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Jim DeFede

Florida's two senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, discuss the issues in Venezuela at a restaurant in Doral on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Source: CBS4)

Senators Rubio, Nelson Come Together On Venezuela

Florida’s two senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, sat side by side Thursday morning at a Venezuelan restaurant in Doral to condemn what they describe as the country’s repressive regime.

04/17/2014

Jim DeFede (right) and Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera

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.

CBS4–04/14/2014

Florida Rep. Jose Oliva

Facing South Florida: State Rep. Jose Oliva

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.

CBS4–04/14/2014

Facing South Florida: Reporters Roundtable

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.

CBS4–04/07/2014

A deadly sting operation nearly three years ago left four people dead in the Redland including a police confidential informant.  (Source: Miami-Dade Police)

Dade Prosecutors Question Actions Of Cops In Deadly Sting

Three years after a police sting went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of four people, the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office released hours of the police department’s own surveillance video that offers a chilling insight into that fateful night.

04/02/2014

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Esther Jacobo

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”.

CBS4–03/31/2014

Jim DeFede (left) and former Gov. Charlie Crist. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Former Gov. Charlie Crist

Jim DeFede talks one-on-one with Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, the man who would be governor once again.

03/23/2014

(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Florida’s Legislative Session

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.

03/16/2014

File picture of a gun.  (Source: Thinkstock)

Police Shooting Raising More Questions Than Answers

Nearly three years after Miami Dade Police shot and killed four men in a sting operation in the Redland, the State Attorney’s Office issued a scathing report filled with skepticism about the conduct of the eleven officers.

03/13/2014

Ana Alliegro arrested in Managua, Nicaragua Friday March 7, 2014. (Source: CBS4)

Rivera Friend Pleads Not Guilty To Campaign Violations

Ana Alliegro, the friend and political confidante of former Republican Congressman David Rivera, pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday afternoon to multiple charges related to the campaign of Justin Sternad.

CBS Miami–03/10/2014

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