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Food Not Bombs hosts a Really Really Free Market with free stuff listen

08/28/12 Liz McKibbon
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Food Not Bombs held an event today to protest the Republican pro-business agenda. The Really Really Free Market was held in Voice of Freedom Park in West Tampa. That’s where Occupy Tampa has been since December and the location of this month’s Food Not Bombs World Gathering. Books, games and even nutritional supplements were up for grabs. ...

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Labor activist neutral on Charlie Crist's endorsement of Barack Obama listen

08/28/12 Michelle Friedline
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Over the weekend former Governor Charlie Crist endorsed Barack Obama for re-election to President.

Crist switched to an independent after a long political career as a Republican.

For reaction, with Jose Soto, co-president of the Graduate Assistants United and is also with the North Central Florida central labor council.

He was part of yesterday’s Coalition to March on the RNC.

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Middle Class (ice sculpture) melts before Republican convention listen

08/28/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Sunday morning, downtown’s Gaslight Park was alive with protesters.

That’s where a march of the 99% began.

But there was also an ice sculpture with the words “Middle Class” that melted through the afternoon.

Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese are the two artists who created the melting ice sculpture.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn addresses Republican convention listen

08/28/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After a one-day delay because of Isaac, the Republican National Convention kicked off in earnest this afternoon in Tampa. One of the speakers in the first hour was Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who gave a brief welcome to the delegates.

Here's the text as prepared:

To Chairman Priebus and to my fellow Americans who have traveled from every corner of this great country to be in Tampa today, thank you for the honor to be hosting the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Your faith and trus...

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Grover Norquist touts corporate tax cuts to Republican convention folks listen

08/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist wants to lower the corporate tax rate by 10%. During a breakfast at the Grand Hyatt overlooking The Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa this morning he said a 25% maximum corporate tax rate would bring more jobs to U.S. cities.

Norquist created a pledge for politicians he hopes they will consider and sign. It’s a written promise to not raise taxes and it pl...

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Code Pink members dressed as vaginas protest Republican convention in Tampa

08/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Sunday Code Pink members dressed in vaginas chanted "Hey Hey GOP - Women want equality." They're protesting the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

They have several other events planned throughout the week.

All of our Republican convention coverage is at rnc.wmnf.org

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Death of Democracy protest at RNC kick-off party draws more than 1,000 grieving protesters listen

08/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 1,000 activists from around the country took to the streets in St. Petersburg yesterday in protest of Republican policies. Marches were planned by two different groups the night before the Republican National Convention begins. But all of the demonstrators came together for one march with an endless list of complaints. Warren Lundquist traveled from Palm Bay on Florida’s west coast with signs saying Mitt Romney should run for president of China, not the U.S. He said he’s not ...

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Some media kept from interacting with delegates at RNC kick-off event listen

08/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite the weather, events for the Republican National Convention kicked off last night with the Host Committee’s welcome party in St. Petersburg. Hundreds of delegates and invited media mingled on the artificial grass inside the major league baseball dome near downtown. Media covering the event were kept in a Tropicana Field sky box and were prevented from mingling with the delegates on the field. This was news to Ken Jones, president and CEO of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the R...

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Ron Paul rallies in Tampa before Republican convention listen

08/27/12 Samuel Johnson
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Yesterday Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul rallied supporters before his party’s convention, where he hasn’t been invited to speak. Nearly 8000 attendees at the University of South Florida witnessed an afternoon of political invigoration which culminated in Ron Paul’s hour long speech calling for an ideological revolution.

Ron Paul, his supporters and delegates may not be taken seriously by the old guard of the Republican Party but they are making a beachhead on the establ...

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A few alternative events during this week's Republican convention listen

08/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There are a lot of events coming up during the rest of the week while the Republican Convention is in town.

On Saturday at Occupy Tampa’s Voice of Freedom Park I asked local activist Jimmy Dunson about some of the things he’s helping to organize.

One is the Really, Really Free Market. Another is Fix Sh*t Up.

"Tell us what some events are that are coming up after Monday."

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