Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
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Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
Broward College Gubernatorial Debate
Florida politics has once again been thrust into the national spotlight with one term: “#fangate”. The day after the gubernatorial debate at Broward College, “#fangate” was front page news and the butt of jokes by late night talk show hosts and on social media. Did this incident deter potential voters or will this newly added interest in the gubernatorial race bring them to the polls?
Victoria Brower, Broward College
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Justin Sayfie, SayfieReview.com
Re-Authorization of Children’s Services Council
A re-authorization for each Children's Services Council in the state is required by law to ensure an electoral oversight on how tax payers' dollars are used and to justify themselves to voters. On the November 4th ballot, Broward County voters will be asked if their Children's Services Council should remain in existence.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Children’s Services Council of Broward
Friday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 5 @ 12:00 PM
Restructuring County Government
Last month, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved the budget, which will take effect this week, increasing the county's tax rate less than one percent over this year, avoiding both police layoffs and a 25-cent increase to public transit fares. Though some commissioners praised Mayor Carlos Gimenez for this final budget, Commissioner Xavier Suarez says there is still much more that can be done to streamline county government.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
Healthcare and Immigration
As of this month, health insurance has been terminated for 115,000 people who, the government claims, failed to prove they were U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Florida leads the nation in those losing coverage because of immigration and citizenship issues, with over 35 thousand affected. Our guests discuss their options and the government’s moral obligation.
Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Juanita Mainster, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Friday, September 26 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 28 @ 12:00 PM
Adrian Wyllie – A Third Option for Voters
With less than six weeks until Election Day, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows the majority of voters are questioning the integrity of both incumbent republican Rick Scott and democrat Charlie Crist. As voters express their contempt for their party candidates, independent voters and the undecided are eyeing a third option who, though he currently has 8% of the vote, is still not allowed to participate in the gubernatorial debates.
Adrian Wyllie, (L), Candidate, Florida Governor
Key Issues in Governor’s Race
The economy, Common Core and immigration are just some of the key issues candidates for Florida Governor must contend with. But this race will also come down to two words: trust and turnout.
George LeMieux, Gunster Law Firm
Watch the latest installment of Issues' new investigative series, Issues Reports - Smuggling: Baseball's Open Secret, Friday, September 19th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 21st, at a special time, 11:00 AM on WPBT2
Friday, August 29 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 31 @ 12:00 PM
Burger King to Canada?
This week, Miami-based fast-food chain, Burger King, announced its plans to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons for over $10 billion, becoming a foreign entity in order to, some say, avoid U.S. corporate taxes. Is this truly a tax-dodging maneuver?
Timothy Canova, J.D., Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center
Review of State & Local Primaries
The primary election results for local and state offices are in – some expected others surprising. Former Governor Charlie Crist won over Nan Rich, clinching his spot in the general election against current Governor Rick Scott. New-comer Daniella Levine Cava won over Lynda Bell for Miami-Dade County Commissioner of district 8; being only the third person to unseat an incumbent in the last 20 years.
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP
Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kurkin Brandes, LLP
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Friday, August 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 24 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Annette Taddeo
In the most closely watched campaign in Florida, former republican turned democrat Charlie Crist announced his choice of Annette Taddeo as his running mate for governor. Opponents refer to her as a “class act”, but feel she is unprepared to run for this coveted political seat. If Crist wins in November, Annette Taddeo will be the first female, Hispanic Lt. Governor of Florida.
Annette Taddeo, (D), Candidate, Florida Lt. Governor
As early voting comes to a close, reports show only about 3 percent of Miami-Dade County's total registered voters have turned out to cast their ballot-- drastically lower than the county's anticipated 20-25 percent turnout. What is causing such a low numbers? Could it be low voter interest?
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University