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Tampa Democrat gets a little notoriety

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Megan Foster is a grassroots Tampa Bay area Democrat.

At the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting on Saturday, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson invoked her name when talking about how Florida’s 1.75 million voters who participated in the Jan. 29 primary should have their vote counted.

Foster, who supported the idea of restoring Florida’s delegation with half their votes, thought Nelson was on a different page.

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Freedman balks at decision on delegates listen

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman is a strong Hillary Clinton supporter. She attributes the fact that so many superdelegates have chosen Clinton over Barack Obama to the power of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Freedman is not happy with the decision to cut Florida’s congressional delegation in half, and she’s as unhappy as Clinton advisor Harold Ickes about how the delegate breakdown came out in Michigan.

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Clinton camp awaits DNC ruling listen

05/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillary Clinton camp refused to say today whether they’ll appeal if the meeting this Saturday of the Democratic Party’s Rules and By-Laws Committee does not rule in their favor.

The meeting this Saturday in Washington could potentially end the divisive issue of whether or not to seat Florida and Michigan’s congressional delegations, which have not counted since the national party ruled those states disobeyed party rules by moving up its primary date.

In anticipation of the meeting, ...

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Geller on why he's suing the DNC listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller today announced that he has filed suit in federal court to force the national Democratic Party to recognize the votes cast by 1.75 million Floridians during the Jan. 29 presidential primary and seat the state’s delegation with full voting authority.

Geller is an uncommitted “super delegate.” There are two other plaintiffs, a Barack Obama delegate and a Hillary Clinton delegate.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the So...

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Clinton not willing to compromise on Florida delegates listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A day after Hillary Clinton reiterated her call for having all of the delegates count in Florida, comparing it to the fight to free the slaves and the current situation in Zimbabwe, her campaign kept the pressure up on a conference call with political reporters.

The Clinton campaign today argued that their candidate would be better in a head to head match up against John McCain in the fall, using new polls released today by Quinnipiac University that show Clinton beating McCain in three cr...

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Iorio endorses Obama at rally in Tampa listen

05/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sen. Barack Obama claimed a major milestone with his win Tuesday in Oregon, wrapping up a majority of the Democratic Party’s pledged delegates. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports from a crowded Obama rally at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa that kicks off a three-day Florida tour.

During his first campaign stop since last fall in the country’s largest swing state, Obama all but claimed victory and the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Before he took the stage, Obama was endorsed ...

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Dean in Tampa to heal rift listen

05/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

With Barack Obama coming to Tampa tomorrow at noon at the *St. Pete Times Forum, Hillary Clinton has decided to spend some quality time in the Sunshine State as well. Clinton will make three appearances in South Florida tomorrow.

Clinton appears in Boca Raton at 1 p.m., in Sunrise at 4 p.m. and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables at 8.

Meanwhile, approximately 50 Florida supporters of both candidates were in the same room last night in Tampa. They appeared at Mise En Place resta...

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McCain blasts Obama on Cuban policy listen

05/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John McCain was in Miami today, where he hit Barack Obama hard on foreign policy, this time regarding Cuba.

McCain said he would press the Cuban regime to legitimize all political parties, labor unions and free media, and to schedule an internationally monitored election. He also said it is time for the U.S. to embrace the common geography and destiny that it shares with its neighbors to the south in Latin America.

The Arizona senator extolled the virtues of trade agreements like NAFT...

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What are Obama's chances in Florida in November? listen

05/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The HBO film Recount airs later this week and is a reminder of how Florida used to be the swing state in presidential elections. But in 2004, Ohio was the state that decided the election, as George Bush beat John Kerry by 5 full points here in the Sunshine State.

Florida comes back in the spotlight this week when Barack Obama makes his first appearance in the state this year, including a noontime rally in downtown Tampa on Wednesday. If Obama is the nominee, he will be facing an opponent...

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Brian Moore, Socialist for president

05/07/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Spring Hill resident Brian Moore is running for president under the Socialist Party USA ticket. He's a former health care consultant and has run for U.S. Congress twice and the U.S. Senate in 2006.

This is his first run as a socialist. In this interview with WMNF, he discussed socialism, capitalism, health care reform, the invasion of Iraq, tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the impact of military spending on the economy, the other presidential candidates and how he would transform socie...

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