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RFK's last campaign documented in book listen

06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It was 40 years ago last week that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles, the night after he won the California Democratic primary.

The bullets ended his life ended at age 42 and his amazing but short campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.

Thurston Clarke has written a new book, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. WMNF spoke with Clarke yesterday and began by asking the author, who was 22 in 1968, what he was doing during ...

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Democrats hold art sale fundraiser listen

06/09/08 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough County Democratic Party hosted a fund raising event yesterday in Tampa’s Channel District. The event was an art sale, open to all interested residents, co-sponsored by U.S. Congressman Cathy Castor and City Council Member Mary Mulhearn.

Around 300 bay area democratic supporters were in attendance at the “Art of Politics” art sale. This was the first party event since Sen. Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign and announced her commitment to the campaign of Sen. Bar...

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Wayne Garcia on potential of Obama-Clinton ticket listen

06/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wayne Garcia is the political editor for Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper. Garcia says that up until recently, he agreed with Jimmy Carter and some others that an Obama-Clinton ticket would not work – but now he says, it may be the only ticket that could be victorious this November.

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Freedman balks at decision on delegates listen

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman is a strong Hillary Clinton supporter. She attributes the fact that so many superdelegates have chosen Clinton over Barack Obama to the power of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Freedman is not happy with the decision to cut Florida’s congressional delegation in half, and she’s as unhappy as Clinton advisor Harold Ickes about how the delegate breakdown came out in Michigan.

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Tampa Democrat gets a little notoriety

06/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Megan Foster is a grassroots Tampa Bay area Democrat.

At the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting on Saturday, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson invoked her name when talking about how Florida’s 1.75 million voters who participated in the Jan. 29 primary should have their vote counted.

Foster, who supported the idea of restoring Florida’s delegation with half their votes, thought Nelson was on a different page.

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DNC member okay with delegate split listen

05/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In less than 48 hours, the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets to decide what to do with the delegates in Florida and Michigan.

Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to make a presentation shortly after 9:30 a.m., representing the Florida Democratic party. He’ll be followed by Florida DNC member Jon Ausman and Tampa Sen. Arthenia Joyner, representing the Clinton campaign. It is not known at this time who will represent the Obama campaign.

ABC News reports that ...

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Clinton camp awaits DNC ruling listen

05/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillary Clinton camp refused to say today whether they’ll appeal if the meeting this Saturday of the Democratic Party’s Rules and By-Laws Committee does not rule in their favor.

The meeting this Saturday in Washington could potentially end the divisive issue of whether or not to seat Florida and Michigan’s congressional delegations, which have not counted since the national party ruled those states disobeyed party rules by moving up its primary date.

In anticipation of the mee...

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Geller on why he's suing the DNC listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller today announced that he has filed suit in federal court to force the national Democratic Party to recognize the votes cast by 1.75 million Floridians during the Jan. 29 presidential primary and seat the state’s delegation with full voting authority.

Geller is an uncommitted “super delegate.” There are two other plaintiffs, a Barack Obama delegate and a Hillary Clinton delegate.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for ...

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Fitzgerald Town Hall listen

05/21/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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State Rep. Keith Fitzgerald for Legislative District 69 spoke to constituents at a Post-Session Town Hall Meeting last night.

Fitzgerald started his Town Hall with a happy tone due to excitement over a face to face meeting with presidential candidate Barack Obama. As the subject changed to the Post-Session theme, he became serious. Claiming the downturn in Florida is not just because of the economy but because of poor revenue policies in general. He is disappointed and angry that the Legis...

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Dean in Tampa to heal rift listen

05/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

With Barack Obama coming to Tampa tomorrow at noon at the *St. Pete Times Forum, Hillary Clinton has decided to spend some quality time in the Sunshine State as well. Clinton will make three appearances in South Florida tomorrow.

Clinton appears in Boca Raton at 1 p.m., in Sunrise at 4 p.m. and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables at 8.

Meanwhile, approximately 50 Florida supporters of both candidates were in the same room last night in Tampa. They appeared at Mise En Place resta...

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