News & Public Affairs06/21/05
Less than a week after Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez were congragulating themselves for a victory in their battle on maintaining a moratorium on drilling off of FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Gulf Coast, the Senators lost today when their amendment to strike the Outer Continental Shelf inventory from the Federal Energy Bill was voted down.
Mark Ferrulo is Director at Florida PIRG Ã¢â¬â the Florida Public Interest Research Group.
He explains what the vote today means (ro...
As Emily Reddy reported, Equality FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s campaign against the Hillsborough County CommissionÃ¢â¬â¢s vote against its involvement in gay pride events last week includes a protest at the Greater Tampa Chamber of CommerceÃ¢â¬â¢s meeting this Thursday.
ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s because since the vote last week, Chamber President Kim Scheeler and Chairman Sam Ellison have refused to speak out against the vote Ã¢â¬â or say anything about it, for that matter.
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WMNF's Jon and Debbie Butts joined Rob Lorei for this edition of THE SUSTAINABILITY SHOW to take listener comments on saving energy, reducing waste, and reducing harm to the environment.Be the first to comment
Equality Florida Town Hall Meeting in Response to County Commission Anti-Gay Policy - by Emily Reddy06/21/05
On Monday night more than 700 people gathered at the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa to respond to the recent Hillsborough County Commission decision that the county "abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events." This vote and decision came after controversy arose about a library display on gay and lesbian literature at West Gate Regional Library. The display was removed after some patrons complained and was later replaced by a smaller d...Be the first to comment
Among the many new state laws taking effect next month is a bill that will eliminate thousands of lawsuits, by creating new legal tests for those who claim exposure to asbestos makes them severely sick.
Florida is the 4th state to approve such medical criteria legislation in the past year, along with Texas, Ohio and Georgia.
The act also prohibits the awarding of punitive damages.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral ingredient used as insulation in floors and roofsÃ¢...Be the first to comment
Karen Burns, the co-president of the league of women voters of Florida, is on the charter review commission of Pinellas county. As part of that process, she is introducing an idea today, to make the counties supervisor of elections a non-partisan official. WMNF spoke to Burns about the idea, which has broad support, but cant seem to make it into law here in Florida.
KAREN BURNS ON NON PARTISAN
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Governor Bush signed three new elections bills today, regarding campaign finance, the felons voting list, early voting among other issues. Many aspects of the new laws are upsetting to voters rights advocates. Some new laws are focused on election day itself and the early voting process. Early voting, which was considered a success, will now be less flexible---it must be standardized county wide, and be limited to eight hours on weekdays and weekends over a 15-day period before Election Da...Be the first to comment
Tampa Mayor Iorio joined us for this half hour. Iorio spoke out strongly against the Hillsborough County Commission vote last week to ban county involvement in marking gay pride events. She explained her vision for Tampa's downtown Riverfront. She discussed why the high cost of repairs makes her skeptical about saving Kiley Park. She defended the old federal courthouse as an ideal place for the new Tampa Museum of Art. And she took phone calls from listeners on a variety of topics including a...Be the first to comment
THE GLBT COMMUNITY MOBILIZES TO RESPOND TO ANTI-GAY LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION06/20/05
Vonn New, director of Equality Florida for Central Florida talked about last week's vote by the Hillsborough County Commission to ban recognition of any gay pride related events. Equality Florida and other groups are organizing to respond to the commission's vote. New discussed plans for upcoming community meetings.Be the first to comment
Yale graduate- Rhone Frazier joins the program to guest host. He interviews Mr.Lynn Washington, editor of the Philadelphia Tribune.Be the first to comment