Friday, September 4 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 6 @ 12:00 PM
Xavier Suarez on County Transportation – “No Leadership”
Late Thursday night, Miami-Dade County Commissioners gave an initial approval to Mayor Carlos Gimenez's $6.8 billion budget -- but not without criticism from environmentalists concerned that climate change is not a priority. Another critic of Gimenez and his budget, County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, launched television ads earlier this week criticizing the mayor for transferring desperately needed transportation funds to finance other projects. Is all the blame on Mayor Gimenez? What is the commission’s responsibility?
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 7
MDX’s Strategic Plan
In June, the Miami Herald's Doug Hanks - as a guest on this program - reported on their readers' "toll - shock" after calculating how much they were actually spending driving Miami-Dade expressways. Since then, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) initiated a customer loyalty program, giving cash back to customers who met certain criteria from the MDX year-end surplus. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was vocal about his opposition to this - questioning the refunds when MDX could just lower tolls. One big question still remains -- have increased tolls been beneficial to decreasing congestion?
Louis Martinez, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
M-D ID Cards – An Immigration Issue?
As early as next year, identification cards could be available to Miami-Dade County residents. This week, county commissioners unanimously voted to endorse the idea and ordered a study to determine the cost. Proponents claim the ID cards will benefit the area's more vulnerable residents such as domestic violence victims and the homeless -- since proof of address could be listed as a shelter. But, there is also no need for proof of citizenship. The Libre Initiative sees this as an example of a broken immigration system and Miami-Dade is “trying to find limited solutions to the problem”.
Soledad Cedro, The Libre Initiative
Friday, August 21 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 22 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Protecting South Florida’s Aging
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. As Florida’s population of 65 and over grows - and is anticipated to nearly double by 2040 - many are asking for improvements to these programs to ensure proper long-term care for the aging. Former State Representative Elaine Bloom discusses how tax deductions and other support systems are inherent in assisting South Florida’s growing elderly population. What should presidential candidates consider when it comes to care for seniors?
Former State Rep. Elaine Bloom, Plaza Health Network
Uber Fans Save App in Palm Beach & Broward
The popular ride-sharing app, Uber, has fought to stay in both Broward and Palm Beach counties -- recently going toe-to-toe with county commissioners over threats of tougher regulations that align them with traditional taxis. In the end, both county commissions stood down from these threats - a main reason was due to a tremendous backlash from Uber users, demanding to keep this beloved service in their areas. Miami-Dade County is next to face-off with Uber. The county has also made it clear that new regulations are needed to keep the service in town, but will commissioners stand strong against them, or listen to the public and back down?
Daniel Vasquez, Sun Sentinel
Friday, August 7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 9 @ 12:00 PM
Henry Mack, Guest Host
Superintendent Carvalho on New M-D School Offerings
As parents and students prepare for the 2015-16 school year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has announced new initiatives and programs that will be implemented. These new offerings include additional Magnet programs and expanding STEM programs. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho discusses these plans and the need to find an alternative option to discipline students.
Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Analysis of First GOP Primary Debate
Thursday night, the first of several Republican primary debates took place in Ohio to an enthusiastic crowd and a record-breaking TV viewing audience. With ten candidates participating, it was a lengthy debate, lasting two hours. Although many topics were discussed, such as foreign policy, the economy and the candidates’ electability, there were some topics that were notably overlooked such as climate change. Our panel discusses some of the stand-out moments and whether there was clear victor.
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Antonio Lopez, Recusant Media
Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, July 31 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 2 @ 12:00 PM
MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years of Making Waves
As the City of Miami Beach celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, a new documentary highlights the ups and downs of its colorful history -- from socialites and movie stars, to gangsters and art deco – the film, which airs on WPBT2 Monday, August 3rd at 9:00 PM, shows just how far Miami Beach has come to be known as one of the hottest tourist meccas in the world.
Charles Kropke, Host, MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years of Making Waves
Seminole Gaming Compact & Redistricting
A five year Seminole gaming compact is set to expire this week, which means the Seminole Tribe of Florida will likely lose Blackjack and other table games, but the Seminoles are prepared to fight it out in federal court if necessary. And the dates are set for a special session to redraw Florida’s 27 congressional district boundaries in response to a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court. Former Florida Senate minority leader Steven Geller joins Helen to discuss.
Steven A. Geller, Esq., Greenspoon Marder, PA
Friday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 26 @ 12:00 PM
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen on Cuba & Iran Nuclear Deal
The relationship between Cuba and the United States took another step towards normalizing diplomatic relations this week with the re-opening of Cuba’s embassy in Washington D.C. While Democrats support the Obama Administration’s mending of ties with Cuba and see it as a step forward for both countries, it continues to draw negative reactions from Cuban-American Republicans. Another point of contention is the Iran nuclear agreement, with the majority of Republicans seemingly steadfast in their opposition to the terms. One of the leading opponents to both these issues, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, joins Helen to discuss.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Minimum Wage & Child Poverty
A report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, dedicated to helping disadvantaged children in the U.S., shows 16.1 million American children, or 22 percent, were living in poverty in 2013 -- three million more than during the 2008 recession. The statistics are sobering to say the least and will likely have long-lasting affects that will be detrimental to the nation's economy. Economist Albert Williams discusses this report and another study that shows raising the minimum wage will not hurt employment.
Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University