CANDIDATE INTERVIEW: ROD SMITH DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR

08/30/06

OUR GUEST TODAY IS STATE SENATOR ROD SMITH.... SEN. SMITH LIVES IN ALACHUA COUNTY; HE'S BEEN A LABOR LAWYER AND A STATE ATTORNEY....

HE'S WON THE ENDORSEMENTS OF MOST MAJOR NEWSPAPERS IN FLORIDA AND HE'S RUNNING AGAINST JIM DAVIS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR....

The issues covered on this program: -US Sugar ads attacking Jim Davis -Method of paying for class size-reductions and increased teacher pay -Reducing hs drop-out rate for African-American males -Reinstating the intangibles tax; reviewing sales tax exemptions Getting his agenda passed in a GOP controlled legislature -Plans by Florida Power to build a new nuclear power plant in Florida -Whether Florida needs a state energy policy -Property tax reform -Calls by insurance industry execs last week to raise homeowner's rates -Sprawl and the Florida Hometown Democracy Act -Whether Smith would agree to a Friday night debate with Jim Davis

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