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RNC was a business bust for some owners in downtown Tampa listen

09/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some small businesses in downtown Tampa didn’t rake in the money city officials said they would during the Republican convention last week. Instead, some restaurant owners over-ordered to accommodate the crowds they were promised. Crystal Davis owns The Luxury Box directly across the street from the Tampa Bay Times Forum and said she lost a lot of money.

“I spent tens of thousands of dollars on this venue and now I’m going to spend the next week or so just to return it all because they ...

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Outside Republican convention, Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee use film to push parent trigger education policy listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush used the Republican National Convention as a platform to garner support for so-called parent trigger legislation. During a panel discussion at the Straz Center for the Arts Tuesday, Bush said states need massive overhauls to their education systems.

“We have a third of our kids that are college or career ready despite spending more per student than any country in the world. We can say, ‘U.S.A. number one’, we can be proud that we won all these medals and...

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Journalists and suspected activists denied entrance to 'public' Citizens United film screening listen

08/31/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Several people, including journalists, were denied access to a film screening about the Occupy movement Thursday. The film sponsored by Citizens United was described as being free and open to the public on the last day of the Republican National Convention. WMNF’s Liz McKibbon was one of the people denied access. This is her story:

I arrived at downtown Tampa’s Liberty Plaza with tickets a...

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Anti-pollution activists lock themselves together at TECO plant - police use saws to free them listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Seven environmental activists locked themselves down yesterday during a direct action at the TECO power plant in Apollo Beach. Even though police spent hours cutting the locks that linked protesters no one was arrested.

Earth First! activist Leah Rothchild wanted to use the Republican National Convention as a loudspeaker for the group.

“Because this is the dirtiest coal burning power plant in the state of Florida and TECO whose power plant it is, they’re ...

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Anarchists continue peaceful protests in streets of Tampa on final night of Republican convention listen

08/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For a fifth straight day protests of the Republican National Convention were peaceful. More than 100 demonstrators, many of whom described themselves as anarchists – marched through the streets of downtown Tampa until after midnight, after the convention was over.

The celebrations ended soon after a steady trickle of convention delegates and alternates made their way north on Ashley. That’s the scene of the only close encounters between protesters and a few dozen convention-goers. A few p...

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A Look Back at this Week's RNC with Dan Ruth and Libertarian Republicans Dissent at the Republican Convention

08/31/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll get Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth's take on the just-completed Republican National Convention including the speeches last night by Mitt Romney, Clint Eastwood, and Marco Rubio. And we'll hear from Libertarian-leaning Republicans who were upset that some pro-Ron Paul delegates were not seated at the convention. One major story from the convention that did not get much reporting—the anger by Ron Paul supporters, Co...

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Activists use political theater to warn about 'Romney's America' and sign a Second Bill of Rights listen

08/30/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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During some speeches at the Republican convention unions have been a punching bag. In contrast, yesterday labor rights groups in Tampa used theater to demonstrate what the workforce might look like if Mitt Romney is elected as president. Protesters signed what they call America’s Second Bill of Rights.

Two to three hundred protesters rumbled through the sanctioned parade route in downtown Tampa, shouting ‘Stand up, fight back.’ Protestors held signs. One ...

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Romneyville campers may struggle with finding a place to sleep after Republican convention listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Romneyville camp in downtown Tampa was set up as a place for both protesters and people without homes to sleep during the Republican National Convention. Now that the event is drawing to a close people are going to have to start finding other places to go.

Shortly after all of the delegates and journalists leave Tampa, Romneyville residents will have to pack up their tents and go somewhere else. The Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign leased the property where they’re st...

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Tampa Police give leftover Republican convention lunches to Romneyville homeless camp listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police presence around the Romneyville camp has been tight this week, but today they showed up not for security, but to hand out food. Hundreds of left over boxed lunches were given to people sleeping in tents in downtown Tampa.

Inside the white boxes were massive sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit. Most of the people staying at Romneyville don’t have homes and often wonder where their next meal will come from. The camp had a bus that s...

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Last Night's Speeches from the RNC

08/30/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll listen to portions of the speeches from last night’s Republican National Convention. And we’ll open up the phone lines to get your comments about the speeches and all the events related to the RNC.

We’ll start with excerpts from Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s speech. Paul’s father Ron Paul- the leader of the Libertarian wing of the GOP was not given a speaking slot at the Convention and his backers were ang...

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