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A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, EPA, Environment Florida, Florida, environment

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It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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In St. Pete, Charlie Crist concedes governor's race to Rick Scott listen

11/05/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Pam Bondi, dark money, Democrat, GOP, election, governor, Florida

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Charlie Crist lost to incumbent governor Rick Scott in a tight, neck and neck race. Crist’s campaign hosted an election night event for staff and supporters at the Vinoy Hotel in downtown St.Pete. As the clock approached midnight, Crist conceded defeat in an address to 1000 attendees and to Floridians.

The election numbers trickled in all evening showing an edge to Rick Scott over Charlie Crist, but no clear winner until media outlets called the race for Scott after ten o’clock. Then at ...

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Bill Clinton urges Democrats to vote as he stumps for Charlie Crist in Tampa listen

10/27/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Bill Clinton, Rick Scott, election, Democrats, Tampa, Hillary Clinton, kathy castor, Bill Nelson, Annette Taddeo, VOTE, Florida

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Bill Clinton urges Tampa to the vote out and vote for Charlie Crist for governor. The ex-president stumped for and with other Democrats Saturday at Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa. Bill Clinton’s visit brought star appeal and high approval ratings to Crist’s campaign.

Bill Clinton followed a line-up of Democrats which among others included Representative Kathy Castor, Senator Bill Nelson, Charlie Crist’s running mate Annette Taddeo and Charlie Crist himself. The message from all the speakers w...

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Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg listen

10/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Moral Mondays, labor, unions, Florida, Voting, elections

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A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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Libertarian candidate for Florida Gov. Adrian Wyllie joins Radioactivity listen

10/21/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Adrian Wyllie, elections, Florida

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Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist hold their final debate tonight on CNN. The 7 p.m. debate will take place in Jacksonville. CNN has notified both candidates that its rules specify no electronic equipment - including fans - for the face-off.

And while Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie's legal challenge to get into last week’s debate wasn't successful, the third-party candidate is doing his own live webcast in Jacksonville to respond to debate questions. Wyllie joins Radioacti...

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Florida voters to decide on proposed constitutional amendments this election listen

10/14/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Will Abberger, Amendment 1, Florida

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This election, Florida voters will decide on three proposed constitutional amendments. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks about Amendment One with Will Abberger, the campaign manager for the amendment.

Amendment 1 would set aside one-third of documentary stamp taxes – paid when real estate is sold – to conservation measures aimed at protecting drinking water sources, restoring the Everglades, and reviving the state’s historic commitment to preserving natural lands and wildlife habita...

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Army reservist sues Gov. Scott saying he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, labor, lawsuit, Iraq, Afghanistan, Florida

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An Army reservist is suing the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott because he claims he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Walter Kreitlow had been employed in law enforcement since 1989. But he says on his third overseas deployment he was terminated from his position with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In a conference call with reporters this morning, Kreitlow’s attorney Thomas Dickens said in doing so, the Scott ...

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Jobs, economy at top of list of concerns for Floridians listen

09/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Sunshine State Survey, Florida, USF, Susan McManus, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

The results are in: Floridians care about schools, crime, immigration, the environment ... but most about jobs and the economy.

Those are the findings of The Sunshine State Survey. University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus announced the results in a telephone conference with media Thursday.

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John Morgan and Grady Judd spar during Lakeland debate on medical marijuana listen

08/29/14 David Byant
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, Grady Judd, Pasco County, Lakeland, marijuana, Charlotte's Web, Amendment 2, Florida

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In front of a raucous standing-room-only crowd of almost 700 people Thursday night, six panelists argued in favor or against Amendment 2, the Florida medical marijuana initiative, which voters will decide on November 4. The forum was held at Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland on August 28. As the moderator, Lakeland Ledger Editor Lenore Devore, pointed out, it was designed to be an educational session, not a debate. Audience members were encouraged not to applaud or speak out, but the ra...

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League of Women Voters upset judge accepts redrawn Florida Congressional districts listen

08/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: League of Women Voters, Florida, Deirdre MacNab, redistricting, Florida Legislature, WMNF News, Seán Kinane

Last Friday a judge in Tallahassee approved new congressional maps redrawn by the Florida Legislature. But for this year’s elections maps that the judge previously declared unconstitutional will be used.

For reaction WMNF News spoke Monday with Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Polls for the primary election are open from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday until 7:00 p.m.

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