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, November 1 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 3 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Governor Rick Scott In the wake of the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling debate, Florida consumer confidence is reported to be at an all-time low. Florida Governor Rick Scott joins us on the program to share his thoughts on how this trend will affect his continued efforts to entice companies to relocate to the state, job growth in South Florida, education, and tax cuts.
Guest: Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida
State of the State We gathered a diverse panel to analyze our interview with Governor Rick Scott and how his current term will effect voting in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Guests: Marili Cancio, Esq., Marili Cancio Johnson, P.A. Michael Hernandez, Penn Schoen Berland Manuel Lasaga, Ph.D., StratInfo Doug Lyons, SunSentinel
Friday, October 4 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 6 @ 12:00 PM
Fixing DCF This week, a meeting was held between child welfare advocates and the Miami-Dade legislative delegation to seek ways to improve Florida’s ailing Department of Children and Families (DCF). Vice-chair of the Miami-Dade delegation, State Representative Jose Felix Diaz, joins us to discuss.
Guest: State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, (R) District 116
Drug Testing Students? Miami-Dade County Public School Board members voted in favor of a proposal to study the feasibility and cost of randomly drug-testing students involved in extracurricular activities. Is this a rampant problem in our schools today?
Guest: Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, District 6
Shutdown Showdown As of this writing, the federal government remains in a partial shutdown. Which party stands to lose the most in the shutdown showdown?
Guest: Eric Padrón, Esq., Law Office of Eric C. Padrón Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Friday, September 27 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 29 @ 12:30 PM
More Miami Police Officers After a long budget debate Thursday night, City of Miami Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of hiring 95 additional police officers. Many residents had expressed concern over an increase in crime in certain areas, including pollster Fernand Amandi. He joins us to explain.
Guest: Fernand Amandi, Bendixen & Amandi International
“Navigators” and Common Core Former state legislator Dan Gelber joins us on the program to share his thoughts on Florida Governor Rick Scott banning Obamacare “navigators” from state health departments and Scott’s recommendation to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the testing portion of Common Core.
Guest: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Colombia’s Economy How much economic influence does Colombia hold over the Latin American region and the Western hemisphere? And how has the ongoing war on drugs and terrorism hindered its success?
Friday, August 23 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 25 @ 12:30 PM
Common Core State Standards The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to establish national education guidelines in order to prepare today’s youth to better compete in the global economy. Politically, it unites and divides members from both the left and the right. What is Common Core and why is it controversial?
Guests: Karen Effrem, M.D., Education Liberty Watch State Rep. Erik Fresen, (R) District 114 Randy Osborne, Florida Eagle Forum Mark Truitt, Center for College & Career Readiness
Friday, August 16 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 18 @ 12:30 PM
Interview with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, joins us on the program to discuss education-related topics such as the start of the coming school year, Common Core and changing standards, and a new plan to open select school libraries to public.
Guest: Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade Libraries at Risk? Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing to close 4 libraries and lay off 192 library workers in order to avoid raising property taxes. This is considered an improvement from the original proposal seeking to close almost half of the county’s libraries and eliminate 251 positions. Does balancing the budget shortchange Miami-Dade's public libraries?
Guests: Patricia Martinez, Esq., Community Advocate for Libraries Raymond Santiago, Miami-Dade Public Library System