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Republican convention stakeholders look back on what went right and wrong in Tampa listen

10/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s been more than a month since the Republican National Convention left Tampa and local groups and city officials are looking back at how the event played out. In some circles, the consensus is that it went well, but some people still think police presence was overkill.

At an ACLU forum Tuesday night at the Stetson University College of Law campus in Tampa, executive director of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, Cheryl Shroeder said the excessive militarization of downto...

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Amendment 8 critics warn against dismantling church-state separation listen

09/25/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Is Florida’s Amendment 8 a mandate for religious freedom? That was the theme of a public meeting last Saturday. Americans United for Separation of Church and State organized the gathering at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota. The 3 keynote speakers and the roughly 40 people in attendance painted a foreboding picture if the amendment passes.

On the ballot Amendment 8 is called “Religious Freedom” but according to some the wording is disingenuous. Howard Simo...

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What Happened During the Last RNC?

08/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Note: This is a replay of an interview which originally aired on 4/26/12.

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. In four months Tampa will host the Republican National Convention. When delegates, staff, journalists and demonstrators are counted as many as 50,000 people will be in the area for the convention.

The mayor of Tampa has proposed a large "clean-zone" around the convention site in downtown Tampa in which certain items and activities will be restricted.

Four years ago the ci...

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Republican convention protesters have questions for Tampa officials during ACLU rights forum listen

08/08/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention begins in Tampa in less than three weeks; areas of the city designated as the Event Zone and Designated Protest Area will bear additional restrictions. The ACLU of Florida hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night at the University of Tampa to screen questions about personal freedoms during the event.

The panel discussion between city officials and citizens was the [thi...

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Tampa officials and the ACLU of Florida prepare for legal issues during Republican convention listen

07/11/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next month’s Republican National Convention will bring with it additional regulations from the city of Tampa. The Florida ACLU held a webinar Tuesday night to inform citizens about what to expect.

More than 70 participants viewed the presentation put together by representatives from the ACLU and various city and county departments. [Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories?ta...

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The ACLU Challenges Florida Voter Purge in Federal Court; The Conservative Effort to Divide the Working Class

06/11/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about the ACLU' s lawsuit against Florida over the voting purge. And we'll talk about the conservative strategy to divide working class voters. But first some listener comments about last Friday's program. Several listener comments wanted to discuss the voting purge and tax breaks for Wal-Mart. Here's what three listeners had to say.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLUFL), the Lawyers’ Committ...

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Tampa RNC Clean Zone ordinance vote delayed two weeks: too many holes listen

04/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A first vote on Tampa’s proposed RNC “Clean Zone” ordinance was put off for two weeks so that city council could address some concerns about it. Residents and activists filled council chambers and spilled into another viewing area. Twenty-six of them asked council members to reconsider parts of the ordinance they thought were a violation of their rights.

“I don’t think there’s any way that we could adopt it today. I think that you could drive a tank through all the holes in ...

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ACLU forum tackles fine line between public safety and constitutionality in advance of RNC in Tampa listen

04/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Plans to beef up security and regulate crowds during the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August are well underway. Local leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union want to make sure preparations don’t trample First Amendment rights. At a forum at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa last night a panel of experts answered questions about some of the city’s proposed plans in front of a crowd of 180 people.

Tampa city attorneys and Mayor [Bob Buckhorn](http://www.t...

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Tampa City Council will consider RNC "Clean Zone" - Council member Montelione answers questions

04/04/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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What are the rights of protesters during Tampa's upcoming RNC? The city is addressing some concerns with a proposed "Clean Zone" ordinance. The first hearing on the ordinance will be tomorrow (Thursday) morning and groups are planning a protest. We talked about some of their concerns. My guest was Tampa City Council member [Lisa Montelione](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Cou...

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Preparations for Republican National Convention in Tampa

04/02/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the last Call. I’m Rob Lorei. Tens of thousands of people from around the country and around the world are expected to come to Tampa when the Republican National Convention takes place here at the end of August. Tampa police expect up to 15,000 protesters to be outside the convention site. Already labor, student, farmworker,civil rights, peace, and welfare rights groups have indicated an interest in demonstrating outside the convention. Here to talk about the pre...

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