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Potential Democratic rival calls for SEC investigation of Brown-Waite trades

06/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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GOP Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite is downplaying reports that some stock purchases she made last year have created a conflict of interest problem.

A Cleveland Plain Dealer story published last Friday showed that Brown-Waite, along with several other members on the House Financial Services Committees, bought or sold stocks at the same time the federal government was spending billions of dollars into financial markets.

Brown-Waite says she lost money on her trades, and voted against the...


Tampa may get second Social Security Hearing Office listen

02/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Bay could soon get a second Social Security hearing office to reduce its substantial backlog of requests for disability claims.

When someone files for disability claims with the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Tampa, they have to wait more than a year before receiving benefits.

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue toured the office Friday morning.

“We’re looking at about 590 da...

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Local members of Congress skip TV debates listen

10/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today two local Congressional candidates called on a public television station to provide a full opportunity for them to be seen and heard by the public.

WEDU, the local Public Broadcasting System affiliate, has canceled televised debates because they say the incumbents, Ginny Brown-Waite and Gus Bilirakis, have declined to participate.

A representative from the television station said today that the candidates would be offered time to appear on a show that would include political analy...


Democrats vie in Florida's 5th District listen

08/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Three Democrats are running for the chance to face Republican
Ginny Brown-Waite in November in Florida’s 5th Congressional District. The District includes parts of eight counties, including Hernando and Pasco.

John Russell is perhaps the best known candidate in the race. It’s his third consecutive campaign. At a forum in Tampa yesterday, WMNF asked if he’s a better candidate the third time around.

One of Russell’s opponents is 69-year-old retired schoolteacher Carol Castagner...

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Protesters target Brown-Waite over comment listen

02/28/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite angered many last month when she referred to residents of Guam and Puerto Rico as “foreign citizens.” Her comments came in a press release regarding the tax rebates that Americans will receive under Congress’ economic stimulus package.

Today, nearly 100 people protested against Brown-Waite outside her Brooksville office.

A busload of more than 50 Puerto Ricans and their supporters from Orlando joined two-dozen Hernando County residents in a march down ...

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