Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
In this special edition of Facing South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Police Chief and the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale speak out live for the first time since ther announcement two days prior that four officers had been removed from the force for racist behavior.
Jim goes one-on-one with the congresswoman days after her announcement that she will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and instead will seek re-election to her seat in the U.S. House. The two also discuss the 2016 presidential election, specifically Hillary & Jeb. They also touch on international topics including Netanyahu’s re-election and U-S-Israeli relations, Iran nukes and the historic change in U.S.-Cuba relations.
“Dawg Fight”, a revealing look at South Florida’s underground world of backyard fighting had its world premiere this week at the Miami International Film Festival. This documentary is the latest work of Billy Corben, who also directed such notables as “Cocaine Cowboys” and “The U”. “Dawg Fight” gives viewers a glimpse of Miami-Dade County they’ve likely never seen before. Corben gives Jim an inside look on what that world is all about.
With one month to go before “tax day”, taxpayers have more to worry about than getting their return filed on time—including a shortage of workers at the IRS could slow down getting that much-needed refund. Jim flushes out the role politics plays with the IRS with a local professor. Jim also looks at a free way people in South Florida can help avoid becoming a tax identity theft victim, at a time when tax refund thefts have never been higher.
The Coconut Creek Police Department has been in the spotlight this week over the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of a suspect and the department’s reluctance to talk about exactly what happened.
Officials say Florida students have finally been able to take the FSA, the state’s new standardized test.
The 2016 presidential elections are still 21 months away, but a key first test for Republicans took place this week near Washington, DC. CPAC is the largest conservative gathering of the year, and Florida’s Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush were among the speakers. Jim analyzes what they and other conservative Republicans had to say with Miami Herald Political Writer Patricia Mazzei.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual address this week. We hear what he has to say and Jim sits down with Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado for her take on the state of Miami-Dade County.
State lawmakers convene the 60-day 2015 Florida Legislative Session on March 3rd. Jim sits down with State Senator Chris Smith (D-Broward) and State Representative Erik Fressen (R-Miami-Dade) for a preview of what might transpire in Tallahassee.
Jim Sits down with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez for a special half-hour to cover a variety of topics. During the one-on-one interview Jim and the Mayor discuss, among other things, the Mayor’s plans for the Liberty Square Housing Projects, his plans for the proposed Miami Skyrise tower, and Donald Trump’s recent comments about Crandon Park. Jim and Mayor Gimenez also talk about the fallout from Jim’s CBS4 investigation into the recent death of transit bus driver Laquita Alvin, who was killed by her own “runaway bus”, specifically the investigation the county has now launched to look into it.