Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
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Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
The Florida gubernatorial race took a new turn with Charlie Crist's announcement of local Colombian-American Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera considers her a “class act”, but thinks she’ll “have a tough time with this race.”
He joins Helen to discuss the campaign, All Aboard Florida, Medicaid expansion and why he feels former Gov. Crist was “never focused on the job at hand” while in office.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Miami-Dade County Commission: Budget Vote, Police Layoffs & Exile Museum
The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks joins Helen to discuss the latest in Miami-Dade County Commission news:
-Commissioners voted in favor of raising property taxes to avoid cuts to an already under-funded library system.
-Layoffs are still anticipated for the county's police force, with a proposed 8 percent cut to their payroll, eliminating 230 positions.
-Commissioners approved a Cuban Exile Museum for the land behind American Airlines Arena
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, June 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 22 @ 12:00 PM
High-Speed Rail in Florida
All Aboard Florida is on the cusp of being the first private rail line in the U.S. in 30 years. If approved, this multi-billion dollar project will connect Miami to Orlando with stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This proposal is not without its obstacles. A committee has been organized to review some concerns from residents and officials, as Governor Rick Scott calls for sensitivity to these hesitations.
Julie Edwards, All Aboard Florida
Miami-Dade County: Big Donations, Big Cuts
Doug Hanks from The Miami Herald joins Helen to discuss what’s happening in Miami-Dade County:
•Review of the Herald’s in-depth analysis of those writing big checks to county commissioners running for re-election and whether this influences future projects and local politics
•Mayor Gimenez Budget Battle: looming cuts to the police force to balance the budget
•Sun Life Stadium renovation
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, June 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 15 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez
One thing officials seem to agree on is wanting a soccer stadium in Miami, but exactly where in Miami is a different story. The second proposed site at the FEC boat slip "is off the table", according to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Commissioner Francis Suarez joins us on the program to discuss why he feels offended by this decision.
Francis Suarez, City of Miami Commission, District 4
State & Local News of the Week
Our guests join us to discuss some of this week’s local and state political news:
• Governor Rick Scott signs a bill granting in-state tuition for “Dreamers”
• Former Broward Republican Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff is calling for a rematch with Senator
• Redistricting trial
• Equality Florida endorses Charlie Crist for governor
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, May 30 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 1 @ 12:00 PM
State & Local Week in Review
We look at some of the headlines from Tallahassee and South Florida:
• Florida Suing the Department of Veterans for “Stonewalling”
• Redistricting Trial
• Port Miami Tunnel Delay
• M-D County “Bait & Switch”
• Commissioner Carollo & the FEC Slip
Opposition to Soccer Stadium Plan
There are many who have been vocal about their reservations to a water front location for the proposed soccer stadium. Greg Bush from the Urban Environment League joins us to discuss why he and his group so strongly oppose what they call a “hastily drawn plan”.
Greg Bush, Urban Environment League
Friday, April 18 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joins us on the program to discuss her meeting with President Barack Obama earlier this week on immigration reform, and her thoughts on USAID’s controversial ZunZuneo social media program.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Libraries on an August Referendum?
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was proposing a non-binding referendum to gage whether voters would be willing to pay higher taxes to benefit parks, libraries and the arts. But it may not be legal to comingle different funds. So how can libraries survive?
John Quick, Esq., Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library
Gubernatorial Candidates and the Economy
In this important election year, both current governor Rick Scott and former governor Charlie Crist are taking credit for the improving Florida economy. But who is correct?
Michael Hernandez, Penn Schoen Berland
Friday, March 28 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 30 @ 12:00 PM
Legislative Review: E-Cigs, Speed Limit
The Florida legislature brought forth many bills this week on issues such as: red light cameras, school choice, e-cigarette bans and highway speed limits. Our panelists share their thoughts.
Marili Cancio, Esq., Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee
Juan Cuba, Miami-Dade Democratic Party
Soccer superstar David Beckham was in town this week to continue to push for building a stadium in the Port of Miami. Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo joins us to discuss this and legislative proposals to change how sales-tax rebates are given to sports franchises.
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel