Friday, January 16 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 18 @ 12:00 PM
Sun Sentinel Investigation: “The Cuban Criminal Pipeline”
On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement of changes to policy with Cuba, the Sun Sentinel has published a three-part series – "Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline". After a yearlong investigation, they found that money stolen in the U.S. by Cuban thieves living in South Florida is going back to Cuba -- all by taking advantage of the special status given to them by the U.S.
Megan O’Matz, Sun Sentinel
Amendments to Cuba Sanctions
This week, the Obama Administration outlined specifics for a plan to ease restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. While not ending the 50 year embargo with the communist nation, these plans significantly loosen restrictions on American trade, travel and investment with Cuba. What will this mean for Cuban-Americans here in the U.S. and their families still on the island?
David Duckenfield, U.S. Department of State
For the first time in more than half a century, the United States reinstated formal diplomatic relations with Cuba. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced he is using executive action to increase business and travel to Cuba, In addition, remittances will be dramatically increased and the use of debit and credit cards from U.S. banks in Cuba will now be allowed. The president is also asking Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s status as a terrorist state and plans on re-opening embassies on the island.
As South Florida’s Cubans remain torn, our guests join Helen to discuss their reactions to this sweeping change and what this will mean for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Guests in order of appearance:
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Ana Carbonell, The Factor, Inc.
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
George LeMieux, Former U.S. Senator
Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 PM
Judge Rules on Feeding Fort Lauderdale Homeless
Tuesday, a Broward County Circuit Judge ordered city officials to cease enforcing a controversial law which limits to where outdoor feeding sites for the homeless can be located. This temporary suspension comes after weeks of protests and challenges coming from activists -- most notably from 90 year old Arnold Abbott, who challenged the ordinance after being arrested twice in November for serving food to the homeless through his group, Love Thy Neighbor. The hope is that both sides of this issue can come to a mutual understanding through mediation.
Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel
Local and State News of the Week
Helen reviews some of the week’s top news stories:
- Marriages for Same-Sex Couples in Florida After Jan. 5
- NY Times: Art Basel’s Unfulfilled Promise
- Florida Releases Teacher Evaluations
- Jeb Bush Weighs Presidential Bid
- Suspended North Miami Mayor Faces Trial
Prosecuting Social Media Threats?
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court was tasked with drawing the distinction between illegal threats made on social media and violent speech - which is protected by the first amendment. Previous Supreme Court rulings have said the government can prohibit such threats but, what those threats are, has never been clearly defined. How should the courts prosecute threats made on social media?
Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law
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?
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.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Children’s Services Council of Broward
Friday, August 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 24 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Annette Taddeo
In the most closely watched campaign in Florida, former republican turned democrat Charlie Crist announced his choice of Annette Taddeo as his running mate for governor. Opponents refer to her as a “class act”, but feel she is unprepared to run for this coveted political seat. If Crist wins in November, Annette Taddeo will be the first female, Hispanic Lt. Governor of Florida.
Annette Taddeo, (D), Candidate, Florida Lt. Governor
As early voting comes to a close, reports show only about 3 percent of Miami-Dade County's total registered voters have turned out to cast their ballot-- drastically lower than the county's anticipated 20-25 percent turnout. What is causing such a low numbers? Could it be low voter interest?
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University