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, November 1 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 3 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Governor Rick Scott In the wake of the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling debate, Florida consumer confidence is reported to be at an all-time low. Florida Governor Rick Scott joins us on the program to share his thoughts on how this trend will affect his continued efforts to entice companies to relocate to the state, job growth in South Florida, education, and tax cuts.
Guest: Gov. Rick Scott, (R) Florida
State of the State We gathered a diverse panel to analyze our interview with Governor Rick Scott and how his current term will effect voting in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Guests: Marili Cancio, Esq., Marili Cancio Johnson, P.A. Michael Hernandez, Penn Schoen Berland Manuel Lasaga, Ph.D., StratInfo Doug Lyons, SunSentinel
Friday, October 25 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 27 @ 12:00 PM
City and County Elections We gathered a panel to discuss some of the key races in the November ballot, such as the Miami Beach mayoral race and the City of Miami race for District 5.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Terrence McCoy, Miami New Times
“Root Causes” of Shutdown Jack Pinkowski, associate professor of public administration at Nova Southeastern University, joins us on the program to discuss the "root causes" of the shutdown and what may happen in January if issues aren't resolved by then.
Guest: Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Bullying and School Violence There’s been several high profile cases involving school violence and bullying in Florida and throughout the country. Would things change if parents were also charged when children commit violent acts?
Friday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 20 @ 12:00 PM
“For the Next Generation” with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz The government shutdown hurt our nation's economy and the approval rating of our national leaders. Given this and the incendiary nature of politics, how do we begin to move the country forward? Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz tackles this and other issues on her new book, “For the Next Generation.”
Guest: U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D) District 23
Key West-Cuba Relations Key West City Commissioners passed a resolution several months ago inviting Cuban diplomats to visit for an "exchange of ideas on the present and future relations between the City and the Island of Cuba." The meeting was ultimately canceled after complaints from anti-regime legislators and activists. But should it have been?
Guest: Rafael Peñalver, Esq., Peñalver & Peñalver, P.A.
Budget of Homeless Trust Ron Book, lobbyist and chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, joins us on the program to discuss his organization’s annual budget and to correct erroneous statements that the Homeless Trust has a $13 million dollar surplus.
Guest: Ronald Book, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
Friday, October 11 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 13 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman joins us on the program to discuss local issues such having municipalities annex currently unincorporated areas, the Jackson Health bond referendum, and separating the mentally ill from the general jail population.
Guest: Sally Heyman, Miami-Dade County Commission, District
Upcoming Legislative Session Committee meetings started in Tallahassee this week to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. We invited two South Florida legislators to share their thoughts on what's in store for 2014.
Guest: State Rep. Erik Fresen, (R) District 114 State Rep. Perry Thurston, (D) District 94
Debt Ceiling Crisis Republicans and Democrats are inching their way to a temporary compromise on raising the debt limit—but what does the debt limit really mean for our country's economy?
Friday, October 4 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 6 @ 12:00 PM
Fixing DCF This week, a meeting was held between child welfare advocates and the Miami-Dade legislative delegation to seek ways to improve Florida’s ailing Department of Children and Families (DCF). Vice-chair of the Miami-Dade delegation, State Representative Jose Felix Diaz, joins us to discuss.
Guest: State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, (R) District 116
Drug Testing Students? Miami-Dade County Public School Board members voted in favor of a proposal to study the feasibility and cost of randomly drug-testing students involved in extracurricular activities. Is this a rampant problem in our schools today?
Guest: Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, District 6
Shutdown Showdown As of this writing, the federal government remains in a partial shutdown. Which party stands to lose the most in the shutdown showdown?
Guest: Eric Padrón, Esq., Law Office of Eric C. Padrón Ray Ruga, CVOX Group