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Bloomberg not interested in White House bid listen

02/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially quashed any thoughts of his running as an Independent candidate for president by announcing he won’t run in the op-ed pages of today's New York Times.

In the piece, Bloomberg, originally a Democrat who switched his affiliation to Republican in order to have a chance to be mayor in 2001, and then last year made a high profile announcement that he was switching to Independent, wrote: “I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, ...

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Local delegate selection is this weekend

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Going into next week’s series of four primary elections, Barack Obama hold a 91-delegate lead over Hillary Clinton. But who are these delegates? And when the question comes to Florida, will they count?

That has yet to be decided. But the Florida Democratic Party will decide this Saturday who those representative delegates are.

The delegates are broken down by Congressional District. So in the 25 districts throughout the state, those delegates will be chosen Caucus-style on Saturday....

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Report: Lawsuit against DNC still alive

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A lawsuit filed by a Tampa Democrat against the Democratic National Committee over Florida’s loss of all of its delegates to the convention has been given a second life.

In August, political consultant Vic DiMaio filed suit against the DNC, claiming that stripping Florida of its Congressional Delegates because of the early primary voting date was unconstitutional. But in October, federal Judge Richard Lazzarra threw out the case.

But DiMaio and his attorney, Michael Steinberg appealed t...

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Ex-CIA agent mocks U.S. foreign policy listen

02/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former CIA agent Michael Scheuer isn’t a happy fellow. The man who was responsible for getting Osama bin Ladin in the late 1990s says that under John McCain, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, bin Laden and his allies will be huge winners.

Schuer’s explosive new book criticizes Democrats and Republicans who are all part of a foreign policy he says is not serious about going after America’s foes.

Scheuer says the next president is doomed to continue the failed policies put in place by both...

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More reaction on Castro's resignation

02/20/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Cuban President Fidel Castro has announced he is resigning from the government because of his health. For 50 years he has bucked the United States, charting a path toward socialism and a foreign policy frequently at odds with Washington.

Today we talked with Patrick Manteiga, editor and publisher of La Gaceta, a trilingual newspaper published in Ybor City with strong ties to the local Cuban community. Manteiga discussed the U.S. embargo, the effect on Cuban families, the presidential can...

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Unique way of handling delegate mess

02/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With so much confusion and consternation about what to do about Florida’s delegates, today Democratic House Leader Dan Gelber came up with a novel suggestion.

On his blog, Gelber writes that a Caucus might be the best way to have a revote but it would be hugely expensive and could not be done fairly, given the state’s size.

Instead, he is suggesting a run-off election by mail, with independents allowed to vote. A short time ago, WMNF spoke with Gelber about that idea.

To read Dan Gel...

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Ex-Plant City mayor: I can beat Bilirakis listen

02/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Although there has been considerable media focus on the presidential primaries, the Republican Party is working furiously to retake the House of Representatives, which they lost in 2006 after maintaining control there for the past 12 years.

But GOP thoughts of taking the House back decrease daily, with more representatives announcing that they will not seek re-election.

The latest Republican congressman to announce he won’t run again is Arizona’s John Shadegg. He is the 29th to announce...

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Interview With Princeton political scientist

01/31/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our guest is Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University.

Melissa is the author of the award-winning book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (Princeton 2004). She is currently at work on a new book: For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough.

Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary bla...

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'Confessions of a Political Hitman'

01/31/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our first guest is Stephen Marks, a former opposition researcher for candidates and political insiders. He’s written a new book called Confessions of a Political Hitman (Sourcebooks). He joins us now on the phone.

For more information, visit his website.

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New Hampshire Primary

01/12/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Arnie Arneson, host of Political Chowder, analyzes the New Hampshire Primary, including superb feminist analysis.

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