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Riot police break up opposition protest contesting Putin's victory in Russia listen

03/05/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Riot police broke up an opposition protest contesting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's presidential election. They arrested dozens of participants, including prominent opposition leaders.

The police action followed a rally in downtown Moscow, which drew about 20,000.

The big rally went on peacefully, but police violently dispersed several hundred protesters who attempted to stay on Pushkin Square.

Hundreds of police in full riot gear moved to push the demonstrators...

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U.S. Senate field hearing in Tampa exposes flaws in Florida's new voting law listen

01/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s new voting law has received criticism from groups across the country who think it makes voting harder for minorities and people with low incomes. Today in Tampa, U.S. Senator Dick Durban, a Democrat from Illinois, held the first ever field meeting of the [Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights](http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/constit...

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The controversy over Florida's election law changes and corporate political donations

01/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Voting laws passed in Florida last year have limited early voting, including on the Sunday before Election Day. Opponents say the early voting limitations are part of a broader effort by Republican-led legislatures across the country to suppress the black, minority and elderly voting blocs, groups expected to be key to President Obama's bid for reelection in 2012. The efforts include new voting laws passed in more than a dozen states, some requiring government-issued identification to vote an...

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Tampa activists start local Move to Amend chapter listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Corporate influence on politics has many folks so mad that they want to fight a Supreme Court decision by seeking to amend the US Constitution. Last night a rag tag group of activists from several different bay area communities formed a Tampa chapter of Move to Amend, a group that opposes the ruling in FEC vs. Citizens United. They seek to establish that money is not speech, and that corporations are not peopl...

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GOP presidential candidates debate in Tampa listen

09/13/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night in at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, eight Republican presidential candidates participated in the first CNN-Tea Party debate. More than 100 tea party groups attended. Candidates were fired up and ready to answer questions from the Tea Party, while seeking their support on their path to the White House.

For many conservat...

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Tampa and Largo voters fed up at state redistricting hearings listen

08/30/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hundreds of people turned out for two hearings held locally on the topic of redistricting. Many in the audience were angry as they confronted a panel of about 40 state legislators in Tampa Monday night. And on Tuesday in Largo was another hearing which gave Floridians a chance to speak out about upcoming changes in voting district lines. While politicians came out to hear fresh ideas, they mostly got a hearty helping of voter anger. In Tampa, Boris Vateri said Democratic member of Congress Ka...

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City Council candidates hoping to represent west St. Pete answer questions from residents listen

08/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The three candidates for the district one seat in St. Petersburg city council participated in a forum last night hosted by the League of Women Voters.

With the added shelter space provided by the Pinellas Safe Harbor facility that opened in January, people taking to the streets to sleep now have the option to go to a shelter, or get arrested. It’s a topic that will weigh heavily on the mix of opinions at the polls. That makes it a topic three city council candidates will certainly ta...

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Kurt Browning: US DOJ approves Florida elections law

08/09/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved all 76 provisions of Florida’s controversial new election law. That’s according to a statement today from Florida’s Secretary of State Kurt Browning. Browning said this means those provisions now go into effect in the five counties, including Hillsborough that require pre-clearance of changes to voting laws by the federal government to ensure they don’t...

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Jesse Jackson urges East Tampa residents to fight Florida's controversial elections laws listen

07/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many Floridians are up in arms about changes to state election laws. Critics say the new laws aim to restrict turnout among those who tend to vote Democratic, especially low-income minorities. Yesterday one of the most well-known civil rights champions was in East Tampa urging residents to fight the new laws with all their might.

As fellow civil rights activists urged the crowd to do battle against changes to the way Florida votes, the Reverend Jesse Jackson sat on stage in a throne-like c...

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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 ...

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