News & Public Affairs05/20/04
According to the annual Congressional Scorecard on major public interest issues released by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, only Only five out of the twenty-seven members of Florida's Congressional delegation voted for the public interest more than 80% of the time.
Mark Ferrulo is the Director of the Florida Public Interest Research Group, also known as FPIRG...(roll tape#1 o.q."..for professional interests")
Locally, Tampa Democratic Representative Jim Davis scor...Be the first to comment
Also today at the city council meeting, the issue of banning inappropriate speakers came up, after Tony Daniels a city council member made these remarks in regard to the redevelopment of East Tampa. He refers to council member Ferlita as the drug store owner. ACT
Speaking in reference to the Hillsborough county commissions recent discussion of how to handle members of the public who repeatedly make inappropriate or irrelevant comments, council member Rose Ferlita aske...Be the first to comment
In an effort to provide improvements in some of TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s lower income neighborhoods, the city council today created 4 Community Revitalization Areas, or CRAÃ¢â¬â¢s. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at city hall and filed this report. --------
Once an area is designated a CRA, a greater percentage of the taxes paid by that areaÃ¢â¬â¢s residents will go back into that neighborhood for its needs. Although the council was considering four Community redevelopment Areas, they ...Be the first to comment
Earlier this week, the State's Division of Elections office said that there are 47,687 Florida voters suspected as felons who may be ineligible to vote this year.
That list is being viewed with considerable scrutiny followed the 2000 Election, in which thousands - possibly tens of thousands of Eligible voters were turned away from the polls because the Division of Elections sent Counties an inaccurate list of 173,000 felons and others not qualified to vote.
In the wake of tha...Be the first to comment
ONE MAN'S CASTLE author Phyllis Vine discussed her book One Man's Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream. Vine describes the story of Ossian Sweet, an esteemed and ambitious black physician who wound up in jail for his attempt to integrate a white neighborhood in 1925 Detroit, and his NAACP hired defense lawyer, fresh from the Scopes "monkey trail".Be the first to comment
Last night WMNF reported on a news conference held by some Hillsborough County citizens who say they believe public nudity is a problem in the County, and they want local government to do something about it.
Today, members of that ad hoc group, Citizens for Decency, urged the County Commission to support putting an Ordinance on this NovemberÃ¢â¬â¢s Ballot asking that the citizens vote on whether or not they would like to ban.
This issue came up about a year ago, but never came to frui...Be the first to comment
Earlier this week, Attorneys for Florida Elections officials told a Federal Judge that South Florida Congressman Robert Wexler's federal lawsuit over touch-screen voting machines is helping foster doubts about the upcoming election and is shaking people's faith in the new voting machines.
George Waas, an Assistant State Attorney General representing Secretary of State Glen Hood, said, "They have created a fear mentality based on no facts, based on isolated situations."
The att...Be the first to comment
ItÃ¢â¬â¢s been 19 years since Hillsborough county commissioners voted to ban roadside billboards, but there are still at least 65 of them in the county. Now another lawsuit has been filed against the county, this time by a Texas company which claims the ban violates their constitutional rights. RTM media, based in Austin, has filed suit in Hillsborough circuit court, along with an injunction to against the moratorium that has kept the company from putting billboards up.
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Today the Hillsborough County Commission heard from an Attorney who suggested that the County strongly revise it's policy on what citizens can say at the Public Hearing portion of their bi-weekly meetings.
The County asked for a review of the policy after a regular speaker at their meetings - Mark Klutho, made a racially tinged remark at Interim County Attorney Don Odom last month.....Odom is Black.
His comment inspired the Commission to vote to seek a legal opinion on whethe...Be the first to comment
Our guests belong to the Adlerian school of Psychology. It's a belief in a mental health model which values peace, co-operative family relations, free sharing of information, and empowering individuals to make responsible decisions. Randall Gainforth, Ross Cannon and Tim Evans were the guests.Be the first to comment