Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
This special edition of Facing South Florida, “Last Chance Boot Camp” is the culmination of a 4-month CBS4 News investigation that follows one class of boot camp cadets – a collection of carjackers, burglars and armed robbers being given one last chance to turn their lives around. We take you inside the last remaining boot camp in Florida, and this facility may be short-lived as well. The Miami-Dade County Commission is poised to decide whether to shut it down. Not because it doesn’t work, but simply to save money.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Jim and the Florida congresswoman cover a variety of topics including the murder of Miami journalist Steven Sotloff and the intensifying ISIS threat, and the upcoming Florida governor’s race.
Jim hosts a reporter roundtable to discuss the primary election results, his Jennifer Carroll interview, and the Burger King tax dodge.
Jim interviews Jennifer Carroll, the state’s former lieutenant governor, to discuss her new tell-all book and her newfound perspective on her former boss Gov. Rick Scott.
Five republicans will face off in the August 26th primary election, each hoping for the chance to run against Congressman Joe Garcia in the November general election. Four of those five are participating in a TV debate in the CBS4 studios. Investigator Jim DeFede moderates the debate, as a special half-hour of this week’s Facing South Florida. Only David Rivera, the former congressman trying to regain his old seat has decided not to participate.
On the eve of the start of the new school year, Jim sits down for a special half hour with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho. The two discuss the new standards replacing the FCAT as well as how the district will handle the influx of refugee children in our community from Central America.
While political and economic transformation underway around the world get studied and debated, less attention is given to the impact such changes are having on the people in those countries. Eliott sits down with the author of a new thought-provoking book which analyzes some of these human factors as they apply to Cuba and what impact it might have in the future.
The governor’s race is heating up. Eliott Rodriguez sits down with Florida’s lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, for his take on the governor’s race.
Charlie Crist’s running mate, Annette Taddeo, sits down with Eliott, for her first extended one-on-one interview in South Florida since being chosen by the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
The race for the District 8 Miami-Dade County Commission seat is between incumbent Lynda Bell and challenger Daniella Levine Cava. The election is Tuesday August 26th, but Bell and Levine Cava will debate the issues in a special half-hour edition of Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede.