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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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Forces of Political Nature to Wipeout Florida's Executive Branch listen

12/16/09 Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The whirlwind began last August when Florida Senator Mel Martinez resigned from his Senate position before his term expired. As a result, elected officials in Florida’s top offices are seeking other political ambitions. In eleven months, the current leaders who administer and enforce Florida law will all be replaced.

The office of Attorney General is one of the executive openings. Six people are interested. Last night one potential candidate, Dan Gelber, and his supporters had the ...

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Candidates in St Petersburg Mayoral Race discuss differences listen

10/09/09 Lance Robson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday evening, forerunners in the St Petersburg mayoral race met for a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. The event was held in St Pete City Council chambers downtown.

One often-repeated belief about the forerunners in the St Pete mayoral race is that they agree on the majority of issues. To some degree both candidates accept the need for more community policing, neighborhood revitalization, and for further educational efforts .

Asked by the moderator what issues might hi...

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Seth Nelson files to run for Tampa City Council District 3 in 2011 listen

07/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Elections for Tampa mayor and city council are almost two years away. Today Tampa attorney Seth Nelson filed to run for the District 3 at-large seat.

"It feels absolutely wonderful to be a candidate for Tampa City Council District 3 citywide.”

Minutes after he turned in paperwork at the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Tampa, Seth Nelson said he is running because he wants the best city for his five-year-old son Kai.

“I believe that Tampa should offer the best opportuni...

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Iorio endorses Obama at rally in Tampa listen

05/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sen. Barack Obama claimed a major milestone with his win Tuesday in Oregon, wrapping up a majority of the Democratic Party’s pledged delegates. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports from a crowded Obama rally at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa that kicks off a three-day Florida tour.

During his first campaign stop since last fall in the country’s largest swing state, Obama all but claimed victory and the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Before he took the stage, Obama was ...

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