Monday, 19 November 2018 09:40

Episode 159: Counting Recounts

THE ROTUNDA – Ion Sancho, a longtime Leon County supervisor of elections, calls for reform in Florida’s election laws to prevent the recurring nightmare of problematic recounts from happening. In an extended interview, Sancho tells Gomes some of the problems that plagued Brenda Snipes, the outgoing supervisor elections for Broward County, couldn’t be avoided under current statutes. Sancho also blames the state for approving ineffective voting machines in Palm Beach County. Gomes also checks in on a statewide listening tour by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. The group’s executive director Desmond Meade explains how he's working to help give back full citizenship rights to Florida’s 1.4 million ex-felons who were convicted and completed sentences for past crimes, as outlined in the voter-approved Amendment 4. 
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Monday, 12 November 2018 12:33

Episode 158: Florida Recount

THE ROTUNDA - Florida's election recounts are underway in three of the state’s biggest races — governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner. The unprecedented review is dredging up memories of the 2000 presidential recount. Gomes talks with legal experts involved who argue frequent mistakes and glitches, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties, undermine the entire electoral process. Len Collins, an attorney who previously litigated against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office chats with Gomes from the epicenter of the controversy. Democratic Strategist Steve Schale is also guest.  
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Monday, 22 October 2018 11:37

Episode 157: The Debate

The Rotunda – We capture some of the highlights from Ron Desantis and Andrew Gillum’s fiery exchanges during their first national debate on CNN. Plus, in exploring new models for journalism Gomes talks with Florida Phoenix Editor-in-Chief Julie Hauserman about her approach to covering state government and politics.
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Monday, 02 October 2017 00:00

Episode 123: Captured

THE ROTUNDA - 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 “Captured” by the utility industry. Ben Wilcox, research director of Integrity Florida and a co-author of the report discusses the reports’ findings. 
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Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

Episode 46: Please Clap

THE ROTUNDA -- This episode looks at Governor Rick Scott's big push to rally support for his $1 billion in tax cuts plan, including staging a game of cornhole in the Capitol rotunda. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum talks with Gomes about his decision to skip a run for Congress and why he’s speaking out against the Legislature’s Open & Campus-Carry gun bills. The family of former FSU football player Devaughn Darling makes an impassioned plea to lawmakers to process a claims bill for his untimely death. And Gomes checks in on Florida’s presidential candidates after Iowa. Plus, Will Galloway with the Capital Steps returns.           
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:00

Episode 39: Abort

THE ROTUNDA - In the wake of the deadly shootings at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Council tells Gomes why he’s postponing his capitol rally to defund the organization. Meanwhile Planned Parenthood’s Missy Wesolowski explains why they are not backing down from their efforts to provide reproductive health care. 
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A weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida politics produced by Trimmel Gomes an award-winning journalist and former statewide news director of Florida Public Radio. Gomes hosted its flagship program "Capital Report" and created the public affairs program "It's About Florida." Gomes is political commentator and regular political contributor to WTXL ABC 27 in Tallahassee.

 

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