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Federal lawsuit against DNC dismissed listen

03/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal appeals court today dismissed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over the party’s decision to strip Florida of its delegates to the national convention.

But the decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta gives the challengers an opening to revisit the lawsuit and carry on the legal challenge.

Tampa Democratic Party activist Victor DiMaio filed the lawsuit last year accusing the party of disenfranchising Florida’s Democratic voters ...

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Congressional candidate hit by cyber attack listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Dunedin resident Samm Simpson ran for Congress as a Democrat two years ago, losing to longtime Pinellas GOP Rep. Bill Young. She intends to run against him this fall, though she could face competition for the seat.

An unusual thing happened to Simpson the other day, as she told WMNF a short time ago.

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Eleanor Clift on Obama speech listen

03/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group. She’s just published a new book, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics.

WMNF spoke with her this morning about her thoughts on Barack Obama’s speech on race and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Florida Democrats pitch plan for a mail re-vote listen

03/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman today announced plans for a mail-in voting process but acknowledged that it may never come to fruition.

Thurman says she first wants to hear from as many Democrats as possible in the next 24 hours before formally presenting the plan to candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. You can write your response to her by going to fladems.com.

Thurman says she will review those comments over the weekend. If the cand...

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Democrats mostly indifferent to re-vote by mail listen

03/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Top Florida Democrats are looking into hiring a private accounting firm and a direct mail house to send ballots to four million Democratic voters so they can choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as their presidential nominee, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The campaign is being pushed by Florida’s senior Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson, a superdelegate who supports Hillary Clinton.

But another Clinton superdelegate from Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Sch...

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Castor says no to a Florida re-vote

03/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday, Hillsborough area Congresswoman Kathy Castor, a Barack Obama superdelegate, said she was against any type of re-vote in the state. Castor said the leader in pledged delegates in the race (currently Obama), will resolve the dispute over the delegates before the convention, avoiding a convention battle over the nomination. WMNF spoke with Rep. Castor from her office in Washington a short time ago.

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State Democrats plans for a "mail only" primary listen

03/06/08 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One possibility for getting around the fact that a new primary in Florida could cost as much as $25-million is to hold a vote-by-mail primary.

The Florida Democratic Party has said it has a "very detailed proposal" on how to do that, although when asked today party spokesman Alejandro Miyar admitted he wasn’t that familiar with the details.

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reported today that if Florida were to hold another vote between May 1 and June 10, national party rules award 30 pe...

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Obama supporters react to Texas, Ohio results

03/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Bay O-Train is a group supporting the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama. They say that there were more than 40 house parties organized in the Tampa Bay Area to watch last night’s election returns on television that raised about $12,000 for the Obama campaign.

WMNF attended the house party hosted by Pat Kemp, who was elected to be a Hillsborough County Obama delegate if Florida’s contingent is seated at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Kemp is the wife of WMN...

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Consultant: Now is time for third party candidacy

03/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Doug Schoen was a campaign consultant for more than 30 years, and has just published a book arguing for a third party presidential candidacy. The book, called Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two Party System.

WMNF spoke with Shoen last week, and asked about his book, and how he sees the presidential race unfolding.

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Unique way of handling delegate mess

02/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With so much confusion and consternation about what to do about Florida’s delegates, today Democratic House Leader Dan Gelber came up with a novel suggestion.

On his blog, Gelber writes that a Caucus might be the best way to have a revote but it would be hugely expensive and could not be done fairly, given the state’s size.

Instead, he is suggesting a run-off election by mail, with independents allowed to vote. A short time ago, WMNF spoke with Gelber about that idea.

To read Dan...

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