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A weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida Politics!

A weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida Politics!
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A weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida Politics!




Episode 154: Dog Whistle Politics

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” a closer look at the many dog whistles that could lead the Andrew Gillum campaign into the “Trumpian Trap,” according to Brian Burgess of The Capitolist. Burgess claims the racial undertones from the Ron DeSantis campaign are unintended. Gomes also talks with Danny McAuliffe of Florida Politics about some of the highlights in Florida’s gubernatorial race. Even, if shocked at running mate choices, you are not alone. Plus we a look back at the...


Episode 153: Coming Out

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat from Broward County shares his ‘announcement of freedom’ that he is gay. Jones chats with Gomes about his decision to step out of the closet and his plans to continue being an advocate for the LGBTQ community in Tallahassee. Gomes also offers up a quick guide to Florida’s primary election. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit for daily updates.


Episode 152: Democratic Socialism

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” a discussion about how some Florida candidates are inspired and are trying to replicate the grass-roots success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York primary win over high-ranking Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley. Gomes talks with Anna Eskamani, a Democrat running for Central Florida’s House District 47 and Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 candidate Jeremy Matlow. Both share their thoughts about the future of the Democratic Party. Follow on...


Episode 151: AG Candidate Ashley Moody

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” former Judge Ashley Moody shares her background including being a former federal prosecutor and explains why she thinks she’s the best candidate to replace Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who is facing term-limits. Moody is hoping to secure the Republican primary nomination over state Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola. Moody shares her thoughts with Gomes about Florida’s “stand your ground law,” how she would handle police brutality cases...


Episode 150: Manchurian Candidates

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg talks about his decision to file ethics complaints against eight “sham” write-in candidates. After a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot through Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, Aronberg and Sherry Plymale, a Republican commission member, filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Department of State to issue fines against the...


Episode 149: Top Influencers

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Peter Schorsch, the publisher of Florida Politics shares his predictions on the campaign trail including a likely win for Gov. Rick Scott against Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election efforts. Also, is the race for governor over for Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam? As the dark cloud from the Russia investigation continues to grow, would President Trump’s endorsement still give Rep. Ron Desantis a boost? Schorsch also combs through the field...


Episode 148: Back in Business

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, billionaire developer Jeff Greene talks about his road to success in building his real estate empire. Greene explains how he made his first $100,000 at the age of 22, and how he used it to invest in real estate while in business school. Greene tells Gomes how he plans to be just as successful in the Democratic governor’s primary and when he ultimately wins the governor’s mansion. When it comes to finding the best strategies to succeed in...


Episode 147: High Laughter

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, it’s the White House Correspondents Dinner vs. Florida’s “sometimes annual” Capitol Press Corps skits. As the Correspondents’ Association’s leadership considers possible changes to its format following comedian Michelle Wolf’s controversial monologue, should Tallahassee’s own Press Corps Skit also get a revamp? When it comes to makeovers, cannabis advocates have decided to drop the term “recreational” when it comes describing the casual use...


Episode 146: BOGO Constitutional Amendments

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s speech during the funeral for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush. Plus Gomes reviews Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission and a controversial decision to combine 24 separate ideas into a dozen items voters might see in November. CRC Commissioner Tim Cerio talks with Gomes about the need for bundling the amendments and his proposal, Marsy’s Law, headed for the ballot. Also, as a...


Episode 145: Midterm Excitement

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, reactions from Florida’s elected officials to U.S. airstrikes in Syria including from Sen. Marco Rubio who called on President Donald Trump to deliver a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the situation. Gomes also interviews Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida about Gov. Rick Scott’s chances against Sen. Bill Nelson. Gomes also talks with MacManus about the top contenders in Florida’s...


Episode 144: Nelson vs Scott

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson says he’s ready to run “like there is no tomorrow” against Gov. Rick Scott who is making his candidacy official today. GOP political consultant Brian Burgess, a former Scott spokesman explains why he thinks Scott is more prepared for the challenge. Gomes also features conversations with POLITICO’s Matt Dixion and FiTV’s Brad Swanson. On Florida’s governor’s race, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with...


Episode 143: The Sunshine State

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a review of President Donald Trump’s latest stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Plus, Babcock Ranch, a new Florida community north of Ft. Myers, is embracing the future of energy, calling itself the first town in the nation powered entirely by solar energy. Gomes chats with developer Syd Kitson, chairman, and CEO, Kitson and Partners. Plus, a coalition of environmental groups says one-third of species in the...


Episode 142: Power of Advocacy

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features a recap of some of the incredible speeches from the March For Our Lives in D.C. with students and shooting survivors like Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and others like 11-year-old Naomi Wadler leading the charge calling for common-sense gun laws. Gomes examines how the students at Parkland were able to successfully mobilize with Karen Moore of the Moore Agency, an expert on advocacy campaigns. Plus Gomes talks with the Sun Sentinel’s...


Episode 141: Sine Die

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the Legislature’s journey to approving an $89 billion budget all while in the shadow of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Plus, the Trump administration changes course by stepping back some of their gun proposals including enforcing new age limits. Trump will instead let states decide their path while creating a federal commission on School Safety. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes,...


Episode 140: Last Minute Negotiations

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School dominates the final week of 2018 legislative session. Gomes follows the negotiations during the gun debate plus he talks with Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, about her bill that requires public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust.” Gomes also chats with Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Delray Beach about her attempt to fully ban texting while driving....


Episode 139: The Gun Debate

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the early successes from the #NeverAgain movement as Gov. Scott and Republican legislators defy the National Rifle Association with gun restriction proposals that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21. Gomes interviews David Hogg, Ashley Santoro, and Sammy Feuerman, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visiting Tallahassee to share their stories of survival while demanding change to Florida’s gun laws....


Episode 138: Never Again

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students turn their grief into a full-blown national movement, bringing their #NeverAgain campaign to Tallahassee with hopes to prevent another school shooting. Gomes features Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami. Gomes also hears about the benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans from Julius Glover, a senior citizen living in Tallahassee and Cathryn...


Episode 137: Rumble in Tallahassee

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey provides a behind-the-scenes preview of the face-to-face debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over “sanctuary cities” and immigration policy. Gomes also talks with Andrew Behrman, president, and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers as health center officials across the country celebrate two years of renewed funding passed by Congress. At the midpoint...


Episode 136: The American Dream

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, preparations are underway for the immigration debate challenge between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the likely gubernatorial rivals. The chairman of the Republican Party of Leon County, Evan Powers accuses Gillum of constantly playing the race card while Juan Escalante with America’s Voice accuses Speaker Corcoran of trying to gain political points on the back on immigrants. Gomes interviews the Fair...


Episode 135: Culture of Sex

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda is all about sex scandals with a view of Tallahassee culture from a woman’s point of view. Gomes interviews reporter Allison Nielsen with Sunshine State News who received warnings from female colleagues before taking her reporting gig at the statehouse. Gomes talks with Senators Bill Montford and Lauren Book about the scandals rocking their chamber. Is the Florida Legislature lagging behind other states in response to sexual harassment? Lisae...