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, January 29 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 31 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Transportation & Frost Bailout Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual ‘State of the County’ address, praising accomplishments of the last year. Commissioner Esteban Bovo shares his take on the state of the county including the road to legitimacy for Uber, funding for transportation and a potential $45 million bailout for the Frost Museum.
Guest: Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
Fight to Ban Fracking In response to a landowners request to drill an exploratory well, this week the Broward County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance banning the controversial practice of drilling for oil using chemicals, or fracking, in the Everglades. Now, a bill passed by the state legislature looks to supersede all South Florida counties’ control over fracking.
Guest: Matthew Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association
Friday, January 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 24 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Uber’s Road to Legitimacy in Miami-Dade It was a victory this week for Uber supporters after the popular ride-sharing app's latest opponent, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, surprisingly withdrew his proposal for more stringent regulations - mirroring Uber's fight to exist in Broward County last year. As proponents push these alternatives to traditional taxis, opponents worry loose regulations put riders at risk.
Guest: Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
State Legislators Eye Broward Seats 2016 is a big year for politics, and not just the presidential race, but locally too. As of now, 11 candidates are vying for 5 seats up for grabs in the Broward County Commission, with some familiar names from the state legislature hoping to secure a position.
Guest: Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel
Preventing Wrong Way Wrecks In 2015, there were a reported 168 wrong-way crashes in Miami-Dade County alone - 7 of which were fatal. And it hasn’t stopped; just last weekend, another accident took the life of a driver and injured others. One advocate, who lost his daughter in a wreck in 2013, is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on ways to use technology to put an end to these tragedies once and for all.
Friday, January 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 10 @ 12:00 PM
2016 Florida Legislative Preview It’s an election year which means the Florida Legislature gets an early start arguing a litany of items in this session. Aside from expected budget negotiations, lawmakers will be addressing a few contentious issues, including bills allowing guns on college campuses, Medicaid expansion and changes to the state’s testing system for students – prompting one panelist to call Florida a “laboratory for high-stakes testing”.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Genaro “Chip” Iglesias, Ballard Partners Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting, Inc. Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP
Friday, December 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Mayor Carlos Gimenez Last week, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado was our guest to discuss two contentious topics that affect both the city and county – the boat show in Key Biscayne, which was approved this week by county commissioners, and the on-going negotiations for a major league soccer stadium in Overtown. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez discusses these issues from a county level and how driverless cars will impact local transit.
Guest: Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Broward County: Tutoring & Climate Compact According to The Literacy Coalition, 43% of third graders do not read at grade level. But with just 30 minutes a week, a computer and a phone, a new program makes it easier to match volunteers to first graders in Broward County's low-income public schools. Broward Commissioner Beam Furr discusses this “game changer” and an initiative to better coordinate Southeast Florida’s fight on climate change.
Guest: Beam Furr, Broward County Commission, Dist. 6