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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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Amendment 1 detractors say government services will suffer listen

01/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In one week, Floridians go to the polls to vote on Amendment 1, a property tax cutting proposal that would reduce revenues for local governments. A coalition of opponents of Amendment 1 met this morning at Tampa’s Lowry Park along the Hillsborough River to convince people to vote no on Amendment 1.

Tampa City Council Member Linda Saul-Sena is the chair of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. Saul-Sena said she is concerned that if Amendment 1 passes, the city’s Parks a...

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Obama, Clinton trade accusations listen

01/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Democratic candidates for president showed little interest in last night’s Michigan primary, instead participating in Las Vegas in a nationally televised debate, four days before the important Nevada Caucuses.

That’s because the Democratic National Committee had already declared that the delegates won in Michigan would not count, because of penalties the DNC imposed on Michigan Democrats for violating party rules by holding a primary in January.

It’s the exact same penalty i...

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N.H. victory buoys Clinton supporters listen

01/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillary Clinton has consistently led the polls in Florida for the Democratic nomination over the past year. The first Florida poll released since Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa shows the race tightening in the sunshine state.

The Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion Survey conducted for the Southern Political Report shows that Clinton’s double digit lead over Obama has dwindled to 8 points, 40 –32.

Clinton has many supporters in the Tampa Bay area. Former Gubernatorial candidate B...

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