Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
With the crisis in Venezuala worsening, Sen. Marco Rubio is offering his own vision for U-S policy. CBS4′s Eliott Rodriguez had a chance to discuss it with the republican would-be presidential contender.
This week President Barack Obama, at a White House ceremony, launched what may be the most important initiative of his presidency, an effort to break that cycle of violence by finding new ways, new partnerships, to help boys and young men of color. The program is called “My Brother’s Keeper”. Attending that ceremony was State Senator Oscar Braynon, whose district in Miami Gardens is the largest African-American city in the state and a city that has been the center of so much of the violence.
In the wake of the Ted Wells Report, The Miami Dolphins are pushing a piece of legislation this year in Tallahassee that would target bullying in high school and college athletics. But it would also create new workplace standards for all professional sports teams in the state of Florida – Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers, Jaguars. It would make it illegal for players to do the things that Richie Incognito and others on the Dolphins did to Jonathan Martin, leaving the individual players and the teams liable for fines. Jim talksabout all of this with the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Oscar Braynon.
The local group “Arms With Ethics” is organizing local mayors and police departments to use their economic power when buying from gun dealers to demand stricter rules on how they are sold. This group was started in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the realization that nothing will be accomplished nationally, that the key is local governmental action.
Florida voters will decide the medical marijuana question in November. Jim discusses the controversial issue with the group that gathered the signatures to get medical marijuana on the ballot, and with the coalition organized against the ballot measure.
A majority of Floridians now support ending the embargo. We focus on Charlie Crist’s comments on the embargo, on Bill Maher’s reaction to Crist’s comments, the poll on the embargo as well as the recent explosive interview the Washington Post did with Alfy Fanjul on his secret trips to Cuba.
Juan Carlos Chavez, the sadistic killer of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce is set for execution on February 12th. One of the things we’ll be waiting to see is if Chavez will express any sort of remorse. We hear from Jimmy’s father Don, and his brother Ted. And Jim hosts a reporter roundtable with CBS4′s Eliott Rodriguez and Gary Nelson who will be in Starke when Chavez meets his executioner.
25 years ago, Tiffany Sessions, a young South Florida woman and a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, disappeared. Her body has never been found. Detectives have just identified the prime suspect in this cold case. Jim talks to the Alachua County Sheriff about the big break.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and elections supervisor Penelope Townsley have decided to push back “re-precincting” until early 2015. We look at the impact the delay to evenly divide voters among precincts might have on voters and voting lines in the upcoming November election.
Jim sits down with Congressman Joe Garcia who provides reaction and analysis to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. They are joined on the set by a young woman, one of the so-called “dreamers”, who came here from Mexico as a baby, and who attened the President’s address in Washington.