Friday, January 16 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 18 @ 12:00 PM
Sun Sentinel Investigation: “The Cuban Criminal Pipeline”
On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement of changes to policy with Cuba, the Sun Sentinel has published a three-part series – "Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline". After a yearlong investigation, they found that money stolen in the U.S. by Cuban thieves living in South Florida is going back to Cuba -- all by taking advantage of the special status given to them by the U.S.
Megan O’Matz, Sun Sentinel
Amendments to Cuba Sanctions
This week, the Obama Administration outlined specifics for a plan to ease restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. While not ending the 50 year embargo with the communist nation, these plans significantly loosen restrictions on American trade, travel and investment with Cuba. What will this mean for Cuban-Americans here in the U.S. and their families still on the island?
David Duckenfield, U.S. Department of State
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
Friday, December 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 14 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo
Congressman Joe Garcia was defeated in his recent bid for re-election by former Miami-Dade County School Board Member Carlos Curbelo in a closely watched, contentious race. Helen speaks to the new congressman about his plans once in office including his views on Common Core, Transportation and following a bipartisan work model.
Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo, (R) District 26
Interview with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine
Last week wrapped up the annual Art Basel and Art Miami which attracts art aficionados from around the world to Miami-Dade County each year. The fair has become a catalyst for growth in the city of Miami Beach -- organizers of the fair estimate that $13 million was contributed to the local economy. This cultural development is also affecting high-end real estate and it could have an impact on the redevelopment of the convention center.
Mayor Philip Levine, City of Miami Beach
Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 PM
Judge Rules on Feeding Fort Lauderdale Homeless
Tuesday, a Broward County Circuit Judge ordered city officials to cease enforcing a controversial law which limits to where outdoor feeding sites for the homeless can be located. This temporary suspension comes after weeks of protests and challenges coming from activists -- most notably from 90 year old Arnold Abbott, who challenged the ordinance after being arrested twice in November for serving food to the homeless through his group, Love Thy Neighbor. The hope is that both sides of this issue can come to a mutual understanding through mediation.
Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel
Local and State News of the Week
Helen reviews some of the week’s top news stories:
- Marriages for Same-Sex Couples in Florida After Jan. 5
- NY Times: Art Basel’s Unfulfilled Promise
- Florida Releases Teacher Evaluations
- Jeb Bush Weighs Presidential Bid
- Suspended North Miami Mayor Faces Trial
Prosecuting Social Media Threats?
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court was tasked with drawing the distinction between illegal threats made on social media and violent speech - which is protected by the first amendment. Previous Supreme Court rulings have said the government can prohibit such threats but, what those threats are, has never been clearly defined. How should the courts prosecute threats made on social media?
Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Friday, November 28 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 30 @ 12:00 PM
Xavier Suarez on Marine Stadium
Last week, the proposal to renovate the Miami Marine Stadium crumbled after City of Miami officials expressed great reservations regarding the funding proposal. The city announced it would pursue a smaller deal that would focus only on stadium improvements and keeping the Miami International Boat Show at this historic waterfront venue - suggesting a competitive bidding process and even a possible voter referendum. One county commissioner, Xavier Suarez, shares his concerns that he previously expressed in a memo to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado prior to the city's decision.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
Solar Energy in the Sunshine State
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Florida ranks third for solar potential nationally, but ranked 18th when it comes to development of this clean energy option. Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy discusses the untapped clean energy potential in Florida and how climate change plays a role.
Stephen Smith, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Friday, November 7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 9 @ 12:00 PM
Midterm Elections Review
Just two years ago, a number of polls rated Governor Rick Scott as being the most unpopular governor in the U.S. This week, he was narrowly re-elected, defeating former Governor Charlie Crist in one of the country's closest and most expensive races. Also on the ballot were a number of amendments including medical marijuana, which surprised many when it failed to pass by two percentage points. Our panel discusses what this midterm election means for Republicans, Democrats and the state of Florida.
Brian May, Floridian Partners
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm