Facing South Florida
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?
Crowdfunding has been around for nearly a decade. One expert describes it as “the practice of raising funds from two or more people over the internet towards a common service, project, product, investment, cause, or experience.” Alex Daly is a Miami-born woman who splits her time between here and New York City She writes a weekly column for the internet forum “Big Think”, and is now referred to as the industry’s “crowdsourceress”. We focus on what it is exactly she does, and the impact she is making.
Drug abuse is a significant problem across South Florida. That’s why the work of organizations like the United Way of Broward’s Commission on Substance Abuse is so important. The commission’s goal is to reduce substance abuse among our youth and adults We focus on how they do it, as they mark their 25th year in the community.
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.