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West Tampa votes for a new state representative listen

02/23/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today was Election Day for some in Tampa. State Rep. Michael Scionti left a State House seat open after he accepted an appointment to the Department of Defense last year. District 58 has since needed representation in his absence, so three candidates are running to fill the seat.

Here we go, West Tampa! Are you ready to vote today?

That was Jose Vazquez, a Democra...

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Obama's first year listen

11/04/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Barack Obama was elected as the 44th president of the United States one year ago today. Residents in the Tampa Bay area shared their thoughts on Obama’s performance over his first year.

Last November 4, Obama beat McCain by 52 percent to 46 percent with nearly two-thirds of the Electoral College. Even with a Democratic congressional majority, Obama’s performance has met with mixed reviews. Marcy Goss from Tarpon springs expressed dissatisfaction with Obama’s performance thus far.

Tampa...

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St Pete voters choose from 10 mayoral candidates in primary listen

09/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The crowded race for St. Petersburg Mayor will get much slimmer by the end of today. City residents who had not yet voted by mail are choosing among ten candidates in the primary election.

A slow trickle of voters braved a light but steady rain to select who should replace term-limited Mayor Rick Baker. Former City Council member Bill Foster was the choice of many voters in the Snell Isle precinct located at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. That includes Snell Isle resident Larry Wallace, wh...

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Analyst discusses the Iranian election listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Muhammed Sahimi is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California and a blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications.

He says that Iran will see real change if the challenger in tonight’s election, Hossein Mousavi, is victorious.

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Reaction to Obama's rejection of public financing listen

06/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Barack Obama was attacked in many of the nation’s newspapers today for his apparent flip-flop on the issue of receiving public funding for his general election campaign.

Yesterday Obama announced that he will become the first presidential nominee not to accept public financing for the general election – which is expected to cost around $84 million beginning the day he receives the nomination, Aug. 28.

As the Obama campaign today hit back at John McCain for his alleged flip-flopping, Cam...

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Thurston Clarke on RFK - Part 3 listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

In his oratory, Barack Obama has drawn comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

And the recently concluded Democratic primaries in some ways compare to Kennedy’s 1968 run, now documented in the book, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America, written by journalist Thurston Clarke.

Much has been made about the demographics of Obama’s support this year: blacks, young people and college educated people. Opponent Hillary C...

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Clinton supporters urged to get behind Obama

06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the aftermath of the divisive battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, many Clinton supporters - women in particular - have expressed anger at the media, the Democratic Party and the rules which allowed Barack Obama to gain more delegates though he did not win most of the big states.

But that’s not reflected in a new gallup poll, which shows Obama has moved into a double digit lead over John McCain among women since Clinton conceded last week.

Today, a couple of major Clint...

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Clinton not willing to compromise on Florida delegates listen

05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A day after Hillary Clinton reiterated her call for having all of the delegates count in Florida, comparing it to the fight to free the slaves and the current situation in Zimbabwe, her campaign kept the pressure up on a conference call with political reporters.

The Clinton campaign today argued that their candidate would be better in a head to head match up against John McCain in the fall, using new polls released today by Quinnipiac University that show Clinton beating McCain in three cr...

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What are Obama's chances in Florida in November? listen

05/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The HBO film Recount airs later this week and is a reminder of how Florida used to be the swing state in presidential elections. But in 2004, Ohio was the state that decided the election, as George Bush beat John Kerry by 5 full points here in the Sunshine State.

Florida comes back in the spotlight this week when Barack Obama makes his first appearance in the state this year, including a noontime rally in downtown Tampa on Wednesday. If Obama is the nominee, he will be facing an opponent...

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Sarasota to vote growth on measurenext week will they require unanimous vote by County Commission to change urban service boundary? listen

04/28/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sarasota County may soon have more strict controls on growth in rural areas. One of the two questions on the ballot during a special election next Tuesday asks voters whether County Commissioners should unanimously agree to any changes to the comprehensive plan outside the urban service area boundary (USB).

The ballot initiative has support among environmental, business and community activist groups. If passed, it will amend the Sarasota County Charter to require a unanimous vote of County...

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