News & Public Affairs04/16/05
KAREN WOODALL, lobbyist for Florida NOW, Florida A.C.O.R.N. and League of Women Voters Florida. In addition to being a NOW member and a candidate for the Florida House in 2000, Karen is a lobbyist with 22 years of experience in budgetary and poverty issues, a provider of legislative/advocacy training to community-based organizations, part-time coordinator of a statewide health network, and was Executive Director of Florida IMPACT from 1980-1990. She also was a volunteer lobbyist for farm wo...Be the first to comment
ANGELA BONAVOGLIA, writer on womenÃ¢â¬â¢s issues and Church reform. Author of Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are leading the Fight to Change the Church. Ã¢â¬ÅWith the very sad passing of Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church is at a critical crossroads,Ã¢â¬? says Bonavoglia. Ã¢â¬ÅBecause of John PaulÃ¢â¬â¢s conservatism and his nomination of all but a handful of the cardinals who will choose his successor, Catholics face the likelihood of a new Pope even more committed to an all-...Be the first to comment
THE WMNF ARAB MUSLIM SHOW VOL. III. hosts Samar Jarrah and Ahmed Bedier interviewed two scholars on the topic of Western misconceptions about Islam, political change in the Middle East and the pending Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip. NASEER ARURI http://www.tari.org author of the book "The Obstruction of Peace," Aruri is chancellor professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Dr. Jamal Badawi is the director of the Islamic Informatio...Be the first to comment
A Hillsborough County Judge today ruled that members of the Tampa City Council DO have to give depositions in the trespassing case against activist Terry Neal.
But the Judge, Joelle Ober ruled that Councilmembers could do so by telephone, and not be ordered into CourtÃ¢â¬Â¦
City Attorney David Smith argued in Judge OberÃ¢â¬â¢s Court this morning against having Council members provide sworn testimonyÃ¢â¬Â¦..He returned to the City Council meeting to inform the Council that...Be the first to comment
Today at the Tampa City Council, the Iorio Administration took another step towards what they hope will help preserve MacDill Air Force Base from being considered for closure later this year.
Next month the The Federal Government begins BRAC- the Base Realignment and Closure ProcessÃ¢â¬Â¦..Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will make closure recommendations to the CommissionÃ¢â¬Â¦The Commission will then deliver its recommendations to the President in September, where he will appro...Be the first to comment
THE UNINSURED IN AMERICA: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity. Reaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions, the new book Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why more than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system, and what it means for society as a whole when so many people suffer the consequences of inadequate medical care. Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men and women and dozens of medical providers, policymakers, and advoc...Be the first to comment
There were 100,000 reported cases of child abuse in Florida in 2004. Today was the annual Child abuse Awareness luncheon, held by Joshua House, a local residence for abused children. Don Wallace is with Lazy Days RV center, the main sponsor of the annual fundraising luncheon
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅI didnÃ¢â¬â¢t sleep well last nightÃ¢â¬Â¦cause I was thinking about what those kids go through to have the people that all of us love abuse you how much shame they grow up with they feel like they...Be the first to comment
Eddie Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in Beverly Hills, California. He is member of the board of directors of the Council for Secular Humanism and Chairs the Council's First Amendment Task Force. He is considered a leading expert in First Amendment law as it applies to free speech and to the separation of church and state. He discussed a recent conference in Washington DC in which leading conservative and Christian activists called for the impeachment of judges who do not adhere to a rel...Be the first to comment
This morning in Tallahassee, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 1996, known as the Ã¢â¬ÅThe Petition Fraud and Voter Protection ActÃ¢â¬? that would make it much more onerous for citizens to collect petitions to get a Constitutional Amendment on the Florida Ballot.
Critics say the proposed law creates 8 different ways to invalidate signatures collected by petition, including threatening jail time for Floridians with jail time up to 5 years for not turning...Be the first to comment
Dade studies switch to paper ballots
In 2001, Hillsborough County spent $12 million dollars to install touch screen voting systems. Virtually every other county in the state did as well, in the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida.
Now, the biggest County in the state to use touch screen Ã¢â¬â Miami Dade Ã¢â¬â has been asked to study eliminating the system in favor of paper-based balloting.
Miam Dade spent twice the amount of Hillsborough - $24 and a half m...Be the first to comment