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Young Dems to seek third-party voter registration status listen

07/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tuesday in Downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough Young Democrats plans to file to become a third party voter registration group. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw spoke to Hillsborough Young Democrats spokesperson Michael Long about the group’s efforts, which they’re launching despite a new state law that makes it more likely to be fined by registering voters.

The press conference will take place at noon in front of the County Office Building at 601 East Kennedy Boulevard in Dow...

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Controversial elections law not yet valid in Hillsborough, four other counties listen

05/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Rick Scott has set off another firestorm of criticism when he signed a law yesterday that overhauls elections in Florida. The law goes into effect immediately, except in Hillsborough and four other counties in the state.

Hillsborough County was once found to have polling practices deemed racially discriminatory under Section 5 of the [Voting Rights Act of 1965](http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/intro/intro_...

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League of Women Voters urges Gov. Scott to veto elections bill; hints at lawsuit listen

05/12/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Legislature passed an election bill that supporters say will help crack down on voting fraud. But opponents, including the League of Women Voters, say there isn’t widespread voting fraud and the bill, if signed by Governor Scott, will make it more difficult to vote in Florida. They are asking Governor Rick Scott to veto the election bill. Mickey Castor is president of the League’s Hillsborough County chapter. She is the stepmother of Democratic U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, bu...

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St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler discusses the 2011 Florida Legislative session

05/10/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today veteran St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler discusses the legislative session that just ended this past weekend.

Troxler said of Governor Rick Scott using a personal email account instead of official email to conduct state business, "I think it's criminal conduct."

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Assessing the damage of the 2011 FL Legislative session with USF St. Pete Professor Darryl Paulson

05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The 2011 Florida legislative session, scheduled to end Friday, reportedly progressed into the wee hours of Saturday morning and ended with GOP lawmakers turning on themselves. The St. Petersburg Times says "It was a rocky end to one of the most ambitious and ideological sessions in modern history..."

To help us better comprehend the relentless, 60 day GOP assault on women's rights, worker's rights, voting rights, healthcare, education and the environment we are joined on Friday's Last Ca...

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Robert Rowen on human needs in Nepal and the ACLU's Howard Simon on how our state Legslature ignores democratic principles

04/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today Robert Rowen, founder of a local group called Global Action Coalition talks about a Nepali New Year's celebration this Friday in Tampa and his group's effort to provide food and education to school children in Nepal (phone: 813-546-9819).

Later we'll hear from ACLU Florida director Howard Simon about the state Legislature and laws being disc...

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Public Interest Groups Says Florida Legislature Is Moving To Curtail Voting Rights

04/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. The state legislature is considering moves to make it harder to vote. Legislation being considered in Tallahassee would shorten the number of days for early voting, put restrictions on groups that sign people up to vote, and would make it less easy for people who change addresses to vote. Our guest is Brad Ashwell with the Florida Public Interest Research Group. FPIRG and other consumer, civic, human rights and civil libert...

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Hometown Democracy Debate at Tiger Bay listen

02/19/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hundreds of thousands of Florida voters signed the petition for Amendment 4, the Hometown Democracy amendment, which requires voter approval on changes in land use. Advocates on both sides of the issue duked it out today at the Tiger Bay club in Tampa. Dan Lobeck, a Sarasota attorney specializing in land use decisions, spoke in support of the amendment.

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan determines maximum densities and intensities of a community. The plan also maps out other rules for the fu...

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Busansky suceeds Johnson as Supervisor of Elections listen

11/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican incumbent Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson conceded defeat to his Democratic challenger Phyllis Busansky after two days of delays in counting most of Hillsborough County’s early votes.

Last night, WMNF asked County Commissioner and canvassing board member Rose Ferlita about Busansky’s victory over Johnson. Ferlita called the election process “not acceptable,” from voters being given incomplete ballots on Election Day, to provisional ballots being left unsecured in the lobb...

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Florida Secretary of State addresses voting problems listen

11/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida Secretary State Kurt Browning boasted today that Florida’s relatively successful general election yesterday should exorcise the ghosts of the 2000 disputed contest.

Voter participation actually was lower in Florida than in 2004. In Hillsborough County, vote tabulation issues prompted the county's canvassing board chairman to shut down the vote counting process shortly before 3:30 a.m. Problems with 13 early voting machines and problems with accessing data at two precincts are cite...

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