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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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Tallahassee, FL

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

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English


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Episode 122: Taking The Knee

9/25/2017
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, NFL players take a knee after Trump’s call for a boycott. Also, is Florida a “State of Denial?” Despite Florida’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, state employees are discouraged from using the term “climate change.” Gomes chats with Ken Berlin, president of the Climate Reality Project founded by Al Gore. Plus, Joan Alker who heads the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families warns Florida’s progress on...

Duration: 00:14:01


Episode 121: Storm Surge

9/18/2017
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, is all about the politics of Hurricane Irma. Will Governor Rick Scott’s response to the storm provide enough of a political boost for him to run for and win Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat? President Donald Trump is already campaigning for Scott and supporters like Republican strategist Anthony Pedicini gives Scott a grade of A+ for handling Irma. However Democratic consultant Kevin Cate says Scott should also be ready to take credit for the bad...

Duration: 00:19:35


Episode 120: Multiracial Americans

8/28/2017
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Could Multiracial Americans Ease Racial Tensions? Amid racial and cultural tensions nationwide, advocates for the multiracial community are on a mission to remind the country that more things bind than separate the people in the United States. Gomes discusses the cultural and racial divide with Susan Graham, co-founder, and president of Project RACE. Gomes also interviews Andy Behrman, the president and CEO of the Florida Association of...

Duration: 00:13:16


Episode 119: Going Nuclear

8/20/2017
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott proves his loyalty by sticking close to President Donald Trump through his most recent controversy. Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum calls for the removal of a Confederate monument in front of Florida’s Historic Capitol. Also, should Florida’s utility customers pay now for future power? Gomes follows a federal appeals court case challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power and Light and Duke...

Duration: 00:16:34


Episode 118: Many Sides of Charlottesville

8/14/2017
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Florida lawmakers react to the violence between white supremacist groups and counter protesters that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Virginia. Susan Bro, the mother of Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed when a car driven by a man from Ohio plowed into the crowd. Bro said Heyer died standing up for her beliefs. Gomes also follows Sen. Jack Latvala’s second announcement that he’s making a run for governor. The Clearwater Republican's first announcement was to Gomes back in February....

Duration: 00:14:43


Episode 117: More Sexy Beaches

8/7/2017
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Florida’s “Sexy Beaches” is back in the news. After nearly being eliminated during the legislative session over a secret contract with rapper Pitbull, Florida’s tourism marketing agency is now struggling to keep county tourism groups in traditional co-op advertising campaigns. Some political observers claim the fallout it is all part of a long held strategy by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey weighs in on the controversy. Gomes also explores President Trump’s new...

Duration: 00:16:19


Episode 116: Hitting Reset

7/31/2017
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Following another turbulent week for President Donald Trump and the GOP, will staff changes and a shift in focus lead to good news for the administration? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda POLITICO’s White House reporter, Nolan D. McCaskill discusses the turmoil and tactic of covering what’s usually a month’s worth of breaking news in a single day. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit...

Duration: 00:25:16


Episode 115: Social Network

7/24/2017
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As healthcare remains up in the air, Congressional Democrats say they are ready and willing to work with Republicans on a solution. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda Congressman Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee explains how Democrats are offering a lending hand to GOP leadership so everyone can see a win on health care. Also, is Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg planning a run for president in 2020? Gomes dips in on Zuckerberg’s nationwide outreach tour, including his Facebook live chat...

Duration: 00:20:02


Episode 114: Net Neutrality

7/17/2017
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As web companies and activists band together in protest of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules, supporters of the change share their concerns with the current Title II regulations. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features interviews with Brad Swanson, president, and CEO of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, and Julio Fuentes, president, and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Gomes also examines...

Duration: 00:19:59


Episode 113: Election Smoke Screen

7/10/2017
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda explores why Orlando Attorney John Morgan is suing the state over its medical marijuana smoking ban. Gomes also looks back on how Florida prepared combat fraud in the 2016 presidential election with an interview with Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Plus, elections expert Paul Craft with the Freeman, Craft, McGregor Group Inc. explains why he thinks President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission is going through a necessary and long overdue...

Duration: 00:21:44


Episode 112: Power of Attorney

7/3/2017
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda follows the death penalty dispute between Gov. Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala in Florida’s Supreme Court. News Service of Florida reporter Brandon Larrabee makes an announcement and opines on the future of the Capitol Press Corp. Gomes also tackles the hot-button issue of reimbursement rates for air ambulances. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on...

Duration: 00:30:40


Episode 111: Relapse Capital

6/26/2017
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda focuses on Delray Beach where a decade ago it was seen as a haven for recovering addicts but thanks to a rise in new drug rehab scams, the city is trying to fight off a new title of ‘Relapse Capital.’ The episode features compelling audio from Gomes’ first reporting series in Delray Beach back in 2008. It was a time when local officials didn’t even want talk about growing crisis. The episode also features the city’s current Mayor, Cary...

Duration: 00:17:28


Episode 110: Cuba Hype

6/19/2017
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda journeys to Cuba where locals and tourist share stories about the positive impact from Obama-era rules to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Despite the hype of President Donald Trump’s and Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed rollbacks, the travel industry will continue to grow on the island, though the journey may be tougher for some. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter...

Duration: 00:26:44


Episode 109: No Pot Smoking

6/12/2017
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda focuses on the Legislature's secret budget deals and ban on smoking medical marijuana. Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, who has been a principal negotiator on the medical marijuana bill, tells Gomes why he’s comfortable with eliminating smokable pot from the soon to be law despite threats of legal challenges. Gomes also explores the new bond between Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, and Senate President Joe Negron. The Rotunda...

Duration: 00:11:38


Episode 108: Backroom Dealings

6/5/2017
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This episode features the Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reporting on the art of the backroom deals leading to Governor Rick Scott’s official call for a special session. Plus, President Donald Trump finds an unlikely ally in a former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. Gomes also interviews Barney Bishop who says many other Blue Dog Democrats are standing in support of Trump and his calls for Tax Reform. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or...

Duration: 00:19:58


Episode 107: Trump Connection

5/22/2017
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Both Gov. Rick Scott and former Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll share a strong support for President Trump. Despite their connection, Carroll tells Gomes she has still not heard a word from Scott following her first resignation, but she would accept Scott’s apology when or if he decides to give one. Carroll also talks with Gomes about Trump's first official trip abroad as president, and she compares her missteps with the press to Trump’s battle with “fake news.” Gomes also talks Greenberg...

Duration: 00:35:30


Episode 106: In Debt

5/15/2017
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the wait continues as Gov. Rick Scott reviews the Legislature’s $82.4 billion budget. Despite passing a balanced budget, why is Florida still $9.9 billion in debt? Truth and Accounting, a nonprofit that aims to educate taxpayers on government finances, releases the first analysis of Florida’s latest financial report showing each taxpayer would have to cough up $1,600 to help pay the bills. Gomes interviews Truth in Accounting founder, Sheila...

Duration: 00:19:23


Episode 105: Kiss of Death

5/8/2017
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Did Governor Rick Scott send a kiss of death to Florida’s budget? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the tumultuous remaining days of the legislative session. Did House Speaker Richard Corcoran live up to his promises of transparency? Citizen advocate Gary Stein explains why Florida for Care Executive Director is “swimming with the fishes” after a breakdown in negotiations over the medical marijuana bill. Also, Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe gives a...

Duration: 00:22:49


Episode 104: Losing Out

5/1/2017
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, he explores Gov. Rick Scott’s budget wish list. After being ignored by the legislature, will Scott veto the budget? Are Democrats able to take over U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat when she retires? Mark Touby, president of Florida Workers’ Advocates explains why the Senate version of workers’ compensation reform is the best compromise for both workers and businesses. Would you trade eating salmon for lionfish? Florida’s State Chef,...

Duration: 00:18:43


Episode 103: Racial Politics

4/24/2017
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of Miami GOP Sen. Frank Artiles use of racial slurs and other controversies leading to his resignation. Jacksonville Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell was first to probe and shine a spotlight on the private conversation at the members-only Governors Club. Gomes and Mitchell chronicle the bipartisan outrage following Artiles’ use of the N-word and other derogatory terms. Plus, Philip Singleton, also known as the Hip Hop Lobbyist...

Duration: 00:33:28

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