Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 29 @ 12:00 PM
Florida Secretary of Commerce on Economic Development
Economic development and job growth are of key concerns for Florida residents. Many worry about the lack of a well trained workforce and infrastructure needs that may impede that. But the multi-billion dollar expansion project for the Panama Canal, to make room for a new generation of larger cargo ships, will present great opportunities to Florida’s ports
Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida
Advancements in Cancer Research
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 alone, there will be an estimated 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses and an estimated 590,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. The director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami joins Helen to discuss advancements in research and treatment.
Stephen Nimer, M.D., UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Friday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. on Fixing Transit Woes
South Florida residents are all too familiar with daily, traffic congestion. A decade ago, residents of Miami-Dade County were hopeful a half penny tax would help traffic by funding upgrades to public transportation - but that has not been the case. As our communities continue to grow, what is the real solution?
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
High-Speed Rail & Tourism
Whether it’s for the arts, the weather or the shopping, there is always a reason to visit Miami Beach. Traveling to this iconic city, and elsewhere in South Florida, may become easier for tourists and residents alike, with the arrival of high-speed rail service to the area. Our guest shares his views on the benefits the arrival of All Aboard Florida and the impact it will have on the tourism industry.
William Talbert, III, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Friday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 @ 10:30 AM
Community Redevelopment Agencies
In January, we aired our latest Issues Reports investigation on community redevelopment agencies -- or CRAs. We reported that though the results of some CRAs have been positive, there have been others that left much to be desired. Redevelopment Management Associates were contacted during our investigation, but said they were unable to participate. Since the programs airing, they reached out to us wanting to correct what they feel were inaccuracies on the topic.
Kevin Crowder, CEcD, Redevelopment Management Associates
Lt. Governor on 2015 Legislative Session
March 3rd is the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and there is a lot up for debate. Some of the hot-button issues on the table for discussion range from standardized testing in public schools to reforming the troubled prison system and Medicaid expansion -- not to mention an almost $77 billion state budget. Florida’s Lt. Governor joins Helen to discuss these topics and more state news.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Friday, February 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 15 @ 12:00 PM
Raquel Regalado’s Political Future & More County News
It's no secret that Miami-Dade County School Board member Raquel Regalado is seriously considering a run for county mayor in 2016, challenging current Mayor Carlos Gimenez. She was involved in derailing a courthouse ballot initiative last year and is now suing to block the Skyrise Miami subsidy with the help of prominent businessman Norman Braman. We discuss this and more county news including the Uber and Lyft lawsuit and Donald Trump’s interest in the public golf course in Crandon Park.
Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Brian May, Floridian Partners
State Budget Woes, Jeb Bush on Education & Immigration
State lawmakers have discovered a potential billion dollar problem for Florida involving coverage of Medicaid costs. Our guests discuss the potential impact of such a deficit on other areas of the budget and Jeb Bush’s education summit including his views on Common Core and immigration.
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, February 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 8 @ 12:00 PM
Swing State Polls & Legislative News
Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, a new Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll shows Hillary Clinton tops possible Republican candidates, except in Florida, where she is tied with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. At the same time, the former governor is ahead of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio among Florida Republicans. Our panel joins Helen to discuss this and more including Common Core and the ouster of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting
Richard Perez, Esq., Holland & Knight, LLP
Olga Porven, Esq., Olga Porven, P.A.
Friday, January 9 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 11 @ 12:00 PM
Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Florida
2015 started with wedding bells for hundreds of same-sex couples as Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage, after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. Will this ruling help strengthen society or continue to tear it apart?
Asia Eaton, Ph.D., Florida International University
Governor Rick Scott’s New Term
During his second inauguration this week, Florida Governor Rick Scott outlined his accomplishments from his first term and promises for the next four years. These included expanding the state's ports and highway systems, cutting one billion in taxes and improving education. What needs to happen for these promises to be fulfilled?
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Jobs and Education
A growing number of investors are betting that Miami can develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem that plays to its strengths and will thrive. We discuss how education can help to diversify our economic base and keep companies, and jobs, in South Florida.
Frank Nero, Beacon Global Advisors
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