Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

Episode 101: Deregulation

THE ROTUNDA - Jupiter Medical CEO John Couris discusses the Certificate of Need program as he tells lawmakers some regulations are necessary to maintain quality care in hospitals. Gomes also interviews Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez about his efforts to see a statewide ban on red-light cameras. House District 66 hopeful Berny Jacques gets a running start on his 2018 campaign. Plus, Gomes shares reactions from Florida officials about Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria.  
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Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00

Episode 99: Growth Mindset

THE ROTUNDA - As the healthcare bill blame game continues, Trimmel Gomes explores what’s next after the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Plus, the battle over local control intensifies as the Florida League of Mayors calls on state lawmakers to “back off.” Gomes interviews League of Mayors President, Carol McCormack of Palm Shores. Also, a special tribute to the life of Dr. Brian Dassler who served as the deputy chancellor of Florida’s Department of Education. Dassler recently passed away of apparent natural causes. Gomes interviews his friend and colleague, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.
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Monday, 05 December 2016 00:00

Episode 86: Twitter Storm

THE ROTUNDA- Social media had an unprecedented influence on the 2016 presidential election and is now considered a crucial part of campaigning. In this episode, Gomes discusses the influence of social media in politics with former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who is currently boosting his presence on social media platforms. Many are speculating that this could signify a possible run for office. Gomes also explores the status of Florida’s Everglades Restoration plan with environmental attorney Maribel Nicholson-Choice of Greenberg Traurig as well as Ernie Barnett, the Executive Director of the Florida Land Council.
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Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

Episode 83: Electioneering

THE ROTUNDA - President-elect Donald J. Trump has completed the biggest upset in modern political history. Florida politicos react to Trump’s election victory. Republican strategist and pollster Brian Graham tells Gomes that Trump was just a more exciting candidate than Hillary Clinton. Gomes also talks with retiring Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho about voter fraud and travels to the University of Florida to see how students help ProPublica investigate election irregularities for a nationwide project called Electionland. Gomes then interviews The Capitolist publisher, Brian J. Burgess, about the impact of Trump's victory on the future of Florida politics.
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Monday, 31 October 2016 00:00

Episode 82: Emailgate

THE ROTUNDA - As Donald J. Trump continues to improve his standing in state and national polls, his Florida campaign co-chairman Joe Gruters claims that this means Trump will win the sunshine state’s 29 electoral votes. Gruters, who is also a member of Florida State University’s Board of Trustees said he’s proud to stand with Trump despite calls for his resignation. Known for wearing many hats, the vice-chairman of the Florida Republican Party expresses his belief that he’s done a great job keeping his numerous duties separate. Gruters also elaborates on why he feels former state senator and FSU President John Thrasher deserves a 10 percent raise. In addition, the November election marks the end of Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s term in office. In one of his final in-depth interviews, Trimmel Gomes chats with Crisafulli about one of his priorities in overseeing the passage of a comprehensive water policy bill. Rich Budell with the Florida Agribusiness Council, who helped craft the bill, explains its impact on the state. 
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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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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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