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Tuesday April 28, 2015

Equality Florida Town Hall Meeting in Response to County Commission Anti-Gay Policy - by Emily Reddy

On Monday night more than 700 people gathered at the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa to respond to the recent Hillsborough County Commission decision that the county "abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events." This vote and decision came after controversy arose about a library display on gay and lesbian literature at West Gate Regional Library. The display was removed after some patrons complained and was later replaced by a smaller d...

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Among the many new state laws taking effect next month is a bill that will eliminate thousands of lawsuits, by creating new legal tests for those who claim exposure to asbestos makes them severely sick.

Florida is the 4th state to approve such medical criteria legislation in the past year, along with Texas, Ohio and Georgia.

The act also prohibits the awarding of punitive damages.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral ingredient used as insulation in floors and roofsâ...

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Karen Burns, the co-president of the league of women voters of Florida, is on the charter review commission of Pinellas county. As part of that process, she is introducing an idea today, to make the counties supervisor of elections a non-partisan official. WMNF spoke to Burns about the idea, which has broad support, but cant seem to make it into law here in Florida.


That was Karen Burns of the league of women voters. For more information about ...

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Governor Bush signed three new elections bills today, regarding campaign finance, the felons voting list, early voting among other issues. Many aspects of the new laws are upsetting to voters rights advocates. Some new laws are focused on election day itself and the early voting process. Early voting, which was considered a success, will now be less flexible---it must be standardized county wide, and be limited to eight hours on weekdays and weekends over a 15-day period before Election Da...

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Tampa Mayor Iorio joined us for this half hour. Iorio spoke out strongly against the Hillsborough County Commission vote last week to ban county involvement in marking gay pride events. She explained her vision for Tampa's downtown Riverfront. She discussed why the high cost of repairs makes her skeptical about saving Kiley Park. She defended the old federal courthouse as an ideal place for the new Tampa Museum of Art. And she took phone calls from listeners on a variety of topics including a...

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Black Judges On Justice

Yale graduate- Rhone Frazier joins the program to guest host. He interviews Mr.Lynn Washington, editor of the Philadelphia Tribune.

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KAREN DOERING, Esq., Hillsborough County Commission Bans Recognition of Gay Pride - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Hillsborough County Commission Bans Recognition of Gay Pride

Karen Doering, Esq. Karen Doering will discuss the policy adopted by the County Commission Wednesday. Karen joined National Center for Lesbian Rights in February 2002. Doering has extensive experience litigating civil rights cases. She first joined Equality Florida in 1998 as a volunteer attorney, and left private practice in February 2001 to help create Equality Florida's Legal Advocacy Project. While at Equality Florida, she ...

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"THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX," POV Documentary, Marion Lipschutz, filmmaker and Shelby Knox - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Sex, Lies and Education

Shelby Knox, subject and Rose Rosenblatt, filmmaker (with Marion Lipschutz), “The Education of Shelby Knox.� What’s it like to be a Christian teenage girl today? The Sundance award-winning film, “The Education of Shelby Knox� profiles a young native of Lubbock, Texas, on the rocky road through high school. At 15, Shelby pledges celibacy until marriage, but because Lubbock has one of the highest teen pregnancy and STD rates in the stat...

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MEDEA BENJAMIN, CODE PINK - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Stop the Next War Now

Medea Benjamin, co-editor of the book, Stop the Next War Now – Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans edited this book published by Inner Ocean Publishing. Foreword is by Alice Walker, introduction by Arundhati Roy, more than 70 of the world’s most visionary experts and activists contribute to this new collection of essays. Medea will talk with Mary about the book and about current actions sponsored by Code Pink...

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