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Working people critical of Governor and Legislature

04/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from local labor activists who are concerned about anti-union proposals being pushed by the Governor and being passed by the state legislature.

Our guests are: Jean Clements, President, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association; Stephen Sarnoff, President, Communication Workers (CWA) 3179, represents city workers in Pinellas and Pasco Counties; Cheryl Schroeder, Executive Director, West Central Florida Fed...

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Interview with organizer of Tampa We Are One Rally starts the Last Call conversation today

04/04/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. We'll start today's program with an interview with Jason Smith of the Florida AFL-CIO who is organizing a We Are One rally today at Al Lopez Park in West Tampa.

At the time of his death on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was marching in solidarity with 1,300 black sanitation workers in Memphis; the public employees were defending their right to collective bargaining for better wages, working conditions, respect and dignity...

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Audio: Florida Democrat chastised for saying "uterus" on House floor listen

04/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Whether it’s busting unions, requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, or drug-testing welfare recipients, these days, GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee have been offending a lot of people. But last week, it was a Democrat in the state house who made waves. After a lengthy debate over a bill affecting public employee unions, House Speaker Dean Cannon raised a stink over an anatomic reference that Orlando Representative Scott Randolph had made.

Cannon issued a statement warning his co...

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Activists rally against Scott, GOP legislature over a slew of issues listen

03/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since the start of the legislative session, droves of people unhappy with Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled legislature have been spending Friday afternoons rallying against numerous state policies. Protesters don’t think they’ll be changing the governor’s mind any time soon, but they do hope to draw attention from fellow voters.

Republican State Representative Dana Young’s Tamp...

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Florida House passes bill targeting union dues process listen

03/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the battle over state workers’ unions continues in Wisconsin, the Sunshine state may be in for a fight of its own. Today the State House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent state and local government employees from paying their union dues by way of automatic paycheck deduction. Opponents say the bill’s GOP supporters are trying to strip away workers’ rights.

Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens told his colleagues that his job has an elected member of the Florida Hous...

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Anti-union bill squeaks by Senate committee listen

03/14/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Following the lead of Wisconsin, the Florida legislature is challenging unions on the issue of collective bargaining for public workers. A key measure that would changes the way unions collect dues passed a state senate committee today, despite the pleas of police and firefighters who went to Tallahassee to testify.

Jacksonville Republican John Thrasher sponsored SB 830, a measure that would bar public employee unions from collecting their dues via automatic paycheck deductions. Thrasher s...

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"Awake the State Rally" Protests Gov. Scott's Budget Cuts. listen

03/09/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tuesday about a thousand pro-worker protesters marched to Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa. Thousands more labor union workers, state employees, and teachers demonstrated in more than 30 cities across the state to protest the largest annual budget cuts to education in Florida’s history. The largest of the “Awake the State” protests was in Tampa Bay.

While Governor Rick Scott may have run an election platform for job creation that insisted, “Let’s get to work,” President of the ...

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Michael Moore says America is not broke, Wake the State Rallies, and pensions are not the problem

03/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call, I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to part of a speech that film maker Michael Moore gave in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend in which he placed the blame for the poor performance of the economy squarely on those at the top.

We'll also hear part of a story from the McClatchy newspaper chain which is headlined "[WHY EMPLOYEE PENSIONS ARE NOT BANKRUPTING THE STATES](http://...

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Actor/Activist Danny Glover stresses community at Tampa school listen

02/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As part of Black History Month, scores of students at a Tampa school heard from a famous visitor this morning. Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover told students at Just Elementary that it’s important to be community-minded – and to keep studying.

Hundreds of grade school children beamed as the actor implored them to be conscientious. The Color Purple star was there as part of Just Elementary’s Black History program. He recited the Langston Hughes poem “I, Too, sing America...

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John Avlon, radical centrist and Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO

02/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up two interviews.

First, John Avlon, author of “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America” is currently senior political columnist for “The Daily Beast.” Prior to “Wingnuts,” Avlon wrote “Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics.” He's the speaker this coming Tuesday at Planned Parenthood of SW Florida's annual dinner in Sarasota at 6 p...

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