News & Public Affairs11/19/04
As we reported last night on the Evening News, Panama City Republican Alan Bense is now the Speaker of the House in Florida, succeeding Johnny Byrd.
This past summer at a Republican Party event in Pasco County, WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas caught up with the new speaker, asking him about what his plans are for 2005 in terms of public policy (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬? very difficultÃ¢â¬?)
ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s Alan Bense, the new Speaker of the House in Florida, being interviewed by WMNFÃ¢...Be the first to comment
A research team at the University of California at Berkeley are reporting that they have found irregularities with electronic voting machines in Florida that MAY have awarded between 130,000 to 260,000 or more excess votes to George W. Bush in this year s Presidential election.
The research was led by Cal professor Michael Hout, who hosted a nationwide teleconference from the Berkeley Campus today.
In 2000, ,Florida s Presidential election between Al Gore and Ge...Be the first to comment
Saturday is National Adoption day. To celebrate early, dozens of families officially adopted children at the Criminal justice center in Clearwater this morning. But outside the building, a contingent of social justice groups launched the coalition for fair adoption; a group that will be pushing to have the Florida law changed which makes it illegal for gay couples to adopt children.<p
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅInside this courthouse, hundreds are having adoption. And we celebra...Be the first to comment
After President Bush s relatively easy victory over John Kerry in this year s Presidential Election of Florida, some analysts are now saying that Florida is no longer a swing state but has became a solid conservative or Red State.
Others say that isn t so, and point out to the much closer race between Mel Martinez and Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, in which Martinez edged out the Democrat by just slightly more than a percentage point.
Tomorrow on the USF-St. Petersburg Campus, ...Be the first to comment
Tony Welch, spokesperson for the DNC in Washington, DC talked about the November 2nd election; why the Democrats lost many important races and what the prospects were for a democratic resurgence.Be the first to comment
This morning TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s city council discussed issues related to tickets prices at the zoo, naming streets signs in honor of people, and the teen curfew in Ybor city. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has this wrap up from city hall.
ACT Ã¢â¬?We were hit fairly hard by the hurricanes and ended up losing over 400,000
Lex Salsbury is president and CEO of Lowry park zoo.
ACT for the first time in our history we ended up without a budget, closed labor dayÃ¢â¬Â¦.for years weÃ¢â...Be the first to comment
Long lines at Polling Places were one of the images that will endure from the 2004 Election, both here in Florida and nationwide. As a result, the USA Today reports Ã¢â¬â that at least 3 battleground states Ã¢â¬â Ohio, Pensylvania and Michigan, are interested in getting more people to vote early to relieve polling place congestion.
Preliminary figures compiled by the National Association of Secretaries of State show early voting was especially popular in Florida, where more tha...Be the first to comment
Austin Dacey, with the Center for Inquiry at the State University of New York at Buffalo discussed attempts by some religious groups to inject religion into science classes in public high schools. He also discussed the connection between evolution and ethics and the teaching of evolution and "intelligent design" creationism in public schools.Be the first to comment
Representatives from 23 religious organizations came together last night to form a new organization to fight injustice in Pinellas County. Over 700 people were in attendance, including Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Episcopals and others. Organizers said they invited Islamic groups, but none have thus far offered to become part of the coalition. Reverend Willie McClendon from Shilah Baptist Church in largo, told the crowd gathered at Bethel Community Church why they needed to come ...Be the first to comment
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