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 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 24 @ 12:00 PM
Florida 2014 Governor’s Race: Nan Rich Former State Senator Nan Rich joins us on the program to discuss her gubernatorial campaign, issues such as Common Core and women’s reproductive rights, and who the real Democrat is in the 2014 governor’s race.
Guest: Nan Rich (D), Candidate, Florida Governor
Runoff Election Results Runoff elections were held this week in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach—and political newcomers won in every race. Are incumbents losing their advantage in South Florida?
Guest: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Political Anniversaries this Week Two important political anniversaries were held this week: the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We discuss the significance of these events in our country’s history.
Guest: Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
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, September 13 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 15 @ 12:30 PM
Medicaid in Florida A new Census Bureau report revealed 3.8 million Floridians are living without health insurance. An editorial in the New York Times puts the blame on Governor Rick Scott for being one of the most “resistant in the nation” to provide Medicaid for the uninsured through the affordable care act. State Senator Anitere Flores joins us to discuss the future of Medicaid in Florida.
Guest: State Sen. Anitere Flores, (R) District 37
Ethics and Public Corruption in Miami-Dade County In the span of one month, three Miami mayors were arrested on charges ranging from bribery to unlawful compensation. Though Miami-Dade County is no stranger to political corruption, this was still a surprising sequence of events. What does this mean for public trust in elected officials?
Guest: Katy Sorenson, Good Government Initiative
Lame Duck President? President Obama’s approval rating on foreign affairs is in a steady decline. In a new CNN poll, only three in 10 Americans approve of the president's handling of the conflict in Syria. Are the polls telling us the president is a ‘lame duck’?
On this week’s program, host Helen Ferre interviewed Tamara Lawson, professor of law at St. Thomas University, on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. During the interview, Helen referenced Professor Lawson’s paper on the killing of Trayvon Martin. A link to the paper’s abstract is below—to read the paper in its entirety, click on the “download this paper” button for a free PDF file.
Friday, July 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 28 @ 12:30 PM
Spence-Jones Term Limit Ruling A judge ruled this week that City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones cannot seek re-election in November because she has already served her two terms in office. Spence-Jones was suspended during her second term for felony charges but was later cleared of wrongdoing.
What are the legal implications of this ruling?
Guest: Richard Ovelmen, Esq., Jorden Burt
What are the political implications?
Guest: Guillermo Martinez, Sun Sentinel
‘Stand Your Ground’ Law A group of protesters continue to sit outside Governor Rick Scott's office saying they won't leave until the “Stand Your Ground” law is repealed in Florida. Law professor Tamara Lawson joins us to explain Stand Your Ground, its flaws, and how it differs from other self-defense laws throughout the country.
Guest: Tamara Lawson, J.D., LL.M., St. Thomas University