WAKING UP TO THE OTHER HALF
OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S POLITICAL CONVERSATION

TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST: The 2018 Florida governor’s race is well underway with over 17 candidates already. We leave you with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on why he is running.


PUTNAM ON HIS CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR: Bernadette Pardo spoke with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam about his candidacy for governor, on her show “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710 AM.

Pardo began by asking Putnam why he decided to run for governor. He responded, “as a fifth-generation Floridian, I am passionate about the future of our state. We have to focus on education and preparing our young people for the jobs of the future.” Pardo asked if he was happy with the most recent education bill that was just signed by the governor. Putnam said, “I am a product of public schools and my four children are in public schools. While I support charter schools and options for parents, I am worried about the way the bill was drafted and the funding that was taken out of public schools. One of our biggest problems in Florida is that we are not preparing high school graduates to enter the workforce. Two-thirds of them will not receive a four-year university degree. We have to do a better job of putting training into schools, so that they are prepared with skills when they leave high school.” He continued, “this problem is seen across the state, our kids are not getting the job skills in school and they don’t want student loan debt for a degree. I want to create a state that our young people don’t have to leave to find a job.” Pardo also asked about climate change and mentioned how Florida is the state that is most vulnerable. Putnam said, “as it relates to the climate change issue, we know in Florida that we have some engineering problems we have to raise sea walls and move well fields inland. Perhaps some of the money that the United Nations was going to send to North Korea and other places that hate us, maybe some of that $3 billion dollars can come to Florida and help us prepare Americans. We don’t want to put Americans out of work because of some United Nations treaty and send some hard earned American tax dollars to countries that don’t like us and it would destroy our economy.” Pardo concluded asking about what he thought of immigration, sanctuary cities, and what his hopes were in terms of immigration, Putnam said, “my hope is that Congress will finally modernize and fix our broken immigration laws. When I was in Congress we struggled to do that and we were unsuccessful. They haven’t done anything since then. It is important for Florida and the United States to have a welcoming sense, but there has to be a modern legal method of welcoming people into our country in a way that doesn’t create two classes and two sets of laws.”


MIAMI-DADE UPDATE: Yoly Cuello spoke with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava about the County Commission meeting earlier this week, on her show “Noticiero del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.

Levine-Cava initially focused on the resolution she sponsored that supports the Paris Accord. “What this signifies is that Miami-Dade County has been on the forefront of this fight for almost three decades. This resolution is to reaffirm the bipartisan effort to combat climate change and sea-level rise. We are all supporting this here in this part of the world, where it has affected us the most. We want to show some leadership with this important issue.” Cuello asked if this resolution was symbolic or if it was practical. Levine-Cava said, “yes, in a way it is symbolic, but we have made commitments locally. We are going to continue supporting the global solution.” Cuello mentioned that the standards in Miami-Dade County are actually higher than those that were outlined in the Paris Accord. Levine-Cava stated, “that is true, but the global agreement is important because we are working together with the entire world and we have to do our part. Every country should also try to do their part to find more solutions. We need to continue to do more and do that with more diligence to eventually eliminate carbon emissions.” When asked why two of the commissioners did not support the resolutions because they felt that it would give funds to other countries, she responded, “there was some confusion that under the Paris Accord we are paying these countries. There is another accord by the United Nations that is providing funds for other countries that have fewer resources to try and follow this agreement. The accord itself doesn’t say that we have to pay for the costs of other countries, this is just for us to continue to honor our promise.” Levine-Cava concluded, “right now, we are more united with other cities and counties in the country. The intention is to continue to move forward in improving our environment by doing our part.”