Friday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, July 27 @ 12:00 PM
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Friday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 @ 12:00 PM
Undocumented, Minor Immigrants: A Moral & Political Issue
As border shelters fill up, many undocumented children are being sent to shelters in non-border cities like Miami, which has increased beds to accommodate the influx. One South Florida group, Americans for Immigrant Justice, is leading the charge, offering these children legal means to evade deportation and eventually become U.S. citizens
Cheryl Little, Esq., Americans for Immigrant Justice
Interview with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
After getting most of what he wanted from his proposed budget, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez still has more work to do. Will he veto the increased millage rates for libraries? The mayor joins Helen to discuss this and other county endeavors.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County
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 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 29 @ 12:00 PM
2015 Miami-Dade County Budget
Mayor Carlos Gimenez is set to propose his 2015 budget to commissioners next week for approval. In an attempt to fulfill his original pledge not to raise taxes when he took office in 2011, the mayor is recommending shifting money from property taxes which fund services such as the county’s fire department, and putting it toward the county's libraries. Will this be the key to a balanced budget?
Michael Hernandez, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Miami-Dade County Libraries
Miami-Dade County’s libraries are preparing for a $45 million budget in the upcoming fiscal year, which is five million less than the current budget. But, advocates estimate that $64 million is the real cost of keeping the libraries up and running. Though mayor is working on restoring library funding in his proposed budget, is it enough to make the system sound?
John Quick, Esq., Weiss Serota Helfman, P.L.
Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
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
Here are the links to watch Friday's program on uVu.
Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, June 8 @ 12:00 PM
ISSUE ONE: Interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Runcie
ISSUE TWO: FWD.us Immigration Reform Event at MDC
INTERVIEW: Joe Green, Founder & President, FWD.us
HIGHLIGHTS: FWD.us Forum on Immigration Reform Panel
***The full unedited panel will be available online early next week