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Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federa...

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Interview with Texas populist Jim Hightower

03/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today an interview with Texas populist Jim Hightower. Hightower is a former agriculture commissioner in Texas and is now an author (Against the Current) and radio commentator (his commentaries are carried on WMNF).

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Interview with Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens

03/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Welcome to the second part of Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up in this segment an interview with local Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens.

Let's start with high speed rail...

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What are the prospects for success of high-speed rail in Florida?

03/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with a representative of America 2050, a non-profit group of planners, about their nationwide study of the prospects for success of high speed rail. Yesterday two members of the Florida legislature sued Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting federal funding for high speed rail. Our guest is Petra Todorovich, Director of the group America 2050. Her group did a study of the regions of the country wh...

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Kriseman bill would give people the power to recall officials listen

02/23/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Florida, a state official can only be removed from office by the legislature or the governor. Now one local lawmaker wants to put that power in the hands of the people.

Prompted by a rise in what he calls “ethical issues” by some Tallahassee legislators over the past couple of years St. Petersburg Democratic Representative Rick Kriseman filed a bill last week that would allow the publi...

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High-speed rail supporters rally in downtown Tampa as officials call for private sector investment listen

02/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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High-speed rail backers announced they have a plan to get the project back on the table despite criticism from the governor. Today rail advocates showed their support for the project in Downtown Tampa, and were met with a smaller crowd in opposition.

Activists dusted off their pro-and anti-rail signs from last fall and flooded City Hall Plaza to make the case for – and against – high speed rail. Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern said the project would create thousands of jobs, but...

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Interview With Rev. Thomas Scott Who Is Running For Mayor Of Tampa

02/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll hear from Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott who is running for mayor. He previously served two terms on the Hillsborough County Commission. Later in this program we'll hear from Tampa City Council member Linda Saul Sena who is organizing a pro-high-speed rail rally today at noon at Tampa City hall.

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Representative Rick Kriseman talks about his recall bill and Scott's snub of rail money listen

02/18/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today on the Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman on a bill he filed last week (HJR785) that would put the power to recall state officials, including the Governor, in the hands of the people. We also asked him to weigh in on Governor Scott's rejection of almost two and a half billion dollars in federal funds for high speed rail.

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Florida has one week to hold onto rail money listen

02/17/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida officials have about one week to make a deal keep the federal high-speed rail funds rejected yesterday by Governor Rick Scott. One idea is for another entity like Amtrak to receive the $2.4 billion with or without the Governor’s approval.

US Senator Bill Nelson says he has already met with a rail group in South Florida, Hillsborough’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, and US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, to consider other sources to receive funding for the bullet t...

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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.

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