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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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Florida ACLU reacts to controversial elections bill passed by the Legislature

05/19/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Danielle Prendergast from the ACLU of Florida speaks about the controversial elections reform passed by the Florida Legislature.

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Bipartisanship on both sides of Florida's redistricting process listen

05/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Progressives may not be happy with many of the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections, but many see the two Fair Districts amendments voters adopted as a victory. But Not everyone is happy that they passed, and there’s even a bipartisan effort to challenge the law, which changes the way legislative districts are drawn.

Some say Florida voters overwhelmingly elected Republicans to the state legislature because the GOP’s election year strategy bro...

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C-SPAN covers Tampa Bay; Florida League Of Women Voters says it's stopping voter registration efforts

05/13/11 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 talk with C-SPAN producer Debbie Lamb about C-SPAN's "local content vehicle" tour of the Tampa Bay area. C-SPAN producers are spending one week here visiting various literary and historic sites, and interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders.

During C-SPAN’s inaugural tour stop in Tampa/St. Petersburg, the network will also record interviews about the city’s plans for the 2012 Republican Nation...

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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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League of Women Voters president calls FL election bill an assault on voters listen

04/22/11 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday night the Republican controlled Florida House overwhelmingly approved a sweeping and controversial elections bill, sponsored by GOP Representative Dennis Baxley. Among other things, HB 1355 and it’s Senate companion SB 2086 will prohibit updating personal information, like name or addre...

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Miami-Dade County voters recall local elected officials by a landslide. listen

03/16/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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South Florida residents voted yesterday to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Amid the massive recall campaign building in Wisconsin, public outcry over state budget deficits, government corruption, and incompetence has now led to one of the first major recalls of local elected officials in the country.

Alvarez drew criticism for cutting public worker salaries by 5% while raising the salaries of his personal staff. Political activist Millie Herrera says that many of the coun...

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Interview with Tampa Mayoral candidate Rose Ferlita

02/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up next on Radioactivity an interview with Rose Ferlita who is running for mayor of Tampa. Ferlita is a Tampa native. She is by profession a pharmacist- having once owned a local drug store in Seminole Heights, Ferlita now works for a pharmacy in South Tampa.

She served from 1999-2006 as a member of the Tampa City Council and Member of the Hillsborough County Commission from 2006-2010.

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City Council hopefuls talk panhandling listen

01/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday Tampa City Council voted four to three to support an ordinance banning panhandling on the city’s busiest streets. Today, in Downtown Tampa, twelve candidates from three council districts weighed in on the conversation, and they had a wide range of takes on the issue of a panhandling ban.

Those who vote strictly along party lines have a little more work to do when choosing who will represent them at the local level. City council elections are nonpartisan, and often driven more b...

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