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Tens of thousands in Hillsborough have voted by mail as early voting set to begin listen

10/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: elections, early voting, vote-by-mail, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Craig Latimer


Many Florida voters have received their ballots by mail, and thousands have returned completed ballots.

Early in-person voting opened this week in Pinellas County and opens Thursday in Hillsborough and in other counties in the region.

WMNF asked Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer about election turnout so far.

Election Day is November 4.

*Here is much more [information about voting in all counties](

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Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg listen

10/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Moral Mondays, labor, unions, Florida, Voting, elections


A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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Libertarian candidate for Florida Gov. Adrian Wyllie joins Radioactivity listen

10/21/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Adrian Wyllie, elections, Florida


Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist hold their final debate tonight on CNN. The 7 p.m. debate will take place in Jacksonville. CNN has notified both candidates that its rules specify no electronic equipment - including fans - for the face-off.

And while Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie's legal challenge to get into last week’s debate wasn't successful, the third-party candidate is doing his own live webcast in Jacksonville to respond to debate questions. Wyllie joins Radioacti...

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Consumers and environmentalists to protest Rick Scott in St. Pete Thursday listen

10/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Duke Energy, elections, Melissa Baldwin, Melissa Meehan, climate change, Energy, Progress Energy


Some consumers and environmentalists thing Governor Rick Scott is too cozy with the country’s largest power company.

So Thursday in St. Pete they’re protesting outside the governor’s campaign office asking him to refund contributions from Duke Energy at 3393 Tyrone Boulevard North in St. Petersburg beginning at 11:00 a.m.

WMNF interviewed Melissa Baldwin, deputy communications director of NextGen Climate Florida.

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Many Pinellas ballots have name of candidate who dropped out listen

10/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, Lucas Overby, David Jolly, FL13, Pinellas County, Ed Jany


Many Pinellas County residents will be voting on ballots that have the name of a candidate who is no longer running.

Ed Jany dropped out of the race for Congressional District 13.

WMNF interviewed Nancy Whitlock, elections administrator with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.

"We received the certified ballot list of candidates from the (Florida) Division of Elections and that included Ed Jany as one...

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League of Women Voters &Florida Nurses Association hold candidate forum on healthcare listen

10/02/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: League of Women Voters, Florida Nurses Association, elections, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Democrats


Many Florida voters who requested their November general election ballots by mail are receiving them this week. That means there will be candidate forums like the one on healthcare issues Wednesday night in St. Petersburg sponsored by the Florida Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters.

No Republican candidates showed up, and all five of the candidates who were there support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the medical use of marijuana. That includes the Democratic...

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Mayor Buckhorn responds to having a reelection challenger from Occupy Tampa listen

09/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Becky Rubright, Tampa, elections, Occupy Tampa, Republican National Convention, RNC


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a challenger in his race for reelection next March; Monday we brought you an interview with Becky Rubright, a veteran of the Occupy Tampa movement. She criticized Buckhorn and the response of the Tampa Police Department during occupy beginning three years ago. WMNF interviewed Mayor Buckhorn for his response to having a challenger in the March 2015 election.

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Occupy Tampa activist is challenging Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Becky Rubright, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, City of Tampa, Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Tampa Police, 2015 election, elections


Round two of Occupy Tampa versus Bob Buckhorn will take place at the ballot box, not in the city’s public parks.

On Friday Becky Rubright, a veteran of Occupy Tampa, became the first person to file to run against Buckhorn in the mayoral race next March.

Rubright is one of dozens of occupy protesters arrested during months of conflicts with Buckhorn’s police force, usually while occupying public land.

According to the [Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website](http://www....

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Crist unveils plan for executive orders to raise wages and prevent discrimination listen

07/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, minimum wage, All Aboard Florida, debates, Nan Rich, elections, 2014 election, immigration


If he’s elected governor again, Democrat Charlie Crist says he’ll sign five executive orders on inauguration day to do things like prevent workplace discrimination, open government and raise the minimum wage for workers contracting with the state.

Crist announced what he’s calling the “First Day of Fairness” plan Tuesday morning at Enoch Davis Center in South St. Petersburg.

“And the things that I would like to do if I win, right after I get sworn in include the following: make govern...

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National Democrats back Ed Jany against David Jolly listen

05/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ed Jany, Alex Sink, David Jolly, DCCC, elections, Pinellas County

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is throwing its weight behind a political newcomer named Eduardo Jany to run against David Jolly in November.

But Jany is not a Democrat and he doesn’t live in that Pinellas County district. He has served in the military for 33 years and lives near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

During a short phone conference with reporters Friday, Jany said he is looking for a home in Pinellas.

"Listen, I'm sure it's going to come off. I live 8 m...

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