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FORD AUTO TO FACE FUEL EFFICIENCY FIASCO - Mitch Perry

08/04/04

Tomorrow the Ford Motor Company will release its new hybrid vehicle, the Ford Escape. But a coalition of environmental and Human Rights groups today used the occasion to blast the American automaker, saying it was a token gesture by a company that consistently produces cars with the worst auto mileage.

The basis for much of the advocacy groups anger is the fact that they say that Ford should improve the fuel economy across their entire fleet of cars.

Andrew Shalit is the P...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING - Grace Santos

08/04/04

The Hillsborough County Commission met today. WMNF’s Grace Santos was there.


A much anticipated discussion and vote on a Park at Morris Bridge Road in Hillsborough County was delayed until the next Commission meeting later this month.
The debate has centered around whether to use the park for recreational use for children as Commissioners Jim Norman and Ken Hagen have argued for, or whether it should be preserved as a wilderness area.
Lynn McGarve...

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WHAT DID PRESIDENT BUSH KNOW BEFORE GOING TO WAR WITH IRAQ? - Radioactivity

08/04/04

David Sirota is co-author of a new story in In These Times which shows the Bush administration knew before the war that it was mis-stating the Iraqi threat. The article chronologically juxtaposes pre-war intelligence documents with the Bush administration’s pre-war statements to show that on each major charge, the Bush team ignored warnings that its cases for war were weak. The article dispels the argument http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/09/senate.intel.ap/ that the intelligen...

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ABSENTEE BALLOT CONTROVERSY - Mitch Perry

08/03/04

Last week a mailer sent by Florida Republicans to voters in Miami-Dade County led to a furor , when it suggested that they vote Absentee at the end of this month in the Primary election........

The controversy erupted because some Democrats and many other critics of Touch Screen Voting have been suggesting the very same thing for months, only to be criticized by Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Glenda Hood, for "undermining" the credibility of the election.

Now there's...

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GOP CANDIDATE ENCOURAGES ABSENTEE VOTING - Mitch Perry

08/03/04

Today Florida Republican Senate Candidate Larry Klayman joined a growing chorus of Democrats and other progressive organizations is calling for paper backups to electronic voting machines to be used in 15 Florida counties at the end of this month.

(roll tape#1 o.q."and honest elections")

Klayman, the former head of the litigious friendly advocacy group Judicial Watch, says he may be the only Republican in his Senate race expressing concerns about how Florida's vote will pan ou...

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WRAP-UP OF THE ACTIVISM OUTSIDE THE DNC - Radioactivity

08/03/04

WMNF volunteer Bill Hamilton just returned from the Democratic National Convention in Boston where he covered meetings, speeches, and demonstrations outside the convention. He paid particular attention to the issues of the Iraq War, corporate influence on politics and free speech.

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TEEN ACCESS - Mitch Perry

08/02/04

Although Tomorrow is the deadline for getting required signatures into the Secretary of State's Office, right now it appears that there will be eight Proposed Changes to the State's Constitution that Floridians will vote on in November.

But there is already a legal move against one of those amendments.

Today the ACLU and Planned Parenthood announced a court challenge to the language in an Amendment that would require parental notice of a child's abortion.

The Amendmen...

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FL CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOHN RUSSELL - Mitch Perry

08/02/04

At the end of this month will be the Primary election throughout the state...

In the 5th Congressional District, which encompasses Pasco and Hernando County,

There is a spirited race for the Democratic nomination for Congress, with the victor to take on Republican incumbent Ginny Brown-Waite.

One of those trying to become the Democratic nominee is John Russell, a critical care nurse and prominent Democratic Party activist who is running for office for the first t...

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FIT FOR LIFE - Radioactivity

08/02/04

HARVEY DIAMOND'S "FIT FOR LIFE, NOT FAT FOR LIFE". Best selling author Harvey Diamond served in Vietnam and is a survivor of exposure to the Agent Orange herbicide used to defoliate the jungles of Southeast Asia. When diagnosed with a condition with no known cure that destroys the muscles of the body, he, like many of his buddies, was told to prepare to die. Now thirty years later, one of the few remaining survivors with this debilitating condition, he credits his survival to eating a diet of...

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PASCO COUNTY DNC HOUSEPARTY. Mark Antokas

07/30/04

INTRO:Across the nation, many democrats have held informal and local houseparties designed to get people energized about this presidential election. The grassroots efforts first started when then prospective candidate Gov. Howard Dean reached out to local communities of friends and neighbors in an effort to mobilize his base. In one such gathering in Pasco County last night for John Kerry and John Edwards, Robert Greenwald’s film “uncovered� was shown. WMNF’s Mark Ant...

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