News & Public Affairs11/10/04
About 10 concerned citizens of Pinellas County arranged a meeting to test the accuracy of that countyâ€™s touch screen voting machines. The test took place at the county elections office on 49th st; WMNF was told that we were not allowed to record any of the proceedings inside the room with the voting machine; we were told that this was at the instruction of county supervisor of elections Deborah Clark. There were 4 county employees present, they instructed Leonard Schmiege in how to set up...Be the first to comment
High Speed Rail Goes Down
Last week, Floridians voted yes on Amendment 6, which effectively rescinded the Constitutional Amendment requiring High Speed Rail in Florida.
For some, the price to pay for the train system was prohibitive. Others said they werenâ€™t sure that a train going from Orlando to Tampa would ever have enough traffic to make it worthwhile.
But supporters say theyâ€™ve worked out a plan that would cost taxpayers 75 million dollars a year , or about 1...Be the first to comment
Last week President Bush said his 3 Â½ million vote margin over John Kerry gave him Political Capital, and he plans on spending itâ€¦.The day before , Vice President Dick Cheney said that the popular vote margin â€“ something the Bush Administration never had throughout their first term- was a Mandate for their policies.
But is it a mandate? Jacob Hacker is a political scientists professor at Yale University.
In a piece on the New Republic magazineâ€™s website, co-written with Pa...Be the first to comment
Our guest Bob Fitrakis writes: "Evidence is mounting that the 2004 presidential election was stolen in Ohio. Emerging revelations of voting irregularities coupled with well-documented Republican efforts at voter suppression prior to the election suggests that in a fair election Kerry would have won Ohio. " Fitrakis discussed a list of voting problems that hurt John Kerry and helped George W. Bush. Bob Fitrakis is a Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Columbus Stat...Be the first to comment
A Fort Lauderdale attorney is suing the community activist group ACORN, saying he has eleven clients who were denied the right to vote because of the group, and he says there may be hundreds more.
Stuart Rosenthal is representing citizens in Miami-Dade and Orange Counties (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?under the same lawsuitâ€?)
Last month, a box containing 179 voter registration forms filled out last summer was discovered by a former employee of ACORN, Mac William Stuart. â€¦.Stuart h...Be the first to comment
Clayton Wilcox, the new superintendent on Pinellas county public schools, officially took office this monthâ€”heâ€™s now being called on to deal with the death of a 16 high school student who was killed while crossing a wide street in Clearwater on October 8th. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at the Pinellas county school board meeting todayâ€”Wilcoxâ€™s first-where the investigation of the death of Rebecca McKinney became a contentious issue.. Two weeks after Rebecca McKinney was killed crossing ...Be the first to comment
With less than a week since the election, dozens of non-profit groups, and hundreds of independent journalists have been sifting through the vote tallies to look for inconsistencies, which may stem from technological problems with computerized voting systems. The discovery of an extra 4000 votes for President Bush in an Ohio county last week has been the biggest flaw discovered, but allegations of widespread discrepancies between expected votes and tallies in Florida counties which used opti...Be the first to comment
Mario Cuomo is the former governor of new york and for decades he has been a organizer and behind the scenes strategist of the democratic party. WMNF spoke with Cuomo last week about how the republican party has skirted discussion of some of the issues in the years campaigns by appealing to voters fears and emotions.
MARIO CUOMO PART 2
That was Mario Cuomo, speaking with WMNFs Mitch Perry.Be the first to comment
CINDY HODGKINS and daughter, RAEME will talk about the National Conference for Community and Justice and their upcoming walk, Walk as One â€“ walkers uniting to fight bigotry and racism. The 2nd Annual 5K Walk as One is to demonstrate a unified commitment to a community that is inclusive, tolerant, and just. It will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at Cotanchobee Park in downtown Tampa, located between the St. Pete Times Forum and the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. Walk...Be the first to comment
TARA BRAY SMITH, author of West of Then, was born and raised in Hawaii. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City. Her literary debut, WEST OF THEN: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise is an emotionally raw, eloquently written memoir about home, family, and the ghosts that haunt our lives. Against the backdrop of that paradise called the Hawaiian Islands, Smith tells of her struggles to find and save her mother, a homeless ...Be the first to comment