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Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede

Matt Dixon, Scripps Co. Tallahassee Bureau Chief (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Governor’s Race TV Ad Spending

A new report shows where Gov. Rick Scott, and Charlie Crist are spending money on TV ads, and for the most part it is not in South Florida. We examine it and get perspective on it from political reporter Matt Dixon, the Scripps Co. Tallahassee Bureau Chief.

CBS4–07/28/2014

Howard Simon, Exec. Dir., ACLU of Florida (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: State Prisons Scandal

What’s next for Florida’s scandal-prone prison system? Jerry Cummings, the warden at the Dade Correctional Institution was recently fired. We focus on that, what led up to it, and the fallout yet to come with Howard Simon, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

CBS4–07/28/2014

Aaron Huntsmanand Lee Jones wants to get married. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Same-Sex Marriage

The fight for marriage equality rages on in Florida. It’s been a rollercoaster ride the past few weeks for gay marriage advocates. It began when a circuit judge ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that marriage licenses could be issued beginning July 22. We focus on the latest developments through the eyes of the gay couple leading the fight to marry.

CBS4–07/28/2014

Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald County Hall reporter (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Budget Battle

This week Miami-Dade commissioners set the millage, raising rates slightly and setting the stage for a major battle down the road.

CBS4–07/21/2014

State Senator Dwight Bullard (FL-39th District) (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Crist Chooses a Running Mate

Charlie Crist chooses the head of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party to become his running mate for governor. What does the selection of Annette Taddeo add to the Crist ticket?

CBS4–07/21/2014

Lynn Summers, Friends of the Library Board member (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Libraries

Jim welcomes a member of the Friends of the Library board and a library operations supervisor to discuss the impact of proposed Miami-Dade County budget cuts. Mayor Gimenez wants to increase the library millage while cutting fire and countywide millage rates, in effect taking from the county and fire to give to the libraries. They will discuss why the library group opposes this plan.

CBS4–07/14/2014

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Fireboats

Jim sits down with president of the Miami-Dade Firefighter’s Union Al Cruz, and Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey to talk about the fallout surrounding the July 4th boating tragedy in Biscayne Bay that left 4 people dead, and a lot of unanswered questions. The three will see if they can negotiate a solution to the fireboat controversy.

CBS4–07/14/2014

Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Scott Israel

Jim sits down with the Broward County Sheriff for reaction to his 10-20-Life investigation and a variety of other topics, including Broward’s homeless initiative.

My TV 33–06/30/2014

Rosie Diaz (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: 10-20-Life

As we approach the 15th anniversary of when Florida’s 10-20-Life law went into effect, Jim’s investigation looks at the impact it has had, or not had on gun violence in South Florida. Are our streets safer? Are there fewer shootings? Are there problems with the 10-20-Life law? Is it working? Jim’s in-depth look answers these questions and more.

CBS4–06/30/2014

Vincent DeGennaro (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The V-A Scandal

New developments in Jim’s ongoing investigation. This week Jim confronts local VA officials—the director of the Miami V-A, and its embattled chief of staff.

CBS4–06/23/2014

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