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Group says Koch Brothers are close with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott listen

05/07/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: politics, elections, Rick Scott, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Koch brothers, money in politics, American Bridge

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A liberal group critical of the influence of the Koch Brothers on politics is slamming the billionaires’ ties with three Florida Republicans.

In a conference call Thursday the group American Bridge announced findings of their report called “Florida Man Buys State: Koch Impacts in the Sunshine State.”

Their director of special projects, Pete Jones, says the Kochs have cultivated tight relationships with Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio and former gover...

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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Race, politics, dog whistle politics, Ian Haney Lopez, George Wallace, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Rob Lorei, wmnf

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In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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Howard Troxler on Media

05/22/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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In Wednesday's edition of Last Call, Warren Elly discusses the fall of the journalism industry with guest Howard Troxler, a political columnist and reporter.

Find the transcript below: Today… another in our series of broadcasts focusing on the decline and fall of Journalism and the American News Media… after the one-two punch of instant Internet and the contraction of the American economy.Among the consequences critics say; an ever more corrupt political system, reinforced by the con...

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Medicaid and Florida

03/13/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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As Republicans in the Congress and the State House push back against the 2012 election returns… at their political peril some say, insisting that the majority of Americans support higher taxes for the rich and health care reform…

Those critics say the GOP may be divided over issues like Immigration, but continues, for example here in Florida, over its own Republican Governor’s objections, to pursue an agenda to deny Medicaid expansion in Florida to a million poor and uninsured...

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Voter suppression is partisan warfare: USF St. Pete professor listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Republican led State legislatures across the country have passed numerous laws they say will ensure only legitimate voters are casting ballots. Opponents call them voter suppression laws and say they disenfranchise minorities and people with low incomes. Seth McKee, an associate professor of political science at USF St. Pete tackled the issue this month during a lecture at the school’s library.

“Oh, there’s bi-partisan agreement that these laws are just done to protect the integ...

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Last Call with Wayne Garcia

04/21/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Former Creative Loafing columnist and political consultant Wayne Garcia talks about media and politics.

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Charlie Crist speaks in Gulfport on public service, Rick Scott, & the Talking Heads listen

04/12/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Charlie Crist asked for civility between parties and for government officials to use their ears more than their mouths. But that was only part of the former Governors talk on “Public service in a New Era.” As a former governor who once had approval ratings in the 70’s, Crist says he has empathy for current Governor Rick Scott’s recent rating of 35 percent.

“This is a tough time for anyone to be in government and to be leading and I just wish him the best, because the better he d...

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Last Call with Dan Ruth

03/31/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Dan Ruth talks about his career and state/national and local politics.

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St. Pete Beach mayoral hopefuls talk hometown democracy listen

03/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa mayor’s race may have grabbed the lion’s share of headlines in recent months, but communities throughout Tampa Bay have their own political showdowns in the coming days. Next week, one Pinellas Beach will pick its next mayor in a race that may shape the future of the town.

It’s the site of a pricey legal showdown between developers and residents who don’t want to see their community turn into Miami Beach. Four candidates, including the incumbent, are vying to be St. Pete ...

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County Commission candidates debate at Tiger Bay, and Ken Hagan's under fire listen

10/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican Ken Hagan received a firestorm of criticism at today’s debate at the Tiger Bay Club in Downtown Tampa. The Hillsborough County Commission Chair is running for the countywide District 5 seat. He was supposed to debate former Tampa City Council member, Democrat Linda Saul-Sena, and her no-party affiliate competitor Jim Hosler. But Hagan didn’t sh...

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