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, July 24 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 26 @ 12:00 PM
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen on Cuba & Iran Nuclear Deal The relationship between Cuba and the United States took another step towards normalizing diplomatic relations this week with the re-opening of Cuba’s embassy in Washington D.C. While Democrats support the Obama Administration’s mending of ties with Cuba and see it as a step forward for both countries, it continues to draw negative reactions from Cuban-American Republicans. Another point of contention is the Iran nuclear agreement, with the majority of Republicans seemingly steadfast in their opposition to the terms. One of the leading opponents to both these issues, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, joins Helen to discuss.
Guest: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Minimum Wage & Child Poverty A report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, dedicated to helping disadvantaged children in the U.S., shows 16.1 million American children, or 22 percent, were living in poverty in 2013 -- three million more than during the 2008 recession. The statistics are sobering to say the least and will likely have long-lasting affects that will be detrimental to the nation's economy. Economist Albert Williams discusses this report and another study that shows raising the minimum wage will not hurt employment.
Guest: Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
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