Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Episode 80: Poppycock

THE ROTUNDA - As Democrats celebrate back-to-back court victories over Florida’s election rules, this episode examines Donald Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged election.’  Also, Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida tells Gomes why she believes Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to extend the state’s voter registration deadline after Hurricane Matthew was all about politics. Plus, Associated Press writer Gary Fineout talks with Gomes about the power of Gov. Scott during emergencies and expected changes to Florida’s election laws as a result of U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s rulings.   
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NBC - Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Florida and Pennsylvania, including by double digits in the Keystone State due to her strength in Philadelphia and its suburbs, according to two brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls.  In Florida, Clinton is ahead of Trump by three points among likely voters, 45 percent to 42 percent, which is within the poll's margin of error. Libertarian Gary Johnson gets 5 percent, and the Green Party's Jill Stein gets three percent. Read more on NBC News
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Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00

Episode 79: October Surprise

THE ROTUNDA - October is filled with plenty of surprises including the most recent batch of Wikileaks docs on Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump’s leaked tapes revealing a possible pattern of sexual abuse. This episode captures highlights from the second presidential debate including Trump's unexpected pre-debate press conference with Bill Clinton’s former accusers. Trimmel Gomes also talks with Florida State University Political Scientist Carol Weissert about the biggest surprise of them all in addition to growing political storm following Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  
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Monday, 03 October 2016 00:00

Episode 78: Pot Shot

THE ROTUNDA - While Donald Trump and his allies scramble to defend his tax records, a second look at the world of politics and beauty pageants thanks to Trump’s feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. The Rotunda gets featured on CBC Radio and Public Radio International as one of the best podcasts around. Meanwhile, despite Florida polls showing growing support for a medical marijuana initiative, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater and former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell ramp up their fight against Amendment 2 with just weeks left before voters decide on the November ballot. News Service of Florida reporter Dara Kam breaks down the latest in Florida’s fight for medical marijuana including an update on why initiate’s front man, attorney John Morgan, is keeping out of the spotlight.    
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Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Episode 76: In Between Jobs

THE ROTUNDA - Thanks to his comedic appearance at the Emmy Awards, we now know ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is moonlighting as an Uber driver. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, you’ll hear how Bush is handling his “in-between jobs” status along with soon to be former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Also, Bay News 9 capitol reporter Troy Kinsey discusses the bipartisan blowback from Gov. Rick Scott’s attack on Sen. Bill Nelson over Zika funding. Gomes then talks with Dan Peterson, director of the Center for Property Rights at the James Madison Institute about solving the “Everglades Riddle” with the ongoing debate over government vs. private land ownership for conservation purposes and finding the right balance that works for Florida. Plus, is it the end of an era with Donald Trump’s ‘birther’ announcement?  
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Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

Episode 75: Hermine Fallout

THE ROTUNDA - Infighting, defensiveness and finger pointing were left in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the power struggle between Governor Rick Scott and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell tells Gomes the political dust up had more to do with a revived long-standing fight between city-owned and investor-owned utilities like Florida Power & Light (FPL). Gomes talks about why Attorney Genral Pam Bondi is back in the national spotlight and he explores the science behind Florida’s algae blooms with Brian Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and red tide expert Vincent Lovko of Mote Marine Laboratory. Lapointe is praising the city of Tallahassee for removing nitrogen from its wastewater treatment plant and encourages others to do the same. “The summer is a bit of a wakeup call that our Legislature really needs to think about legislation to begin to kind of moderate the nutrients that human activities are generating that are supporting these blooms,” Lapointe tells Gomes.  
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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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