Friday, February 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 8 @ 12:00 PM
Swing State Polls & Legislative News
Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, a new Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll shows Hillary Clinton tops possible Republican candidates, except in Florida, where she is tied with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. At the same time, the former governor is ahead of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio among Florida Republicans. Our panel joins Helen to discuss this and more including Common Core and the ouster of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting
Richard Perez, Esq., Holland & Knight, LLP
Olga Porven, Esq., Olga Porven, P.A.
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, November 21 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 23 @ 12:00 PM
Presidential Executive Order on Immigration
In an address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama added to the ever present controversy within immigration reform by declaring a temporary stay for some 5 million illegal immigrants. His order included deferring deportation for parents of U.S. citizens or those with legal permanent residency who have been in the country for at least five years —“Dreamers” would also not face deportation. House Speaker John Boehner made a statement speaking out against this order, saying this will “just encourage even more illegal immigrants to cross our border”. What does this mean for permanent immigration reform?
Rudy Fernandez, Republican Political Strategist
John de Leon, Esq., Law Offices of Chavez & de Leon, P.A.
Jose Mallea, The Libre Initiative
Olga Porven, Esq., Olga Porven, P.A.
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