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Health care reform movement holds town hall meeting listen

04/17/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The town hall meeting organized by the grass-roots group Florida Health Care for America Now on Thursday in St. Petersburg was one of 90 taking place in 43 states nationwide over the Congressional recess.

About 50 community members, health care providers, and various organizations shared their stories and view points on health care on April 16 at the Muvico BayWalk Theatre and demanded affordable quality health care for all.

Resident Cindy McNulty is one of the faces of the uninsured...

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Charlie Justice to challenge Bill Young for seat in Congress listen

04/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Bay area Democratic Sen. Charlie Justice has announced that he will step down next year to run for Congress in Florida’s 10th District, the congressional home of Bill Young for the past 38 years.

Justice was unavailable for comment. His campaign manager, Mitch Kates, did speak about his candidacy today with WMNF.

Young is 78 years old, and District 10, which covers Pinellas County from Dunedin down to St. Petersburg, did vote for Barack Obama last fall. But Daryl Paulson, a pol...

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Michelle Goldberg on controversial Afghan marriage law listen

04/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, hundreds of Afghan women protested in front of the Parliament building calling on the government to modify the controversial law on marital life of Shiite women.

However, as the protesting women carried banners inscribed with slogans in favor of equality between men and women, a group of men began pelting stones at protesters in an attempt to disperse them. Police cordoned off the protestors to enable them dispersing peacefully.

Wide cr...

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Tampa Tea Party draws hundreds listen

04/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A crowd of about 500 people gathered in downtown Tampa today as part of the nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties protesting government spending, particularly spending plans of President Barack Obama.

The event has received large coverage on conservative media outlets, like talk radio and Fox News. Their presence has become so large that in the past few days, the left leaning cable network MSNBC has held several reports about Fox’s involvement.

Although many in the audience were conservati...

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Health care town hall meeting

04/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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This segment featured an interview with Debbie King, organizer of a local town hall meeting this week on health care.

From the group's press release:

"Florida health care advocates have invited Congressman Bill Young (R-District 10) to join a town hall meeting on Thursday April 16th to talk about why real health care reform must happen in 2009. The event will be one of 90 taking place in 43 states nationwide over the April Congressional recess. The people of Pinellas County will share...

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Bennett pulls back from plan to suspend impact fees listen

04/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Bradenton area state Sen. Mike Bennett’s bill that would eliminate impact fees was substantially changed today, and will no longer freeze such fees for three years.

Bennett’s bill now would limit impact fees to $2 per square foot on residential properties and $8 for commercial properties. The bill also creates a real-estate transfer fee paid for by the grantor of the property, but exempts first time sale.

After a representative from the Florida Association of Realtors said his group...

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Michelle Goldberg's new book, 'The Means of Reproduction' listen

04/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For many women around the world, the choice of when to marry, or have sex, or when and how many children she will have is outside her control.

In journalist Michelle Goldberg’s new book, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, giving women the freedom to control and protect their bodies allows a better chance to stop the spread of AIDS, create economic opportunity and build more stable democracies.

WMNF spoke with Goldberg last week about her book. In h...

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Crist offers to take all rejected stimulus money listen

04/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite the fact that Florida’s unemployment rate is at its highest level in more than three decades, Gov. Charlie Crist described the latest economic news in Florida "as incredibly uplifting" in a speech in Tampa this morning.

Whether he runs for re-election next year, or decides to run for the Senate, the governor enjoys the highest public approval ratings of any politician in the state. And though he was criticized severely by some in the GOP for his very public politicking for Bar...

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Gay marriage legal in Vermont

04/11/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Jennifer Pizer, an attorney with Lambda Legal, discussed the implications of gay marriage with the override of the Vermont governor's veto. She also discussed the recent court ruling in Iowa and the civil rights issues involved in gay marriage.

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Dingfelder to run for County Commission listen

04/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Councilman John Dinfelder has filed to run for a Hillsborough County Commission seat in 2010.

Dingfelder ran for the same seat in 2002, but lost to Congresswoman Kathy Castor. In 2003, he was elected to the City Council in 2003, representing South Tampa.

He was re-elected in 2007, in a fierce battle against former City Attorney Julie Brown.

WMNF spoke with Dingfelder today, and asked him how seriously had he considered running for Mayor in 2011.

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