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Occupy Tampa activist is challenging Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Becky Rubright, Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, City of Tampa, Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Tampa Police, 2015 election, elections

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Round two of Occupy Tampa versus Bob Buckhorn will take place at the ballot box, not in the city’s public parks.

On Friday Becky Rubright, a veteran of Occupy Tampa, became the first person to file to run against Buckhorn in the mayoral race next March.

Rubright is one of dozens of occupy protesters arrested during months of conflicts with Buckhorn’s police force, usually while occupying public land.

According to the [Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website](http://www....

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Crist unveils plan for executive orders to raise wages and prevent discrimination listen

07/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, minimum wage, All Aboard Florida, debates, Nan Rich, elections, 2014 election, immigration

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If he’s elected governor again, Democrat Charlie Crist says he’ll sign five executive orders on inauguration day to do things like prevent workplace discrimination, open government and raise the minimum wage for workers contracting with the state.

Crist announced what he’s calling the “First Day of Fairness” plan Tuesday morning at Enoch Davis Center in South St. Petersburg.

“And the things that I would like to do if I win, right after I get sworn in include the following: make govern...

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National Democrats back Ed Jany against David Jolly listen

05/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ed Jany, Alex Sink, David Jolly, DCCC, elections, Pinellas County

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is throwing its weight behind a political newcomer named Eduardo Jany to run against David Jolly in November.

But Jany is not a Democrat and he doesn’t live in that Pinellas County district. He has served in the military for 33 years and lives near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

During a short phone conference with reporters Friday, Jany said he is looking for a home in Pinellas.

"Listen, I'm sure it's going to come off. I live 8 m...

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Sha Na Na's Bowzer records robocall song for Alex Sink listen

03/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Alex Sink, David Jolly, elections, Bill Young, Lucas Overby, FL13, Sha Na Na

There’s just one week left in the Pinellas County special election for Congress to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young.

Democrat Alex Sink’s campaign picked up a celebrity endorsement today when Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of Sha Na Na recorded a song targeting seniors via robocalls.

"Hi, this is John "Bowzer" Bauman formerly of Sha Na Na, calling on behalf of Alex Sink for Congress with an important message for senior voters. You know, I love the music of the Fifties but that does not mean...

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Meet Florida's 13th Congressional District candidates: Libertarian Lucas Overby listen

02/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Lucas Overby, David Jolly, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Michael Levinson, FL13, elections

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Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Pinellas County special Congressional election to fill the seat vacated by the death of U.S. Representative Bill Young.

Between now and the March 11 election we’re playing interviews of all the candidates, Also running are Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink and write-in candidate Michael Levinson.

We interviewed Lucas Overby...

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Republicans slow to polls on rainy congressional primary election day listen

01/14/14 Janelle Irwin and Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Mark Bircher, David Jolly, Kathleen Peters, Bill Young, Congress, elections

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Tuesday marks the first meaningful primary election for a Pinellas County congressional district in more than forty years. Three Republicans hope to replace Bill Young, who passed away in October after 43 years in Congress. But steady rain may be keeping Republicans from the polls.

Between 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, the only people entering a precinct at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg were parents dropping off their toddlers at an attached Day Care Center. However, at Feather Sound ...

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Study ranks Hillsborough County among the worst in Florida for access to voting listen

12/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Voting rights, Voter Purge, Hillsborough County, Craig Latimer, elections, early voting

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Casting a vote in Florida isn’t as easy in some counties as others and Hillsborough is among the six worst for access to the polls. That’s a according to a new study released Monday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund that analyzed voting data from 40 of the state’s most populous counties. Tom Periello, the group’s president and CEO, says the study looked at a variety of factors.

“Voter turnout, overall voter registration rate, voter registration rates for African-Americans an...

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Sen. Bill Nelson blasts Gov. Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner for absentee voting change listen

12/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bill Nelson, Craig Latimer, voter supression, Deborah Clark, 13th Congressional District, Rick Scott, Ken Detzner, elections, Voting

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, is rallying behind Supervisors of Elections who say they will not adhere to a directive issued by Florida’s Secretary of State to only accept mail in ballots at official offices. During a press conference at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday, Nelson said the move will put undue hardship on voters who increasingly prefer dropping off mail-in ballots in person.

Florida Secretary of State [Ken Detzner](http://www.dos.state.fl.us/oss/secretary-...

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Medical marijuana may hit Florida ballots in 2014 listen

10/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, United for Care, marijuana, drugs, elections

A group called United for Care is in the midst of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

The organization is headed by prominent central Florida attorney, John Morgan.

WMNF spoke with Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United For Care about where the effort is at and what still needs to be done.

"There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state of Florida who are suffering from diseases and conditions where their lives can be dramatically improved...

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Voting rights activists demand stop to legislation that would limit voting assistance listen

04/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill being considered in the Florida Senate would change the way people with special needs can get help casting ballots during elections. During a press conference in front of bill sponsor Senator Jack Latvala’s Clearwater office Tuesday, activists demanded he remove his support of the bill they worry will make it harder for people to get help and burden poll workers. The ACLU’s Central Florida director, Joyce Hamilton Henry calls the measure an invitation for litigation.

The measu...

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