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St. Pete RNC Coalition questions public spending on Republican gala at the Trop

07/27/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by two members of the newly formed St. Pete RNC Coalition. As you know, the Republican National Convention will be descending on the Tampa Bay area one month from now. The Coalition has some real concerns about the size and legitimacy of St. Pete's recently announced Event Zone. They're also questioning why the city is ...

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Tampa will hold three town halls on impacts of RNC on residents and businesses

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Wednesday that he will host three town hall meetings in August on the impacts of the Republican National Convention on residents and businesses.

The meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 14 (Florida Aquarium), August 15 (Stetson University College of Law Tampa campus) and August 16 (Kate Jackson Community Center on South Rome Ave.).

The city says there will be representatives from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s ...

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Code Pink wants activists to bring their vaginas to Tampa for the Republican convention listen

07/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A women’s peace group is asking supporters to bring their vaginas to Tampa for the Republican National Convention next month. Rae Abileah, co-director for Code Pink, said the shock factor will help get their message out.

“This is appropriate to bring our powerful, feminine energy to the convention to do something creative and humorous, but that has a very serious undertone.”

Abileah expects the group to be fairly small – less than 100 – but said a small group of women can s...

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Rawstory Writer Tells How To Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to the second half of Radioactivity. I'm Rob lorei. In this segment we'll talk with Megan Carpentier who wrote a controversial piece yesterday for Rawstory.com called How to Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

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Law enforcement agencies release list of road closures for Republican Convention in Tampa

07/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Late Monday law enforcement agencies released a list of roads that will be closed and other transportation limitations in Tampa and St. Petersburg during August's Republican National Convention.

According to the document (which can be found below) many downtown Tampa roads, including the Selmon Expressway, will be closed for a week. Pedestrians will be restricted south of Brorein St.

Across the bay in St. Pete, many roads will be closed for several blocks around Tropicana Field for part...

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City Council weighing options for Occupy Tampa encampment in private park listen

07/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some residents of West Tampa are trying to get the Occupy Tampa encampment to clean up its park. But this morning city staff told Tampa City Council that, while neighbors may consider the privately-owned land to be an eyesore, there’s not much that can be done. Dennis Rogero, the city’s director of budget and neighborhood empowerment, said when code enforcement visited Voice of Freedom Park, they found no violations that warrant a citation.

“We have found nothing that warrants a cit...

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Republican convention protesters unveil threats of violence against them listen

07/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An organization planning to protest at the Republican National Convention next month is claiming they are the target of violent threats. The group ResistRNC has listed several quotes they claim came from direct messages to their website.

Most of the alleged emails warn members of the group not to use violence during their demonstrations. But Amos Miers, one of ResistRNC’s organizers, said some of them are nothing more than threats – like this one:

“It’s from Nick Athan and th...

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Tampa's Romneyville is the new Hooverville for Republican Convention listen

07/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Another activist encampment has popped up in Tampa ahead of next month’s Republican National Convention. Supporters of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are slowly setting up a camp they’re calling Romneyville. Bruce Wright is leading the effort to make the area accessible to protesters and safe for people seeking refuge.

“A lot of the homeless community and poor people are going to be displaced and persecuted anyway during this time frame and so this is also a s...

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Coalition to March on the RNC granted parade permit for first day of Republican Convention in Tampa

07/12/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC announced today it had received a permit from Tampa to march along the city’s designated parade route on the first morning of next month’s Republican National Convention.

At 10 a.m. on Monday August 27 groups will gather at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N. Orange Ave. About a half-mile away they'll march along the 11-block official parade route. It ends three blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the convention. That’s where one of the des...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn brags he prohibited Occupy Tampa from staying in downtown park listen

07/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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During an interview with Politico Tuesday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn took pride in effectively keeping Occupy Tampa from camping in a public park.

“I didn’t let them occupy much of anything which didn’t endear me to them. They had one of my neighbors hang a big sign in his yard who was sympathetic to the Occupiers. He had this big bed sheet hung from a tree right across the street from me…”

Buckhorn continued to describe what happened in fr...

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