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, June 19 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 21 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Florida’s ‘Favorite Sons’ – Jeb vs. Rubio At Miami-Dade College on Monday, Jeb Bush finally confirmed months of speculation and anticipation by announcing his candidacy for president in 2016. The former two-term Florida Governor joins 11 confirmed Republican candidates including another Floridian, who also happens to be Bush’s political protégé, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. This leaves members of the state’s GOP divided which is evident in a new Quinnipiac Poll showing Bush leading with 20 percent of Republican voters support and Rubio, in a close second with 18 percent. Which one of Florida’s ‘favorite sons’ will make it to the primary?
Guests: Maurice A. Ferrè, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Daniel Diaz Leyva, Esq., Foley & Lardner, LLP Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Friday, June 12 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 14 @ 12:00 PM
M-D County – Transit, Development & Budget Mayor Carlos Gimenez's push to bring Tri-Rail downtown took another step forward this week with the approval of $13.9 million in county transit taxes. These funds would bring the government-run commuter line to a new rail depot in Downtown Miami, but not before a final vote later this month. And what will this year's county budget look like - will there be layoffs? tax cuts or increases? Communications Director for the county, Michael Hernandez, discusses this and more county developments.
Guest: Michael Hernandez, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Miami-Dade’s Tolls – “Highway Robbery”? In November of last year, two major Miami-Dade expressways, the 836 and the 112, went under dramatic toll expansions. Prior to November 15th, only a portion of these roads were tolled -- now it's the entire highway, leading drivers to dig deeper into their pockets. Miami-Dade's Expressway Authority (MDX) said this added revenue would help finance improvements and ease congestion. But seven months later, commuters are still up in arms. In last Sunday’s Miami Herald, a calculator was available for on-line readers to figure out the new cost of these tolls -- leaving most commuters outraged. Opponents to these toll hikes feel consumer outrage will bring about necessary reforms, but have these increased tolls been a benefit to decrease congestion?
Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 7 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Xavier Suarez on Vizcaya’s Future Since Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled his plan to privatize Vizcaya Museum and Gardens last month, two opponents on this issue have stepped forward to offer other options; school board member Raquel Regalado -- who is running for county mayor -- and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez -- who has yet to confirm whether he will run. In a joint op-ed in the Miami Herald this week, Regalado and Suarez call the proposal to privatize premature and lay out their plan which would include encouraging community input.
Guest: Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 7
Preparing for Business with Cuba As of Friday, May 29th, Cuba has been officially removed from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list -- just one more barrier removed in the effort to re-establish diplomatic ties after 54 years. Several attorneys from the Florida Bar visited the island last week, getting a first-hand account of life there in the mist of this historic change. They also took this opportunity to better understand business, the culture and education in anticipation of one day having a closer working relationship with Cuba and its residents.
Guest: Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
“Call Me Caitlyn” – The Reaction By now, most know what the phrase "Call Me Caitlyn" is referring to -- Olympic hero and icon Bruce Jenner. Jenner, who officially unveiled himself as her “true” self, is now being hailed as a hero in her own right by members of the LGBT community and their supporters. Many would say this has undoubtedly been a watershed moment for transgender people, but what does our reaction to it say about society as a whole?
Guest: Asia Eaton, Ph.D., Florida International University
Friday, May 29 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, May 31 @ 12:00 PM
Privatizing Vizcaya Last week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed a plan to privatize Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The plan, which has already drawn some criticism, would turn over control of the historic site to a non-profit board. In opposition are County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, who is toying with the idea of running for mayor, and school board member Raquel Regalado, who is officially running against Gimenez. Both argue that there should be other options on the table. Interestingly, those that work at Vizcaya are in favor of a public-private partnership -- so what does the plan entail?
Guest: Michael Spring, Miami-Dade County, Dept. of Cultural Affairs
South Florida Schools Need to Embrace Bilingualism Education is a vital asset to prepare students joining an increasingly competitive workforce. Living in South Florida, most would say that being bilingual is also essential. Today, it's not simply a matter of learning their ABC's and simple sentences in a foreign language -- to stay competitive, students are expected to master core areas like math and science. But some language experts believe there is a shift happening -- Miami’s command of the Spanish language is slowly slipping away, or getting sloppy, Due to assimilation. Is it time for Miami to formally teach and embrace bilingualism?
Guest: Philip M. Carter, Ph.D., Florida International University
Florida Legislative Special Session – Who Will Give In? On Monday, the Florida Legislature is slated to begin its special session after not coming to an agreement over healthcare, the budget and many other hot button issues. With Governor Rick Scott siding with the House, who will give in in order to resolve these issues and present a balanced state budget?