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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 came...

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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 would force ...

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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 organization that...

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Riot police break up opposition protest contesting Putin's victory in Russia listen

03/05/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Riot police broke up an opposition protest contesting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's presidential election. They arrested dozens of participants, including prominent opposition leaders.

The police action followed a rally in downtown Moscow, which drew about 20,000.

The big rally went on peacefully, but police violently dispersed several hundred protesters who attempted to stay on Pushkin Square.

Hundreds of police in full riot gear moved to push the demonstrators...

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U.S. Senate field hearing in Tampa exposes flaws in Florida's new voting law listen

01/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s new voting law has received criticism from groups across the country who think it makes voting harder for minorities and people with low incomes. Today in Tampa, U.S. Senator Dick Durban, a Democrat from Illinois, held the first ever field meeting of the [Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights](http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/constitut...

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The controversy over Florida's election law changes and corporate political donations

01/06/12 Robert Lorei
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Voting laws passed in Florida last year have limited early voting, including on the Sunday before Election Day. Opponents say the early voting limitations are part of a broader effort by Republican-led legislatures across the country to suppress the black, minority and elderly voting blocs, groups expected to be key to President Obama's bid for reelection in 2012. The efforts include new voting laws passed in more than a dozen states, some requiring government-issued identification to vote an...

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Tampa activists start local Move to Amend chapter listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Corporate influence on politics has many folks so mad that they want to fight a Supreme Court decision by seeking to amend the US Constitution. Last night a rag tag group of activists from several different bay area communities formed a Tampa chapter of Move to Amend, a group that opposes the ruling in FEC vs. Citizens United. They seek to establish that money is not speech, and that corporations are not peopl...

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GOP presidential candidates debate in Tampa listen

09/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night in at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, eight Republican presidential candidates participated in the first CNN-Tea Party debate. More than 100 tea party groups attended. Candidates were fired up and ready to answer questions from the Tea Party, while seeking their support on their path to the White House.

For many conservat...

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Tampa and Largo voters fed up at state redistricting hearings listen

08/30/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hundreds of people turned out for two hearings held locally on the topic of redistricting. Many in the audience were angry as they confronted a panel of about 40 state legislators in Tampa Monday night. And on Tuesday in Largo was another hearing which gave Floridians a chance to speak out about upcoming changes in voting district lines. While politicians came out to hear fresh ideas, they mostly got a hearty helping of voter anger. In Tampa, Boris Vateri said Democratic member of Congress Ka...

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City Council candidates hoping to represent west St. Pete answer questions from residents listen

08/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The three candidates for the district one seat in St. Petersburg city council participated in a forum last night hosted by the League of Women Voters.

With the added shelter space provided by the Pinellas Safe Harbor facility that opened in January, people taking to the streets to sleep now have the option to go to a shelter, or get arrested. It’s a topic that will weigh heavily on the mix of opinions at the polls. That makes it a topic three city council candidates will certainly talk...

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