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
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, 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, 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 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