News & Public Affairs08/11/04
As representatives of the US and Panama meet inside TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s Downtown Marriot this week to negotiated a trade agreement, a coalition of community groups are calling for greater transparency in the process. Today at the Tampa convention Center they held a press conference to ask why the talks have been so secret, and whether the people of the US have learned anything since NAFTA was passed 10 years ago. Pastor warren Clark of the 1st United church of Tampa said that religious organizat...Be the first to comment
Meanwhile, an attorney for several same sex couples is trying to use NAFTA in a lawsuit filed today against the state of Florida, to try and make the state respect a marriage conducted in Canada. The lawsuit calls on both the United national treaty on human rights and NAFTA, its says that both these international agreements signed by the United States, stipulate that the US must honor any legal contract from Mexico or Canada. Gay marriage is legal in Canada.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅThey have bee...Be the first to comment
Polls show voters in Venezuela are evenly split between supporters of populist President Yugo Chavez, and his opponents, who accuse the fiery leader of trying to impose a Cuban-style leftist dictatorship.
A late surge in support for Chavez has many observers betting he will squeeze out a victory.
There will be international observers at the Polls this Sunday to monitor election, and a local candidate for Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections will also be present.
That would be Steve ...Be the first to comment
Jacob Hacker is an Assistant Professor of political science at Yale and a fellow at the New America Foundation. IN today's Washington Post, he writes about the "Middle Class Tightrope" that Americans live in economically, and says it's more dire than the numbers show.
In the first of a 2 part interview, WMNF spoke to Professor Hacker today. He says that the section of John Kerry's acceptance speech in Boston, where he said he represented
"the Middle Class who deserve a champion,...Be the first to comment
Tonight in Orlando beginning at 7pm, the first statewide televised debate amongst the major candidates for the Republican nomination will debate.....The forum will be broadcast by all of the NBC affiliate stations in Florida, which locally means WFLA, News channel 8.
One Republican candidate who will NOT be in the debate, and thinks he should be, is Larry Klayman....Klayman held a news conference in front of the NBC affililiate in Winter Park this morning, denouncing his exclusion fro...Be the first to comment
According to a new study released today by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association, approximately one in every 2 residents in Tampa misuse common pain relievers, which may include ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.
The survey also found that 3 quarters of respondents have NEVER SPOKEN with a doctor or nurse about any potential risks associated with these medications, many of which can be purchased without a prescription.
David Siegel is ...Be the first to comment
This November, Floridians will vote on whether to raise the states minimum wage from 5.15 to 6.15 an hour. Last month, the amendment to the constitution officials collected enough signatures to be on the ballot, and today, Floridians for all, a coalition of community groups thatÃ¢â¬â¢s pushing the ballot initiative, held rallies across the state to kickoff a campaign to educate the public about why its important to vote yes on amendment 5. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at one of those r...Be the first to comment
Today was the 2nd day of Logic and Accuracy tests in some of the 15 counties in Florida that will use electronic voting machines later this month and in November. Members of the public are allowed to test out the equipment...
Martine Zumanis is a member of Verified Voting, a national organization that advocates the use of reliable and publicly verifiable elections in the U.S.
As a part of their Tech Watch Program, Zumanis , along with 13 other members of the public, showed u...Be the first to comment
INTRO: On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept of Commerce proposed, at George W. BushÃ¢â¬â¢s wishes, tariffs up to 112 percent on shrimp imported from China and Vietnam. The commerce department is asking for public comment on the tariffs and they are expected to rule on July 28th on whether to also propose duties on shrimp exported from other countries such as Brazil, Equador, India and Tailand. The proposed tariffs mean that the commerce department and the administration believe that the countries affe...Be the first to comment
VOTING RIGHTS EXPERTS DISCUSS BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS KEEPING ELIGIBLE VOTERS FROM 2004 ELECTION POLLS - Mitch Perry08/09/04
A Voting Advocacy group says there are nearly 5 million Americans who are NOT eligible to vote because they have been convicted of felonies. Florida is one of 6 states that refuses to give automatic restoration of Civil and Voting Rights to those people who have paid their debt to society. But in the 40 something states that DO restore Voting Rights automatically, a significant amount of that population is never informed that they do have that right.
Robin Templeton is the Executiv...Be the first to comment