Andrew Gillum: Mayor of Tallahassee & Democratic Candidate for Governor of Florida

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On Saturday, April 28th we shared gin & tonic with Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee and a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to be the next governor of Florida.

The Democratic primary is on August 28th.

The show was recorded live at Villain Theater.

We covered topics including Mayor Gillum’s professional career, his policy vision for the state, and his first experience of political engagement—trying to get nacho cheese Doritos in his school’s vending machine.

On this episode we cited a few data points that we are linking to here in the show notes:

Drinks with Politicians: Eileen Higgins, Candidate, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 5

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On Saturday, April 21st we shared a margarita with Eileen Higgins, candidate for Miami-Dade County Commission in District 5. (District 5 Map) in a special election on May 22nd.

The show was recorded live at Gramps.

We covered topics including Eileen’s professional career, her civic engagement including her work on breaking the school to prison pipeline through civil citations, and why she’s running for Miami Dade County Commission.

Steven Machat: Democratic Candidate, US House, District 26

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On Saturday, April 14th we sat down with Steven Machat, Democratic candidate for US House of Representatives in District 26.

The show was recorded live at the Bar at 1306.

We covered topics including Steven's career as a record producer and music industry lawyer and  his policy vision on a range of issues affecting South Florida and the nation. Oh yeah, there was a Swedish TV crew filming us for a documentary they are making about Steven's son who tragically passed way two years ago.

Drinks with Politicians: Javier Fernandez: Democratic Candidate, FL House, District 114

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On Saturday, April 7th we shared an old fashioned with Javier Fernandez, Democratic candidate for Florida House of Representatives in District 114.

The show was recorded live at Villain Theater.

We covered topics including portions of Javier's career working for the City of Miami and his career as a land use attorney, his policy vision on education and affordable housing, and where he goes for the best old fashioned in South Florida.

Transit Issues: 836 Extension & Urban Development Boundary

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On this episode we discuss some of the transit and growth challenges facing us in Miami Dade County--specifically a plan to extend the 836 expressway into the Southwest suburbs of Miami Dade and to build parts of the extended expressway outside the current Urban Development Boundary or UDB.

The show was recorded live at Villain Theater  on Wednesday, April 4th, and our guest for this episode were Laura Reynolds, a consultant who works with Friends of the Everglades and other environmentally focused organizations, Venny Torre, a real estate developer focused on smart growth and infill development, and Marta Viciedo, co-founder of Miami Transit Alliance and Urban Impact Lab.

Women & Civic Engagement

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On Monday, March 26th, we were invited by Bridges Unite, CIC Miami, and NewCo to moderate a discussion on Women & Civic Engagement.

Our incredible panel included:

We discussed topics including advocacy, engagement support organizations, and running for office.

Drinks with Politicians: Jose Javier Rodriguez

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On Saturday, February 17th, State Senator and Congressional candidate Jose Javier Rodriguez sat down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27.

We talk about Jose's personal story, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and legislative responses, climate change, inequality, healthcare, and more.

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. 

Drinks with Politicians: Michael Hepburn

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On Monday, February 12th, Congressional candidate Michael Hepburn sat down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27. 

We talk about education, economic justice, Medicare for All, the Brand New Congress movement, Michael's personal story, and more. 

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  

Drinks with Politicians: David Richardson

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On Saturday, February 10th, Congressional candidate State Representative David Richardson sat down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27. 

We talk prison and criminal justice reform, restoring--and defining-- the American Dream, fighting discrimination against LGBTQ and other marginalized communities, impeaching Trump and more!

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  

Drinks with Politicians: Matt Haggman

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On Tuesday, February 6th, Congressional candidate Matt Haggman sat down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27. 

We talk healthcare, the promise and perils of technology, regulating Wall Street, impeaching Trump and more!

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  

Action on Tap: Blockchain, Crypto, Games & More!

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This episode of Action on Tap, our news, politics & pop culture variety show and podcast was recorded live at Villain Theater in Miami on Saturday, February 3rd. 

On this episode we talk about blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, and the Florida legislature's efforts to set up framework around these new technologies. We also played some games, gave out a cryptocurrency mystery box, and more! 

Our guests for this episode were:

  • PK Banks, Co-founder of CBlocks.io a cryptocurrency mystery box delivery service 
  • Gianni D’Alerta, Director of Marketing and Branding  DECENTRAL /Jaxx  and a blockchain early stage investor
  • Justin Wales, a lawyer with Carlton Fields where he chairs the  firm's Blockchain and Virtual Currency Practice. 
     

Drinks with Politicians: Ken Russell

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On Tuesday, January 30th, Congressional candidate Ken Ruseell sat down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27. 

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  

Drinks with Politicians: Mary Barzee Flores

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On Monday, January 22nd, Congressional candidate Mary Barzee Flores sat down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba and Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about her values, her vision, why she thinks she's the best candidate in District 27. 

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  

Action on Tap: Florida Legislative Session Preview

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This is the fourth episode of Action on Tap, our news, politics & pop culture variety show and podcast.  It was recorded live at the Villain Theater in Miami on Saturday, January 6th.

Our guest were State Representative Robert Asencio, State Representative Shevrin Jones, and Ron Bilbao from the Florida Education Association. And, Eileen Higgins, Vice-President of the Miami Downtown Dems joined us as a co-host.  

We talked about topics including education, healthcare, sanctuary cities, sexual harassment in Tallahassee, and medical marijuana. We also played some games, had some laughs, and gave out some ice cream--all right gift certificates for ice cream--but still pretty sweet. 

    Action on Tap: Doug Jones and What It Means for Florida, Voter Rights Restoration, and More!

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    This is the third episode of Action on Tap, our new news, politics & pop culture variety show and podcast.  It was recorded live at the Villain Theater in Miami on Saturday, December 16th. On the show we talk about topics Doug Jones's win in Alabama and what if anything it means for Florida, voter rights restoration for felons in Florida who've served their sentences, and more!

    Our guests were: 

     

    Action on Tap: Immigration Crackdown, Net Neutrality, Art Basel & More!

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    This is the second episode of Action on Tap, our new news, politics & pop culture variety show and podcast.  It was recorded live at the Villain Theater in Miami on Saturday, December 2nd. On the show we talk about topics including immigration, net neutrality, Art Basel, and more!

    Our guests were: 

    Special Episode: Florida Democratic Party Chairperson Candidate Forum

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    Elections for the Florida Democratic Party Chair are scheduled for Saturday December 9th in Orlando. For those unfamiliar with this byzantine process, elected and appointed State Party leaders from across Florida will cast weighted votes to decide the next Chair. These votes are divided between a committeeman and committeewoman woman from each county. 

    On Thursday, November 30th, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party hosted a forum for the four candidates seeking to be the next FDP Chair: 

    Florida Action Cast host Matt Mawhinney co-moderated the forum along with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Juan Cuba and Florida Democratic Party Treasurer & Miami-Dade State Committeewoman Francesca Menes. 

    Action on Tap: Sexual Assault Avalanche, Florida Elections, A New Shade of Gold & More!

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    For our first ever Action on Tap, live from the Villain Theater in Miami, we sat down with Santra Denis, Ben Evans, and Sara Yousuf. Over the course of the show, we talk about the cultural reckoning around sexual harassment, recent elections in Florida and beyond, the expirations of temporary protected status for Haitians living in the US, and ice cream! 

    We also play our audience game The Least Fake News, get real news from The Plantain, answer audience questions, and let listeners know how you can get involved in the work our panelists and more. 

    Here's a link for some of the organizations/events/etc. discussed on the show: 

    Episode 12: Wealth, The Working Poor & Making it In the Sunshine State

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    Poverty and inequality sting and scar wherever they are experienced, and--not surprisingly--we’ve got a lot of battle wounds here in Florida. This is particularly true for those who work full-time or more and don't make enough or barely make enough to pay their bills, raise their families, and save for the future.  

    Earlier this year, the United Way of Florida released its 2017 ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) report which, among other things found, that 45% of Florida households--that's about 7.4 million men, women, and children--can't afford a bare minimum survival budget. 

    And the picture becomes even starker when you look it working poverty and wealth along racial and geographic lines. 

    Last month, Holly Bullard, Director of Financial Stability Initiatives at United Way Suncoast, Francesca Menes, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition and Political Director for FLIC Votes, and Dedrick Asante-Muhammad,  Senior Fellow of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at Prosperity Now, joined us on the Cast to discuss working poverty, the racial wealth divide, proposed policy solutions, and good books, publications and podcasts for staying informed. 

    Here's a list of publications/resources we discuss on the show: 

    Guest Reading/Listening/Involvement Suggestions: