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SENATE CANDIDATE MARK FOLEY - Amy Snider

08/15/03

Republican Palm Beach Congressman Mark Foley, who is running for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bob Graham, made his twelfth trip to Tampa Bay today, where he spoke to members of Tampa’s Tiger Bay Club. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Congressman Mark Foley boasts that he has the third highest record in Congress of supporting President Bush. At today’s Tiger Bay Club luncheon, Foley both defended the President, and then demonstrated that he actually ...

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SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

08/14/03

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler is a lead author of the proposal being presented today. Woolhandler is a primary care doctor practicing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She said today: "We are already spending enough to provide every American with superb medical care -- $5,775 per person this year. . . But we don't get what we pay for. More than 41 million Americans are uninsured. Millions more are under-insured -- they have coverage b...

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REZONING MEETING CHAOS - Kim Farley

08/14/03

Last night the Pinellas County Commission held a workshop to discuss the rezoning that will allow the expansion of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport. It didn’t exactly go as planned. Kim Farley reports:

The workshop began simply enough. A small room at the Holiday Inn Select on Ulmerton Road held tables with charts, maps, and graphs to explain the proposed rezoning. At each chart stood a person with whom a few people at a time could speak. Before too long, the room was fille...

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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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