Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.