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School voucher tax credit violates separation of church and state, opponents say listen

03/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: school choice, school vouchers, Jeb Bush, Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, private schools, Rob Boston, United Americans for the Seperation of Church and State, Religion, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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The debate over school choice has raged ever since a school voucher program was implement during the Jeb Bush administration in the early 2000's. The program was deemed unconstitutional and struck down by the Florida Supreme Court in 2006. Still, there is the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, which gives tax breaks to those who donate to a private school's scholarship program, which many who oppose the plan say is a roundabout voucher program.

Rob Boston, Director of Communications for Un...

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Letter Carriers union work to increase vote-by-mail participation listen

03/25/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: early voting, vote by mail, Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock, Al Freedman, absentee voting, retirement, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we look at efforts to increase vote-by-mail participation in Florida. Two bills moving through the Florida Senate and House aim to encourage remote voting by changing the language from "Absentee voting" to "Vote-by-Mail". Two members of the Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock and Al Freedman, explain that many voters are confused by the term absentee voting and mail voting, thinking they must be absent from their voting county in order to vote by mail. They also talk a...

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Center for Biological Diversity warns of climate crisis effects on Florida wildlife listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Center for Biological Diversity, CBD, Jaclyn Lopez, climate change, global warming, corals, Sea Turtles, endangered species, Florida, Rick Scott

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Jaclyn Lopez a lawyer and Florida Director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in St. Petersburg. She was interviewed by WMNF News' Seán Kinane on MidPoint about a range of environmental topics. That includes a possible downlisting of green sea turtles in Florida from endangered to threatened, Florida's endangered corals need a reduction in carbon pollution for recovery and two Florida plants threatened by sea-level rise could be helped through habitat protection. Callers asked ab...

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State and local news discussed on WEDU's Florida This Week listen

03/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Florida senate seat, Marco Rubio, Gerald Bailey, FDLE, transgender, gun control, Adam Smith, Bill Bunting, Susan Nilon, Patrick Manteiga, wmnf, Rob Lorei

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida This Week, a politcal analysis and panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Topics include possible candidates to run for the Florida senate seat, which is expected to be vacated by Marco Rubio as he pursues the Rupublican nomination for the presidency. We also talk about the growing scrutiny surrounding former FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey's sudden resignation, the controversial transgender bathroom bill and the guns on ...

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In St. Pete Student Farmworker Alliance announces boycott of Wendy's listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, St. Petersburg, Student Farmworker Alliance, fair food, food, farmworkers, music

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An alliance between student groups and farmworkers announced this weekend in St. Petersburg they are organizing a boycott against Wendy’s restaurants.

At Saturday’s March and Concert for Fair Food at Vinoy Park the Student/Farmworker Alliance led hundreds in chanting “The burgers may be square but the food ain't fair.”

The Student Farmworker Alliance wants Wendy’s to sign on to the Fair Food Program led by the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers](http://ciw-on...

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Coalition for Immokalee Workers ramp up for the Fair Food parade and concert in St.Pete listen

03/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, fair food, St.Petersburg, farm workers, Tomato industry, Fair Food Program, Publix, Bartlett Park, Vinoy Park, acidic fracking, Kim Ross, Ryan Lee, ReThink Energy, John F. Germany Library

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Today Leonel Perez and Joe Parker of Coalition of Immokalee Workers talk about its Fair Food parade and concert, which will take place in St.Petersburg on Saturday starting at noon. The event will celebrate the achievements of CIW's Fair Food Program.The campaign calls for a collaboration between food buyers, distributors and Florida's tomato farm workers to address abuse and exploitation on farms by adhering to a fair food code of conduct. Participating companies also pay an extra penny per ...

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Poet Richard Blanco joins Art in Your Ear listen

03/20/15
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: poet, richard blanco, plume poetry

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Richard Blanco was the fifth inaugural poet, and the first openly gay Latino immigrant poet. His work, One Day, mesmerized the nation. Since then he has been involved in multiple public projects, including a response to the Boston Bombing (Boston Strong) and the marriage equality movement Until We Could.

Richard has a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a...

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Poet Richard Blanco joins Art in Your Ear

03/20/15
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: poet, richard blanco, plume poetry

Richard Blanco was the fifth inaugural poet, and the first openly gay Latino immigrant poet. His work, One Day, mesmerized the nation. Since then he has been involved in multiple public projects, including a response to the Boston Bombing (Boston Strong) and the marriage equality movement Until We Could.

Richard has a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a...

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Debbie Dooley on criticism of Floridians for solar choice; Starbucks tries to engage discussion on race with baristas listen

03/19/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Howard Schultz; Debbie Dooley, Florida Faith & Freedom Coalition, Floridians for Solar Choice, Conservatives for Energy Freedom, Starbucks

Debbie Dooley is a co-founder of the national Tea Party, and a leading supporter of the movement to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year in Florida that would allow citizens the opportunity to purchase solar power from third-party companies, not public utilities. But as they race to get the necessary signatures on the ballot, there has been a tremendous surge against that by other conservatives. Dooley talks about the criticism, which she says is unfounded.

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Public Employees group files complaint to FDEP over climate change gag order

03/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: environment climate change, global warming, Public Employees for Environmental Protection, FDEP, Barton Bibler, PEER, Jerry Phillips, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, national budget, wmnf, Rob Lorei

In the latest in the story over FDEPs "climate change" ban, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility(PEER) has (filed a complaint to the department's Inspector General)[http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2015/03/18/scott%E2%80%99s-climate-change-gag-order-claims-a-victim/] for reprimanding an employee who addressed climate change at a official meeting. Land Management Plan Coordinator Barton Bibler was fo...

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