News & Public Affairs

search:

Keith Olbermann on conservatives, Bush and Obama listen

01/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Today was Media Day at Raymond James Stadium; thousands of credentialed reporters descended upon all of the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers for sound bites.

It was also Media Day with the top media who will be broadcasting Sunday night’s championship game – which this year, for the first time in a decade, is the NBC network.

WMNF had the opportunity to speak with Keith Olbermann, best known now as the host of the popular liberal prime time cable news show “Countdown.”...

Be the first to comment

Scott Wagman on candidacy for St. Pete mayor listen

01/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_625
Medium

St. Petersburg will elect a new mayor in November and the race is already becoming crowded. City Council Chair Jamie Bennett, former City Councilman Bill Foster, Amscot Vice President Deveron Gibbons, activist Sharon Russ and retired builder Paul Congemi have already announced their candidacies.

Also in the running is businessman and investor Scott Wagman, the previous owner of Scott Paint.

Wagman has hired political consultant Mitch Kates, who managed the victorious campaigns of thre...

Be the first to comment

Obama Inauguration watching parties held around town listen

01/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_623
Medium

At least six inauguration-watching parties occurred throughout the Tampa Bay area today. More than 1,000 enthusiastic supporters watched President Barack Obama deliver his inaugural address on the screen of the Tampa Theatre. Nearly 200 people watched at the Bible Based Fellowship Church in Carrollwood. WMNF’s Seán Kinane has this report.

Before the church aired television coverage of Obama taking the oath of office, a p...

Be the first to comment

Reporter: President Obama's biggest challenges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

David Sanger covers the White House for the New York Times, and is the author of the new book, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.

Among the revelations in the book is that the U.S. has funded the Pakistani government to the tune of nearly $100 million to safely store their nuclear weapons.

Sanger writes that this underlines a central concern among foreign policy officials in Washington: The fear that nuclear weapons could fall into un...

Be the first to comment

Pat Kemp and Deborah Cox-Rousch at Tiger Bay listen

01/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_617
Medium

The newly elected Republican and Democratic Party chairs for Hillsborough County faced off this afternoon in front of the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa.

Deborah Cox-Rousch is the new Republican Party chair and Pat Kemp is her Democratic counterpart.

Deborah Cox-Rousch owns a catering business and told the Tiger Bay audience that there was a simple reason why she decided to run for Republican chair.

“The one thing that really changed my mind was on Fox New...

Be the first to comment

ACLU lays out its legislative goals for 2009 listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

As the 111th Congress begins its work this week, the ACLU today listed its legislative goals on a nationwide conference call this morning.

Yesterday, Barack Obama's transition team announced plans to close the prison detainee camp at Guatanamo Bay immediately, though what they will do with those prisoners still housed there is unknown.

Caroline Frederickson, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, said that is one of their goals as well. On a nationwide conference call,...

Be the first to comment

Ayres visit to FSU campus stirs controversy listen

01/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Bill Ayers, the 1960s anti-Vietnam War activist, is scheduled to speak tonight at Florida State University, but his appearance is creating controversy.

State Rep. David Rivera, vice chairman of the Education Appropriations Committee, has condemned the invitation to Ayers, calling it "a disgrace." And members with the student organization College Republicans plan to protest.

Ayers is being paid $5,000 for the speech, which will be strictly about education reform, though he will take ques...

1 comments

Nelson proposes amendment to abolish Electoral College listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show
Medium_597
Medium

Members of Congress today formally read off the Electoral College votes from each state and officially declared Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States.

The outcome was 365 votes for Obama and 173 for John McCain.

Later, Florida’s senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson proposed a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College and elect the president by a simple popular vote. “That’s going to be a lengthy process.”

2 comments

Local Democrat files second ethics charge against Sansom listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting tonight that North Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs says he will turn over complaints he has received about House Speaker Ray Samson to a Leon County Grand Jury later this month.

Also today, a second ethics complaint has been filed against House Speaker Ray Sansom, and again it’s somebody from the Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County Democratic Party activist Susan Smith filed the complaint.

On Monday, Sanson resigned from his controversial ne...

Be the first to comment

Jeb Bush will not run for U.S. Senate in 2010 listen

01/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Democrats and Republicans throughout Florida who fantasize about becoming a U.S. senator will now seriously contemplate a run after Jeb Bush announced today that he will not run for Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Mel Martinez.

Bush made the announcement today, saying "now is not the right time to return to elected office."

After the former governor said he was considering running for the seat last month, most political analysts said the seat was his for the taking, despite criti...

1 comments

Healthy State Local Journalism Center