Friday, October 31 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, November 2 @ 12:00 PM
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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
Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
Broward College Gubernatorial Debate
Florida politics has once again been thrust into the national spotlight with one term: “#fangate”. The day after the gubernatorial debate at Broward College, “#fangate” was front page news and the butt of jokes by late night talk show hosts and on social media. Did this incident deter potential voters or will this newly added interest in the gubernatorial race bring them to the polls?
Victoria Brower, Broward College
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Justin Sayfie, SayfieReview.com
Re-Authorization of Children’s Services Council
A re-authorization for each Children's Services Council in the state is required by law to ensure an electoral oversight on how tax payers' dollars are used and to justify themselves to voters. On the November 4th ballot, Broward County voters will be asked if their Children's Services Council should remain in existence.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Children’s Services Council of Broward
Friday, October 10 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 12 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade Courthouse Referendum
On the November 4th ballot, Miami-Dade County voters will be asked to approve a $393 million bond referendum, allowing the construction of a new courthouse. The current courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historical Places, has been in disrepair for decades, with mold, termites and flooding listed as just a few of the many problems. But will voters agree to this new construction if it means raising property taxes?
Chief Judge Bertila Soto, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
King Tide: FIU Students Study Sea Level Rise
Researchers believe tidal flooding in Miami and Key West will increase dramatically over the next fifteen years. This week’s annual “King Tide” was seen by many as a preview of this flooding. Taking advantage of this unusually high rise in sea level, students from Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus were on hand to measure and study the flooding in the hopes the data collected will help coastal cities in the future.
Juliet Pinto, Ph.D., FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Renè Price, Ph.D., FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society
Friday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 5 @ 12:00 PM
Restructuring County Government
Last month, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved the budget, which will take effect this week, increasing the county's tax rate less than one percent over this year, avoiding both police layoffs and a 25-cent increase to public transit fares. Though some commissioners praised Mayor Carlos Gimenez for this final budget, Commissioner Xavier Suarez says there is still much more that can be done to streamline county government.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
Healthcare and Immigration
As of this month, health insurance has been terminated for 115,000 people who, the government claims, failed to prove they were U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Florida leads the nation in those losing coverage because of immigration and citizenship issues, with over 35 thousand affected. Our guests discuss their options and the government’s moral obligation.
Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Juanita Mainster, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida