Friday, December 12 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, December 14 @ 12:00 PM
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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
Friday, October 31 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 2 @ 12:00 PM
Opposition to FIU Expansion Referendum
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition, has had a good relationship with Florida International University in the past, even donating $3.2 million towards the construction of the university's football stadium -- but this relationship now seems strained. The Youth Fair is challenging an initiative on the ballot looking to expand FIU onto the fair’s current location at Tamiami Park and subsequently moving the Youth Fair. But, the fair’s president and CEO claims that even if this referendum does pass, it will not force a relocation due to the terms of its lease with the county.
Robert Hohenstein, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Amendment 1 – Land & Water Conservation
Championed by both republicans and democrats, Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution looks to ensure land and water conservation projects are adequately financed by committing one third of Florida’s real estate documentary stamp tax revenues to protecting the state's environment. But, will it tie the hands of the legislature in the event of a future economic downturn?
Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation
Friday, October 24 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 26 @ 12:00 PM
Informed Voters Project
The Informed Voters Project is a new initiative by The National Association of Women Judges to educate voters on how to judge a judge. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente joins Helen to discuss the importance of knowing how to vote for judges, based on specific qualities as opposed to a political party, which could threaten the independence of the courts.
Justice Barbara Pariente, Florida Supreme Court
Opposition to New Miami-Dade Courthouse
There is one ballot question in particular that is garnering a lot of attention with Miami-Dade County voters -- whether or not to raise property taxes to pay for the construction of a new courthouse. One vocal critic claims the county has the money for a temporary fix to the current, aging building, while other options and existing locations can be considered.
Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dist. 6