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, 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.
Guest: 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.
Guest: Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, July 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 19 @ 12:00 PM Guest Host – Henry Mack Obama’s Accomplishments & Challenges During his Presidency With a year and a half left in office, Obama’s legacy is starting to take shape, for good or for bad. It has led many to try and determine what type of impact he has made in the United States and abroad. According to an article by Vox.com, entitled “Barack Obama is Officially One of the Most Consequential Presidents in American History,” it states that the president will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism. Obama’s supporters will point out his important achievements and his critics will argue that his accomplishments are not successful. What are the measures of presidential success? Guests: Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, July 10 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 12 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed his 2016 budget for approval to commissioners. The Mayor’s $6.8 billion plan includes increased funding for libraries, parks and roads, amongst others, thanks to property values that are bringing in more dollars to the county. However, there is some discussion that a mileage rollback may be on the table. The mayor joins Helen to discuss this and more.
Guest: Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County
The Future of the Library System The future of libraries is a debate that startled many in Miami-Dade County when it appeared that serious funding cuts would critically diminish much needed library services. A concerted effort made by the grassroots level was successful in convincing county officials of the need to support and nourish libraries considered by many a fundamental to maintaining democracy. Can libraries make a comeback in the digital age?
Friday, June 19 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 21 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Florida’s ‘Favorite Sons’ – Jeb vs. Rubio At Miami-Dade College on Monday, Jeb Bush finally confirmed months of speculation and anticipation by announcing his candidacy for president in 2016. The former two-term Florida Governor joins 11 confirmed Republican candidates including another Floridian, who also happens to be Bush’s political protégé, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. This leaves members of the state’s GOP divided which is evident in a new Quinnipiac Poll showing Bush leading with 20 percent of Republican voters support and Rubio, in a close second with 18 percent. Which one of Florida’s ‘favorite sons’ will make it to the primary?
Guests: Maurice A. Ferrè, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Daniel Diaz Leyva, Esq., Foley & Lardner, LLP Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm