Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week Miami-Dade commissioners set the millage, raising rates slightly and setting the stage for a major battle down the road.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.