News & Public Affairs07/13/04
Today citizens in 24 cities across the country held rallies as part of a national day of action called the Ã¢â¬ÅComputer ate our vote dayÃ¢â¬?. Participants are calling for paper receipts for all voting machines, so that it can be verified that votes are counted correctly, and in the event of a close election or malfunction, a recount can be conducted. About 40 people gathered in front of the Hillsborough county center in downtown Tampa, the rally was organized By Rob McKenna, who is run...Be the first to comment
Patrick Bergy, non-partisan candidate for Pasco county elections supervisor spoke of his frustrations today at the Computer Ate My Vote Rally today at the West Pasco Government Center. Bergy, who accepts no financing for his bid for election says that incumbent supervisor Kurt Browning will not answer his questions. Roll Tape;
Jan Lentz, chair of the voting machine taskforce of the west Pasco Democratic club says that they are trying to draw attention to the problems with Paso County E.S&S...Be the first to comment
This morning, Florida GOP Senate Candidate Mel Martinez, perhaps trying to impress upon conservative Republicans that he is one of them, held a conference call to Florida reporters with Pensylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum, discussing the proposed Constitutional Amendment banning Gay Marriage.
Santorum has emerged as the Chief Advocate in the Senator of the ban on Gay marriage,
And like most of the Republican establishment in Washington, has bestowed his support in the Augu...Be the first to comment
Today, protests were being held in front of the Supevisor of Elections offices in 7 Counties in Florida, including Sarasota, Pasco and Hillsborough.......The activists are demanding that the Supervisors agree that a voter-verifiable trail for the county's touch-screen voting machines should be required - if not for this year, then for next year's election.
But so far, with the exception of Palm Beach County, the line from most other Supervisor of elections, and from Secretary of...Be the first to comment
Last night at TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s' downtown library, ex-police chief Charles Moose was the featured speaker at a panel discussion on police community relations and racial profiling. Moose was launched into the national spotlight when as chief for the Montgomery county, Maryland police department, he helped catch the Washington DC area sniper two years ago. But there was no mention of the sniper last night; since stepping down from his job last year, Moose has been touring the country with the AC...Be the first to comment
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A Nationally known lawyer, who used to be a staunch opponent of gay marriage has had a change of heart, and is now filing lawsuits all across the country in defense of the right for same sex couples to wed. As president Bush introduces a bill this week to create a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, several lawsuits have filed in Florida by people seeking to marry their domestic partner of the same sex ---one of these suits was filed to day in Tampa. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer ...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
Last night in downtown Clearwater more than 150 citizens came to the Harborview Center for what was billed as Ã¢â¬ÅThe Great Fluoride DebateÃ¢â¬?. Two international experts on the dangers of Fluoride were flown into town to present their side, but Pinellas county officials refused to attend-leaving the public skeptical about claims the Fluoridating drinking water is good for peoples health. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
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INTRO: Mandatory sentencing has been around since before the Reagan years and has, for judges and defense attorneys alike, been a thorn in the side. In most cases, when faced with a harsh mandatory sentence, plea barganing is the way to go, whether you are guilty or not. One case which was not plea bargained out was that of Richard Paey
who was sentenced to 25 years for possession of percocet, which contains the opiate Oxycontin. From Tampa,...Be the first to comment