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Congress member Castor says women and doctors should make healthcare choices not a few older white men listen

07/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, Women's rights, reproductive rights, birth control, Supreme Court, SCOTUS, kathy castor

Legislation that could undo the effects of the controversial Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling is stalled in Congress. The “Not my Boss’s Business Act” would force employers who don’t offer health insurance that includes contraceptive coverage to start carrying it even though the Supreme Court said they don’t have to. Tampa area Congress member Kathy Castor spoke out against what she sees as a blatant attack on women during a rally in downtown Tampa Monday.

“We’re going to have a little di...

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Activists in Tampa still seething over Hobby Lobby birth control decision listen

07/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS, birth control, Women's rights, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

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It’s been a week and a half since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the retail chain Hobby Lobby and other corporations could refuse birth control coverage if it contradicts its religious edicts. Groups across the nation are continuing to show outrage through creative protests. Here in Tampa, about 40 activists took to the federal courthouse Thursday with signs condemning the decision.

“I was really frickin’ pissed off.”

That’s Bonnie Axler. She’s a concerned mother whose daughter relies on...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: unions, healthcare, labor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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SCOTUS decision says religion is an OK reason to deny contraception to employees listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, Women's rights, birth control, contraception, Religion, First Amendment, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Some employers won’t have to provide birth control for employees through coverage in their health plans. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday sided with the retail chain Hobby Lobby that argued they shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives. Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy called the case another corporate person-hood issue.

“That’s one of the reasons that if you have a religious objection you can’t be drafted to go to war. If you have a religious...

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Supreme Court upholds right of governments to pray during meetings listen

05/05/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Stetson, SCOTUS, Religion, First Amendment, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, Supreme Court

A town in upstate New York will be allowed to continue its longtime practice of praying before government meetings after a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday. Louis Virelli is a professor of constitutional law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. WMNF spoke with him about the ruling that the town of Greece, NY does not violate the First Amendment.

The 5-4 decision also noted that most of the town’s religious congregations are Christian and that the city should not b...

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ACLU of Florida blasts SCOTUS decision overturning provision of Voting Rights Act as radical conservatism listen

06/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had been used as recently as last year to ensure voting laws don’t discriminate. During a phone conference today, the ACLU of Florida condemned the high court’s decision as radical conservatism. Howard Simon is the group’s executive director.

Under section five of the Voting Rights Act certain states and localities, including Hills...

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Holy Land Five awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision to see if their appeal will be heard listen

10/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: 29 October 2012 - The Supreme Court will not hear arguments in this case.

Today, the United States Supreme Court will decide whether to hear arguments in a case against five people from the Holy Land Foundation jailed for giving humanitarian aid to a group alleged to have ties to terrorism. Yesterday a small contingent of local activists waved signs on a street corner near USF Tampa to protest the conviction of the Holy Land Five.

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Your thoughts on the Affordable Care Act and the recent Supreme Court ruling

06/29/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we opened up the phones to get your take on the highly anticipated Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act.

In a 5 to 4 ruling on Thursday, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" that will require most Americans to purchase private health insurance by 2014.

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