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, 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, September 13 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 15 @ 12:30 PM
Medicaid in Florida A new Census Bureau report revealed 3.8 million Floridians are living without health insurance. An editorial in the New York Times puts the blame on Governor Rick Scott for being one of the most “resistant in the nation” to provide Medicaid for the uninsured through the affordable care act. State Senator Anitere Flores joins us to discuss the future of Medicaid in Florida.
Guest: State Sen. Anitere Flores, (R) District 37
Ethics and Public Corruption in Miami-Dade County In the span of one month, three Miami mayors were arrested on charges ranging from bribery to unlawful compensation. Though Miami-Dade County is no stranger to political corruption, this was still a surprising sequence of events. What does this mean for public trust in elected officials?
Guest: Katy Sorenson, Good Government Initiative
Lame Duck President? President Obama’s approval rating on foreign affairs is in a steady decline. In a new CNN poll, only three in 10 Americans approve of the president's handling of the conflict in Syria. Are the polls telling us the president is a ‘lame duck’?
Friday, September 6 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 8 @ 12:30 PM
Jackson Bond Referendum with CEO Carlos Migoya Miami-Dade County voters will decide this November whether or not to approve a property-tax increase for an $830 million general obligation bond to benefit Jackson Health System. Carlos Migoya, President and CEO, explains why he thinks this proposal should be approved.
Guest: Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System
Budget, Recall and Other Local News This week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez held his last town hall to address the county budget. Activists also announced they would seek to recall Commissioner Lynda Bell for her vote to maintain property taxes the same at the expense of not fully funding the Pet’s Trust. We discuss this and other local news.
Friday, March 1 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 3 @ 12:30 PM
Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya on Trauma Center Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health, joins us on the program to discuss topics such as his thoughts on the ideal number of trauma centers in Miami-Dade County and how the Affordable Care Act will impact Jackson’s figures.
Guest: Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System
Sequester Deadline Automatic budget cuts to the federal budget are slated to begin Friday, March 1, 2013. What does it say about our leadership? How will this “sequester” impact Florida?
Guest: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Brazil in Global Economy Brazil has been hailed as an economic superpower—a country that will play a prominent part in our global economy in the years to come. What can we learn from the country’s growth over the past 20 years?
Guest: Armando Castelar, Ph.D., University of Miami