Facing South Florida
Five republicans will face off in the August 26th primary election, each hoping for the chance to run against Congressman Joe Garcia in the November general election. Four of those five are participating in a TV debate in the CBS4 studios. Investigator Jim DeFede moderates the debate, as a special half-hour of this week’s Facing South Florida. Only David Rivera, the former congressman trying to regain his old seat has decided not to participate.
On the eve of the start of the new school year, Jim sits down for a special half hour with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho. The two discuss the new standards replacing the FCAT as well as how the district will handle the influx of refugee children in our community from Central America.
While political and economic transformation underway around the world get studied and debated, less attention is given to the impact such changes are having on the people in those countries. Eliott sits down with the author of a new thought-provoking book which analyzes some of these human factors as they apply to Cuba and what impact it might have in the future.
The governor’s race is heating up. Eliott Rodriguez sits down with Florida’s lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, for his take on the governor’s race.
Charlie Crist’s running mate, Annette Taddeo, sits down with Eliott, for her first extended one-on-one interview in South Florida since being chosen by the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
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.