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, April 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joins us on the program to discuss her meeting with President Barack Obama earlier this week on immigration reform, and her thoughts on USAID’s controversial ZunZuneo social media program.
Guest: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Libraries on an August Referendum? Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was proposing a non-binding referendum to gage whether voters would be willing to pay higher taxes to benefit parks, libraries and the arts. But it may not be legal to comingle different funds. So how can libraries survive?
Guest: John Quick, Esq., Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library
Gubernatorial Candidates and the Economy In this important election year, both current governor Rick Scott and former governor Charlie Crist are taking credit for the improving Florida economy. But who is correct?
Friday, April 11 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 13 @ 12:00 PM
Referendum for Libraries, Parks and the Arts? Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing a straw poll in the August primary ballot to see if voters would agree to a property tax increase for libraries, parks and the arts. But where will the money go and where is the greater need?
Guests: Stephen Cody, Cody Consulting Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Bush on 2016 and Immigration Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stunned Republicans when he stated that some illegal immigration can be considered an "act of love." We discuss this and how Bush might be angling himself for a 2016 presidential run.
Friday, April 4 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 6 @ 12:00 PM
Obamacare Debate Over? As of the March 31st enrollment deadline, the White House says that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The enrollment numbers were high in Miami-Dade, which has the greatest number of uninsured residents in the state. But is the debate over repealing Obamacare really over?
Guest: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Changing Media Trends The Pew Research Center's Journalism Project has released its annual report examining the landscape of American journalism. This latest edition shows there has been a surge in news reporting and sharing due to the growing influence of social media and technology. We examine the current trends.
Guest: Sam Terilli, University of Miami
South Florida’s Economy Based on real estate and employment figures, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta suggests South Florida’s economy is recovering quicker than the rest of the southeast United States. Does Miami’s international appeal attribute to these findings?
Friday, March 28 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 30 @ 12:00 PM
Legislative Review: E-Cigs, Speed Limit The Florida legislature brought forth many bills this week on issues such as: red light cameras, school choice, e-cigarette bans and highway speed limits. Our panelists share their thoughts.
Guests: Marili Cancio, Esq., Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee Juan Cuba, Miami-Dade Democratic Party
Stadium Updates Soccer superstar David Beckham was in town this week to continue to push for building a stadium in the Port of Miami. Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo joins us to discuss this and legislative proposals to change how sales-tax rebates are given to sports franchises.
Friday, March 21 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 23 @ 12:00 PM
Fixing DCF The Miami Herald published an investigative series titled, "Innocents Lost," highlighting child deaths that may have been preventable with proper oversight from Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF). How and what policies can be implemented to help keep Florida’s children safe?
Guests: Frances Allegra, Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe Howard Talenfeld, Esq., Florida’s Children First
Legislative Review Several hot-button topics were discussed in the Florida legislature this week, such as the Stand your Ground law, the future of gaming in the state, and parental school choice. Our panelists share their thoughts.
Guests: Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP