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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”, a...

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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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Keith Olbermann on conservatives, Bush and Obama listen

01/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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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.”...

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Scott Wagman on candidacy for St. Pete mayor listen

01/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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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...

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Obama Inauguration watching parties held around town listen

01/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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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...

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Reporter: President Obama's biggest challenges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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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...

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Pat Kemp and Deborah Cox-Rousch at Tiger Bay listen

01/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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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...

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ACLU lays out its legislative goals for 2009 listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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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,...

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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...

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Nelson proposes amendment to abolish Electoral College listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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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.”

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