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 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?
Friday, October 24 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 26 @ 12:00 PM
Informed Voters Project The Informed Voters Project is a new initiative by The National Association of Women Judges to educate voters on how to judge a judge. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente joins Helen to discuss the importance of knowing how to vote for judges, based on specific qualities as opposed to a political party, which could threaten the independence of the courts.
Guest: Justice Barbara Pariente, Florida Supreme Court
Opposition to New Miami-Dade Courthouse There is one ballot question in particular that is garnering a lot of attention with Miami-Dade County voters -- whether or not to raise property taxes to pay for the construction of a new courthouse. One vocal critic claims the county has the money for a temporary fix to the current, aging building, while other options and existing locations can be considered.
Guest: Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dist. 6
Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
Broward College Gubernatorial Debate Florida politics has once again been thrust into the national spotlight with one term: “#fangate”. The day after the gubernatorial debate at Broward College, “#fangate” was front page news and the butt of jokes by late night talk show hosts and on social media. Did this incident deter potential voters or will this newly added interest in the gubernatorial race bring them to the polls?
Guests: Victoria Brower, Broward College Ray Ruga, CVOX Group Justin Sayfie, SayfieReview.com
Re-Authorization of Children’s Services Council A re-authorization for each Children's Services Council in the state is required by law to ensure an electoral oversight on how tax payers' dollars are used and to justify themselves to voters. On the November 4th ballot, Broward County voters will be asked if their Children's Services Council should remain in existence.
Guest: Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Children’s Services Council of Broward
Friday, October 10 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 12 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade Courthouse Referendum On the November 4th ballot, Miami-Dade County voters will be asked to approve a $393 million bond referendum, allowing the construction of a new courthouse. The current courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historical Places, has been in disrepair for decades, with mold, termites and flooding listed as just a few of the many problems. But will voters agree to this new construction if it means raising property taxes?
Guest: Chief Judge Bertila Soto, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
King Tide: FIU Students Study Sea Level Rise Researchers believe tidal flooding in Miami and Key West will increase dramatically over the next fifteen years. This week’s annual “King Tide” was seen by many as a preview of this flooding. Taking advantage of this unusually high rise in sea level, students from Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus were on hand to measure and study the flooding in the hopes the data collected will help coastal cities in the future.
Guests: Juliet Pinto, Ph.D., FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communication Renè Price, Ph.D., FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society