Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, November 28 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 30 @ 12:00 PM
Xavier Suarez on Marine Stadium Last week, the proposal to renovate the Miami Marine Stadium crumbled after City of Miami officials expressed great reservations regarding the funding proposal. The city announced it would pursue a smaller deal that would focus only on stadium improvements and keeping the Miami International Boat Show at this historic waterfront venue - suggesting a competitive bidding process and even a possible voter referendum. One county commissioner, Xavier Suarez, shares his concerns that he previously expressed in a memo to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado prior to the city's decision.
Guest: Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
Solar Energy in the Sunshine State According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Florida ranks third for solar potential nationally, but ranked 18th when it comes to development of this clean energy option. Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy discusses the untapped clean energy potential in Florida and how climate change plays a role.
Guest: Stephen Smith, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Friday, November 21 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 23 @ 12:00 PM
Presidential Executive Order on Immigration In an address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama added to the ever present controversy within immigration reform by declaring a temporary stay for some 5 million illegal immigrants. His order included deferring deportation for parents of U.S. citizens or those with legal permanent residency who have been in the country for at least five years —“Dreamers” would also not face deportation. House Speaker John Boehner made a statement speaking out against this order, saying this will “just encourage even more illegal immigrants to cross our border”. What does this mean for permanent immigration reform?
Guests: Rudy Fernandez, Republican Political Strategist John de Leon, Esq., Law Offices of Chavez & de Leon, P.A. Jose Mallea, The Libre Initiative Olga Porven, Esq., Olga Porven, P.A.
Friday, November 14 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 16 @ 12:00 PM
United Way Study of “Working Poor” According to a study released by The United Way, 30% of households in Florida are barely surviving – living paycheck to paycheck. The study looks closely at the working poor, who are those between the poverty line and middle class and are unable to save for the future; any emergency can cause them to fall into poverty. Do we need to redefine the definition of the middle class as we know it?
Guest: Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Rebirth of Miami Marine Stadium This week, a two-year agreement was announced, bringing the Miami International Boat Show to the iconic Miami Marine Stadium which has been closed for over 20 years due to damage from Hurricane Andrew. The non-profit Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, which was formed in the hopes of preserving the historic venue, hopes this agreement will help fund the $30 million restoration project. But in the long term, will it be financially self-sustaining?
Guests: Hilario Candela, FAIA, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium Jorge Hernandez, AIA, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium
Diabetes Awareness Month According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million are pre-diabetic. Cookbook author and columnist Linda Gassenheimer joins Helen to share ways to manage diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.
Friday, November 7 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 9 @ 12:00 PM
Midterm Elections Review Just two years ago, a number of polls rated Governor Rick Scott as being the most unpopular governor in the U.S. This week, he was narrowly re-elected, defeating former Governor Charlie Crist in one of the country's closest and most expensive races. Also on the ballot were a number of amendments including medical marijuana, which surprised many when it failed to pass by two percentage points. Our panel discusses what this midterm election means for Republicans, Democrats and the state of Florida.
Guests: Brian May, Floridian Partners Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, October 31 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 2 @ 12:00 PM
Opposition to FIU Expansion Referendum The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition, has had a good relationship with Florida International University in the past, even donating $3.2 million towards the construction of the university's football stadium -- but this relationship now seems strained. The Youth Fair is challenging an initiative on the ballot looking to expand FIU onto the fair’s current location at Tamiami Park and subsequently moving the Youth Fair. But, the fair’s president and CEO claims that even if this referendum does pass, it will not force a relocation due to the terms of its lease with the county.
Guest: Robert Hohenstein, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Amendment 1 – Land & Water Conservation Championed by both republicans and democrats, Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution looks to ensure land and water conservation projects are adequately financed by committing one third of Florida’s real estate documentary stamp tax revenues to protecting the state's environment. But, will it tie the hands of the legislature in the event of a future economic downturn?