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Tax Day protest may get blamed for I-4 crash listen

04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A traffic accident early this morning may get blamed on a demonstration on U.S. 301 over I-4 may. Tax day protesters lined the overpass with light up signs demonizing big corporations for not paying their fair share of taxes.

Back-lit posters spelled out the words ‘U paid more taxes than Verizon.’ The group of a dozen activists wanted to send a message to people on their Monday morning commute to work that wealthy corporations exploit tax loopholes. Just as activists were about to ...

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Tax Day protests in Tampa and St. Pete blast wealthy corporations that evade taxes listen

04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wealthy corporations have access to tax loopholes that many individuals and small businesses can’t get. Tax Day protests on both sides of the bay this morning had activists lashing out at what they call tax evaders.

About a dozen activists in Tampa were up before the sun to light up the U.S. 301 overpass over I-4. Back-lit posters spelled out the words ‘U paid more taxe$ than Verizon’.

“You and I are paying taxes and all these huge corporations are not paying taxes.”

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After election Obama says wealthy Americans should pay more, Middle Class keep Bush tax-cuts listen

11/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama echoed campaign trail stump speeches at a press conference today, saying he wants the Senate and Congress to take immediate action to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle class Americans to avoid the fiscal cliff.

“The most important step we can take right now, and I think the foundation for a deal that helps the economy, creates jobs, gives consumers certainty, which means gives businesses confidence that they’re going to have consumers during the holiday se...

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Mitt Romney rallies supporters at St. Pete Pier listen

10/08/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As dusk set in last Friday, Mitt Romney stumped to several thousand supporters at the Saint Petersburg Pier Park. Romney’s speech focused on taxes, health care and personal anecdotes.

In the largest swing state, Romney leads by only 2 points in the latest Rasmussen Poll. As his supporters cheered, Romney said his campaign has been ...

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Proposed second St. Pete baseball stadium has a price, but no funding plans released yet listen

10/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A local developer is trying to stimulate conversation about how to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. A group released plans last Friday for a new baseball stadium in the mid-Pinellas Carillon area that includes a retractable roof and a price tag, but no known way to pay for it.

Owners of the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t happy in their current home at Tropicana Field where many seats are often empty on game days. Speculation of moving the team across the Bay to Tampa prompted St. Pete...

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Grover Norquist spoke in St Petersburg during Republican convention listen

09/04/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last Wednesday at the USF St. Petersburg campus, the conservative lobbyist and author of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” Grover Norquist delivered a 40 minute speech about the current American political process. The low turn out of roughly 50 people received a lesson in the ideology of the Republican Party from arguably one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Norquist’s advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, is best known for the taxpayer protection pled...

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Grover Norquist touts corporate tax cuts to Republican convention folks listen

08/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist wants to lower the corporate tax rate by 10%. During a breakfast at the Grand Hyatt overlooking The Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa this morning he said a 25% maximum corporate tax rate would bring more jobs to U.S. cities.

Norquist created a pledge for politicians he hopes they will consider and sign. It’s a written promise to not raise taxes and it pl...

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Tax Day brings Occupy tax protesters in St. Pete listen

04/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As people hurried into the main post office in St. Petersburg to file their taxes before tonight’s midnight deadline, 40 people stood outside waving signs demanding tax equality. The protesters representing at least three different advocacy groups said it’s not fair that wealthy individuals and corporations have access to tax credits and loopholes that often let them pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. Jasmine Carter, a member of Occupy St. Pete and Awake the State, said instead...

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson doesn't expect a budget agreement to come easily listen

04/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson weighed in on budget proposals in the House and Senate that the two chambers of Congress likely won’t agree on. The Republican-led House is expected to pass a budget, but the Democratic Senate is likely to bat that down. Both chambers need to pass a budget before it can be signed by the President. Nelson agreed with sentiments that the budget debate will be compounded by the upcoming Presidential election.

“It’s going to take a while because the politics...

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Florida Senate Committee Moves To Fund Charter School Buildings and Maintenance With Public Money

02/07/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about a move in Tallahassee to give more funding to charter schools. The move has drawn fire from PTA’s and school boards around the state.

First, two listener comments about yesterday’s program. We opened the phones after starting the program discussing the grassroots citizen’s lobby RESULTS. The two comments were about the open phones segment of yesterday’s program.

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