Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
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.
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.
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.
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?
Jim sits down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair State Senator Dwight Bullard and Republican Party Chair Nelson Diaz. The three look at voter turnout, how the various high-profile races are shaping up, and some of the other ballot measures and races that have not been getting much attention.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. The two discuss the $800 million bond issue which voters will decide on November 4th.
Jim travels to Key West for an extended one-on-one interview with Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter. The two discuss the measure to extend for another 10 years a half-penny sales tax dedicated to schools. Voters will decide the school sales tax issue on Election Day November 4th.
We take you on a tour of the Miami-Dade Courthouse with the chief administrative judge showing the state of disrepair, water damage and busted concrete. Then Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado and attorney Joe Serota face off in a debate on the $393 million bond issue to build a new civil courthouse.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with George Sheldon. Mr. Sheldon is the democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General. The two discuss the upcoming race and Mr. Sheldon’s efforts to unseat republican incumbent Pam Bondi.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Gov. Rick Scott. With a little more than a week until Election Day, the two discuss the too-close-to call governor’s race.