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.
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, November 21 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 23 @ 12:00 PM
Presidential Executive Order on Immigration In an address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama added to the ever present controversy within immigration reform by declaring a temporary stay for some 5 million illegal immigrants. His order included deferring deportation for parents of U.S. citizens or those with legal permanent residency who have been in the country for at least five years —“Dreamers” would also not face deportation. House Speaker John Boehner made a statement speaking out against this order, saying this will “just encourage even more illegal immigrants to cross our border”. What does this mean for permanent immigration reform?
Guests: Rudy Fernandez, Republican Political Strategist John de Leon, Esq., Law Offices of Chavez & de Leon, P.A. Jose Mallea, The Libre Initiative Olga Porven, Esq., Olga Porven, P.A.
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, Aug 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, Aug 17 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Former Sen. Bob Graham Twelve years after being published, 28 pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry into 9/11 (JICI) are still classified – prompting some legislators to request declassification for matters of national security. Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham believes that within these pages, there is compelling evidence that 9/11 terrorists received funding from a foreign, sovereign government and were able to function so successfully in the U.S. due to internal assistance.
Guest: Bob Graham, Former U.S. Senator & Co-Chair of the JICI
City and County: Ballot Amendments and Mayor Recall As early voting continues, we take a look at some of the amendments on the ballot affecting Miami and Miami Beach voters. And, we discuss the grassroots effort to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Guests: Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm Terry Murphy, Ph.D., Public Affairs Concepts