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Wednesday April 16, 2014

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HEALTH CARE PLAN - Mitch Perry

Since 1991, the Health Care plan created by the Hillsborough County Commission has been lauded as one of the finest in the nation……..The plan originally authorized a half cent sales tax to create a program for the indigent in the County…… The tax was lowered to a quarter cent back in 1997…..

But the program is now being squeezed……After years of stable enrollment, there has been a 5 ½% increase in citizens entering the program…..Couple th...

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UPSKI ON THE LEAGUE OF PISSED OFF VOTERS-Andrew Stelzer

William Wimsatt, also known as Upski, is the author of Bomb the Suburbs and No more prisons; hes recently edited and contributed to a new book, How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office, which is the organizing manual for the league of pissed off voters, and indyvoter.org. He will be speaking tonight at Eckerd college at 7pm, yesterday he visited WMNF’s studios to talk about this new project, aimed at organizing young people to get involved in the electoral process.

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NATIONWIDE PROTEST AGAINST SINCLAIR BROADCASTING-Andrew Stelzer

This afternoon, Corporate crimebusters, a group representing Ralph Naders presidential campaign, had 20 of its van around the country deliver letters to many of the 62 TV stations owned by the Sinclair broadcast company to protest their plans to air a program The program includes accusations that John Kerry's anti-war efforts 30 years ago worsened the torture of U.S. prisoners in Vietnam and prolonged the war. In Tampa, Clint Coppernoll was allowed by an armed security guard to enter the lobb...

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KELLY DUANE ON DAVID BROWER DOCUMENTARY - Mitch Perry

Tonight at the Tampa Theatre, there will be a screening about a man considered to be one of the country’s greatest environmentalists - David Brower. ..Brower died 4 years ago in Berkeley at the age of 88……He served as the 1st Executive Director of the Siera Club, a position he held from 1952 through 1969. During his tenure, the organization's membership rose from 2,000 to 77,000.

In 1969 he founded Friends of the Earth along with the League of Conservation Voters and i...

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GREG PALAST ON ELECTIONS - Mitch Perry

Rampant voter fraud in Florida will disqualify 200,000 mainly Democratic and African-American voters in 2 weeks…..That’s what journalist Greg Palast alleges in an article to be published in Harpers magazine next week.

In anticipation of the publication of his piece, Palast hosted a nationwide teleconference today…

Palast first reached fame as the reporter who broke the story about the egregiously inaccurate Felon list that was used in 2000 in Florida, which led to te...

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EFFIGY OF LYNCHING IN ST PETE?-Andrew Stelzer

WMNF received a call this morning about an effigy of a black man being hung from a tree on the 5000 block of Martin Luther King Street in North St Petersburg. We spoke to Omali Yeshitela of the UHURU movement.

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Angry neighborhood residents had called the media, but George a police spokesman, said there was nothing to investigate unless a citizen called the police to report a crime.

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In the early afternoon, Nan O’reily, a neighborhood resid...

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PROTEST AT BUSH RALLY IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

Before President Bush came to Pasco County, he held a rally in St Petersburg this morning, giving a similar speech. About 75 people gathered across the street from Progress Energy Park in downtown St Pete, to protest the President’s appearance and his policies.

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Larry Fahn, the president of the Sierra club was among the protestors.

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As the president arrived, the protestors were joined on the sidewalk by about 30 Bush supporters, some of whom came...

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THE PRESIDENT COMES TO TOWN; RALLY IN NEW PORT RICHEY. Mark Antokas

INTRO: With the coming election just weeks away, the Bay area is receiving a lot of attention from the campaign of George W. Bush. This morning, the President attended a rally in St. Petersburg, the first stop of his Bay Area tour. Afterwards, the President appeared with his brother, the Governor, in Pasco County for a rally, which drew more than seven thousand of the party faithful. Later he would travel to The Villages, a sprawling retirement area encompassing Marion, Sumpter, and Lake Cou...

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ERIC ALTERMAN ON WHEN PRESIDENTS LIE - Radioactivity

Author Eric Alterman discussed his new book WHEN PRESIDENTS LIE. It covers lies told by FDR, JFK, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Alterman thinks that the lying tends to compound a problem and that by simply telling the truth the presidents and our democracy would be better off.

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