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ResistRNC activist says his group won't comply with Tampa's Republican Convention protest zones or parade route

06/27/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa announced its official parade route and "public viewing area" for August's Republican National Convention; Resist RNC organizer Amos Miers says his group will be ignoring the city's map. Miers was my guest on Last Call and answered questions from listeners about his group's plans for the RNC.

The official parade route begins at the intersection of N Brush Street and E Washington Street. Protesters can march about four blocks down Washington, then turn left on Morg...

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Tampa designates Republican Convention "public viewing area" and 11-block official parade route listen

06/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa announced its official parade route and "public viewing area" for August's Republican National Convention, and activists like Becky Rubright are upset.

The official parade route begins at the intersection of N Brush Street and E Washington Street. Protesters can march about four blocks down Washington, then turn left on Morgan Street for a block before another left on E Whiting Street. After three more blocks, marchers will turn left on Nebraska Avenue for the fin...

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Full house as Tampa kicks off its domestic partnership registry listen

06/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Couples in Tampa who want some of the rights of married couples, but either don’t want to, or are legally forbidden from, getting married, can now sign up as domestic partners. At 9 a.m. Monday the city opened its domestic partnership registry and about a dozen couples were lined up to sign the papers on the first day. Justin Grant sat in a hallway with his partner Phil Wright.

Shortly after 9 a.m. in the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall Grant and Wright filled out forms that were n...

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Tropical Storm Debby spawns tornadoes, flooding in Tampa Bay region listen

06/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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West Central Florida remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Tornado Watch as Tropical Storm Debby hovers in the Gulf of Mexico. It continues to produce bands of strong storms like the ones that spawned tornadoes and flooding yesterday in the Tampa Bay region. This morning Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said residents should still be careful of flooded roads.

State authorities say that approximately 35,000 customers are without power due to Tropical Storm Debby. There were other tornado repor...

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Law enforcement officers working Republican convention in Tampa are warned about anarchists in this training video listen

06/20/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This afternoon on Last Call we took calls about three stories of the day.

A U.S. House committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not turning over Justice Department Documents related the the Fast and Furious program.

Florida authorities have not found any wrongdoing in the deletion of emails by Governor Rick Scott and members of his transition team.

And this WMNF story on [Tampa's Republican Convention police training video warns other agencies ...

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Feds fund Tampa Riverwalk completion listen

06/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of Tampa has won almost $11 million in federal funding to finish building Riverwalk. Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the award at the Tampa Bay Partnership’s annual luncheon today at the Tampa Convention Center.

“We are going to finish that Riverwalk….”

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program will fund construction of an over-water walkway from MacDill Park under the Kennedy Boulevard B...

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Coalition to March on the RNC holds organizing meeting at USF in Tampa listen

06/18/12 Michelle Friedline and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC is solidifying its plans to march on the first day of the Republican Convention in August. On Saturday Representatives from community and student groups from around Florida and as far away as Atlanta and Asheville traveled to the University of South Florida in Tampa to learn tactics used in past large-scale protests which they could apply this year to increase their numbers and effectively maintain a strong presence. Mick Kelly, an activist in the anti-war an...

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Libertarian-GOP Rift

06/05/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about a dispute between small "l" libertarians and the Republican Party. But first two comments about yesterday's interview with former Congressman Alan Grayson.

tape The Tampa Bay Times reported this morning that: "Supporters of Ron Paul suspect the Republican National Convention is toying ...

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Tavern owner says stricter club rules didn't work in New Orleans, won't work in Tampa

05/30/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tampa City Council is proposing new rules for local bars and nightclubs. Among the changes would be excluding 18- to 20-year-olds from Tampa clubs and requiring bars to hire extra duty law enforcement officers based upon venue occupancy.

Joining us to talk about these proposed rules is someone who experienced similar regulations when he owned night clubs in New Orleans. Lux Devoid owns the Mermaid Tavern in Seminole Heights. He attended the city c...

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Tampa considers whether to ban people under 21 from Ybor City clubs, gets resistance from clubs and patrons listen

05/24/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is considering excluding 18 to 20 year-olds from clubs in Ybor City. But at a City Council workshop today, owners and employees of those establishments warned that move would hurt or kill their businesses. More than a dozen members of the public spoke out against the proposal, including Czar bartender Jennifer Harvey. She says the city doesn’t need to worry about people over 21 buying drinks for underage patrons.

Sandra Hein runs the club Czar. S...

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