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.
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.
Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, May 8 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 10 @ 12:00 PM
LaunchCode & MDC Offer Harvard Tech Course
Tech aficionados from around the world descended upon Miami Beach this week for the second annual eMerge Americas conference. In between networking, discovering new innovations and sharing cutting-edge ideas, a topic that came up frequently was the need for education to prepare for this rapidly growing future in technology. A new program at Miami Dade College, in partnership with Harvard and LaunchCode, aims to do just that, while bridging the tech talent gap in South Florida.
Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder of LaunchCode & Square
Florida Legislature Impasse – What’s The Solution?
The Florida House and Senate are at odds over whether to expand Medicaid -- which has overshadowed other issues --and led to an early end to the session for the house last week.
With LIP funding scheduled to expire June 30th, the senate argues that coverage expansion is vital. Both the house and Governor Rick Scott oppose the senate plan to expand Medicaid - what is the solution?
State Sen. Rene Garcia, (R) Dist. 38
State Rep. Jose Oliva, (R) Dist. 110
Friday, April 24 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 26 @ 12:00 PM
Prison Reform: Whistleblowers Investigated
Since reports by The Miami Herald and other news outlets on suspicious deaths and abuse of inmates, Florida’s prison system has been under incredible scrutiny. Now, the whistleblowers who raised the alarm about the "atrocities" within the Department of Corrections are themselves, being investigated.
Julie Brown, The Miami Herald
Florida Legislature Stalemate: Medicaid, LIP to Blame
With just days left before the legislative session is scheduled to end, both the Florida House and Senate remain at an impasse over how to deal with a potential $1.3 billion deficit in the state's healthcare budget. The culprit: The federal government is ending the "low income pool" -- or LIP -- which helps hospitals cover the costs of treating the uninsured and Medicaid patients. What’s the most productive way to get over the stalemate?
Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 @ 10:30 AM
Community Redevelopment Agencies
In January, we aired our latest Issues Reports investigation on community redevelopment agencies -- or CRAs. We reported that though the results of some CRAs have been positive, there have been others that left much to be desired. Redevelopment Management Associates were contacted during our investigation, but said they were unable to participate. Since the programs airing, they reached out to us wanting to correct what they feel were inaccuracies on the topic.
Kevin Crowder, CEcD, Redevelopment Management Associates
Lt. Governor on 2015 Legislative Session
March 3rd is the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and there is a lot up for debate. Some of the hot-button issues on the table for discussion range from standardized testing in public schools to reforming the troubled prison system and Medicaid expansion -- not to mention an almost $77 billion state budget. Florida’s Lt. Governor joins Helen to discuss these topics and more state news.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida