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Eleanor Clift on Obama speech listen

03/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group. She’s just published a new book, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics.

WMNF spoke with her this morning about her thoughts on Barack Obama’s speech on race and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Florida Democrats pitch plan for a mail re-vote listen

03/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman today announced plans for a mail-in voting process but acknowledged that it may never come to fruition.

Thurman says she first wants to hear from as many Democrats as possible in the next 24 hours before formally presenting the plan to candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. You can write your response to her by going to fladems.com.

Thurman says she will review those comments over the weekend. If the cand...

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Future looks bright for Dems, progressive group says listen

03/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A progressive group says 2008 will be sea change election that should portend well for Democrats.

The Campaign for America’s Future today released a report, days away from its Take Back America annual Convention in Washington. Robert Borosage is co-director of the group. He said in spite of the potential trainwreck that is the intense battle for the Democratic nomination for president, this year is reminscient of 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected and his ‘Republican Revolution “ c...

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Democrats mostly indifferent to re-vote by mail listen

03/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Top Florida Democrats are looking into hiring a private accounting firm and a direct mail house to send ballots to four million Democratic voters so they can choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as their presidential nominee, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The campaign is being pushed by Florida’s senior Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson, a superdelegate who supports Hillary Clinton.

But another Clinton superdelegate from Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Sch...

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Interview with author of 'The Political Brain'

03/11/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today we interview Drew Westen about his latest book The Political Brain. Here's what his publisher says about the book:

"The Political Brain is a groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation. For two decades Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, has explored a theory of the mind that differs substantially from the more 'dispassionate' notions held by most cognitive psychologists, political scient...

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Castor says no to a Florida re-vote

03/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday, Hillsborough area Congresswoman Kathy Castor, a Barack Obama superdelegate, said she was against any type of re-vote in the state. Castor said the leader in pledged delegates in the race (currently Obama), will resolve the dispute over the delegates before the convention, avoiding a convention battle over the nomination. WMNF spoke with Rep. Castor from her office in Washington a short time ago.

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E.J. Dionne on religion in politics

03/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Washington Post syndicated columnist E. J. Dionne has just written a new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right. In it, he details why the era of the Religious Right – and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage – is now over. But he writes that the end of the Christian right doesn’t signal the decline of evangelical Christianity, but is rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold out to a narrow agenda such as opp...

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Consultant: Now is time for third party candidacy

03/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Doug Schoen was a campaign consultant for more than 30 years, and has just published a book arguing for a third party presidential candidacy. The book, called Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two Party System.

WMNF spoke with Shoen last week, and asked about his book, and how he sees the presidential race unfolding.

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Florida Democrats select party delegates listen

03/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Although there is still considerable question whether they’ll be seated at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August, registered Florida Democrats throughout the state came out this past Saturday to vote in caucuses to select delegates for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Based on the results of the Jan. 29 primary, Clinton received 67 district level delegates, Obama got 41, and John Edwards won 13.

Depending on what happens in tomorrow’s crucial primaries, those 67 ...

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Eyes turn to Texas in Democratic presidential battle

02/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported today that the Texas Democratic Party is warning that its March 4 caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process.

The paper reported a knowledgable Democratic source said Clinton’s political director, Guy Cecil, had pointedly raised the possibility of a courtroom battle with Democratic Party officials.

Several ne...

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