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.
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
Friday, Aug 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, Aug 17 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Former Sen. Bob Graham Twelve years after being published, 28 pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry into 9/11 (JICI) are still classified – prompting some legislators to request declassification for matters of national security. Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham believes that within these pages, there is compelling evidence that 9/11 terrorists received funding from a foreign, sovereign government and were able to function so successfully in the U.S. due to internal assistance.
Guest: Bob Graham, Former U.S. Senator & Co-Chair of the JICI
City and County: Ballot Amendments and Mayor Recall As early voting continues, we take a look at some of the amendments on the ballot affecting Miami and Miami Beach voters. And, we discuss the grassroots effort to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Guests: Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm Terry Murphy, Ph.D., Public Affairs Concepts
Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 8 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Runcie The Florida Department of Education is reporting that this year’s FCAT scores show 6,000 students in Miami-Dade and another 4,000 in Broward County failed the reading portion of this soon-to-be defunct assessment test. Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie joins us on the program to discuss these results and why he supports the transition to Common Core.
Guest: Robert Runcie, Broward County Public Schools
FWD.us Immigration Reform Event at MDC Miami Dade College hosted a forum on immigration reform this week. Panelists included Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as well as local immigration reform advocates. Organized by FWD.us, an advocacy group promoting bipartisan policy agenda, the discussion focused on the economic impact of immigration reform in the U.S. Helen sat down with the group’s founder and president, Joe Green, to discuss why he and his organization feels so strongly about this hotly contested issue.
Guests: Joe Green, Founder & President, FWD.us Rudy Fernandez, Republican Political Strategist Ray Ruga, CVOX Group