News & Public Affairs06/09/05
In may of 2002, President Bush announced the administration's plans to acquire the mineral rights for land located in the Florida Everglades - from the Collier Resources Company. Governor Bush was on hand for the announcement, and he used it during his campaign to drag about how he was protecting FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s environment. But now the Interior Department's top investigator has issued a report saying that the government was trying to pay tens of millions of dollars more than the mineral ri...Be the first to comment
A local group of activists is planning a protest tomorrow (June 9th; 4:30PM) at Media General/Channel 8/Tampa Tribune to demand coverage of the Downing Street Memo. That memo was written in 2002 by an aide to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In it the aide writes that the intelligence was being "fixed" to make the case for going to war in Iraq. Our guest was an organizer of the protest, Michelle Kenoyer. She says the media needs to cover the issue so the question of the Bush administration'...Be the first to comment
In a 6-3 decision, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that those who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating Federal drug laws, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states.
Some medicinal marijuana advocates say the ruling is not as bleak as it sounded when the CourtÃ¢â¬â¢s verdict came town. They take solace in Justice John Paul Stevens closing statement of his opinion, in which he wrote that the democratic proc...Be the first to comment
the Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas County has just issued a report on how to improve the county's election system. The coalition held two public hearings that were attended by hundreds of people. Our guests: Arlin Briley (Vice chair of the Pinellas Democratic Party), Mike Henkel (Co-Chair Green Party of Pinellas County), Leonard Schmiege (Citizen's Vote Verification Group), and Michael Gilson (Chair Libertarian Party of Pinellas County). Among the recommendations: implement a voter ver...Be the first to comment
This week some of President BushÃ¢â¬â¢s most controversial Judicial nominees are expected to be confirmed to the Bench Ã¢â¬â after 14 Senators 2 weeks ago negotiated an impasse to what had been termed a possible Ã¢â¬ÅNuclear OptionÃ¢â¬?Ã¢â¬Â¦
Senate Democrats agreed to allow for an up and down vote for Justices Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor.
Today, a coalition of groups, including leading Gay organizations, lambasted the selection of Pryor ...Be the first to comment
Friends and families of a 33 year old Black man who fatally shot last month by 2 Tampa Police Department officers held a Candlelight Vigil for him last night in West Tampa.
About 50 people showed at Freedom Park to pay tribute to Musa Yazid, formerly known as Gregory Sanderson.Ã¢â¬Â¦.
Yazid was pulled over on May 19th for a traffic violationÃ¢â¬Â¦But things went horribly wrong shortly after that..Tampa Police say that Yazid gave them a false name, although his mother says he had...Be the first to comment
On the eve of Pearl Harbor Florida was the smallest state (population wise) in the South. Today it is a megastate, the fourth largest in the nation. In his latest book Mormino explores how Disney, Social Security, slick developers, air conditioning and DDT contributed to Florida's modern growth boom. Mormino discussed with WMNF the impact of such things as the Cuban Revolution and creative newspapermen made Florida a magnet for immigration. He also described how the environmnet was pushed to ...Be the first to comment
As the House returned from its Memorial Day break today, , CAFTA-DR supporters, who include many business and agriculture groups and most House Republicans, kick off a monthlong sprint to bring the agreement to a floor vote before the July 4th recess.
CAFTA proponents already face a daunting legislative calculus. Ohio Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown who has been leading House opposition to the pact, said before last weekÃ¢â¬â¢s congressional recess that he had amassed 4...Be the first to comment
The Florida State Supreme court heard arguments this morning from both supporters and opponents of the states school voucher program. Lower courts have ruled that one particular voucher program is unconstitutional because it diverts public money to religious institutions which use it to promote their religion. The future of the first statewide voucher system in the nation now hangs in the balance. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.
The Opportunity Scholarship program being contested i...Be the first to comment
The Defense argues that instead of using charities and think tanks as a front for racketeeringÃ¢â¬Â¦ these men were actually involved in actual scholarly and charitable activitiesÃ¢â¬Â¦ and that the government will be hard pressed to show otherwise.
According to the Prosecution all the men on trial are hardened terrorists that are intent on waging economic jihad that is financially supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and their violent actions for more than a decade.
Finan...Be the first to comment