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Voting Rights Groups Challenge Purge of Florida Voting Rolls

05/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today- some voting rights groups are challenging the purge of alleged non-citizens from Florida's voting rolls. We'll talk about that in a moment. First one listener comment about yesterday's discussion about the increased militarization leading up to the GOP Convention in Tampa.

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Yesterday civil and voting rights organizations Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, LULAC...

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Elected official speaks out against Florida election law ahead of Senate hearing in Tampa listen

01/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Several elected officials are concerned that Florida’s new voting law will make it harder for students and minorities to cast their votes. In preparation of a hearing to evaluate the law, U.S. member of Congress Kathy Castor spoke out against the law Thursday.

Last year, Governor Rick Scott signed a law he said would cut down on voter fraud. Among other things, it reduces the number of early voting days. At the West Tampa...

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Who makes up the Florida electorate? And the President's State of the Union message

01/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up we'll hear from Dr. Susan MacManus who teaches political science at USF in Tampa. With the GOP primary next week she'll talk about the Florida electorate. What group's are growing in size? Which geographic area will most decide the winner in Florida? What is our religious and age break down? Who are the people who are supervoters? We'll talk about all of these questions. Then we'll hear a portion of the President's State of the Union speech from last night and then take your phone c...

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Double standard on allegations of voting fraud?

12/30/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

A Virginia tea party activist is seeking to have Newt Gingrich's name placed on the state's March Super Tuesday primary ballot.

The Tea Party activist filed the suit yesterday. It contends that Gingrich met the requirement of filing 10,000 signatures and that many of those were improperly excluded by the Republican Party. Gingrich turned in more than 11,000 signatures.

The suit also takes issue with how the Republican Party of Virginia determined that not enough signatures were valid. ...

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Interview with Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard

12/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up today we’ll talk about elections. What are the deadlines to register to vote. Who can vote in the upcoming primary? And what do the voting law changes passed in Tallahassee mean for voters in Hillsborough County? But first one comment about yesterday’s interview with the founder of Tampa Epoch - the newspaper sold on street corners by homeless people in Tampa.

Our guest today is Earl Lennard who is the Supervisor of Elections in Hillsborough County...

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St. Petersburg voters keep a close watch on a mater plan for downtown's waterfront listen

11/08/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, St. Petersburg residents are voting on City Council positions and several amendments. Some voters are keeping a close eye on City Council spots but many want to make sure Downtown waterfront parks stay public, and private contractors stay out. Four city council seats and 8 amendments make up this years ballot in the St. Petersburg general elections. Many residents like Lynette Fry and her husband David have a keen eye on charter amendment three, involving the city’s plans for the d...

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Ex-felons grow old waiting for civil rights to be restored in Florida

08/12/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today we’re going to talk about civil rights restoration - and specifically, the ways in which Gov. Scott and his cabinet have made it more difficult for ex-felons to get those rights restored.

Florida is one of only three states in the nation that strip people with past felony convictions of their civil rights, even after they’ve completed their sentences. These rights include the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury and to hold public office. Ex-felons are also barred from apply...

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Florida redistricting committee gets an earful from Pasco County residents listen

07/27/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Lawmakers are holding a series of meetings across Florida to establish what residents hope to see as Legislative and Congressional districts are-re-drawn early next year. One Pasco County resident called last night’s redistricting meeting in Wesley Chapel a dog and pony show. State legislators from Bradenton to Miami-Dade County heard an earful from residents like J Porter, who said Pasco County can’t be overlooked any longer.

“During the growth boom Pasco was the 2nd fastest growing coun...

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WMNF reports live from voter empowerment rally in Tampa with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. listen

07/26/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This year the Florida Legislature passed elections laws that some people say will make it more difficult to vote and may even disenfranchise minorities, students, poor or elderly voters. In response, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is in Tampa this afternoon at a voter empowerment rally. Our reporter Kate Bradshaw joins us on the line now from the rally at the 34th Street Church of God.

Kate will bring you the full report from this Voter empowerment rally on tomorrow’s WMNF dri...

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Voting Rights Groups Fight Voter Suppression In Florida

07/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

The changes passed by the state legislature to Florida’s voting laws have proved quite controversial.

Several civil liberties, civil rights and voter advocacy groups have criticized the changes. Last month three groups sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the federal government to reject the latest changes to Florida election laws. The Fair Elections Legal Network, Florida Public Interest Research Group and Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment want the feds to...

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