Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
Jim sits down with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to discuss David Rivera’s decision to run for his old seat in Congress, he chances of immigration reform, Venezuela, Obamacare, VA issues and much more.
This past week former Congressman David Rivera decided to jump into the race for his old seat. Rivera, who lost his election in 2012 amid a flurry of scandals, remains under federal investigation. Before Rivera added himself to the crowded republican primary field, the person who seemed in the best position to win was Miami-Dade school board member Carlos Curbelo.
Jim talks to Curbelo to get his reaction to the surprising turn of events.
Jim sits down with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to discuss the county budget, whether the mayor supports a vote on increasing taxes to help county libraries, the proposed soccer stadium at the port, the status of stadium negotiations with the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross, and much more.
Florida’s two U.S. Senators-in town at the same place, at the same time, and on the same page. At an appearance in Doral, Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson met with the Venezuelan community to demonstrate their solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Both senators have been vocal about their support for Venezuela during this time of crisis. We hear what they have to say and continue the conversation with local journalists covering the story.
What was once quiet opposition to David Beckham’s dream of building a soccer stadium at Port Miami is now very public. The Miami Seaport Alliance, led by Royal Caribbean cruise lines, this week launched a campaign against major league soccer on the bay. The men leading the charge on both sides of this heated debate face off for the first time.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera was a state representative for eight years before he was elected to be Miami-Dade’s property appraiser. Then, a little more than two months ago Governor Rick Scott tapped him to be lieutenant governor, replacing Jennifer Carroll who resigned. Lopez-Cantera has been working to bridge the divide between the legislature and the governor’s office and he is expected to be a key figure on the campaign trail, especially when it comes to courting Hispanic voters, as Scott tries to win a second term. Lopez-Cantera sits down for an extensive one-on-one with Jim.
Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron launched an incredibly personal attack against members of the Florida legislature. Padron, president of the largest college in the country, is angry that a block of Miami-Dade legislators are blocking his efforts to have voters decide a possible sales tax increase that would be dedicated to helping the college expand. Republican State Representative Jose Oliva bore the brunt of that attack.
Jim and his fellow journalists talk about Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign problems, Obamacare, county budget issues, the “Ultra” controversy, Beckham and the soccer stadium, and the presidential plans of Jeb Bush & Marco Rubio.
Jim sits down for an extensive one-one interview with the DCF Interim Secretary to cover a variety of topics, including the developments and fallout after the recent Miami Herald investigative series “Innocents Lost”.
Jim DeFede talks one-on-one with Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, the man who would be governor once again.