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New political books at Tiger Bay Club listen

10/16/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tiger Bay Club of Tampa met today, showcasing two new books that are concerned with the lapse of integrity in today’s political system. Former State Senator Robert McKnight and Bill Williams introduced their latest books at the presentation.

McKnight was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1974. He was reelected to the House in 1976, and defeated two state senators to win a four-year term in the Florida Senate in 1978. McKnight talked a...

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'Cash for Clunkers' gets green light listen

07/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The three biggest car makers in America called a bottom to the long decline in U.S. auto sales as the industry reported its smallest monthly sales drop this year.

According to the market-research firm Autodata Corp., new vehicle sales in June fell 28 percent from a year earlier to 860,000 cars and light trucks. But that would be the smallest decline in any month this year.

Auto sales are expected to pick up as well now that President Barack Obama has signed into law what is known as the...

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Daryl Rouson on using props in the state legislature listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Petersburg House Democratic Representative Daryl Rouson is an admitted former drug addict. Since he beat his addiction, he’s been at times zealous in trying to ensure that others don’t make his mistakes.

In 2005, he stood trial on a charge of misdemeanor trespassing for a 2004 incident in a St. Pete head shop called the Purple Haze. He claimed that he had gone to the store to protest the selling of drug paraphernalia, which he called "death utensils."

And on one of the last day...

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Immigration advocates psyched for action this year listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In anticipation of a meeting on immigration between members of Congress and President Barack Obama tomorrow, advocates for getting immigration reform spoke today on a conference call.

Tamar Jacoby is president & CEO of Immigration Works, a business oriented organization.

Mark Lauritsen is vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers. He spoke angrily of some high profile immigration raids made last year by the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Frank Sharry, ...

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Crist veto of insurance bill makes consumer advocates happy listen

06/24/09 Mitch Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill that would have deregulated rates for some residential property insurance policies. The bill (HB 1171) would have let homeowners pay higher, unregulated rates for insurance covering hurricanes, fires and other hazards from highly capitalized national companies.

In his veto message today, Crist wrote that the "Consumer Choice" bill "actually gives the choice to a select group of property insurance companies." He wrote that “It would have let them choos...

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Cindy Sheehan speaks in St. Petersburg listen

06/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan appeared in St. Petersburg last night.

Speaking at Nova 535, Sheehan spoke for approximately an hour, where she touched on a variety of subjects, including many in her new book, Myth America.

Sheehan moved to San Francisco a couple of years ago, specifically to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her bid for re-election last year, a topic she discussed last night.

Sheehan’s home state of California is in serious financial difficulties. The state...

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Health care experts call for 'play or pay' requirement listen

06/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the health care debate heats up in Washington, two new reports arguing that an essential employer health mandate be part of any health care reform plan were released today.

Also a statement signed by more than 330 health care experts and economists was published today echoing President Barack Obama’s call for health care reform happening this year.

MIT Economics professor Jonathan Gruber was one of those signatories. He said that getting rid of the current employer based insurance ...

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Charlie Justice on his Congressional race listen

06/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Politico.com reported earlier this year that Democrats have defeated so many vulnerable Republicans over the past four years that there are few obvious targets left for them in 2010.

In some cases, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping some longtime incumbents might retire. Such is the case in Florida’s 10th Congressional District – that’s the Pinellas County seat that’s been owned by C.W. Bill Young for nearly four decades.

Nationally, Democrats think they m...

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Gelber and Aronberg look forward to primary listen

06/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Excited by Barack Obama’s victory in the Sunshine State in last year’s presidential election, Florida Democrats hope to win some of the Cabinet positions currently held by Republicans.

Kendrick Meek and Alex Sink are by far the frontrunners in their races for senator and governor, respectively. The Democrats will have a contested race for Attorney General, as two South Florida senators, Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg, have announced their candidacies.

Both were at the Hilton Hotel in...

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Kendrick Meek earns more endorsements listen

06/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Miami area Democratic Representative Kendrick Meek added to his growing list of supporters today when fellow Congress members Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ron Klein endorsed him.

All three Representatives have worked together for years, beginning in the Florida House and Senate, and now in Congress.

Wasserman Schultz was enthusiastic in announcing her support for Meek.

Broward County area Democrat Ron Klein knocked out longtime Republican Clay Shaw in 2006, and was rumored at one poi...

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