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Study ranks Hillsborough County among the worst in Florida for access to voting listen

12/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Voting rights, Voter Purge, Hillsborough County, Craig Latimer, elections, early voting

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Casting a vote in Florida isn’t as easy in some counties as others and Hillsborough is among the six worst for access to the polls. That’s a according to a new study released Monday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund that analyzed voting data from 40 of the state’s most populous counties. Tom Periello, the group’s president and CEO, says the study looked at a variety of factors.

“Voter turnout, overall voter registration rate, voter registration rates for African-Americans an...

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Sen. Bill Nelson blasts Gov. Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner for absentee voting change listen

12/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bill Nelson, Craig Latimer, voter supression, Deborah Clark, 13th Congressional District, Rick Scott, Ken Detzner, elections, Voting

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, is rallying behind Supervisors of Elections who say they will not adhere to a directive issued by Florida’s Secretary of State to only accept mail in ballots at official offices. During a press conference at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday, Nelson said the move will put undue hardship on voters who increasingly prefer dropping off mail-in ballots in person.

Florida Secretary of State [Ken Detzner](http://www.dos.state.fl.us/oss/secretary-...

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Medical marijuana may hit Florida ballots in 2014 listen

10/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, United for Care, marijuana, drugs, elections

A group called United for Care is in the midst of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

The organization is headed by prominent central Florida attorney, John Morgan.

WMNF spoke with Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United For Care about where the effort is at and what still needs to be done.

"There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state of Florida who are suffering from diseases and conditions where their lives can be dramatically improved...

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Voting rights activists demand stop to legislation that would limit voting assistance listen

04/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill being considered in the Florida Senate would change the way people with special needs can get help casting ballots during elections. During a press conference in front of bill sponsor Senator Jack Latvala’s Clearwater office Tuesday, activists demanded he remove his support of the bill they worry will make it harder for people to get help and burden poll workers. The ACLU’s Central Florida director, Joyce Hamilton Henry calls the measure an invitation for litigation.

The measu...

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Venezuelan ex-pats rally in Tampa for a recount of election their candidate lost listen

04/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night in downtown Tampa about 50 Venezuelan ex-pats banged pots and pans and waved Venezuelan flags at motorists passing by Curtis Hixon Park.

They boisterously supported the loser of the recent presidential election, Henrique Capriles.

They're asking for a full recount of the election narrowly won by Nicolas Maduro.

Yesterday officials said they would do an audit of the results.

WMNF interviewed Karina Celis, a sociologist from Caracas who lives in Tampa.



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Researchers find Florida's election law disproportionately hurt minority voters listen

01/17/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An elections law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott two years ago disproportionately reduced the opportunity of African American voters to have their voices heard in the November 2012 election.

That’s one of the findings by researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Florida outlined in their report called “[Florida’s 2012 General Election Under HB 1355: Early Voting, Provisional Ballots, and Absentee Ballots.](http://library.constantcon...

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League of Women Voters of Florida suggests elections law changes listen

01/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the League of Women Voters of Florida laid out suggestions for improving the state’s elections. We spoke with their president, Deirdre Macnab.

Meanwhile, Florida elections supervisors want lawmakers to be less wordy when they put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. They also want greater flexibility in setting...

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Florida lawmakers get a laundry list of legislative priorities from Hillsborough constituents listen

12/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Hillsborough County officials and residents took their wish lists to state lawmakers Monday at the legislative delegation meeting. Most of the requests were for new or continued funding, but some people asked for policy changes. Shirley Arcuri, president-elect of the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters, called on legislators to axe most of the changes Republicans made to the state’s voting law in 2010.

Florida Consumer Action Network’s Tim Heberlein ...

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Voters outraged over anti-Obama lies advertised in Sarasota newspaper listen

09/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 50 people lashed out at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Thursday afternoon over a an anti-Obama ad that ran in Sunday’s paper. At a protest in front of the Sarasota paper’s office, the group set out to debunk false claims about the president.

The ad listed 11 things President Obama will “move America to”. PolitiFact researched nine of the statements and found that none of them were true. Among the claims that received Politifact’s lowest rating, Pants on Fire - Obama wo...

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Stetson grads face off for judgeship listen

06/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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And today we continue our coverage of Pinellas and Pasco contested judge races. Today we’ll highlight the candidates for Pinellas County Court Group 2, Cathy McKyton and Scott Andringa. McKyton is an assistant statewide prosecutor in the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“I’m also a community volunteer. I’ve been active with the Junior League of St. Petersburg for almost nine years now. For those of you who don’t know about Junior League, it’s a volunteer organ...

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