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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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Shaun McCutcheon's attorney wants more money in politics listen

04/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: McCutcheon, FEC, Dan Backer, Citizens United, money in politics

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Critics of loose campaign finance laws are reeling after a decision earlier this month that will allow wealthy individuals to throw even more money into political campaigns and parties. The McCutcheon verses FEC ruling removes caps on individual contributions directly to candidates and their parties. Washington attorney Dan Backer is the guy to thank.

“The only purpose it served was to benefit incumbents, keep marginal dollars out of the most transparent part of the political system and t...

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Evangelical ministers demand Washington to work on immigration reform listen

04/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Rev. Evelyn Chaparro, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, immigration

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses immigration reform with two evangelical ministers who are heading to Washington to demand that Congress and the White House take action. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of National Latino Evangelical Coalition represents 3,000 churches will be speaking at the event and Rev. Evelyn Chaparro, Pastor at the River Church represents 3,000 members.

Rev. Salguero (917) 484-0179 president@nalec.org Rev. Chaparro (407) 252-3959

Later Rob talks abo...

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Listeners mourn the death of net neutrality listen

04/25/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Net neutrality, Google, Netflix, Apple, Comcast, Verizon

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Net neutrality supporters say a new FCC rule proposal kills their efforts.

The proposal would allow internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to charge websites for a special "lane" to provide better web access to users. Critics argue this will stifle smaller startup websites like Vimeo or Buzzfeed while allowing larger companies like Netflix to reap the benefits of better service. They say it would frustrate users who may find themselves easily accessing one website while having...

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