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Meek's "Real Dem Express" passes through Tampa Bay area listen

08/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The day after another testy debate with primary opponent Jeff Greene, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek was back on the campaign trail. Today’s leg of the ten-day trip took U.S. Rep. Meek through Tampa Bay. Much of the contest between Meek and billionaire newcomer Greene has consisted of character attacks. But today Meek took the spotlight off his main opponent and spoke with WMNF about what he’s seen in the first seven days of the tour.

Meek spoke to reporters aboard his to...

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First day of early voting brings out politicos listen

08/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If you couldn’t tell by the clusters of candidate signs at polling sites today marks the start of early voting for the August 24 primary election. While there weren’t exactly lines out the door at the polls, political die-hards were out in full force.

Outside the College Hill Branch Library in East Tampa, the midday sun was getting harsh. Former state legislator and current Hillsborough County Commission candidate Les Miller was standing in the shade next to dozens of signs sporting th...

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Florida Democrats select party delegates listen

03/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Although there is still considerable question whether they’ll be seated at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August, registered Florida Democrats throughout the state came out this past Saturday to vote in caucuses to select delegates for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Based on the results of the Jan. 29 primary, Clinton received 67 district level delegates, Obama got 41, and John Edwards won 13.

Depending on what happens in tomorrow’s crucial primaries, those 67 ...

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Local delegate selection is this weekend

02/27/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Going into next week’s series of four primary elections, Barack Obama hold a 91-delegate lead over Hillary Clinton. But who are these delegates? And when the question comes to Florida, will they count?

That has yet to be decided. But the Florida Democratic Party will decide this Saturday who those representative delegates are.

The delegates are broken down by Congressional District. So in the 25 districts throughout the state, those delegates will be chosen Caucus-style on Saturda...

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Pinellas DEC holds Super Tuesday returns event

02/06/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee held a Super Tuesday returns party at the Beach Theater in St. Pete Beach.

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Do or die for Guiliani tonight listen

01/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two new polls show the Florida GOP presidential primary Tuesday is too close to call, and tonight’s nationally televised debate from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton could have a decisive impact on next week’s winner.

A Strategic Visions Poll released this morning shows John McCain leading with 25 percent of the vote, Rudy Guiliani is second with 22 percent, Mitt Romney at 20 percent and Mike Huckabee at 18 percent. That contrasts with a St. Pete Times/Miami Herald poll re...

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Democrats urge candidates to campaign here listen

01/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of elected Democrats held a news conference today to formally ask the Democratic Party chairs in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, to release the candidates for president from their no-campaign pledge in Florida.

The major candidates all signed such a pledge after the Democratic National Committee declared that no delegates would be awarded in the Jan. 29 primary because the state went against DNC rules in pushing the primary up to January....

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Obama, Clinton trade accusations listen

01/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Democratic candidates for president showed little interest in last night’s Michigan primary, instead participating in Las Vegas in a nationally televised debate, four days before the important Nevada Caucuses.

That’s because the Democratic National Committee had already declared that the delegates won in Michigan would not count, because of penalties the DNC imposed on Michigan Democrats for violating party rules by holding a primary in January.

It’s the exact same penalty i...

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Tampa Obama supporters remain optimistic listen

01/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Among the citizens most disappointed by last night’s results from New Hampshire were the Barack Obama supporters who gathered at the Hip Hop Soda Shop in north Tampa.

Dozens of people gathered in the early evening at Fowler Avenue restaurant to watch the election results and celebrate another Obama victory.

But that did not happen. Before the polls closed, however, the feeling of optimism was thick in the air as supporters discussed what they would do next to try to bring the Illinois...

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N.H. victory buoys Clinton supporters listen

01/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillary Clinton has consistently led the polls in Florida for the Democratic nomination over the past year. The first Florida poll released since Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa shows the race tightening in the sunshine state.

The Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion Survey conducted for the Southern Political Report shows that Clinton’s double digit lead over Obama has dwindled to 8 points, 40 –32.

Clinton has many supporters in the Tampa Bay area. Former Gubernatorial candidate B...

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