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Local Democrat files second ethics charge against Sansom listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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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...

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

01/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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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...

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Politifact.com starts checking Obama's campaign promises

01/01/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up an interview with one of the Politifact reporters from the St. Petersburg Times.

But first a lot of comments about the aims of President Barack Obama after his first day in office. Keep in mind as you listen to this long section of comments that some people who call use humor and sarcasm.

PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that helps determine what’s tru...

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The case for big government - Part 2 listen

12/23/08 Mitch Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Big Government is back and it is not only effective, but necessary. That’s the premise of a new book by renowned economist and former New York Times columnist Jeff Madrick. His new book is called The Case for Big Government.

WMNF spoke with Madrick and began the second half of his interview by asking if the "Republican Revolution" of the 1980s is the cause of so many Americans accepting the fact that they will not be able to rise in socioeconomic status.

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Franklin Sands on Florida's budget woes listen

12/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to a draft document approved by Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida legislators can cope with a $2.3 billion budget deficit by slight cuts in virtually all government spending, nearly emptying savings accounts and approving a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

But as the Miami Herald reports, that document omits anything about raising taxes. Other Republicans aren’t sounding so rigid about touching a third rail of Florida politics.

Senate President Jeff Atwate...

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Hillsborough Commissioners lambast outgoing elections supervisor listen

12/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After Democrat Phyllis Busansky defeated Republican Buddy Johnson for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office last month, it was thought that the many controversies that occurred under Johnson were now a thing of the past.

Not exactly.

A representative from Johnson’s office came before the County Commission today to request $2.3 million to cover "unanticipated expenses" for last month’s election.

The fact that Johnson did not attend did not endear him to the board.

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Employee Free Choice Act a possibility in Obama administration listen

12/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With a Democratic president and large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, labor organizers are optimistic that pro-union legislation can win passage in 2009. At the top of the wish list is the Employee Free Choice Act. Over the last 20 years, an imbalance has been created between employers and employees, according to Rich Templin, communications director with the Florida AFL-CIO, a labor union that supports the Employee Free Choice Act.

“What th...

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Beckner promises more open government listen

12/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Kevin Beckner was elected to the Hillsborough County Commission last month. Today, at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Tampa and the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County, he urged citizens to get more involved in the community.

“For too long we have focused on political agendas, self-interest groups, special interest groups, and too long I think some of our leaders have focused and ha...

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Local women activists speak out

12/06/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Local women activists talked about their work in the Tampa Bay area. Participants were: Sally Phillips, HCDEC state Rep. and LGBT Chair; Grace Maneri, The Spring; Sarah Romeo, Crossroads; Terry Binder, SOA Watch; Pat Kemp, HCDEC Chair; Betsy Davis, WOMEN.

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Betty Reed weighs in on Ray Sansom listen

12/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s new Speaker of the House, Ray Sansom, has been criticized for accepting a position with Northwest Florida State College on the day he became House Speaker. Sansom, a Republican from Destin, helped funnel $25 million to the school earlier this year. Because of that, some have called for Speaker Sansom to resign from one or both of his new positions.

Rep. [Betty Reed](http://www.myfloridahouse.g...

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