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.
Due to technical problems we will not have the video of this week's Issues program up until at least sometime on Monday. Please check back then or catch Issues over-the-air on WPBT2 Friday night at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm.
Friday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 28 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: 2010 Florida Legislative Preview The Florida Legislature convenes next week in Tallahassee for the 2010 session. With a $3.2 billion dollar hole in the state budget, how will legislators fill the gap in this critical election year? Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University J.C. Hernandez, Miami-Dade Republican Party Derek Newton, The November Group
ISSUE TWO: Obama’s Healthcare Summit On Thursday, President Barack Obama held a bipartisan summit on healthcare reform at the Blair House in full view of the cameras. How much, if anything, was accomplished and how much can be described as “politics-as-usual” grandstanding? Guest: Carlos Curbelo, Office of U.S. Sen. George LeMieux
Friday, February 19 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 21 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Democratic Panel: Can Bipartisanship Exist? U.S. Senator Evan Bayh announced on Monday that he was not seeking re-election, delivering a blow to the Democratic Party and to President Barack Obama, who reportedly considered Bayh for the vice presidency. We gathered a panel of Democrats to discuss the state of their party today.
Guests: Elaine Bloom, Former State Representative Mitch Ceasar, Broward Democratic Party Raul L. Martinez, Former City of Hialeah Mayor Brian May, Floridian Partners ISSUE TWO: Virtual Ethics Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled in favor of a young woman who was suspended as a high school student for making a Facebook page complaining about her teacher, declaring her writings were protected under the First Amendment. But is it smart to rant online? When should personal and societal ethics enter the realm of social media?
Guests: Fred Blevens, Ph.D., Florida International University Sam Terilli, J.D., University of Miami
Friday, February 12 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 14 @ 12:30 PM ISSUE ONE: Interview with Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson After 16 years in office, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson recently announced she would not seek reelection in the fall. She joins us on program to discuss her decision and her future goals. Guest: Katy Sorenson, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 8
ISSUE TWO: Republican Round-up: Diaz-Balart Announcement and State Party Finances On Thursday, U.S. Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart announced he would not seek reelection this November, vacating a seat he held for nearly two decades. At the state level, the Florida Republican party is looking at whether its funds were improperly managed by former chair Jim Greer. How strong is the G.O.P. in Florida?
Guests: Hugo Arza, Hugo P. Arza, P.A. Rudy Fernandez, University of Miami Ana Navarro, Political Consultant Joseph Uscinski, Ph.D., University of Miami
Friday, February 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 7 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Current Status of Haiti Despite international assistance, Haiti's recovery from last month's earthquake will be painfully slow. Consul General Ralph Latortue joins us to discuss the current relief situation, the country’s long rebuilding effort, and how the Haitian court system might view the case surrounding the ten American Baptists in custody charged with child kidnapping.
Guest: Ralph Latortue, Consulate General of Haiti
ISSUE TWO: Broward Ethics Investigations A Broward County ethics task force is trying to address the ongoing corruption scandals by drafting a new code that would bar commissioners from also being lobbyists. We discuss this and other Broward news this week such as the special primary election and the property tax increase to build a new courthouse.
Guest: Michael Mayo, SunSentinel
ISSUE THREE: Crist as Independent? The gap between Republicans Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is becoming larger in the battle for the U.S. Senate. One pollster suggested Crist should run as an independent to avoid a primary race with Rubio. Should Crist consider leaving the GOP?
On February 4, 2010, a Grand Opening was held for the Broward County Historical Commission and Museum's new home on the former site of the West Side Grade School at Sailboat Bend, which was the second elementary school built in the Fort Lauderdale School District. The original school opened for classes on September 21, 1923.
On hand to commemorate the event and cut the ribbon welcoming guests were Florida's Governor, Charlie Crist; Ken Keechl, Mayor of Broward County; John Rodstrom, Jr., Broward County Commissioner, District 7; John P. "Jack" Seiler, Mayor for the City of Fort Lauderdale and Helen Landers, County Historian.
David Baber, Administrator and Historic Preservation Officer was the Master of Ceremonies and America, The Beautiful was performed by the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre.