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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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Democrats take voter registration lead in Pinellas listen

05/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In recent elections, the former GOP stronghold of Pinellas County has skewed more Democratic. And, at least as of today, they are now once again the dominant party there.

Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee head Toni Molinaro said she had been speaking with the St. Pete Times all week on this development.

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Reporter discusses Pennsylvania primary listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night on the Evening News, we spoke with Philadelphia Daily News reporter Will Bunch about Wednesday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate. Bunch blasted the moderators for the questions they asked of the candidates.

We mentioned that Bunch asked Barack Obama about high Bush Officials being accused of breaking laws, would he aggressively prosecute them? Here’s part of the Q&A that occurred at an editorial meeting at the Daily News earlier this week with Will Bunch and Barack...

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Blogger: Debate didn't give Pa. voters answers listen

04/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the aftermath of last night's presidential debate, several media critics have bashed ABC News and moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous.

In the Guardian of London, reporter Niall Stanage’s column was entitlted, The Dumbest Debate in America?, and he lambasted the questions as being "superficial and disingenuous."

David Brooks of the New York Times blogged last night that he understood the complaints, but thought the questions were excellent. “The journa...

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Democratic surrogates mix it up in Tampa listen

04/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s two more weeks before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton compete in another primary, but today in Tampa, surrogates for the candidates battled it out among fellow Democrats.

Frank Sanchez was named just last week as the National Latino Fundraiser for the Barack Obama campaign. Speaking at the Democratic Professionals Council luncheon, Sanchez was asked how long did he thought the campaign would continue.

Representing the Hillary Clinton campaign was Alan Clendenin, who is a pledged...

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Journalist: GOP hypocritical about McCain listen

04/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some prominent conservatives who bashed John McCain before he became the nominee for president for the Republican Party have now embraced him.

According to Nation magazine contributor Rick Perlstein, some of the GOP’s hypocrisy on McCain is indicative that what represents true conservatism these days is more of attitude, an affect, than a true philosophy.

Perlstein is a senior fellow at the Campaign For America’s Future and the author of *Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and th...

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Sanchez named to lead Latino fundraising for Obama listen

03/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday the Barack Obama campaign announced that Tampa businessman Frank Sanchez has been named National Chairman of Latino Fundraising for the campaign.

Sanchez has already been active with Obama as adviser on Latin American issues, and as a chief fundraiser here in Florida.

Sanchez previously worked in the Bill Clinton administration as an Assistant Secretary of Transportation where he oversaw international negotiations.

Sanchez ran and lost to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio in a run-off ...

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Voting experts discuss bid to eliminate Electoral College listen

03/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As we reported yesterday, Sen. Bill Nelson intends to introduce legislation in Congress soon that includes abolishing the Electoral College.

Such a plan would not be the first time. Opposition to the electoral college has been present throughout the country’s history, but particularly after the 2000 Presidential election, in which Al Gore won the popular vote by more than 500,000.

To get rid of the Electoral College would require a Constitutional Amendment, always a formidable challen...

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Nelson urges DNC to compromise on delegates listen

03/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sen. Bill Nelson today announced a new plan to have Florida’s Jan. 29 primary count by copying what the Republican National Committee did.

When Florida’s Legislature voted last year to move the primary date to January, lawmakers were aware that penalties loomed but went ahead anyway, daring the national parties to sanction them.

Both parties did – but while the Democratic National Committee stripped the state of all of its delegates, the GOP cut half of theirs – making the prima...

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