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Police officers train in Tampa for RNC bike patrol listen

03/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Police Department will be purchasing 200 bicycles costing nearly $1,600 each for use during the Republican National Convention in August. This week, officers from five law enforcement agencies across the state are being trained on how to safely patrol from a bicycle. Tampa police captain Brian Dugan said there are several reasons why a bicycle patrol program will help with security efforts during a convention that is expected to draw 70,000 visitors.

“When you have that much...

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Tampa to spend $6 million on radio equipment for RNC listen

03/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council unanimously approved the purchase of more than 6 million dollars in radio communication equipment. The items are being purchased for use during the Republican National Convention this August and then will be passed on to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for their use afterward. This is Council member Mary Mulhern.

“That was starting to become one of my big questions is that we’re getting so much using and accepting so much federal tax money for this two ...

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Tampa City Council approves $2 million purchase of surveillance cameras for RNC listen

03/01/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning Tampa City Council approved the purchase of $2 million worth of surveillance cameras and the contract to service them through August’s Republican National Convention. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says the closed circuit video cameras will help with crowd control.

“Our goal is to have a very safe, secure, enjoyable RNC. Our focus is obviously on the safety and security of that event. We also have the goal of being good stewards of the grant or federal tax dollar.”

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Mitt Romney victory speech in Tampa goes after Obama listen

02/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney won Florida’s primary, which gives him a leg up on the Republican nomination. In a celebratory speech in front of hundreds of supporters last night at the Tampa Convention Center, Romney shifted his criticism from party rival Newt Gingrich to President Barack Obama during a flood of cheers.

Florida’s winner-take-all 5...

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Republican voters in St. Pete weigh in on their presidential preference listen

01/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite a brief surge after his win in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is now lagging behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by 14 points according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. Today, registered Republicans have their final chance to cast their votes for the eventual n...

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Newt Gingrich in Tampa: I'm tired of being lectured about supporting every other religion listen

01/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow’s presidential preference primary could decide the eventual GOP nomination. Frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are aggressively campaigning for a victory in Florida. Gingrich made a stop in Tampa this afternoon at the Tampa Jet Center where he told supporters he has run a cleaner and more deserving campaign than Romney.

“Romney then decided that the only way to stop me was a three and a half...

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RNC Host Committee to create registry to help small businesses listen

01/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Republican National Convention coming to Tampa in late August is expected to inject almost 200 million dollars into the Tampa Bay economy. The Tampa Bay Host Committee held a forum for small businesses at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa today to help them get a piece of that revenue.

“We’re facilitating motivated buyers meeting qualified sellers which are the small businesses.”

Hector Barreto is...

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Tampa accepts $50 million federal grant for RNC security and with it, an armored truck listen

01/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa is getting $50 million in federal funds to pay for security for the Republican National Convention in August. City council voted unanimously today to appropriate some of those funds to tactical equipment including an armored SWAT vehicle.

“I know that this is somewhat of a trend for po...

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Should the federal government pay for security at Tampa's RNC Convention?

01/04/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We asked the question whether the federal government should pay for security at Tampa's RNC Convention?

Tampa City Council will accept $50 million in federal funds for RNC security Thursday.

One emailer thought that since cities compete for the convention because they think there will be an economic benefit, it's a good use of funds. Some callers countered that the pa...

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Republican Party of Florida chair says Obama's promise to the middle class is "bunch of bull" listen

12/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Tuesday night, but the Democratic-led U.S. Senate isn’t likely to pass it. On a conference call this morning, a Republican member of Congress from Florida is asking for support of the bill he says contains ideas submitted by Democrats.

Both Democrats and Republicans are in favor of the payroll tax expansion, but they disagree on how to pay for it. Tuesday, President Barack...

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