Facing South Florida
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.
The Florida Legislative session is well underway and we are beginning to see the signs of what this session is going to be about: gambling bills, sex predators, and teachers with guns.
The former state senator from Broward has been running for governor for more than a year, but since everyone assumes Charlie Crist will be the Democratic nominee no one pays any attention to Nan Rich. Jim will discuss with her the state of the race, her views on Charlie and Rick Scott, and why she thinks she has a chance.
Jim talks civil rights with a local attorney after emotions rise and tempers flare in a South Florida neighborhood, because one resident decides to fly a KKK flag outside on his property.
This week President Barack Obama, at a White House ceremony, launched what may be the most important initiative of his presidency, an effort to break that cycle of violence by finding new ways, new partnerships, to help boys and young men of color. The program is called “My Brother’s Keeper”. Attending that ceremony was State Senator Oscar Braynon, whose district in Miami Gardens is the largest African-American city in the state and a city that has been the center of so much of the violence.
In the wake of the Ted Wells Report, The Miami Dolphins are pushing a piece of legislation this year in Tallahassee that would target bullying in high school and college athletics. But it would also create new workplace standards for all professional sports teams in the state of Florida – Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers, Jaguars. It would make it illegal for players to do the things that Richie Incognito and others on the Dolphins did to Jonathan Martin, leaving the individual players and the teams liable for fines. Jim talksabout all of this with the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Oscar Braynon.