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Forum on threat of offshore oil drilling in Florida listen

08/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain are in favor of reversing decades of precedent to allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida.

Tomorrow a coalition of environmental groups will hold a forum in Clearwater to educate residents about the threat of offshore oil drilling. Today WMNF spoke with Joe Murphy, Florida coordinator for the Gulf Restoration Network.

The forum tomorrow night about the threat of oil drilling off the coast of Flor...

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Local delegate selection is this weekend

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Going into next week’s series of four primary elections, Barack Obama hold a 91-delegate lead over Hillary Clinton. But who are these delegates? And when the question comes to Florida, will they count?

That has yet to be decided. But the Florida Democratic Party will decide this Saturday who those representative delegates are.

The delegates are broken down by Congressional District. So in the 25 districts throughout the state, those delegates will be chosen Caucus-style on Saturda...

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Report: Lawsuit against DNC still alive

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A lawsuit filed by a Tampa Democrat against the Democratic National Committee over Florida’s loss of all of its delegates to the convention has been given a second life.

In August, political consultant Vic DiMaio filed suit against the DNC, claiming that stripping Florida of its Congressional Delegates because of the early primary voting date was unconstitutional. But in October, federal Judge Richard Lazzarra threw out the case.

But DiMaio and his attorney, Michael Steinberg appealed...

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Ex-corrections chief blasted prison food service

02/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week, WMNF reported on a rally held in Miami by labor and community leaders calling for an investigation of Aramark’s food service contract with Florida’s Department of Corrections.

The activists referenced an audit by a Florida Inspector General which found that Aramark was collecting “windfall profits” from its contract with the state, and that by doing the work for itself, the state could save approximately $7-million a year.

But instead of firing the company, the stat...

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Activists protest against private contractor listen

02/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A little over a year ago, a Florida Inspector General blasted the Aramark Corp., saying the company had made millions in "windfall profits" from savings instead of passing them along to the state's prison system.

The Philadelphia-based company was contracted by the state back in 2001 to provide food service at most of its prisons in order to save the state money.

The report said that because feed rates had dropped, the company was pocketing an additional $4.9 million per year that shoul...

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Sen. Charlie Justice on budget challenges listen

02/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday a tax panel that can put reforms on the ballot announced a plan that would cap the amount of taxes and fees that could be collected by Florida’s cities, counties and school districts.

It’s one of several proposals expected to be issued this week by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, the bipartisan group of non-elected officials who convene every two decades to try to revamp the state’s system of funding.

This particular proposal is receiving a thumbs down from lo...

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McCain beats Romney in Florida; Guiliani quits

01/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida Republican voters handed John McCain a solid 5-point victory last night, giving the Arizona senator momentum as he heads into Super Tuesday’s 20 plus primaries and caucuses.

The McCain victory has already affected the GOP landscape. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, disappointed by his third-place finish after campaigning for nearly 60 days in the state, announced today that he dropping out of the race and will endorse McCain.

The victory for the sometimes iconoclastic...

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Romney, McCain stump in Tampa listen

01/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Fifty-seven convention delegates are at stake in today’s winner-take-all Republican presidential primary in Florida. The two candidates who are leading in the polls, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain, were both in downtown Tampa today.

Mitt Romney addressed about 120 of his supporters at the Tampa Convention Center. Despite the political baggage that might accompany supporting an unpopular president, Romney praised President George W. Bush’s state ...

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GOP candidates trade negative barbs listen

01/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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New Polls released today on the GOP side show the race for in Florida is literally too close to call. A Quinnipiac poll has John McCain up by a point over Mitt Romney, 33 to 32 percent.

But another poll released this afternoon by a small polling organization out of North Carolina, Public Policy Polling, has Mitt Romney up by 7 points on the eve of the race.

Tom Jensen is the communications director for Public Policy Polling. He says voters are starting to choose Romney in big numbers....

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Democrats urge candidates to campaign here listen

01/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of elected Democrats held a news conference today to formally ask the Democratic Party chairs in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, to release the candidates for president from their no-campaign pledge in Florida.

The major candidates all signed such a pledge after the Democratic National Committee declared that no delegates would be awarded in the Jan. 29 primary because the state went against DNC rules in pushing the primary up to January....

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