Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede

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Facing South Florida: Meet Broward’s New Mayor

Broward County Commissioners last month selected their colleague Tim Ryan to be the county’s new mayor. Mayor Ryan is a former state legislator who was born in Broward and comes from a family that has been part of the political establishment for many years. Jim sits down with Mayor Ryan to discuss his plans for Broward in 2015.

CBS4–12/15/2014

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Facing South Florida: Police & Racial Profiling

Startling new CBS poll numbers show how blacks and whites view police. The results cannot be ignored. Jim and Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson hash it all out.

CBS4–12/15/2014

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Facing South Florida: Police-Related Deaths

The failure by the grand juries in both Ferguson and Staten Island to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men, has prompted a national discussion on the divide between the police and some of the communities they are supposed to be serving. We explore this with community activist Henry Crespo.

CBS4–12/08/2014

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

Jim and Mayor Philip Levine look at the early days of his tenure on Miami Beach, the pressing issue of climate change and his future political ambitions. The millionaire is eyeing both a run for Miami Dade Mayor or a statewide run for the US Senate.

CBS4–12/08/2014

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Facing South Florida: Transgender Issues

In early December, the Miami-Dade County Commission is set to vote on whether to include transgender protection in the Human Rights Ordinance. That ordinance currently makes it illegal to discriminate against an individual based on age, gender, race and sexual orientation. Jim discusses this with former Miami-Dade commissioner Katy Sorenson, who is the original sponsor of the ordinance, and Anthony Verdugo, who is the executive director of the Christian Family Coalition. First we air an expanded version of Jim’s sit-down interview with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, her husband Dexter Lehtinen, and their transgender son Rodrigo.

CBS4–11/24/2014

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Facing South Florida: Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama moves forward with his executive action to extend protection to about 5 million individuals in the country illegally. Jim focuses on what it all means in a discussion with Cheryl Little, the executive director of Americans for Immigration Justice.

CBS4–11/24/2014

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Facing South Florida: Tannie Burke

Jim investigates the details of what unfolded the night four plainclothes officers arrested three young men in South Miami-Dade because they thought there was a marijuana cigarette on the ground near them. After we air Jim’s report, State Sen. Dwight Bullard joins Jim at the roundtable to discuss the questions the Miami-Dade PD has to answer about that night. They also talk about our marijuana laws and why so many communities have sought to decriminalize pot possession. Proponents say the current laws too often are used to disproportionately give black men criminal records and put them into the criminal justice system.

CBS4–11/17/2014

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Facing South Florida: MDX Tolls

MDX has just completed its conversion to open road tolling in South Florida. Among other things, that triggers a hike in the tolls drivers will be paying on the Dolphin & Airport Expressways.
The toll increases are controversial. Jim talks to Javier Rodriguez who is the executive director for MDX, and Carlos Garcia of rollbacktolls.com, who is the head of the anti-toll group.

CBS4–11/17/2014

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Facing South Florida: Post-Election Roundtable

Jim presides over a roundtable discussion of the election results including the races in Miami-Dade and Broward, with Miami Herald political writer Marc Caputo and Laura Wides Muñoz from the Associated Press.

CBS4–11/10/2014

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Facing South Florida: Annette Taddeo

Jim goes one-on-one with Annette Taddeo, for her first sit-down interview since losing the election. The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Jim discuss the failed campaign to unseat Rick Scott. When did they know they were in trouble? What was it like in the room as the results came in? And why can’t Democrats get their act together?

CBS4–11/10/2014

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