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Senate Democrats push back against proposed Florida pension change listen

04/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, pensions, Florida Legislature, Wilton Simpson, Bill Montford, Jeff Clemens

The Florida Senate is still considering whether to remove a guaranteed retirement benefit from future state employees. Instead, the bill heard Wednesday would force employees who don’t choose the benefit plan into a risky 401k-type retirement fund. Senators are expected to vote on the bill this afternoon. It’s getting push back from many Democrats, including panhandle Senator Bill Montford.

“My experience in public service has been, you’ll find very few gamblers because the retirement sys...

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Immigration activists rally for the ending of deportation on May Day listen

04/30/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, Jared Hamil, immigration

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews immigration rights activists Marisol Marquez and Jared Hamil of Raices en Tampa about a May Day rally that they will be hosting tomorrow to end deportation from this country. The event will take place in front of the U.S. immigration building in Ybor City 1624 East 7th ave at 5:00 pm. There will be a second event at Centennial Park on May 3 at 4:00 pm.

Raices En Tampa: 813-449-3500

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Fate of immigrant in-state tuition bill still not clear in Florida listen

04/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, Aaron Bean, immigration, public education, university, in-state-tuition

The Florida Senate is still considering a bill that would let undocumented students who have lived and attended high school in Florida pay in-state college tuition. The watered down measure wouldn’t give the student residence status. Some critics argue it doesn’t go far enough. But during debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, several Republicans countered that it goes too far. And Jacksonville Senator Aaron Bean added the bill isn’t necessary because universities already have the power to wai...

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Vote by Mail: Where does it come from and where does it end up? listen

04/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: vote by mail, absentee ballots, mail in ballots, Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Voting

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Ever wonder what happens to a mail in ballot after it’s dropped off at the post office? In Hillsborough County, that ballot gets shipped off to the Supervisor of Election’s office on Falkenburg Road where it’s passed through a giant machine that reads voters’ signatures.

“We then take a picture of that signature so we can compare it electronically so that we don’t have ballots all over the office and then after everything is verified, they’re then sorted into precinct order.”

Hillsbor...

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Education advocate group's founder talks about voucher expansion bill listen

04/29/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Fund Education, Kathleen Oropeza

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Kathleen Oropeza, a founder of the group Fund Education about the controversial Voucher expansion bill (SB 1512) that will head to the Senate floor tomorrow for a full vote.

Later Rob discusses the controversy surrounding Secretary of State John Kerry comments on Israel. Kerry said Monday, that he chose the wrong words when he said Israel is in danger of becoming an apartheid state if it doesn't c...

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Pat Schroeder tells League of Women Voters in St. Pete that women should organize listen

04/29/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Pat Schroeder, LWV, League of Women Voters, women's issues

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Pat Schroeder was the first woman elected to Congress in Colorado in 1972. She advocates for more female representation in the US.

Schroeder accepted an award from the League of Women Voters at the St. Pete Yacht Club on Saturday.

Women got the right to vote in Colorado in 1893. But it wasn’t until 1920 that the amendment was nationally ratified. When Schroeder began her tenure in Congress in 1972, she sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment, which legislated that all Constitutional rig...

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New book reveals the real impact of our digital world listen

04/28/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Astra Taylor, THE PEOPLE’S PLATFORM: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

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The internet and digital communication is supposed to be more energy efficient, more gender and race equal; it’s supposed to give grassroots people more power to get attention in the marketplace of ideas. What’s the reality?

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with guest, Astra Taylor. She is a writer, a documentary filmmaker and an activist. She’s written a new book called THE PEOPLE’S PLATFORM: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Metropolitan Books ) in which she arg...

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Herbs and Herb Day listen

04/28/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Today’s WMNF Sustainable Living program started with a short interview about the beautiful landscaping at WMNF in Tampa. Gail and Paul Carol, WMNF Volunteers, took over the responsibility of the plants and irrigation of our mainly Florida native landscaping. Gail joined the show to talk about the new planting of perennial peanut that line ML King Blvd in front of the station. You can be involved with this award winning Florida Friendly Landscape by contacting joellen@wmnf.org. [Herb Day](htt...

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Human Rights Day celebrated at University of Tampa listen

04/28/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Douglas McElhaney, United Nations, human rights, immigration, medical marijuana, University of Tampa

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Could access to medical marijuana be considered a basic human right?

That was one of the novel as well as conventional interpretations at Saturday’s Human Rights Day on the University of Tampa campus.

When referring to basic human rights, things like access to medicine, food, water and safety, come to mind. University of Tampa Professor, David Krahl, said access to medical marijuana should also be added to that list.

“So what we want to do is take a look at the access to medical ...

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Activist decries Florida Senate passing bill forbidding use of foreign law in state's courts listen

04/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: islam, Muslims, Florida Legislature, Laila Abdelaziz

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Florida would become the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state's courts under a bill passed by the Senate Monday. But opponents contend the action is unnecessary and targets Muslims. The bill is sponsored by Senator Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla

Not everyone agrees with Senator Hays.

Laila Abdelaziz is Tampa Bay regional director for Emerge USA, a non-profit, non-partisan group with the goal to engage Muslim Americans in the political process.

"Senate b...

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