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THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST

08/13/03

Gloria Pipkin and Sara Robinson are members of the Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform; Candy Olson is a member of the Hillsborough School Board. They all want to see some sort of reform in the FCAT-based grading system used to reward and punish both students and schools here in Florida. The issues are teaching to the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test), the high cost of the tests, the rote nature of the tests, the increasing number of students being held back, and the fact that ...

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THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

08/12/03

The Chair of the Democratic Party National Committee, Terry McAuliffe, was interviewed about the upcoming California recall election, his background as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, the cynicism many people have about the role of big money in politics and the issues that will shape the next presidential campaign.

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DEMOCRATIC NATL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES SENIORS - Amy Snider

08/08/03

Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Tampa today to address senior citizens enrolled in USF’s Senior Learning Program. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Over 100 senior citizens enjoyed an afternoon of Bush-bashing as part of their family values, lunch and learn program at USF. On hand was Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who is in Tampa to attend his niece’s wedding. McAuliffe, who chaired the Gore ...

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THE HOMELESS CRISIS IN THE UNITED STATES

08/07/03

With Brad Paul, director of Policy of the National Coalition For The Homeless, Rayme Nuckles, executive director of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County and Dr. Warren Clark of the First United Church. This program looked at the lack of affordable housing here in the Bay area and around the country. Our guests discussed legislation pending in Congress to create more affordable housing units and what's being done locally to help meet the need.

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DOES PHOSPHATE MINING ENDANGER THE PEACE RIVER?

08/05/03

Charlotte County has challenged a move to strip mine 2300 acres in Manatee County, near Horse Creek, one of the headwaters of the Peace River. This week an administrative law judge rejected the proposal, ruling the mine would obliterate a diverse eco-system. It was a victory for Charlotte County, which fears that the mining would ultimately harm the Peace River which in turn flows into Charlotte Harbor. The river is a source of drinking water, recreation and natural beauty for hundreds of tho...

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THE FLORIDA HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY AMENDMENT

08/05/03

Ross Burnaman is co-founder of an effort to allow voters to have a greater say in approving or disapproving of developments in their communities. He’s helped launch an effort to get an amendment added to the state constitution. Burnaman says that too often, local governments bend to the will of developers while ignoring the interests of existing residents or communities.

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FAMILIES OF 9/11 VICTIMS RESPOND TO CONGRESSIONAL REPORT ON THE TERROR ATTACKS

07/29/03

The White House is rejecting calls to declassify a section of the congressional 9/11 probe that reportedly implicates Saudi Arabia. Press Secretary Scott McClellan says doing so would compromise ongoing investigations - and give away the sources and methods used by U.S. intelligence. Florida Senator Bob Graham - a Democratic presidential hopeful - says the administration wanted the section kept under wraps to avoid embarrassment.

Our guest, DAVID POTORIS, lost his brother, James, at the...

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TAX CUTS ADEQUATE FOR AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES?

07/29/03

This week and in the first half of August, millions of parents will receive $400 per child from the Bush administration. But some are rejecting this windfall to protest the unfairness of the overall tax cut, which sends huge tax breaks to multi-millionaires while denying 12 million low-income children any tax rebate.

Ironically, these middle-income parents are using their gift from the President to oppose his tax agenda. United for a Fair Economy has organized a "Let's REALLY Leave No Chi...

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RAISING AWARENESS OF FEDERAL JUDICIAL APPOINTEES

07/24/03

Some of President Bush's appointees to the federal bench have what our guests describe as views far outside the mainstream - on such topics as the environment, civil rights and development. A coalition of groups including ACORN, the Sierra Club, Equality Florida, the SEIU and Planned Parenthood are holding a town hall meeting this coming Monday to dicuss some of the more extreme appointments and why progressives should be concerned. Our guests: David Bookbinder, senior attorney at the Sierra ...

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INCREASING TAMPA EXPORTS TO CUBA - Amy Snider

07/24/03

Representatives of the Tampa Port Authority just returned from a trip to Cuba, where they discussed increasing exports from Tampa to the Communist run country. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story….

A 43 year trade embargo with Cuba, the only Communist country in the Americas, was partially lifted after Hurricane Michelle devastated Cuba in November, 2001. The deadly storm damaged 45,000 homes and destroyed valuable crops. That’s when the US Congress voted to allow certain a...

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