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Buckhorn and Ferlita go head to head for the first time listen

03/09/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week, Rose Ferlita and Bob Buckhorn beat out Dick Greco and two other challengers for Tampa Mayor. They will face each other in a runoff in two weeks. The two candidates debated head-to-head for the first time last night at Blake High School and touched on some tough topics.

Job creation is on the minds of just about everyone in this struggling economy and Tampa is no exception. Tampa Mayoral candidates Bob Buckhorn and Rose Ferlita are promising to bring jobs to Tampa. Ferlita said...

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In what direction is the Governor and Legislature planning to take Florida?

03/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today St. Petersburg Times columnist Dan Ruth will discuss the Governor's State of the State address, worker opposition to some GOP plans and the Tampa mayor's race.

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Buckhorn and Ferlita in runoff for Tampa Mayor - Greco left behind listen

03/02/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayoral candidate Bob Buckhorn, just moments after learning he had beat out front runner Dick Greco in last night's election, summed up what turned out to be a surprising upset. Buckhorn celebrated his victory last night at JJ's Sports Bar in Ybor City. But his victory celebration won't last long. He will need to continue on his campaign trail for the March 22 runoff against Rose Ferlita. Buckhorn defeated Greco by a narrow margin of only 384 votes according to unofficial election ...

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Turnout low as Tampa candidates hit home stretch listen

03/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today is the last chance for Tampa voters to go to the polls for the city election. The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections’ latest estimate has voter turnout was around 7.19 percent by 2 p.m. Today WMNF spoke to several voters who braved the weather to exercise their right to vote.

At a precinct on Bayshore Boulevard, South Tampa lawyer David Snyder said he voted for Ed Turanchik for mayor, but that there wasn’t enough information about the open city council seats. He said he ...

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Interview with Tampa Mayoral Candidate Bob Buckhorn

02/28/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up our final interview with a candidate for mayor of Tampa. The election is tomorrow and our guest is former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn. He served on the Tampa City Council from 1995 to 2003.

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Tampa District 2 candidates focus on panhandling, transit listen

02/14/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The almost two-dozen contenders for Tampa mayor and city council have a slew of issues on their plate. WMNF spoke with two contenders for a an at-large city council seat, and files this report on how a key issue made its way to the forefront of a citywide race.

By all accounts, Florida’s new governor entered politics as a one-issue candidate. Rick Scott claims his outrage over Congress passing the Affordable Care Act compelled him to throw his hat in the ring. Nearly a year and tens of m...

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Nina Hayden loses to Jack Latvala in Florida Senate Race listen

11/03/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nina Hayden lost by about 19,000 votes in Pinellas and by around 17,000 in Hillsbourough, her district split between the two counties.

When asked about the possibility of running again, Hayden was vague about what was in store for the future.

When she called Jack Latvala, the winner of the race, to congratulate him, she made it clear that she wanted to stay involved with the community.

According to Hayden, Latvala expressed regret that money was so essential when running a campaign.

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Pam Bondi Pursues Health Care Reform Lawsuit listen

11/02/10 Kimberly Vlach
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Republican nominee for state attorney general Pam Bondi says it’s important to continue with the multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care reform law passed last March.

In the last push of her 11-month campaign, Pam Bondi looked full of energy and optimism. Surrounded by supporters, friends and family, including her parents, sister and nephew, all were waving Pam Bondi signs. Despite the pouring rain, Bondi still talked to me about Florida’s lead in the lawsuit, calling the ...

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County Commission candidates debate at Tiger Bay, and Ken Hagan's under fire listen

10/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican Ken Hagan received a firestorm of criticism at today’s debate at the Tiger Bay Club in Downtown Tampa. The Hillsborough County Commission Chair is running for the countywide District 5 seat. He was supposed to debate former Tampa City Council member, Democrat Linda Saul-Sena, and her no-party affiliate competitor Jim Hosler. But Hagan didn’t sh...

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Five Contenders Aim for One Gulfport Council Seat listen

03/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today several Pinellas beaches hare holding municipal elections. Towns like Treasure Island and Indian Shores had commission or council seats go to unopposed candidates. Others, like Indian Rocks Beach and Gulfport, had multiple candidates vying for the same seat. Gulfport has five candidates in the running for its Ward One commission seat, including the incumbent, Judy Ryerson. Ryerson, who is finishing her first term, said she isn’t sure why so she has much competition when Gulfport’s o...

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