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Tampa moves closer to $50 million in federal funds for RNC "security"

11/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa is a step closer to getting $50 million of federal money for next summer’s Republican National Convention.

The House and Senate Appropriations Conference Committee has recommended the security funding. It’s included in the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations “Minibus” which must be approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate as well as signed by the President. Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said today she expects a full House vote this week.

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How much does Pam Bondi's office spend to Photoshop?

10/07/11 Janelle Irwin & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A visit to the website of Florida's Attorney General has us wondering: how much time and money does Pam Bondi's AG's office spend Photoshopping pictures.

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Should the rich pay more in taxes? Billionaire says yes

08/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today we're going to have open phones but first I read a section of this op-ed written by Warren Buffett and carried in yesterday's New York Times, called "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich."


How much do Americans pay in taxes?

08/11/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Over the past several days a lot of our listeners have wanted to talk about what Americans pay in taxes. They especially want to know if any income group pays no taxes and whether some people are undertaxed or overtaxed (compared to the rest of the country and rest of the world). We spoke with Rebecca Wilkins who is a Senior Counsel for Federal Tax Policy at Citizens for Tax Justice in Washington, DC. Citizen's for Tax Justice studies tax policies and how they affect A...

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Tampa MoveOn protesters to Sen. Rubio: "Jobs not cuts" listen

08/10/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jobs, not cuts, was the message of protesters today, outside Congressional offices across the country. About two dozen activists protested outside Senator Marco Rubio’s office near USF-Tampa.

The progressive nonprofit advocacy group called on it’s supporters to flood local legislative offices today to ask congressi...

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President Obama signs debt ceiling increase passed by Congress listen

08/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon President Barack Obama signed legislation to increase the nation's borrowing authority and avert government default. Congress linked the debt ceiling increase to deficit reductions. But they will be only accomplished through spending cuts, not revenue increases. President Obama said that for future deficit reductions, to expect even more cuts, including to Medicare, in addition to higher taxes.

“This compromise guarantees more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. It’...

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HART approves millage rate ceiling hike listen

08/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning, the Board of Hillsborough’s transit agency, HART, raised the maximum amount it can assess homeowners for the county’s bus and other transportation services. During the two hour meeting the board also addressed collective bargaining and changes to In-Town-Trolley routes.

Meeting rising costs without asking tax payers to pony up is becoming more and more difficult in a struggling economy and issues concerning transportation are no exception. In their first meeting since Ju...

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Norquist, Rubio, Sanders & Greenspan on debt ceiling; Kate Bradshaw on firing of two state employees investigating mortgage industry

07/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

We'll hear two listener comments about yesterday's program. We'll also hear WMNF's Kate Bradshaw reporting about the forced resignation of two staffers in Florida's Attorney General's office who had been investigating the mortgage industry and whether Floridians had been ripped off. Later we'll hear several different views on raising the debt ceiling: Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Senator Marco Rubio, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan.

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Interview with Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston

07/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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With the debate over raising the debt ceiling in Washington almost at an impasse we're joined now by David Cay Johnston who is one of the nation's leading journalists on the issue of taxes. Johnston is a columnist for Reuters and author of Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch and early next year The Fine Print, all books about little known ways the economy is rigged to benefit the richest among us. He formerly covered taxes for the New York Times where he won a Pulitzer Prize.

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President Obama holds press conference on federal deficit debate

07/11/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Earlier today President Obama held a press conference regarding the ongoing talks on the debate over whet to do about raising the federal ceiling on the debt limit. At the press conference the President acknowledged that he was considering cuts to entitlements. He also said he was not considering raising taxes immediately, that he did not want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and that he was in favor of renewing th...

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