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, January 23 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 25 @ 12:00 PM
Mayor Gimenez on Teacher Union Lawsuit A long-simmering dispute between the United Teachers of Dade and the county's mayor is coming to a head in the form of a lawsuit filed by the teachers' union against Mayor Carlos Gimenez. At issue are property-tax collection shortfalls, which are needed for education and teachers' salaries. The mayor calls this a “frivolous lawsuit" and county lawyers have asked for it to be dismissed -- just as the Miami-Dade School Board is considering whether to join this legal action.
Guest: Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County’s New Commission Chair Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime has represented District 2 since taking office in 2010. This area is one of the county's poorest, which includes portions of North Miami and unincorporated areas of Liberty City. During his swearing in ceremony last week as the new chairman of the commission, he urged an agenda of prosperity. He joins Helen to share his plans to implement change.
Guest: Jean Monestime, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 2
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.
Guest: 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?
Guest: 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?
Guest: 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?
Guest: 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.
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