News & Public Affairs06/18/04
INTRO: Last Sunday saw a gathering of more than three hundred Republicans fo the Ronald Reagan fundraiser in New port Richey. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas was there and spoke to many republicans, Tarpon Springs Congressman Mike Bilirakis was one. The topic was the war in Iraq. Roll Tape:
Tarpon Springs Republican Mike Bilirakis, Congressman district nine was first elected on Ronald Reagans coat-tails in 1982. Bilirakis says he will be running his last campaign in 2004. WMNF spoke to Biliraki...Be the first to comment
37 percent of American children and more than a third of senior citizens have no health insurance, according to a new study; these statistics are much higher than those issued by the census bureau, and they are fueling a growing movement in Florida and across the country for a change to our system of healthcare. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT-USA Unless there are significant changes, the 82 million itÃ¢â¬â¢s likely to get worse, Ron Pollack is the executive director o...Be the first to comment
Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jim Stork is making Medicare a major issue in his campaign, and he is accusing incumbent Clay Show of being in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry. Stork is particularly upset about the new Medicare drug card, which he calls a Ã¢â¬Åbait and switchÃ¢â¬? technique. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT-frank Ã¢â¬ÅThis is confusing as heck, no one can make a decision on what is best to take. They can...Be the first to comment
The ALCU is opposing a move by the Pinellas county sheriffs department, who today began the use of facial recognition technology in sheriffÃ¢â¬â¢s squad car, despite the fact that the system has no proven success, and was scrapped by the Tampa police over 2 years ago. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT All claims to accuracy are completely bogusÃ¢â¬Â¦ Paul Pullman is the chapter chair for the Pinellas county American civil liberties Union
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Responding to a request by the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Governor Jeb Bush yesterday made his first trip to the economically devastated country to demonstrate South Florida's solidarity with the Haitian people.
The daylong trip not only highlighted U.S. support for the interim Haitian government through President Bush's brother, but also raised hopes that economic progress might soon be on the horizon.
Jacob DePetra is a spokesman for Governor Bush (roll tape#1 o.q.that's alread...Be the first to comment
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Today a group of former senior diplomatic officials and retired military commanders-- issued a bracing statement arguing that George W. Bush has damaged the country's national security and calling on Americans to defeat him in November.
The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, argues that the Bush Administration is not just estranged around the world but even from America's own bipartisan foreign policy and military establishments.
The vast ma...Be the first to comment
In response to the Poll AND to the President's remarks, the John Kerry organized a statewide Conference call featuring Former Defense Secretary William Perry, and Florida US Democratic Senator Bob Graham.
Secretary Perry said that the June 30th Transfer of authority is NOT going to give any break whatsoever to U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, because the Iraqis are not able at this time to defend their own country (roll tape#1 o.q."to get that additional support")
Soon to re...Be the first to comment
Speaking in front of an estimated 10,000 members of the military and their families directly, and thousands more watching overseas, President George W. Bush made an appearance at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa this morning,sayng democracy is being born in Iraq even though insurgents are killing Iraqi officials and blowing up oil pipelines.
In his speech, which lasted slightly longer than half an hour, The President compared the reconstruction going on in Iraq favorably in comparison t...Be the first to comment
Today the county commission voted against adopting a living wage for county employees and people who contract with the county. The grassroots campaign for a living wage has been taking place for the last two years. Last week there were presentations made to the commission both in favor and against the adopting a living wage to 997 per hour. WMNFS Andrew Stelzer has more
There was no public testimony scheduled today on the issue, but during the morningÃ¢â¬â¢s session, when the...Be the first to comment