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McCollum throws hat into ring for governor's race listen

05/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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To the surprise of no one, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced this morning that he will run for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

The 64-year-old referenced his extensive experience in Washington and Tallahassee in saying why he should be the next Governor of Florida.

McCollum has been in public life for nearly 30 years, 20 of them spent in Congress representing a district that includes Disney World and most of Orlando.

He’s probably most known for his r...

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Marco Rubio on tax reform and the stimulus bill listen

05/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate earlier this month.

Rubio was in Tampa Friday night at a Hispanic Republican fundraiser. In the video announcing his candidacy, Rubio said he looked forward to talking about tax reform, and not just tax cuts in his campaign. WMNF asked him if he is acknowledging that there’s been too much emphasis on tax cuts by Republicans nationally in recent years.

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Columnist discusses how Obama might pay for health care reform listen

05/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While standing alongside President Obama yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House of Representatives will have a health care reform bill to vote on by the end of July.

Details are few about what that bill will look like, and just as important, how it will be funded.

Yesterday WMNF spoke with New York Times Business Columnist David Leonhardt, who wrote about the issue on Wednesday. In addition to raising taxes, Leonhardt suggests cutting health care spending would also rais...

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The Libertarian Illusion

05/12/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The Libertarian philosophy is gaining wider public exposure - from the candidacy of Ron Paul to Republican officials in the last four decades who branded themselves as "Libertarian Republicans." The concept they embrace is smaller governmnet, fewer taxes and a belief that private property rights are supreme.

Our guest, Providence College political scientist William E. Hudson argues in his new book, The Libertarian Illusion: Ideology, Public Policy, and the Assault on the Common Good, t...

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Dave Aronberg eyeing attorney general race listen

05/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to run for the U.S. Senate next year is expected to create a free for all in Florida politics, with five of the six elected statewide seats possibly becoming open in 2010.

South Florida Democratic Sen. Dave Aronberg is rumored to be considering a run for Attorney General. WMNF asked him today if he will do so. Aronberg says he will announce shortly whether he's running for Attorney General next year.

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Doctor calls for health care not warfare

05/09/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-chair of the Maryland Physicians for National Health Program, and Donna Smith, Community Organizer of California Nurses Association and National Co-chair of Progressive Democrats of America “Healthcare Not Warfare Campaign, were our guests.

Did you read about the Maryland Pediatrician who was cuffed like a criminal and pushed out the door at the Senate Finance Committee’s roundtable discussion of healthcare? Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Maryland Pediatrician was that ...

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King sways some Democrats on budget vote listen

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Florida Senate voted 32-8 for the $66.5 billion budget today, but not all of the Democrats voted against it, as they vowed last night as a protest.

Jacksonville Republican Jim King tried to shame some of them today against voting against the budget, discussing the bipartisan nature of the Senate in passionate terms.

Miami Dade County Democrat Fredericka Wilson bitterly accused Senate leaders of capitulating to the more conservative House in crafting the final budget.

J.D. Alexand...

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Gelber: Lawmakers didn't have to reject stimulus money listen

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the Florida legislative session concludes today, one thing that the Republican-led Legislature did that has outraged some Democrats and bothered Gov. Charlie Crist, is the rejection of $444 million in federal stimulus money for the unemployment trust fund.

When it was rejected, GOP lawmakers suggested it would be fraudulent to change the eligibility rules in a few years when the economy improves; they said the money would only cover two months of unemployment and sap the state’s unemplo...

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Crist urged to veto new growth management law listen

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to send a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist, asking that he veto a new Growth Management Bill that critics say would no longer require developers to add road capacity in nearly half the state’s municipalities, as well as several entire counties. They will instead pay a fee, which the state has yet to decide how to calculate.

Current law requires developers to add roads to accommodate the extra traffic that their developments will generate.

Commis...

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Libertarians unhappy with new state law on seatbelts listen

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist today signed into law today a bill that will allow police in Florida to pull over and charge motorists who do not wear a seatbelt.

Current law says police can ticket drivers who are not wearing seat belts when they’re stopped for other violations.

The bill is named the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law in memory of two young Florida women killed in separate accidents while not wearing safety belts. Slosberg's father, former state Rep. Irv Slosberg ...

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