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Tampa City Council - Stormwater & Steetcar taxes - Seán Kinane

08/25/05

At today’s Tampa City Council meeting there was a public hearing to consider the adoption of a non-ad valorem assessment roll for the purpose of paying for stormwater management services in the City of Tampa. WMNF’s Seán Kinane was there and files this report.

Chuck Walter, the director of the City’s Stormwater Council noted that fifteen letters of objection to the stormwater assessment from eleven people and two letters in favor of the assessment had been ...

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JIM DAVIS AND ADAM PUTNAM DEBATE SOCIAL SECURITY-Andrew Stelzer

08/24/05

Congressmen Jim Davis and Adam Putnam held a debate on the future of social security at Hillsborough community college last night. The event was put on by Emerge, a year old project to bring together young professionals in the Tampa bay area. Democratic Tampa area Congressman Jim Davis, who is also running for governor, gave the crowd of about 100 people some of his suggestion to solve the looming financial problems for the 70 year old social security system.

ACT-Davis ‘wha...

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POLK COUNTY WANTS TO RAISE SCHOOL IMPACT FEES-Andrew Stelzer

08/24/05

With the amount of elementary and high school students almost doubling in the last 20 years, Hillsborough county commissioners may soon propose a half cent sales tax, or a raise in school impact fees for homeowners. Facing similar conditions of unprecedented number of new residents and home construction, the Polk county school board is calling for an increase in school impact fees of over 400 percent. The recommendation was made to the board by the assistant superintendent of facilities and...

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GOVERNOR BUSH TURNS DOWN REQUEST TO HONOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO VOTE

08/24/05

A Women's equality group has asked Governor Jeb Bush to issue a proclamation honoring this Friday's anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment- granting women the right to vote. The Governor's staff replied by telling the group that such a proclamation does not meet the Bush administration's guidelines. Sandy Oestreich, founder and president of Equal Rights Alliance was our guest.

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GOVERNOR BUSH TURNS DOWN REQUEST TO HONOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO VOTE

08/24/05

A Women's equality group has asked Governor Jeb Bush to issue a proclamation honoring this Friday's anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment- granting women the right to vote. The Governor's staff replied by telling the group that such a proclamation does not meet the Bush administration's guidelines. Sandy Oestreich, founder and president of Equal Rights Alliance was our guest.

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Al-Arian trial, more Myers testimony - by Lance Robson

08/24/05

And now to the Al-Arian trial. ..

For nearly five weeks FBI Agent Kerry Myers explained, analyzed, and offered opinions on evidence the Prosecution team, that he is part of, has brought against Sami Al-Arian and his co-defendants.

Yesterday, Defense Attorney William Moffitt began his cross-examination by asking Agent Myers how many overt acts Al_arian has been charged with actually took place after January 1, 1995. In response Myers answered that none of the overt acts took place ...

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CONSUMERS FACE THE SPIRALING COST OF GASOLINE

08/23/05

Our guest Tyson Slocum is the research director at Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment program. He says "Since Bush became president, the largest five oil companies operating in the U.S. -- ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell -- have enjoyed profits of $254 billion, with ExxonMobil leading the way with profits of $89 billion. "Clearly, there is a direct correlation between record prices paid by consumers and record profits enjoyed by oil companies. F...

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Drive To Re-District Legislative Districts in Doubt- By Mitch E. Perry

08/23/05

The drive to rid the state Legislature from having the authority to draw up political districts and give it to an independent commission has suffered perhaps a grievous blow. One of the 3 proposals that supporters have been trying to gain enough petitions for has too many words in it.

Under state law, ballot language for citizen initiatives to amend Florida's Constitution can NOT exceed 75 words. The petition in question, one of three the Campaign for Fair Elections is trying...

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WOMEN QUESTION JOHN ROBERTS RECORD-Andrew Stelzer

08/23/05

With senate hearings on supreme court nominee John Roberts only a few weeks away, widespread opposition to Roberts being appointed the next justice has not yet surfaced. What has been more apparent are groups calling for a thorough questioning of Roberts record, and his stances on some of the more controversial issues which he may face on the court. Today a coalition of women’s advocacy organization held a conference call with reporters to voice their concerns about John Roberts and ...

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BEST HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION -by Mitch E. Perry

08/22/05

INTRO: Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, the group BEST – Built Environment for Sustainable Tampa, will be hosting a panel discussion on sustainable neighborhoods and affordable housing at the Tampa Convention Center.

BEST represents a community of individuals, organizations and busineses who work, live in and around the downtown Tampa area. Kimberly Finn is the co-founder of BEST. She says her group is looking at sustainability from an economic, social and environmental level (rol...

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