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Crist discusses his support of stimulus package listen

02/13/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While the stimulus package has passed in the house, and poised to pass in the senate tonight, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist spoke today in St. Petersburg about how the stimulus will help Floridians.

Crist met with Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Kopelouso,Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker to discuss the $1.3 billion that is being allotted to Florida’s transportation department.

While the governor supports the stimulus package, virtually all Republicans do...

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Huge difference in stimulus bills would hurt Florida schools listen

02/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to the website ProPublica, Florida's public school districts would miss out on nearly $650 million in construction money, if the final stimulus bill resembles the Senate’s version more than the House version.

Hillsborough County schools would lose nearly $49 million, Pinellas more than $28 million, Pasco more than $12 million, and Sarasota more than $5 million.

Randall Moody is the chief lobbyist for the National Education Association based in Washington. He says the Collins-...

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Kathy Castor named to House ethics panel listen

02/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, the House Ethics Committee voted to reauthorize a subcommittee of three Democrats and three Republicans to investigate New York Democrat Charles Rangel.

The Committee is looking at Rangel’s failure to pay taxes on rental income from a house he owns in the Dominican Republic, and his use of four rent stabilized apartments in New York City.

They’re also looking at letters he wrote on Congressional stationery looking to find donors for a center named after him at City College o...

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Castor, Meek come out fighting for Obama stimulus plan listen

02/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As the economic stimulus bill is poised to be voted on in the Senate tomorrow, President Obama and Congressional Democrats today came out on the offensive in arguing for the merits of the bill. It comes after Republicans have controlled the tone of the debate, if not the actual votes, in the past week.

Obama makes a trip to Southwest Florida tomorrow, to Fort Myers, one of the hardest hit counties in the country when it comes to foreclosures.

And House Democrats, who have been missing...

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Local advocates for stimulus package make their case listen

02/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning in front of a boarded up Wendy’s on Armenia Avenue in Tampa, City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena and Florida Consumer Action Network Director Bill Newton used the dilapidated building as a backdrop to call on Sen. Mel Martinez and local members of Congress to support the economic stimulus bill being debate in Congress.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Florida’s economy is in bad shape. Last month’s unemployment rate was at the state was over 8 percent, and a report issued M...

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Fight over stimulus bill intensifies listen

02/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators met privately to discuss cuts to the proposed $900 billion economic stimulus package as President Barack Obama received criticism that he hasn’t been doing to enough to lead on the issue.

The day began with the president writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post criticizing those who say there should be more tax cuts, or a smaller package. While visiting the Energy Department, Obama said the tussle over the stimulus bill has real-world implicati...

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Ken Welch won't run for St. Petersburg mayor listen

02/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch was considering a run for St. Petersburg mayor. But Welch announced in an email late last night that he will not run for mayor, instead he will continue on the County Commission.

“Very difficult decision. … I think for right now the place I need to be is right here (on the Pinellas County Commission),” Welch said this morning.

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Democratic senator discusses Sansom, culture of Tallahassee listen

02/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, House Speaker Ray Sansom announced he was recusing himself from his authority so he could concentrate on the various investigations ongoing regarding his acceptance of a job at Northwest Florida Juinor College.

But in stepping aside instead of resigning, Sansom cited an obscure House rule allowing him to remain as the speaker but delegate the responsibilities of the position to someone else until he feels he is "fit" to resume.

Dave Aronberg is a Democratic state Senator. ...

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Latino advocates say GOP still doesn't get it listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Latino vote went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, a big difference than what happened between John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004.

Tomorrow, a group of conservatives are expected to present a report in Washington that will show in detail that every single House Republican who lost last year was because they either supported amnesty, or the Democrat supported tough border security.

The event is called “Immigration and the Future of the Republican Party”, and w...

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Buckhorn speculates on Iorio entry into Senate race listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said yesterday that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez next year.

Her comments came on the same day Democratic state Sen. Dan Gelber joins Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek as the only declared candidates at this early stage.

Iorio says several people have asked her to run after Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink declined to run earlier this month.

Bob Buckhorn is a former Tampa City Councilman wh...

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