News & Public Affairs11/17/04
INTRO: There have been more and more instances of dissent against the giant retailer Walmart, and last nights meeting at the Tarpon Springs City Hall was the most recent. About two hundred residents gathered, only to be told that the decision would be postponed. Walmart wants the City to accept a big box superstore on seventy-five of four hundred and thirty-three acres of native wetlands along the Anclote River. The corporate giant submitted a design featuring a Ã¢â¬ÅmedeteranianÃ¢â¬? styl...Be the first to comment
Blackboxvoting.org has been the organization behind much of the scrutiny of electronic voting machines over the past four years, and they have made the largest freedom of information act request in US history, in an effort to investigate voting irregularities in every county in the country. Yesterday, blackboxvoting was in Volusia county Florida, and found some discrepancies between Election Day voting machine printouts and the records they were given by county staff. This afternoon, WMNF s...Be the first to comment
A statewide recount of the presidential vote appears inevitable after a pair of third-party candidates said they have collected enough money to pay for it.
The recount would be conducted after the election results are certified in early December.
Libertarian Michael Badnarik and the Green Party's David Cobb said on Monday they raised more than $150,000 in four days, mostly in small contributions.
Ohio law requires payment of $10 per precinct for a recount, or $113,600 statewide. ...Be the first to comment
Whether or not there were serious enough problems at the Polls in Ohio to actually change the results in the Presidential Election is a questionable premise.
But most of the activity concerned about any possible shenanigans has percolated almost exclusively on the Internet, and not in the mainstream media.
Today the Boston Globe reported on the allegations that the media are Ã¢â¬Ëcovering upÃ¢â¬â¢ election day stories.
One rumor has it that MSNBCÃ¢â¬â¢s Keith Olberman, host of ...Be the first to comment
The Sallie Mae Fund has been providing latino high school students with On the road: the paying for college tour. This coast to coast bus tour is designed to help educate latino youth and families about planning and paying for college.
This tour started after the largest ever survey of latino perspectives revealed that three out of four latino young adults not in college would have been more likely to attend college if they had better information about financial aid. Alonso High Sc...Be the first to comment
Jimmy Walter was our guest. Walter, a Democratic philanthropist and heir to the Jim Walter fortune , is spending millions of dollars on advertising in addition to the $1,500,000 already spent on another advertising blitz in AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s most prominent newspapers and magazines. This time the full-page ads will specifically target the New York market: New York Times, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, The Howard Stern show etc. The theme of the new ads based upon a Z...Be the first to comment
The guests were: the president of the Tampa Independent Business Alliance , Carla Jimenez, (TIBA) www.tibatampa.org and Stacy Mitchell , author of The Home Town Advantage: How Chain Stores are Harming Our Communities and What We Can Do About It. They discussed the impact of "big box" stores on local economies. Jimenez is co-owner of Inkwood Books and Mitchell is a board member of the American Independent Business Alliance (http://www.amiba.net/), a researcher with the Institute for L...Be the first to comment
The newly constructed Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners convened this morning in Tampa to name new a new Chairman and assign Commissioners to the various boards on which they are to serve.
Unlike previous times, the nomination for a new Chairman and Vice Chair were voted on the first ballot Ã¢â¬â as nominated by County Commissioner Rhonda Storms (roll tape#1
o.q.Ã¢â¬?Mark Sharpe for ChaplainÃ¢â¬?)
Mark Sharpe and Brian Blair are the 2 new faces on the Com...Be the first to comment
Pinellas county administrator Steve Spratt spoke in front of the suncoast tiger bay club this afternoon in Clearwater. Spratt has been the counties administrator for the past 4 years; he said his biggest obstacle is getting the different government entities within the county to work together to solve problems and cut costs.
ACT Ã¢â¬ËWe have too many layers of government and they re too vulcanized; this is the impediment to solving problems, we have 24 cities, fire dept, taxing dist...Be the first to comment
Our guests were debating proposals being floated by Bush Administration allies to create private Social Security accounts for younger workers. MARK WEISBROT, http://www.cepr.net Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and co-author of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis," said it's false to believe that Social Security was "running out of money." He says according to the Social Security Trustees' Report, the standard source for economists as well as both the Bush...Be the first to comment