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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 133: Trump's Racial Justice

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Florida lawmakers react to Donald Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” remark including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) who was in the meeting with Trump. Diaz-Balart plans to focus on bargaining for a DACA deal. Gomes also talks with Joseph Hellweg, associate professor of religion and anthropology at Florida State University about the contributions made to the U.S. by people from the countries identified in Trump’s controversial statements....

Duration: 00:16:23

Episode 132: New Year New Session

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum welcomes the Florida Legislature to the Capital City and then slams Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran for proposing a “red herring” to bolster his political future by pushing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities. Gomes also talks with immigrant advocate Juan Escalante with the Group America’s Voice. On the opening of the 2018 Legislature, many women plan to wear black to say #TimesUp to send...

Duration: 00:13:20

Episode 131: Up in Smoke

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a closer look at one of the near 900 proposals before the Constitution Revision Commission. Voters could soon decide on a plan by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, House Speaker Pro Tempore, on whether to divert money from anti-tobacco marketing campaigns to the research and treatment of cancer. However, the proposal is facing opposition from public health experts and groups like the American Cancer Society and Students Working Against Tobacco. Gomes...

Duration: 00:16:12

Episode 130: He Said She Said

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, one of Sen. Jack Latvala’s accusers goes public and requests armed security for protection during committee week. The Capitolist publisher Brian Burgess tells Gomes the situation involving Rachel Perrin Rogers, a high-ranking Senate aide, will continue to spiral out of control until Sen. President Joe Negron reprimands bullying and intimidation tactics by Sen. Latvala. Also, did Sen Marco Rubio reveal the next step after the passage of the...

Duration: 00:18:58

Episode 129: Food for Thought

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, prominent trial attorney and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan announces his departure from the Democratic Party and a possible run for Governor as an Independent. Gomes examines the dangers of media paywalls with First Amendment Foundation president, Barbara Petersen. Plus Gomes checks out Maryland as it becomes the second state in the nation to restrict the routine use of antibiotics in animals. Ellen Silbergeld, professor, Johns Hopkins...

Duration: 00:17:00

Episode 128: Lessons Learned

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, As the Senate lawyers up for sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, we look at the last sexual harassment scandal to rock the Legislature. Gomes interviews Tallahassee-based labor employment lawyer Rick Johnson, who has focused on sexual harassment cases since 1990. Gomes also interviews Jacobi Bedenfield, president of the Florida College System Student Government Association’s annual rally in Tally event....

Duration: 00:18:36

Episode 127: Open Government

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, as officials in Tallahassee and the legislature find themselves marred in controversy, Barbra Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, a Tallahassee-based public record, and open meetings watchdog, explains new ways the public can hold government officials accountable for their actions. Gomes also talks with Florida Society of Association Executives president Frank Rudd about an industry study showing Florida associations...

Duration: 00:27:29

Episode 126: The Influence of Sex

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, exposing Tallahassee’s so-called code of silence about the influence of sex in the legislative process. The latest target, Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), stands accused by six unnamed women of sexual harassment and groping. Gomes also follows the ongoing fallout from Hurricane Irma. Advocates are set to deliver petition signatures from more than 12,000 concerned Floridians urging the Legislature to launch an...

Duration: 00:14:06

Episode 125: Legislative Affairs

On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the big story behind incoming Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens’ abrupt resignation. Intrepid Politico reporter Alexandra Glorioso tells Gomes how she first broke the news of the affair between Sen. Clemens, a Lake Worth political consultant, and former Martin County lobbyist Devon West. Glorioso also explains the attempted cover-up by legislative leadership. Plus, a discussion on how “dark money” is negatively impacting Florida’s...

Duration: 00:27:03

Episode 124: Abbreviated

Florida lawmakers are back in Tallahassee for committee week to jumpstart the legislative session which begins in January. Trimmel Gomes also talks with Patti Brigham, co-chair, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence about State Sen. Linda Stewart and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, both D-Orlando, about their bill to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines in Florida. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow...

Duration: 00:05:03

Episode 123: Captured

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks out on the city’s mysterious FBI investigation that he says is making a direct impact on his campaign for governor. Plus, Gomes travels back in time with Democratic Senator-elect Annette Taddeo to her early pledge to never give up after losing three previous elections. Democratic Consultant Steve Schale weighs in on the latest political storms and victories. Plus Gomes looks into a new report that claims Florida’s Public Service Commission has been...

Duration: 00:20:02

Episode 122: Taking The Knee

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...

Duration: 00:14:01

Episode 121: Storm Surge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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