Intersection

Intersection

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Where Central Florida's politics, science, business, economics and social issues meet. Listen to host Matthew Peddie and guests examine current issues.More from Intersection »

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Marco Rubio: "I Announce My Candidacy For President Of The United States"

Florida Senator Marco Rubio joins fellow Republican Presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. But what are Rubio's chances in a crowded primary field? Does he have what it takes to beat another potential presidential candidate from Florida - his one-time mentor Jeb Bush? Can he overcome Hillary Clinton or whoever the Democrats nominate? And what's next for Florida's Senate seat? 90.7's Matthew Peddie puts those questions to Miami Herald Political Editor Sergio Bustos, New Hampshire Public Radio Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Florida's Fight For Medicaid and Medical Marijuana

The Florida House and Senate have each passed a budget but there's a big gap between the two budgets. A $4 billion gap. The reason why lawmakers in the House and Senate are so far apart is a disagreement over healthcare, specifically whether or not to expand Medicaid now that a billion dollar fund for indigent care is going away. To talk more about the budget and the prospects of Medicaid expansion 90.7's Health Reporter Abe Aboraya and University of Central Florida Political Scientist Professor Aubrey Jewett join the program. Also, A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows 84 percent of Floridians support medical marijuana. But will it be enough to get a revised constitutional amendment passed? Orlando attorney and outspoken advocate for medical marijuana John Morgan joins the program to talk more about the initiative, and what he learned after a failed attempt in 2014.

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Two Floridas? The Case For A Split State

South Miami officials want to break Florida into two states. They claim Tallahassee isn't addressing the challenge of climate change. Central Florida is caught in the cross hairs - half of the region would fall into the state of "North Florida", and the other half in "South Florida". To discuss South Florida's unique environmental challenges 90.7's Matthew Peddie speaks to South Miami Mayor Walter Harris and Stetson University Environmental Sciences Professor Jason Evans. Later in the program, they talk about the cultural differences and the political challenges of splitting the state with Rollins College Professor of Urban History Julian Chambliss and Stetson University Political Science Professor T. Wayne Bailie

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Constitution Green

Thornton Park in Orlando boasts one of the oldest oak trees in the City. The Live Oak on Constitution Green is- by some estimates- 175 years old and it's on the city's list of significant trees. The city leases the land the tree grows on from a family that may now want to develop it- and that's galvanized a growing number of supporters who fear the tree could be cut down. To talk about the arguments for and against preserving this tree and other historic trees and green spaces in the city, 90.7's Matthew Peddie talks to Eric Rollings from the Soil and Water Conservation Board, who's spearheading an effort to save the tree, and Gregg Logan, the managing director of the real estate consulting firm RCLCO. 90.7's News Director Catherine Welch has been following the story and attended a rally over the weekend. She begins the show by explaining how the debate about the tree got started.

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Intersection: Pilot Shortage & Sanford Airport CEO Larry Dale

For nearly 14 years, Larry Dale has run the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. During that time he doubled the airports passenger count to over 2 million while overseeing a slew of developmental projects and the transition to private security screeners. This month Dale announced his retirement. Dale speaks to 90.7's Matthew Peddie about his time as CEO of Orlando Sanford International - and shares some words of advice for his replacement. But first, the Federal Aviation Administration says pilots must retire once they reach 65. A dwindling veteran pilot pool, and low starting pay for 'right seat'- or co-pilots- in some regional carriers, has some airline industry experts worried about a pilot shortage. They say many Airline Transport Pilot- or ATP license holders- won't consider regional airlines until pay improves Dr. Tim Brady, Dean of Embry-Riddle's College of Aviation; Keith Hagy, Director of Engineering and Air Safety with the Airline Pilots Association, International; and Analyst Bill Swelbar join a discussion about the potential impacts of a pilot shortage here in the U-S-.

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Impact Of Pilot Shortage & Sanford-Orlando CEO Larry Dale Retires

The Federal Aviation Administration says pilots must retire once they reach 65. A dwindling veteran pilot pool and low starting pay for 'right seat' - or co-pilots - in some regional carriers has some airline industry experts worried about a pilot shortage. They say many Airline Transport Pilot license holders won't consider regional airlines until pay improves Dean of Embry-Riddle's College of Aviation Dr. Tim Duncan, Kieth Hay, Director of Engineering and Air Safety with the Airline Pilots Association International; and Analyst Bill Swelbar join 90.7's Matthew Peddie to discuss the potential impacts of a pilot shortage here in the U.S. Also, for nearly 14 years, Larry Dale has run the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. During that time he doubled the airports passenger count to over 2-million while overseeing a slew of developmental projects and the transition to private security screeners. This month Dale announced his retirement. Dale spoke to 90.7's Matthew Peddie about his time as CEO of Orlando Sanford International and shares some words of advice for his replacement.

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Intersection | Sovereign Citizens And I-4 Ultimate

The I-4 Ultimate project is underway. Governor Rick Scott joined officials last week to break ground on the 21-mile upgrade. To talk more about the project, and the the toll lanes- which some call "Lexus Lanes" 90.7's Matthew Peddie speaks with I4 Ultimate Spokesperson David Parks and HNTB Engineer Kevin Hoeflich. Later in the program, 90.7's Catherine Welch talks with University of Central Florida Deputy Police Chief Brett Meade about so called sovereign citizens. Earlier this month, Orange County deputies were involved in a shootout with a sovereign citizen. The FBI classifies them as domestic terrorists who believe they are above the law — and their numbers are growing in Florida. Brett Meade explains how law enforcement deals with sovereign citizens in their efforts to protect the Central Florida community.

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Intersection | Heroin Spike In Central Florida & Jeb Positions For Presidential Run

Heroin is cheap and lethal, and its use is on the rise in Central Florida. The spike in heroin abuse, and the deaths that come from overdoses, is being blamed on the crackdown of so-called Pill Mills in Florida.90.7’s Renata Sago and Abe Aboraya have been reporting on heroin use, and they join 90.7’s Matthew Peddie to talk about the issue.Also, Jeb Bush is positioning himself for a presidential run in 2016. He’s raising money, publishing an ebook, and he has released a flood of e-mails from his time as Governor.Bush appears a formidable candidate, but first he has to make it through a primary. To talk more about a potential Jeb Bush run, University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett joins the program.

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Dick & Lou Talk FDLE Scandal, 2016 Election

The departure of FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey is casting a dark cloud over Governor Scott’s second term in office. At first, Bailey was said to have stepped down. Days after, he said pressure from the Scott administration forced him to resign. Now, the Florida cabinet is weighing in on the issue at last week’s cabinet meeting in Tampa.90.7’s Political commentators Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey explore the issue and look ahead at the impact the firing will have on the Governor’s administration - and his second term.Also, with maneuverings already underway in the 2016 presidential election campaign, how important is Florida? Dick and Lou take a look at Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as potential candidates and what’s in store for voters in 2016.

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Collaboration Grows Orlando's Tech Community

In Orlando’s tech community, entrepreneurs are shunning the idea of intellectual property and embracing collaboration. Meetups and shared spaces are the buzz-words.To talk more about Orlando’s growing tech community 90.7's Matthew Peddie speaks with Greg Pollock,  Founder of Orlando based Code School and tech incubator Starter Studio, Isaac Moredock, Co-Founder and CEO of the Orlando-based eCommerce analytics company Intandem, and Josh Murdock, adjunct Professor and Instructional Designer at Valencia College.

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