Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 10 @ 12:00 PM
M-D County District 8 Race: Lynda Bell & Daniella Levine Cava Incumbent Lynda Bell and her opponent Daniella Levine Cava debate the issues in the race for county commissioner of district 8, which encompasses a significant portion of southeastern Miami-Dade County.
Friday, August 1 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 3 @ 12:00 PM
Libertarian Candidate Stirs Up Gov. Race According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Adrian Wyllie, has 9% of the vote. The poll shows Wyllie is getting his strongest support from independent voters who had previously expressed support for democrat Charlie Crist. While Wyllie may not be the frontrunner, he could be the determining factor
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Reauthorization of Children’s Services Council In November, Broward voters will be asked if the Children's Services Council should remain in existence. This reauthorization is required by law to ensure an electoral oversight on how tax payers' dollars are used and to justify themselves to voters.
Guest: Howard Talenfeld, Esq., Citizens for Broward’s Children
Friday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 27 @ 12:00 PM
Undocumented, Minor Immigrants: A Moral & Political Issue As border shelters fill up, many undocumented children are being sent to shelters in non-border cities like Miami, which has increased beds to accommodate the influx. One South Florida group, Americans for Immigrant Justice, is leading the charge, offering these children legal means to evade deportation and eventually become U.S. citizens
Guest: Cheryl Little, Esq., Americans for Immigrant Justice
Interview with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez After getting most of what he wanted from his proposed budget, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez still has more work to do. Will he veto the increased millage rates for libraries? The mayor joins Helen to discuss this and other county endeavors.
Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera The Florida gubernatorial race took a new turn with Charlie Crist's announcement of local Colombian-American Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera considers her a “class act”, but thinks she’ll “have a tough time with this race.”
He joins Helen to discuss the campaign, All Aboard Florida, Medicaid expansion and why he feels former Gov. Crist was “never focused on the job at hand” while in office.
Guest: Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Miami-Dade County Commission: Budget Vote, Police Layoffs & Exile Museum The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks joins Helen to discuss the latest in Miami-Dade County Commission news:
-Commissioners voted in favor of raising property taxes to avoid cuts to an already under-funded library system. -Layoffs are still anticipated for the county's police force, with a proposed 8 percent cut to their payroll, eliminating 230 positions. -Commissioners approved a Cuban Exile Museum for the land behind American Airlines Arena
Friday, July 11 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 13 @ 12:00 PM
Boating Accident: Miami-Dade County Fire Union Responds A deadly boating accident on the Fourth of July has roused a heated debate amongst Miami-Dade County's Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county's fire union. There are concerns from the union about the lack of resources, such as fire boats, that could have been used during the search for missing boaters. The union claims that cuts to the budget have kept these boats docked since 2011. But, Mayor Gimenez is blaming the union for not cross-utilizing resources with the fire crew at PortMiami.
Guest: Omar Blanco, Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403
Miami-Dade Voters Favor Libraries in New Poll A new poll commissioned by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shows that county-wide, 80 percent of Miami-Dade voters oppose cuts to the libraries. The majority want the county to find a solution to preserve library funding, with some favoring making cuts from other services without raising property taxes . Guest: Lilly Weinberg, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Broward News in Review Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo joins Helen on the program to discuss some top stories making news in Broward County:
•New opponents to All Aboard Florida •Public Defender Howard Finkelstein fires two for social media comments •Michael Mayo’s essay Driven