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, April 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 28 @ 12:30 PM
Two High School Degrees? Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law this week a bill that would create two classes of high school degrees--one for college-bound students, and another for students who plan to enter the workforce after high school. Miami-Dade school board member Carlos Curbelo joins us to share his thoughts.
Guest: Carlos Curbelo, Miami-Dade County School Board, Dist. 7
Tallahassee Recap The Florida Legislative session is set to end next Friday, May 3rd. We discuss the week’s top legislative stories, such as Medicaid and ethics reform.
Guest: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Alimony Bill A proposal to eliminate permanent alimony is pending Governor Rick Scott’s approval or veto, but the issue is contentious because it would also allow for retroactive changes to alimony and would award 50-50 child custody to divorcing parents. We discuss this controversial proposal.
Guest: Barry Finkel, Esq., The Law Offices Of Barry I. Finkel, P.A.
Friday, March 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 17 @ 12:30 PM
Guest Host: Sean Foreman, Ph.D.
MDC’s Half-Penny Proposal Miami Dade College is proposing a half-penny sales tax increase to benefit the school and its aging infrastructure. MDC President Eduardo Padron joins us on the program to discuss this and how the measure would need to pass the legislature and county voters first.
Guest: Eduardo Padron, Ph.D., Miami Dade College
Lt. Gov. Carroll and Internet Cafes Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned unexpectedly this week after an investigation on internet cafes netted a group her public relations company had previously represented. What are internet cafes and why are they being targeted? If Lt. Gov. Carroll has not been charged with a crime, was her resignation necessary?
Guests: Tamara Lave, Ph.D., University of Miami Doug Lyons, SunSentinel Daniel Ricker, Watchdog Report
Friday, December 21 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 23 @ 12:30 PM
Newtown Shooting The elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week stirred many strong emotions, including calls to tighten gun regulations and an increased funding for mental health. We gathered a panel to discuss the complexities of this national tragedy.
Guests: Alejandro Angée, Ph.D., Miami-Dade College Steven Geller, Esq., Greenspoon Marder, P.A. Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kurkin Forehand Brandes, L.L.P. Linda Sachs, L.C.S.W., JAFCO
Fiscal Cliff Update With the fiscal cliff deadline soon approaching, is the Republican leadership being clever regarding the fiscal cliff? Or are they losing the political fight?
Friday, September 28 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 30 @ 12:30 PM
Miami-Dade County Public Schools “GO” Bond A $1.2 billion general obligation (GO) bond was placed on the November ballot in Miami-Dade County to help repair and modernize some of the county's crumbling public schools. If approved this may mean an increase in taxes for voters, county wide.
Guests: Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County School Board, Dist. 6
Florida’s 2012 Amendments - Amendments 2, 9, 10 & 11 As part of our election coverage, Issues looks at the eleven amendments to the Florida constitution on the November ballot. This week, we focus on Amendments 2, 9, 10 and 11, all of which focus on tax exemptions.
Guests: State Rep. Dwight Bullard, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Katy Sorenson, League of Women Voters of Florida
Friday, June 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 24 @ 12:30 PM
LeMieux Leaves Senate Race George LeMieux, one of the Republican candidates seeking the U.S. Senate seat, announced on Wednesday that he would drop out of the race because "the decision has been made by party leadership that's there's a better candidate to face [current Democratic U.S. Senator] Bill Nelson." We discuss what this means for Florida Republicans and the incumbent Nelson.
Guests: Marili Cancio, Esq., Cancio Johnson & Echarte, P.L. Michael Hernandez, Penn Schoen Berland
Constitutionality of Obama Immigration Order Last Friday, President Barack Obama announced that he would stop deportation proceedings for undocumented young students who were raised in the United States. Can the President pass an executive order such as this without the approval of Congress?
Guest: Howard Wasserman, J.D., Florida International University
Roundtable: Local News Review We discuss some of the local stories of the week, such as: the proposal to allow Jungle Island to expand so it can pay its debt, and the release of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's autobiography.
Guests: Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times Daniel Ricker, Watchdog Report