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Florida Senate rejects e-Verify amendment of controversial immigration bill listen

05/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A late-filed amendment filed by Senator John thrasher that would have required state employers to use e-Verify failed during the Senate’s debate of a controversial Arizona-style immigration bill. That amendment would fine businesses up to $1,500 for each worker found to be unauthorized to work in the US. While his Senate colleagues had harsh criticisms of the federal E-verify system, Thrasher defended the system.

"There aren't a lot of perfect systems out there for doing what we want t...


Andrew Weil on Health care; Ken Silverstein on Arizona and Sara Palin on Vitriol

01/12/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei.

Coming up, interviews with Dr. Andrew Weil on his new book, "You Can't Afford to Get Sick" (Plume) in which he says our health care system is far too expensive and needs to be reformed. He says the causes of the high cost are insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Weil advocates less reliance on technology and a re-orientation of the system to provide more integrative medicine and training to show doctors how the body, in m...

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US Rep. Castor speaks about AZ tragedy and shooting of colleague Gabrielle Giffords listen

01/10/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two days after the Arizona shooting that killed six and wounded twelve, including Democratic US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, officials and the media are trying to make sense of what happened. One Tampa Bay area member of Congress took a moment from her first scheduled appearance since the massacre to reflect on her colleague and the political climate many believe spawned the tragedy.

As US Representative Gabrielle Giffords lies in an Arizona hospital bed wounded from a pointblank gun...


Debate: Does Florida Need An Arizona-Style Immigration Law?

08/04/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today- Does Florida need a state immigration law similar to Arizona’s?

Our guests are:

John Hendrix, one of the founders of the largest Tea Party’s in the Tampa Bay area. He’s a Minuteman and has acted as an observer on the US border with Mexico;

And Luis Lopez, President of the Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay; the group includes: The League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispanic Young Profession...

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Frank Sanchez supports travel from Tampa to Cuba and opposes Arizona law listen

08/02/10 Franco Silva, Yadira Caro & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former Tampa Mayoral candidate Frank Sanchez serves in the Obama administration as the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade.

In an interview that will air Wednesday morning on WMNF, The hosts of Latino 54, Franco Silva and Yadira Caro, speak with Frank Sanchez about a range of subjects including Arizona’s new immigration law and the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

"We already d a fair amount of trade with Cuba. Mostly agricultural and medical goods. In fact, I believe we are Cub...

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Two state lawmakers call for AZ-style immigration law listen

07/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An Arizona-style immigration law is one step closer to getting onto the books in Florida. Today two state legislators called on their colleagues to take up three bills related to undocumented immigrants. State Rep. Kevin Ambler, a Tampa Republican who is sponsoring the House bills, said there is overwhelming support for a crackdown on so-called illegal immigration.

"A special session is a very appropriate venue for us to bring an issue forward that is at the forefront of voter's minds. An...


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