News & Public Affairs11/04/04
Over the past half decade, the central section of Florida, known as the I-4 Corridor, going from St. Petersburg and Pinellas County in the West to the Orlando/Daytona area of the East, has been considered the CRUCIAL swath of territory that Democrats and Republicans have an equal chance of winning in state wide elections.
According to returns, 5 of the 14 counties in the Corridor switched from Democrat to Republican in this yearâ€™s Presidential Election.
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People under 18 may not be able to go to a Saturday night movie at Centro Ybor in a couple of weeks. Thatâ€™s according to a new ordinance passed today called the youth protection ordinance. WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer was at city hall, and filed this report.
ACT--â€œDid you consult with anyone that was under 18 in writing this, do you know if anyone did. â€œ David Smith with the city of Tampa legal department.
ACT--They can wrote us input, I canâ€™...Be the first to comment
As of 11am this morning, Mel Martinez was acknowledged as Floridaâ€™s new US senator. Betty castor help a press conference, in which many expected her to discuss legal challenges to absentee ballots that have yet to be counted in South Florida, and others that may be thrown out because they arrived late. But Castor instead announced she was conceding the race to Martinez.
ACT â€˜We know that there are about 300,000 absentee votes to be counted..weve kind of looked at th...Be the first to comment
Pinellas voters yesterday resoundingly approved a property tax increase to raise teacher pay and bolster programs in public schoolsâ€¦
The measure will bring an additional $26-million a year in revenue.
Teachers saw it as a vote of confidence in a year when soaring medical insurance premiums, small salary increases and increased pressure from government accountability programs combined to bring down morale.
Supporters said the measure also sent a message to state lawmakers that F...Be the first to comment
In District 6, the closest local race of the night, former Professional wrestler Brian Blair has a narrow lead over Bob Buckhorn..With all precincts reporting, Blair had 216, 430 votes, or 50.28% of the vote, while Buckhorn had 214,062, or 49.72 percentâ€¦
Last night Buckhorn said he knew the race would be tight (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?either wayâ€?)
Blair is a former professional wrestler and owner of 4 Goldâ€™s Gyms.. He lost to Pat Frank in a surprisingly strong ...Be the first to comment
In the race for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Pat Frank continues her political career, winning that position against her former Republican County Commission colleague, Chris Hartâ€¦.The race was close, and now Frank replaces Richard Ake, who has been in the position for 18 yearsâ€¦
But Frankâ€™s Election to Clerk of the Circuit Court is bittersweet for some Hillsborough Democratsâ€¦Thatâ€™s because Frank left her County Commission seat halfway thru her termâ...Be the first to comment
In the race for the Supervisor of Elections, Republican incumbent Buddy Johnson â€“ despite a series of mistakes leading up to the election â€“ won by a 56% to 44% margin over Democratic challenger Rob McKennaâ€¦â€¦.
The 33 year old McKenna, a computer programmer for the Eckerd Corporation, campaigned on a platform demanding a paper trail for the Touch Screen Voting Machines used in Hillsborough and 14 other counties in Florida.
McKenna was an organizer in ...Be the first to comment
Last night, 71 percent of Floridians vote to increase the states minimum wage to 6.15 an hourâ€”it will be the first increase since 1997. Amendment 5 was one of the least controversial of the 8 constitutional amendments on the ballot this year, polls leading up to the election consistently showed voters would support an increase in the minimum wage. ACORN was one of the groups that organized the campaign; WMNF spoke to Frank Houston the state field director for Florida ACORN about what...Be the first to comment
In the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, there a 3rd Party candidate, Dennis Bradley, running on the Veterans Party Ticketâ€¦.In some polls, he is drawing near 2% in the Polls, which could make his participation critical in the Senate Race.
WMNF spoke to Dennis Bradley yesterday from his home in Kissimmeeâ€¦He said heâ€™s been a registered Democrat AND Republican in the past, but says the Veterans Party fulfills his conservative beliefs. He now calls himself a pragmatic c...Be the first to comment
Heading into Election Day, polls show Republican Mel Martinez and Betty castor locked in a dead heat in the race for Floridaâ€™s open senate seat. WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer and Free Speech radio News' Mitch Jeserich spoke to Castor this afternoon at the Valencia Gardens restaurant. We began by asking castor, why has the controversy over voting rights fallen along party linesâ€”with democrats trying to keep peopleâ€™s rights intact, and republicans working hard to keep ine...Be the first to comment