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Floridians tell Tallahassee: do your job, pass a budget and fund Amendment One listen

06/01/15 Samuel Johnson
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Dwight Dudley, amendment one, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Tallahassee, Cypress Point Park, Conservation, protection, water, Everglades, springs, Legislature, budget


Florida citizens are demanding state legislators uphold their duty and pass a budget to properly fund Amendment One. Saturday afternoon in Tampa and across the state, conservationists, advocacy groups, residents and local politicians rallied to put the Water and Land Conservation Amendment funding on the top of legislators minds.Florida House Representative Dwight Dudley thinks the unwillingness to fund Amendment One smacks of betrayal and tyranny.

In Tampa's Cypress Point Park more than 1...

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Medicaid and Florida

03/13/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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As Republicans in the Congress and the State House push back against the 2012 election returns… at their political peril some say, insisting that the majority of Americans support higher taxes for the rich and health care reform…

Those critics say the GOP may be divided over issues like Immigration, but continues, for example here in Florida, over its own Republican Governor’s objections, to pursue an agenda to deny Medicaid expansion in Florida to a million poor and uninsured...

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Protesters criticize Florida's Republican Legislature at an Awake the State rally in St. Petersburg listen

05/11/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year there have been rallies in Florida by people upset at policies pushed by the Republican-dominated state Legislature. Twenty-three Awake the State rallies were held across the state yesterday, including one at the office of Representative Jeff Brandes in St. Petersburg.

About sixty people held signs and shouted slogans outside the office of Republican Jeff Brandes on North 4th street. They encouraged drivers to honk their horns as they drove by. This is F. Timothy Martin, one of t...


State Senate panel OK's bill that would lift ban on lobbyist gifts listen

04/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Tallahassee today a Senate ethics panel advanced a bill that would do away with a ban on gifts from lobbyist. Unlike most other controversial items on the legislature’s plate this session, it garnered support from Republicans and Democrats.

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks urged the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections to once again allow lobbyists to buy lunch for lawmakers. He said it’s about jobs.

"Since the legislative expenditure ban was adopted in 2005 the restaur...


Plastic flamingos, St. Pete officials unite to fight proposed pro-fertilizer industry law listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, cities throughout Florida have been banning use of certain fertilizers with the hope of curbing water pollution. Now, the state legislature is pushing through a law that would limit local control over fertilizer use. Today St. Petersburg became the latest city to pass a resolution opposing that bill.

The front lawn at St. Petersburg City Hall went kitsch this morning ahead of the City Council meeting. Dozens of pink plastic flamingos covered the small rectangle of grass. I...

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City Council rejects proposal for local vendor preference listen

11/12/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council rejected a proposal today that would have given local businesses preference in bidding for city contracts. The proposal was intended to give local businesses a leg up in the bidding process, but many state-wide construction companies opposed the idea, saying that it might discourage competition.

Gregory Spearman is the director of the City of Tampa purchasing department. He defined a regional preference as a policy or ordinance which imposes legislative requirements...

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Pinellas teachers give school board an earful listen

05/28/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Pinellas County school board meeting last night was crowded with students being honored for their achievements, their proud parents holding cameras and the teachers who helped them along the way. But the largest group was the 50 or so teachers, dressed in dark colors to symbolize their frustrations with proposed pay cuts and closing schools.

Kim Black, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, says that even Texas, another state with no income tax, didn’t increase the...

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