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, October 16 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 18 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Analysis of First Democratic Debate The first of many Democratic debates took place earlier this week in Las Vegas and offered stark differences when compared to the Republican debates. While the first two GOP debates largely discussed defunding Planned Parenthood, illegal immigration, and cutting taxes and tax reform, this week's Democratic debate covered race, the disparity between the middle class and the one percent as well as paid family leave and college affordability. The nature of the topics highlights key differences between the parties. Our panel analyzes the debate and discusses the key philosophical differences about the nature and scope of the federal government.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Raul L. Martinez, Former Mayor, City of Hialeah Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Friday, October 9 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 11 @ 12:00 PM
MIA Luggage Wrap Controversy This week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 10-2 in favor of a decision that has local aviation officials outraged and Mayor Carlos Gimenez considering a veto. The new rule says that if a checked bag is wrapped by a company other than Safe Wrap -- which is the only company within Miami International Airport (MIA) to hold this concession -- it won't be allowed into the baggage handling system at MIA. Commissioners in favor of the change, argue the new rules would boost revenue-sharing dollars Safe Wrap has to pay the county. Airport executives say the change will just bring delays and higher fees for passengers. Aside from the cost and inconvenience, does this tell us anything about county commission priorities? Who are they serving?
Guest: Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department
The Future of Financial Tech Later this month, speakers from around the world will present on the future of banking with a focus on South Florida and the region's role as the financial capital of the Americas. The second annual banking disruption conference, Fintech Americas, is a day and a half conference that bridges the divide between banks and disruptive startups that are primed to change both the U.S. and Latin American financial landscape and ultimately move a giant industry forward -- all while encouraging banks to think and act more innovatively.
Guest: Ray Ruga, Fintech Americas
Pot Possession Fine Possible - Broward & Palm Beach This week, both Broward and Palm Beach County Commissioners gave initial approval of new ordinances that could see those caught with up to 20 grams of marijuana, be given a citation in place of jail time -- similar to measures already passed in Miami-Dade County and the City of West Palm Beach. While both proposals still face final votes, some are concerned this is decriminalizing the drug.
Friday, October 2 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 4 @ 12:00 PM
Sea Level Rise The City of Miami Beach has become the epicenter for studying the effects of sea level rise. This week, former Vice President Al Gore was in town for a climate change summit that coincided with dramatic flooding along the coast from Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach thanks to the King Tide and Super Moon. Florida International University has been a leading voice on this issue, presenting initiatives to report on the impact in Florida and beyond. We discuss being a “living lab” for the world and the latest web app from FIU to help residents visualize the possible impact of sea level rise.
Guest: Juliet Pinto, Ph.D., Florida International University
Redistricting – What’s Next? After a three-day trial, the Florida Legislature continues to be at odds over how to redraw congressional maps and is preparing for yet another special session beginning later this month, after ending the last session without resolution. Political Scientist Sean Foreman explains the basis of the dispute between the Republican-led House and Senate and what happens now that every senate seat is up for grabs.
Guest: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Miami’s Central Park The area in Downtown Miami known as Museum Park, formerly Bicentennial Park, has been the focus of one failed plan after another to bring a vision for gardens, play areas and a free, public open space to life. Now, The Miami Foundation, in conjunction with local civic leaders and former city officials, hopes to establish a conservancy to help transform the area into Miami’s own “Central Park”. The plan would have two independent arms -- one to raise money for the park and one to manage it -- all while keeping ownership of the park under the City of Miami. But will developers stay away?
Friday, September 25 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 27 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez – Budget & Transit Last week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s $6.8 billion budget was approved rather seamlessly, with an 11-2 vote by commissioners. The no-votes came from two vocal critics of Gimenez’s administration – commissioners Juan C. Zapata and Xavier Suarez. The mayor defends himself from critics by discussing how he prioritized the budget, why he feels the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) should lower tolls and how the ½ penny sales tax “overpromised”.
Friday, September 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 20 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
REVIEW: 2nd GOP Debate On Thursday night, the top 11 Republican presidential candidates gathered at the Reagan National Library for a second debate – while a good portion of the three hour debate focused on front-runner Donald Trump, candidates eventually took on topics ranging from foreign policy to immigration. So how did the candidates fair this time and was there a clear winner?
Guests: Jorge Arrizurieta, Arrizurieta & Associates, LLC Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Lopez Law Firm Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University School of Law