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Congress member Vern Buchanan denies involvement in illegal campaign finance strategies listen

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida member of Congress Vern Buchanan claims he played no role in illegal campaign finance activity that directly benefited him. After a tax reform panel Friday Buchanan downplayed continued allegations that people are breaking laws to fund his campaigns.

Several friends and acquaintances of Buchanan have been accused of reimbursing their employees for campaign contributions benefiting the four-term member of Congress. It’s called Conduit Contributions and it’s illegal.

“I...

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Integrity Florida's Dan Krassner looks at Ethics in State Government

11/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to WMNF. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Dan Krassner who is executive director of the government watchdog group Integrity Florida. We'll take a look at recent problems at Citizen's Property Insurance, Enterprise Florida and the state's tourism department. We'll also talk about the incoming leader's of the state house and senate and what they are saying about ethics, campaign contributions and reform.

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Voters outraged over anti-Obama lies advertised in Sarasota newspaper listen

09/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 50 people lashed out at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Thursday afternoon over a an anti-Obama ad that ran in Sunday’s paper. At a protest in front of the Sarasota paper’s office, the group set out to debunk false claims about the president.

The ad listed 11 things President Obama will “move America to”. PolitiFact researched nine of the statements and found that none of them were true. Among the claims that received Politifact’s lowest rating, Pants on Fire - Obama wo...

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Ethics questions for media attending Republican convention kick-off party listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some experts in media ethics are wondering if it’s appropriate that some 15,000 journalists will be wined and dined at a kick-off event for the Republican National Convention in St. Petersburg on Sunday. Kelly McBride, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute, said journalists who go might give the public the wrong impression.

“Most independent newsrooms have a policy that says you cannot take freebies from sources that you intend to cover because it could compromise your independence...

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DEP Staffer Suspended Over Defending Wetlands; New Group In Florida Stands Up For Ethics and Against Corruption

05/29/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear about the case of a state environmental worker- who was suspended for trying to protect wetlands… and we’ll talk about ethics in Florida government. The state recently received a low grade on a corruption risk scorecard….

But first four listener comments. One about our program last Friday on which we talked about the purge of Florida voter rolls. And two comments about yesterday’s interview with ...

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Holding Monsanto to Ethical Guidelines on Genetically Modified Food? And the Power of Peacemaking

03/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about genetically modified food and an effort to pressure one of the largest makers of genetically modified food to act ethically. Later we’ll talk with an Atlanta minister who is coming to USF St. Petersburg tomorrow to conduct a dialogue on the efficacy of non-violence…..

Our first guest is Nate Walker who is a Unitarian minister in Philadelphia….

Since November 2009, Walker has been engaged in tryin...

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Political Scientist Benjamin Barber discusses the importance of each citizen in solving global issues listen

03/05/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some of the most important issues affecting people today—disease, terrorism, climate change—are not defined by region, but instead are global problems. That’s the take of political scientist Benjamin Barber, who spoke Wednesday night on The Ethics of Global Citizenship at St. Petersburg College in Seminole.

Barber began by illustrating just how connected the United States is to the rest of the world. He said that many Americans focus on the borders that o...

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Ethical Questions Swirling Around Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

06/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: Has Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas committed ethics violations that raise serious questions about his judicial independence and fairness? We’re joined now by a Ian Millhiser a writer for Think Progress who has been tracking the allegations against Clarence Thomas. The questions surrounding Thomas include gifts from wealthy people who may have interests before the court...

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Transgender activist says she's been denied chance to talk with St Pete College students listen

04/21/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Gianna Chao is an advocate and activist for transgender issues and is a transwoman. She and her creative partner, Alexandria Brown, have created web videos under a partnership called Techno Feminist Utopia. They were invited to speak to an applied ethics class at St. Petersburg College, but Chao says they found out the invitation had been rescinded, but not by the professor or the students.

"From what I know, the class is an applied ethics class at St. Petersburg College and they were goi...

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Grand jury recommends beefed-up anti-corruption laws, but will the state legislature actually listen? listen

12/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A state grand jury has affirmed something that Carl Hiaasen fans already know: Florida politics is rife with corruption. Yesterday the Florida Attorney General’s Office issued a report from the Nineteenth Statewide Grand Jury on Corruption. The panel said corruption is rampant at all levels of government.

When it comes to corruption convictions, Florida was number one in the nation between 1998 and 2007. The Sunshine State saw 800 in that time. New York State was a runner-up at 700. That...

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