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Obama camp pushing voting early in Florida even before early voting starts listen

10/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Obama for America organizers across the state are asking supporters to cast their mail in ballots in person at local Supervisors of Elections offices. It’s the first time a statewide group has used in-person absentee ballots to entice people to vote. Meeting with Obama supporters at the elections office in downtown St. Pete Wednesday morning, Democratic Florida Representative Rick Kriseman said it’s a response the a new voting law that reduces the number of early voting days.

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In Seminole Obama says voters have a choice to make listen

09/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At an impassioned grassroots speaking event, President Barack Obama told voters they have an obvious choice to make. Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the St. Pete College Seminole campus on Saturday, the president wooed the crowd with a combination of wit and optimism.

Hot on the heels of his Democratic nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte, Obama reiterated some of his priorities in office. In sync with the day’s venue, Obama criticized Republicans for wanting to “gut” education....

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Nina Hayden loses to Jack Latvala in Florida Senate Race listen

11/03/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nina Hayden lost by about 19,000 votes in Pinellas and by around 17,000 in Hillsbourough, her district split between the two counties.

When asked about the possibility of running again, Hayden was vague about what was in store for the future.

When she called Jack Latvala, the winner of the race, to congratulate him, she made it clear that she wanted to stay involved with the community.

According to Hayden, Latvala expressed regret that money was so essential when running a campaign.

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Pinellas Democrats hold inaguration party in Gulfport listen

01/21/09 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night at the Gulfport Casino, the Pinellas County Democrats celebrated the historic election of Barack Obama. Complete with hors d’oeuvres, live music and a cash bar, the event drew a large crowd of Democrats from across the bay area.

The Gulfport Casino was the location for the celebration of Obama’s historic victory. Hosted by the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee, tickets were $20. Shortly after doors opened, tickets were sold out and people were turned away at the do...

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Tampa activist appeals lawsuit against DNC listen

01/08/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After the Democratic National Committee (DNC) stripped Florida’s of its presidential delegates because of the timing of the state’s primary election last January, a Democratic activist in Tampa filed a lawsuit claiming that in doing so, the party discriminated against Florida voters.

Today, Victor DiMaio asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to rule that the DNC disenfranchised Florida’s Democrats by not allowing them to choose their party’s nominee for president.

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Sarasota DEC elects new slate of officers

12/08/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sarasota County DEC members gathered Friday night to elect new officers. This occurs every four years during the presidential election cycle. The current chair was re-elected but not without some controversy.

In the only contested race, current Vice Chair Jim Keeney defeated his challenger by two votes.

When current chair Rita Ferrandino presented her slate of officers for re-election to the DEC, only one challenger step forward to run for vice chair. Earlier in the week mailers went...

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Pasco DEC chair defends her tenure

12/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tomorrow in Pasco County, Democrats will decide whether to retain their current chair, Allison Morano, or vote for her challenger, Jose Pena.

We heard from Pena last night; tonight, we hear from the incumbent.

Allison Morano has been in the Sunshine State for nearly a decade. She ended up leading the Pasco County Chamber of Commerce from 2001 to 2004. She then got involved with the Pasco Democrats, saying that the party wasn’t very strong. She was elected chair of the Party in early 20...

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Pinellas DEC race - Part 3 listen

12/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in Tampa, Hillsborough County Republicans elected Deborah Cox-Roush to be their new Chairperson.

Meanwhile, Pinellas County Democrats will vote for a new chairman tomorrow night.

Ramsey McLaughlin, Mark Hanisee and Jack Killingsworth are the candidates.

Tonight, we speak to Jack Killingsworth, who was just on the ballot in Pinellas County last month challenging longtime incumbent Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. He lost.

Killingsworth is an electrical engineer; h...

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Hillsborough Democrats elect new officers listen

12/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last month, Hillsborough County Democrats voted for Barack Obama for President, and knocked out key Republicans Buddy Johnson and Brian Blair in local elections.

Still high off that success, last night an overflow crowd of Hillsborough Democrats voted to elect Pat Kemp their new chairperson. She defeated Brandon-based consultant James Randolph.

Kemp has been involved in county politics for two decades, while Randolph is not as well known, working in eastern Hillsborough. But in his br...

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Ramsey McLaughlin on why he wants to be Pinellas DEC Chairman listen

12/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tonight in Tampa, local Democrats will choose a new chairperson to run the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee. The race is between current Vice Chair Pat Kemp and Brandon businessman James Randolph.

Tomorrow, Hillsborough Republicans will choose their new leader. Deborah Cox-Roush, the current special events coordinator for the local party, is expected to win that position.

And on Thursday, Pinellas County Democrats will vote for their new chairperson.WMNF will fea...

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