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, May 13 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, May 15 @ 12:00 PM
Host: Sean Foreman
Homeless Funding Cuts – Local Impact At any given point in time, there are thousands of homeless people in South Florida. Already in need of additional funding and resources, millions in recent federal cuts has worsened a dire situation. We discuss the impact of these cuts to local resources and the role one organization plays in helping homeless youth.
Guest: Steve Hope, Miami Bridge
Transgender Bathroom Battle In 2014, Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted in favor of expanding the county's human rights law, giving legal protection for transgender men and woman. But, as the federal government and North Carolina battle it out over transgender rights and the use of public restrooms; could we see the same debate here?
Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law
20th Fins Weekend Benefits Local Mentoring May 19-21 is the 20th annual Fins Weekend, where current and former Miami Dolphins players, coaches and cheerleaders come together for three days of fishing, golf and most importantly, raising funds for those in need. Last year, the Dolphins partnered with the non-profit City Year Miami - dedicating funds raised during Fins Weekend to the mentoring program, which helps at-risk youth.
Guests: Alberto Padron, City Year Miami Jeff Peck, Fins Weekend
Miami-Dade: Uber Legal, Taxi’s Sue & Homeless Lose Millions After operating illegally for the past two years, it will soon be legal to use and operate ride-sharing services, including both Uber and Lyft, in Miami-Dade County. But not everyone is happy about it. Hours following the approval, a $1 billion class action lawsuit emerged from the taxi industry claiming the county is giving ride-sharing apps an unfair advantage. The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks weeds through this and how a multi-million dollar cut will affect the area’s homeless.
Guest: Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Broward: Pot & Taxes While a proposed sales tax to fund transportation solutions in Broward is likely dead, Broward voters will still be asked to approve a new penny sales tax this fall. Broward’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is lead mostly by Broward cities’ officials, voted down the transportation tax this week, instead offering up a plan focused on infrastructure improvements, which gives a bigger piece of the pie to cities. And six months after approving an option to issue tickets in lieu of jail time for minor marijuana possession, NONE have been issued. Why?
Guest: Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel
#StampOutHunger Many of us have good intentions when it comes to donating to the needy. But, more often than not, life gets in the way and the excuses pile up - these good intentions turn into empty promises. That’s why, for 24 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has made donating non-perishable goods as simple as walking to your mail box: The best part? Your donations stay within your community.
Friday, April 29 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Sean Foreman
“New-ish” Miami-Dade Transit Plan Miami-Dade County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is dusting off a 2002 plan in hopes of fixing the current traffic nightmare. Back then, lawmakers wanted a ½ sales tax to fund construction of 6 new light-rail lines. Voters approved the tax, but to this day, little track has been laid, and almost 15 years later drivers are still feeling the effects of this broken promise. With the implementation of this plan still years away, can residents trust it will be carried out?
Guest: Francis Suarez, City of Miami Commission, Dist. 4
Allegations of Corruption within M-D’s Criminal Justice System The independent investigative blog, Crespogram Report, dedicated to shining light on South Florida politics, claims to have unearthed proof of deception, corruption and mismanagement within Miami-Dade County's criminal justice system. In a 5-part series, revealed daily this week, email after email have been posted between the state attorney’s office and the two companies that operate the county’s court diversion programs. These emails point to a lack of reporting and little oversight over contracts worth millions of dollars - as well as unprecedented access to State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundles’ office.
Friday, April 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 24 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Tim Canova for Congress For the first time in her lengthy political career, Debbie Wassermann Schultz has a challenger, and a formidable one at that. Law professor Tim Canova, who calls the 6-term congresswoman the "quintessential corporate machine politician", has raised more than half a million dollars in campaign contributions in just the first three months of 2016- from over 15,000 individual donations. This is a huge sum, particularly for a relative political newcomer. But this isn't just any political race - the outcome has nationally reaching implications, with the Huffington Post calling it "a test of whether progressive ideas or corporate money are more central to the Democratic Party’s future”.
Guest: Tim Canova, (D), Candidate, U.S. Rep. District 23
Child Abuse Prevention Month In 2013, over 1,500 children died from abuse and neglect in the U.S. Like years past, Amigos For Kids takes this time – the month of April - to honor the lives of children lost to child abuse and educate the community to help foster healthy and safe environments for our children, through their Blue Ribbon Week campaign. The organizations president, Rosa Maria Plasencia, discusses the importance of their focus of preventing child abuse over the last twenty five years.
Friday, April 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 17 @ 12:00 PM
Carnival Cuba Cruise Controversy As relations between Cuba and the U.S. continue on a path towards normalization, Carnival Cruise Lines announced trips to the island beginning May 1st - but, there's one problem. According to Cold-War era law, Cuban-born Americans cannot visit their homeland by sea. This has caused uproar among South Florida’s Cuban-American population, including Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who has called this a "violation of the county's human rights policy", and is urging the Carnival Corporation to cancel these planned voyages to Cuba. Additionally, a federal class action lawsuit against the cruise line has been filed, for violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act - which a carnival spokesman calls “without merit or substance”. We discuss this lawsuit with the attorneys for the plaintiffs and whether Carnival may be in violation of its lease with PortMiami.
Guests: Javier A. Lopez, Esq., Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP Robert W. Rodriguez, Esq., Robert W. Rodriguez, P.A.
Eyes on Your Mission You're an innovative, non-profit, with a great story. But, like many non-profits, you're faced with a unique dilemma - with little to no budget, get your message out to as many people as possible. This is often a daunting task; but one company is offering help to these non-profits, by awarding free video production services and support through the Eyes on Your Mission grants.
Guests: Bill Kizorek, Two Parrot Productions Jessica Kizorek, Two Parrot Productions