News & Public Affairs03/02/05
Republicans attacked the AARP as well as congressional Democrats today as they struggled to build momentum behind President Bush's call for personal investment accounts under Social Security.
The AARP, which claims 35 million members age 50 and over, is "against a solution that hasn't been written yet," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay after a closed-door meeting with the GOP rank and file.
He called the group's opposition to personal accounts irresponsible and hypothetical, adding...Be the first to comment
At a time when the world has been blindsided by failures of intelligence, veteran CBS News correspondent Tom Fenton gives us BAD NEWS: The Death of Reporting, the Business of News, and the Danger to Us All (ReganBooks: March 1, 2005) and reveals how the news media has betrayed our trust and endangered our democracy. In BAD NEWS Tom Fenton argues for more and better news: more foreign news, more context, and less fluff, celebrity news and infotainment. "We are not giving the public what it n...Be the first to comment
There are currently 2 million people serving in AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s prisons, but according to a new organization, nobody is looking closely at how they are being treated and how that treatment affects them as they return to society.
So, today a national Commission announced they will investigate Safety and Abuse in the countyÃ¢â¬â¢s Prison facilities, by holding a series of public hearings over the next yearÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦Their first Public Hearing will take place in Tampa next month....Be the first to comment
Lawton "Bud" Chiles the Third is dropping out of the governor's race.
He's citing a provision in the state constitution that requires
a gubernatorial candidate to live in the state for the seven years
before the election.
Chiles announced in January he was going to run for Democratic nomination for Governor that Jeb Bush will be leaving because of term limits. But a friend of his says that Chiles recently learned about the
residency restriction and decided to ...Be the first to comment
Juan Melendez and Abe Bonowitz, founder of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty appeared on the program to talk about the death penalty, cuts in funding to lawyers who represent people on death row, and the number of people wrongfully condemned to death by the state. Melendez shared his story of surviving almost 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongly convicted in Polk County, was exonerated and released in January, 2002. These events kick off three we...Be the first to comment
The coalition of Immokalee workers, farm workers cooperative based about 30 miles east of Fort Meyers. began their 4th annual Taco Bell Truth Tour this morning. For the next two weeks they will be holding protests and teach-ins throughout the southeast and Midwest, and will finish with a rally in front of the Yum brands headquarters in Kentucky, WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer will be traveling with the truth tour for the next few days, and brings us this report from the worker town of Immokalee.Be the first to comment
Dozens of anti-death penalty organizations throughout the United States are organizing for International Death Penalty Abolition Day tomorrow, which commemorates the 158th anniversary of speaking territory in the world to abolish the death penalty.
Today in Tampa, Death Penalty foes came to Tampa to discuss their political goals as the State Legislature prepares to convene this week.
Abe Bonowitz is the Director of Floridians Against the Death Penalty. Joined by former Death row ...Be the first to comment
According to the most recent census data, FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s congressional district five has a quarter of a million retireeÃ¢â¬â¢s in its eight counties, thatÃ¢â¬â¢s over twenty-five percent of the population. Those figures put District FiveÃ¢â¬â¢s Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite in a hard spot concerning the PresidentÃ¢â¬â¢s push to privatize Social Security. While BushÃ¢â¬â¢s plan has no detail other than to exempt those over 55, and to give younger workers the opportunity to invest...Be the first to comment
Richard Perez, publisher of Home Power magazine was interviewed from his home in Ashland, Oregon, where he and his family live "off the grid". Richard offered advice on insulating, heating, cooling, and providing cheap electrical power to your home without relying on the local electric utility. He believes small scale, renewable energy sources can solve many environmental and human problems around the world.Be the first to comment
UBAKA HILL, nationally-known drummer, teacher, performer and visual artist. She began drumming professionally with a local jazz group in 1974 at the age of 18 while growing up in inner city New Jersey. Ubaka is a shape shifter, a storyteller, an innovative drummer in the creative tradition of jazz and in the spirit of social change. Her first drum was the conga; the djembe is now her primary instrument, her "other voice." She also plays other kinds of drums and percussion instruments from var...Be the first to comment