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Former member of Congress Alan Grayson talks about Medicare, the federal deficit, Afghanistan, Iraq and whether he'll run again

04/18/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up this afternoon an interview with former Democratic member of Congress Alan Grayson. Grayson is a former U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th congressional district; he served from 2009 until 2011.

The district includes parts of Orlando, Winter Park, Celebration, Walt Disney World and parts of Lake County, Marion County and Ocala. Grayson lost his re-election last year to Republican Daniel Webster.

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Interviews with Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens and UMass political science professor Thomas Ferguson

04/14/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. First up today we'll hear from a local Tea Party activist Tom Gaitens who is helping to organize this Friday's Tax Day Tea Party protest at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Later we'll hear from Professor Thomas Ferguson who is a political scientist at the University of Massachussetts in Boston. Both will be talking about President Obama's speech last night and the national debat...

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In a major address on the budget, President Obama proposes lowering the deficit listen

04/13/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is setting a goal of lowering the deficit by $4 trillion dollars over the next 12 years as he wades into the politically volatile debate over the nation's crushing debt.

A week after formally announcing his re-election campaign, Obama is proposing a mix of tax increases already rejected by Republicans, and cuts to safety-net health programs likely to alienate many liberals.

In a speech today at George Washington University, the president proposed cutting defense s...

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Democrats like Kathy Castor rail against proposed Medicare privatization listen

04/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, US Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican chair of the budget committee, unveiled a budget plan that aims to cut trillions in federal spending over the long term. It would repeal the Affordable Care Act and effectively privatize Medicare. Democratic US Representative Kathy Castor criticized the proposal in Tampa today. She said the plan places the costs of health care on the shoulders of American families.

"It will shift the cost burden to hard working families. The private h...

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Florida Senate budget committee advances bill cutting health coverage for working poor listen

04/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The budget battled continued in the state Senate today. Republicans in the Senate Budget Committee voted to slash funds for the Medically Needy program shortly after they approved giving bonuses for judges who are quickest at moving cases through the court system.

Proposed Senate Bill 7174 would rename Medicaid’s “medically needy” program. The system, which serves those whose health care expenses place them below the poverty line, would be known as the “Medicaid nonpoverty medical ...

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Outgoing Sen. LeMieux says spending is the problem listen

08/13/10 Mabili Ajani
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, and the the Arlington, VA-based Concord Coalition, hosted the "Fiscal Solutions Forum" in Orlando and Tampa on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. George LeMieux was appointed to complete Sen. Mel Martinez term and will not be on the ballot in November’s election. In his short time in office LeMieux proposed a constitutional amendment that would require a balanced federal budget; a bill that would temporarily reduce payroll taxes of employees and employers; and legislati...

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Additional Problems For GOP Gubernatorial Contender Rick Scott?

08/12/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our next guest is Tristram Korten who has written an article for The Florida Independent about Republican gubernatorial contender Rick Scott in which he outlines allegations that Scott's new company, Solantic, might have committed fraud against Medicare.

FMI Rick Scott article

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Bill Nelson supports health care reconciliation package listen

03/24/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, says he will vote for the package of health care reform fixes passed Sunday by the House. Nelson says the reform will “improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans”

*“I want to say that this reconciliation bill deepens and extends the promise of health-care reform and the health care reform bill that was signed into law just yesterday. … Therefore, despite its flaws, I will vote to pass this legislation.”*

Despite wh...

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Senate Health Bill ready for a final vote tomorrow listen

12/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this afternoon the U.S. Senate voted 60-39 to end the debate on the health care reform bill. The final vote on the senate bill will be tomorrow at 7AM. Some of the concessions won by lawmakers and interest groups in the healthcare overhaul bill have been called sweetheart deals, and came under fire during the debate. Republican Senator John Cornyn criticized deals given to Democratic Senators Bill Nelson of Florida and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire sai...

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Medicare open enrollment deadline just weeks away listen

12/14/09 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Medicare's Open Enrollment for 2010 ends December 31st. Until then Florida seniors with Medicare may select a health plan for their 2010 coverage and can add, drop or change their prescription drug coverage. Seniors should carefully weigh their options because each year the cost and coverage of plans change.

Volunteers with SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, are trained by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to assist seniors through Medicare open enrollment by comparing...

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