by the children on site. Kate Hamilton, a law student at Stetson University, joined the show to talk about the challenges of doing a project like this in a privatized prison system. Next up, Jenna Civitello with Sustany Foundation, a local group that promotes sustainab...

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Former Florida Governor Bob Martinez was in office when ELAPP was first approved.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Hillsborough's environmental lands acquisition program celebrates silver anniversary

Supporters are celebrating the silver anniversary of a program to protect environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. 25 years ago under the leadership of former county commissioner Jan Platt, the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program started buying up properties in Hillsborough.

“More voters voted for this than they did for anything else on the ballot and it also passed by the greatest margin. That ought to tell the politicians something when they sit and vot...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) is joined by Florida Rep. Mark Danish (D-Tampa) in front of Woodrow Wilson Middle School to demand more even funding between public schools and charters.

photo by Janelle Irwin

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor upset with Florida Republicans over maintenance funding in public schools

Seventeen schools in Hillsborough County have unfunded maintenance projects totaling more than $100 million. During a press conference in front of Woodrow Wilson Middle School in South Tampa Monday, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor rallied against budgets passed by the state House and Senate that would allocate more money for repairs to privately run charter schools than to traditional public schools.

“We’re here today to report a theft. There has been a theft of tax dollars from our public schools...

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Craft beer and school voucher legislation move in Tallahassee

For four years craft breweries have been hoping to correct an anomaly in state law by having a law passed that allows them to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer. But each year Big Beer interests have thwarted that legislation. Josh Aubuchon from the Florida Brewers Guild talks about what's happening right now with bills in the House and Senate.

In the second part of the program, Susan Smith, the head of the Florida Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, talks about her issues with a bill that ...

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Radioactivity takes listener calls

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens the phone lines to take listener calls on top news stories this week.

Media included on today's show:

Eric Holder To Louie Gohmert: "You Don't Want To Go There, Buddy"

No Tax For Tracks "TRUE FALSE"

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From a Woman's POV discusses equal pay for equal work and a documentary film explores abortions on ships in offshore waters

Equal Pay for Equal Work:

An absolute cornerstone for women’s independence is to be paid fairly for their talents and their skills. From the Get-go, women start out behind, they never catch up – 78 cents fo the dollar if you are a white woman, 62 cents if you are African American, and 59 cents if you are Hispanic. This adds up month after month and can be worth $500,000 to 2 million in a lifetime. The face of poverty is that of a woman – either an elderly woman on a fixed income, or a s...

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No Tax For Tracks spokesperson Barbara Haseldon shows slides she says are evidence that PSTA doesn't have a fiscally sustainable plan.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Both sides of Pinellas County transit referendum say the other is spreading misinformation

Both sides of a controversial transit referendum in Pinellas County think the other is spreading misinformation. During a debate at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Thursday, PSTA board member Ken Welch accused the group No Tax for Tracks of blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Welch was interrupted by longtime opponent David McKalip.

"There are so many misinformation items being put out there. Look, I'm used to this because I was chairman during the fluoride debate, Dr. McAlister. I'm use...

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Radioactivity airs Ralph Nader Radio Hour show

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an episode from the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Ralph Nader is in dialogue with David Feldman and Steve Skrovan, discussing the big issues of the day. Nader is on the 100 most influential Americans of the 20 th century, according to Time/Life. David Feldman is an Emmy Award winning writer and host of the David Feldman Radio Show. Steve Skrovan is a former TV host (MTV and Fox) and is also the co-director/producer of the documentary film An Unreasonable Man....

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