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Florida redistricting committee gets an earful from Pasco County residents listen

07/27/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Lawmakers are holding a series of meetings across Florida to establish what residents hope to see as Legislative and Congressional districts are-re-drawn early next year. One Pasco County resident called last night’s redistricting meeting in Wesley Chapel a dog and pony show. State legislators from Bradenton to Miami-Dade County heard an earful from residents like J Porter, who said Pasco County can’t be overlooked any longer.

“During the growth boom Pasco was the 2nd fastest growin...

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WMNF reports live from voter empowerment rally in Tampa with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. listen

07/26/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This year the Florida Legislature passed elections laws that some people say will make it more difficult to vote and may even disenfranchise minorities, students, poor or elderly voters. In response, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is in Tampa this afternoon at a voter empowerment rally. Our reporter Kate Bradshaw joins us on the line now from the rally at the 34th Street Church of God.

Kate will bring you the full report from this Voter empowerment rally on tomorrow’s WMNF d...

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Voting Rights Groups Fight Voter Suppression In Florida

07/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

The changes passed by the state legislature to Florida’s voting laws have proved quite controversial.

Several civil liberties, civil rights and voter advocacy groups have criticized the changes. Last month three groups sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the federal government to reject the latest changes to Florida election laws. The Fair Elections Legal Network, Florida Public Interest Research Group and Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment want the feds ...

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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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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...

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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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