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Thursday April 24, 2014

Craft beer and school voucher legislation move in Tallahassee

For four years craft breweries have been hoping to correct an anomaly in state law by having a law passed that allows them to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer. But each year Big Beer interests have thwarted that legislation. Josh Aubuchon from the Florida Brewers Guild talks about what's happening right now with bills in the House and Senate.

In the second part of the program, Susan Smith, the head of the Florida Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, talks about her issues with a bill that ...

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Radioactivity takes listener calls

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens the phone lines to take listener calls on top news stories this week.

Media included on today's show:

Eric Holder To Louie Gohmert: "You Don't Want To Go There, Buddy"

No Tax For Tracks "TRUE FALSE"

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From a Woman's POV discusses equal pay for equal work and a documentary film explores abortions on ships in offshore waters

Equal Pay for Equal Work:

An absolute cornerstone for women’s independence is to be paid fairly for their talents and their skills. From the Get-go, women start out behind, they never catch up – 78 cents fo the dollar if you are a white woman, 62 cents if you are African American, and 59 cents if you are Hispanic. This adds up month after month and can be worth $500,000 to 2 million in a lifetime. The face of poverty is that of a woman – either an elderly woman on a fixed income, or a s...

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No Tax For Tracks spokesperson Barbara Haseldon shows slides she says are evidence that PSTA doesn't have a fiscally sustainable plan.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Both sides of Pinellas County transit referendum say the other is spreading misinformation

Both sides of a controversial transit referendum in Pinellas County think the other is spreading misinformation. During a debate at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Thursday, PSTA board member Ken Welch accused the group No Tax for Tracks of blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Welch was interrupted by longtime opponent David McKalip.

"There are so many misinformation items being put out there. Look, I'm used to this because I was chairman during the fluoride debate, Dr. McAlister. I'm use...

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Radioactivity airs Ralph Nader Radio Hour show

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an episode from the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Ralph Nader is in dialogue with David Feldman and Steve Skrovan, discussing the big issues of the day. Nader is on the 100 most influential Americans of the 20 th century, according to Time/Life. David Feldman is an Emmy Award winning writer and host of the David Feldman Radio Show. Steve Skrovan is a former TV host (MTV and Fox) and is also the co-director/producer of the documentary film An Unreasonable Man....

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Invisible Innocence - Homeless Teens

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with author Maria Fabian about her new book, Invisible Innocence which examines child homelessness. We’re told there are about 1.7 million homeless teenagers in America. Half the young people in shelters say their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care. Some reports have it that an average of 13 youth die every day on the streets.

Listen to the entire show above

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Four years after oil spill, environmentalists still looking for restoration

A National Wildlife Federation study of Gulf wildlife four years after the BP oil spill shows a continued effect on bottlenose dolphins. According to the report, since 2010, more than 900 dolphins have found dead or stranded in the affected area and last year dolphins were found dead at three times the rate considered normal. The study also looked at ongoing affects on birds, whales and varies species of fish. During a teleconference today, Dr. Pamela Plotkin, an oceanography research profess...

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Professor David Schultz

Professor says McCutcheon decision uses first amendment as thuggery and a new study looks at how the gender gap keeps women in poverty

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Professor David Schultz, author of Election Law and Democratic Theory, Ashgate Publishing (Jan 2014) about the Lessons of the McCutcheon decision in the supreme court. Last week, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was argued in front of the supreme court and its decision struck down aggregate political contribution limits.

At the core of the McCutcheon is the argument that all individuals have a right...

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Chair of Pinellas County Commission discusses budget and State Representative Dwight Dudley talks solar engery

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses this week’s e-town hall meeting about Pinellas County’s budget with Karen Seal who is chair of the Pinellas County Commission. Pinellas County has a lot of big decisions to make in the next few months over mass transportation, the bed tax and ambulance services.

Later Rob speaks with three Swedish students (Imanuel, Hannah, Anna) who are part of a larger group which sailed a tall ship to Tampa. Rob talks to State Representative Dwight Dudley abo...

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