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Naples-area voters to replace embattled member of Congress listen

06/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Naples, Congressional District 19, Trey Radel, Curt Clawson, April Freeman, Collier County, Lee County, Congress

Voters in the Naples area will choose a new member of Congress Tuesday to replace Trey Radel. Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster with the Naples Daily News has been covering the Special Election.

Polls in the South Florida district are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Florida congressional redistricting trial uncovers deleted emails listen

05/20/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Will Weatherford, redistricting, Florida Legislature, Congress, fair districts

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Challenges to the Florida’s most recent redistricting process are continuing for a second day as questions regarding secret emails and closed door meetings come to light. Outgoing House Speaker Will Weatherford took the stand Tuesday afternoon arguing that the House followed all of the rules laid out in the 2010 Fair Districts amendments.

"We have a rule in the Florida House that says if you're working on draft legislation that that draft is not a public record until it is filed. It's so...

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Pinellas Congressional candidate Alex Sink gets in last-minute campaign push listen

03/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Alex Sink, David Jolly, Lucas Overby, Bill Young, Congress, Pinellas County, CD 13

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Candidates are winding up their campaigns for Pinellas County’s Congressional seat. Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, started the final day before the election at a home in Dunedin where she ushered off more than two dozen volunteers to knock on doors.

“Well, dozens of workers here, but we literally have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers throughout the district who have been making phone calls. We made 20,000 door knocks over the weekend. That’s a pretty impressive number and we’ve ma...

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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

03/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Joe Newman, Vern Buchanan, Sarasota, Congress

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he’s seen as maybe a fringe candidate. But that’s not all – Joe is 101 years old.

Here's a list Newman sent WMNF of some interesting information about this unique candidate:

• His parents were exiled to Siberia by the Tzar in the late 1800s for political dissension. He comes from a family tradition...

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Economic woes take center stage at Pinellas Congressional debate listen

02/25/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: David Jolly, Lucas Overby, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Pinellas County, oil drilling, Social Security, Chamber of Commerce, Congress

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There are only two weeks left until the Pinellas County special congressional election and the three candidates on the ballot are fiercely fighting for votes.

During a debate Tuesday hosted by area chambers of commerce, David Jolly, wh...

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Libertarian and Republican debate while contending for Pinellas congressional seat listen

02/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: David Jolly, Lucas Overby, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Congress

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Congressional candidates David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby agree on a lot of issues, but not on whether or not to normalize relations with Cuba. Jolly, a Republican, has said he supports the current restrictions on trade and travel with the island country. During a debate I moderated Tuesday night for the Disston Heights Neighborhood Civic Association in St. Petersburg, Jolly said there are some circumstances in which he’d support lifting the longstanding trade embargo.

Alex Sink, t...

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Campaign funding, flood insurance and Obamacare take center stage in Pinellas County Congressional debate listen

02/04/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Alex Sink, David Jolly, Lucas Overby, CD 13, Bill Young, Pinellas County, Congress, Michael Levinson

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The race to replace Republican Bill Young in Congress has become centered on big Washington money. During the first televised debate Monday night in Seminole, Republican David Jolly was accused of lobbying for offshore drilling, which he now opposes. Jolly denied the claim, but his Democratic opponent, Alex Sink, continues to criticize Jolly’s lobbying career.

"We all know what Washington lobbyists do. Mr. Jolly made the decision after he left the employment of Representative Young to go ...

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Meet Florida's 13th Congressional District candidates: Michael Levinson listen

01/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Michael Levinson, Alex Sink, David Jolly, Bill Young, Congress, Lucas Overby, NPA

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On March 11, voters in much of Pinellas County will decide who will replace the late C.W. “Bill” Young in Congress.

There’s Republican nominee David Jolly who won the primary this month, Democrat Alex Sink, and even Libertarian Lucas Overby. We intend to interview all of them in the coming weeks.

But you may not know the write-in candidate in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Michael Levinson.

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Republicans slow to polls on rainy congressional primary election day listen

01/14/14 Janelle Irwin and Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Mark Bircher, David Jolly, Kathleen Peters, Bill Young, Congress, elections

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Tuesday marks the first meaningful primary election for a Pinellas County congressional district in more than forty years. Three Republicans hope to replace Bill Young, who passed away in October after 43 years in Congress. But steady rain may be keeping Republicans from the polls.

Between 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, the only people entering a precinct at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg were parents dropping off their toddlers at an attached Day Care Center. However, at Feather Sound ...

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Pinellas County Republicans running for Congress try to earn support from beach residents listen

01/06/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: David Jolly, Kathleen Peters, Mark Bircher, Bill Young, Alex Sink, Congress

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Pinellas County Republicans will decide next week who they want to pit against Democrat Alex Sink and others for a seat in Congress. During a debate today hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, three diverse conservatives assured members, many of whom have homes or businesses in flood zones, they would take steps to combat rising insurance premiums. Current State Representative Kathleen Peters says that includes delaying scheduled rate hikes as a result of the Biggert-Waters Act...

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