Friday, November 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 22 @ 12:00 PM
City of Miami Commissioner-Elect Ken Russell
When it comes to elections in Florida, things are never easy, and the recent City of Miami District 2 election was no different – in fact, it was unprecedented.
After coming in a distant second to businessman Ken Russell in the primary, Teresa Sarnoff, wife of out-going Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, announced she would withdraw from the race, though a run-off election would still need to take place by charter. Nonetheless, City of Miami residents came out to the polls, resulting in 2,700 votes for Russell, solidifying his win. The commissioner-elect joins Helen to discuss his plans for District 2 which includes solving transportation woes and preserving open, green spaces.
Ken Russell, Commissioner-Elect, City of Miami Dist. 2
Bill to Shrink School Districts
The State of Florida is home to five of the country's largest school districts, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties -- but could they be too large? Proponents of a legislative bill say yes.
If approved by state legislators and voters, school districts as we know them, could fall under the governance of cities as opposed to counties - allowing more local control. Opponents argue this would cause a greater inequity between more affluent schools and schools in inner-city areas -- a concern that killed a similar bill in 1998.
Which is best for our students?
Martha Barantovich, Ed.D., College of Education, Florida International University
Friday, November 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 15 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host, Henry Mack
Race for the White House
After a raucous third debate in October, Tuesday’s GOP debate was relatively composed and arguably the most substantive. The questioning focused on economic issues, as well as foreign policy and immigration; two of the most contentious issues of the night, with both continuing to divide the Republican Party. Our panel had their own lively debate on the candidates’ progress, staying power and policies.
Raul Martinez, Former Mayor, City of Hialeah
Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University School of Law
Edward Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kurkin Brandes, LLP
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?
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.
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.
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel
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