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03/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Florida senate seat, Marco Rubio, Gerald Bailey, FDLE, transgender, gun control, Adam Smith, Bill Bunting, Susan Nilon, Patrick Manteiga, wmnf, Rob Lorei

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida This Week, a politcal analysis and panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Topics include possible candidates to run for the Florida senate seat, which is expected to be vacated by Marco Rubio as he pursues the Rupublican nomination for the presidency. We also talk about the growing scrutiny surrounding former FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey's sudden resignation, the controversial transgender bathroom bill and the guns on ...

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In Tampa, Florida Cabinet addresses Gerald Bailey ouster listen

02/03/15 AP
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday

Tags: Rick Scott, FDLE, Pam Bondi, Tampa, Florida State Fair, Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam, Gerald Bailey, Florida Cabinet


Florida Governor Rick Scott is saying he mishandled the ouster of the head of Florida's main law enforcement agency.

Scott made the statement at the start of Thursday’s meeting of the governor and Cabinet at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. He did not explain what exactly he could have done differently.

Questions have been raised about Scott's decision to force out Gerald Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bailey said he was pushed out after re...

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ACLU and CAIR seek answers in Ibragim Todashev shooting listen

07/23/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The American Civil Liberties Union called upon state officials in Florida and Massachusetts yesterday to launch independent investigations into the killing of an Orlando man who may have had connections with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.The group is asking the Massachusetts attorney general and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the role of their officers in the death.

The U.S. Department of Justice launched a federal probe into the incident last week, but the ACL...

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Activists call on Florida Department of Law Enforcement to ditch anti-Muslim training contractor listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Thirty Muslim groups are asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to sever ties with one of their counter-terrorism trainers. Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said Sam Kharoba teaches law enforcement officers to unfairly stereotype Muslims.

“Kharoba claims radicals can be identified by ten to twelve physical markers such as headbands, types of facial hair or a prayer bump on the forehead from frequent contact with a prayer mat. One...


Decison on Bean Lee and Barnes delayed by Hillsborough Commission listen

03/17/10 Kate Bradshaw & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners has put off a decision to fire three top administrators. Commissioner Ken Hagan wants to get rid of County Administrator Pat Bean, County Attorney Renee Lee, and internal performance auditor Jim Barnes.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner wants answers to who requested emails to or from his office regarding a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigation of raises for Bean and Lee.

But Commissioner Kevin White, who has been at odds wi...

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Tampa car dealer won't face charges listen

03/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, the Tampa Tribune reported that the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office will not file charges against Tampa car dealer Jason Kuhn even though the Florida Department of law enforcement discovered that employees were asked by Kuhn to donate to Tampa City Council candidate Julie Brown in 2006 and 2007.

Brown was defeated last year by Councilman John Dingfelder, in a race that saw both candidates spend nearly $150,000 each on the local race.

The FDLE learned t...

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