In this important election year, both current governor Rick Scott and former governor Charlie Crist are taking credit for the improving Florida economy. But who is correct?
[Air Date: 4/18/2014]
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stunned Republicans when he stated that some illegal immigration can be considered an "act of love." We discuss this and how Bush might be angling himself for a 2016 presidential run.
[Air Date: 04/11/2014]
Based on real estate and employment figures, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta suggests South Florida’s economy is recovering quicker than the rest of the southeast United States. Does Miami’s international appeal attribute to these findings?
[Air Date: 4/04/2014]
The Florida legislature brought forth many bills this week on issues such as: red light cameras, school choice, e-cigarette bans and highway speed limits. Our panelists share their thoughts.
[Air Date: 3/28/2014]
Several hot-button topics were discussed in the Florida legislature this week, such as the Stand your Ground law, the future of gaming in the state, and parental school choice. Our panelists share their thoughts.
[Air Date: 3/21/2014]
The Miami Herald published an investigative series titled, "Innocents Lost," highlighting child deaths that may have been preventable with proper oversight from Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF). How and what policies can be implemented to help keep Florida’s children safe?
[Air Date: 3/21/2014]
Republican lobbyist David Jolly beat Democrat and former State Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, this Tuesday in a special election. The seat had been held by Bill Young, who passed away in October. What conclusions, if any, can be drawn from the election results?
[Air Date: 3/14/2014]
Unfortunately, the United States has one of the worst records of child abuse among industrialized nations. Why and what can we do to address this issue?
[Air Date: 3/07/2014]
Governor Rick Scott gave his annual state of the state address on Tuesday. Media outlets noted the more personal tone in Scott’s speech, referring to how the death of his mother influenced his decision regarding Medicaid. We discuss this and the start of the Florida legislative session.
[Air Date: 3/07/2014]
The Florida Senate Gaming Committee this week released their proposal to reform gambling statewide. Are destination casinos in the future for Miami-Dade and Broward Counties?
[Air Date: 2/28/2014]
The issue of race loomed over the case of Michael Dunn, a white man, who killed Jordan Davis, a black teen, after a quarrel over loud music in Jacksonville. Given the recent verdict, how far has Florida come in race relations?
Dr. Nicol C. Rae is Dean of the College of Letters and Science and Professor of Political Science at Montana State University. Raised and educated in Scotland, Dean Rae has an M.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a D. Phil from Oxford University. His research and teaching have focused on Congress, the presidency and American political parties. A prolific scholar, Dr. Rae has authored, co-authored, and edited nine books, "The Decline & Fall of the Liberal Republicans: From 1952 to the Present"; "Southern Democrats"; "Conservative Reformers: The Republican Freshmen and the Lessons of the 104th Congress"; and "Impeaching Clinton: Partisan Strife on Capitol Hill", among them, and contributed numerous articles to leading journals in his field of scholarly inquiry. He was awarded a Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association in 1995-1996 and served as a Capitol Hill aide to Congressman George P. Radanovich of California and Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Prior to assuming the Deanship at Montana State University, Professor Rae was Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Sciences at Florida International University. In his presentation, Dr. Rae will argue that America has been uniquely receptive to exiles and their political mobilization, a phenomenon that will most likely continue in the future.
At her six-month evaluation as interim president of Florida Memorial University, Dr. Roslyn Artis jumped into her role permanently.
Massachusetts born and West Virginia raised, Dr. Artis is a veteran of university administration and brings a lot to table for the Miami Gardens institution, from her past as a lawyer to her fundraising efforts for other colleges and universities.
And now that she’s at Florida Memorial University to stay, she can finally redecorate her office. Plywood paneling just doesn’t suit the university’s newest president. Perhaps window treatments?
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Dr. Artis at her office.
Sun Sentinel political writer Anthony Man joins us to discuss topics such as: recent polling that says more than half of Americans favor changing U.S. policy on Cuba, Charlie Crist announcing he’s against the Cuban embargo, and Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers in Florida for a 2016 presidential race.
[Air Date: 2/14/2014]
After a year pushing forward as the new senior managing director for Cushman & Wakefield, South Florida, Paul Waters may finally get to have a little bit of fun. Maybe.
In the past year, his firm had 13 new hires, and over the next year he is expecting to do the same. All of the additions to Cushman & Wakefield, one of the large brokerage firms in Miami, South Florida, the US and abroad, including Mr. Waters himself, point to a strong real estate market moving forward. After all, if the same company that holds Ferrari is betting on industrial, office and multi-family spaces in South Florida, the development business is sure to be looking up.
But no, if you were wondering. Cushman & Wakefield employees don't get a Ferrari discount. And yes, an employee did ask. Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Waters in his Miami office
Redistricting occurs every ten years as a result of new census data; this process also affects voting districts. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida is urging Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez “to begin the re-precincting process immediately to avoid a repeat of the nationwide embarrassment that occurred in our county during the 2012 election.” Director of Legal Operations for the ACLU of Florida, Nancy Abudu, explains.
[Air Date: 2/07/2014]
Mary Cagle is having a busy start to the year. She’s transitioning from being Florida Department of Children and Families statewide director of Children’s Legal Services to Miami-Dade’s Inspector General.
The Palmetto Bay resident spent January wrapping up her current role (and office) and moving a couple blocks to her new professional home, where there are more than a few familiar faces.
Ms. Cagle is a veteran of Miami’s legal scene and local government, and at this point in her career there are bound to be at least one or two former co-workers. Or bosses, or mentees…
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Ms. Cagle at the State Building in downtown Miami.
The Florida medical marijuana initiative has collected the required amount of signatures to place the issue before voters in November, pending approval of the ballot language by the Florida Supreme Court. Looking beyond its medicinal use, is it time to legalize marijuana?
[Air Date: 1/24/2014]