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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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Many are skeptical of Haiti election listen

12/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The London Telegraph reported today that between two and three thousand Haitians protested the results of Sunday’s presidential election in the capitol of Port Au Prince. Some of the twelve presidential candidates were reportedly among the protestors. A United Nations peacekeeping official has meanwhile warned that the international community would pull its support from the country if it did not accept the results of the election. Preliminary results are expected to be out Tuesday. This w...

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USF holds straw poll, shows Sink victory but conservative turn listen

10/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Polling may shape many people’s outlook on the upcoming midterm elections, but some say they don’t offer an accurate sampling of who will actually show up at the ballots. Today a mock election took place at the University of South Florida, and the results show a turn to the right.

If the University of South Florida were an accurate representation of Hillsborough County on the whole, Alex Sink would be the next governor, getting 53 percent of the vote to Scott’s 33 – a 20-point marg...

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Haitian Presidential forum in St. Petersburg listen

10/18/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As the small Caribbean nation of Haiti shook on January 12, 2010, the hearts of people all around the world shook with it. Over 200,000 people lost their lives to the disaster and billions of dollars worth of infrastructure laid in ruble. Now the country is hoping a new president will raise a new and more powerful Haiti out of the ashes.

“I am watching My country and it is dying”

Haitians like Beatrice Abbott gathered at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, last Saturday, ...

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USF Tampa will host forum for Haiti presidential candidates listen

09/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Note: as of Sept. 29, this forum has been moved to Eckerd College in St. Pete. October 16th from 2pm until 4pm in Fox Hall.

The people of Haiti will choose a new president this fall. Like all elections, the candidates will debate. But the location of one forum might take you by surprise: At least ten of the candidates for president of Haiti will debate in October on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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GOP Hillsborough Commission Dist. 2 hopefuls take on the big questions listen

07/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County’s 2nd district lies mostly north of USF. Much of that district is unincorporated as well as rural. Commission Chair Ken Hagan currently represents the area on the Board of County Commissioners, but not for long. He’s seeking the countywide seat Jim Norman is leaving to run for state senate. Two Republicans are facing off in the August primary – one with a familiar name, and one you might not know.

It’s probably no surprise that two republicans hoping to represen...

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Five Contenders Aim for One Gulfport Council Seat listen

03/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today several Pinellas beaches hare holding municipal elections. Towns like Treasure Island and Indian Shores had commission or council seats go to unopposed candidates. Others, like Indian Rocks Beach and Gulfport, had multiple candidates vying for the same seat. Gulfport has five candidates in the running for its Ward One commission seat, including the incumbent, Judy Ryerson. Ryerson, who is finishing her first term, said she isn’t sure why so she has much competition when Gulfport’s o...

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