Monday, 09 May 2016 00:00

Episode 59: Anyone But Trump

THE ROTUNDA - In an extraordinary rebuke of their party’s presumed nominee, some Republicans are choosing to sit out the upcoming presidential election to avoid voting for Donald Trump or throw their support to Democrat Hillary Clinton. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has pledged skip voting in November adding fuel to the #NeverTrump and “Anyone but Trump” movement. But, as Democrats revel in the GOP chaos, Bernie Sanders is still causing trouble as he continues to ride his ‘political revolution,’ even though the math isn’t on his side to secure the Democratic nomination. On this episode, Republican consultant John “Mac” Stipanovich explains why he’s calling on members of his own party to skip or vote for Hillary Clinton. Plus Gomes talks with Democratic consultant Steve Schale about the impact of Sanders' continued candidacy now that Trump is the last man standing for the GOP. 
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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made a surprise endorsement of Donald Trump on Monday, only to run into criticism over the way her office examined fraud claims against Trump University after the New York billionaire contributed money to her campaign. At issue is a $25,000 campaign contribution from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to a Bondi-controlled political committee in 2013. It came just days after she said her office was reviewing complaints related to Trump’s school. Bondi’s office later determined it did not need to take any action against Trump University because of an ongoing lawsuit already filed in New York. That decision is getting renewed attention after Bondi endorsed Trump at a Tampa rally one day before the Florida primary. “Every time I’m surprised someone endorsed him, there’s a a quid pro quo — $25,000 buys a lot when it comes to a state-level politician,” said Katie Packer, a former Mitt Romney aide who now runs Our Principles, an anti-Trump super PAC. “It’s too bad people defrauded out of money by Trump University don’t have that kind of money to buy an advocate in the Florida Attorney General’s office.” Read more in POLITICO
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Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

Episode 49: Budget Bullies

THE ROTUNDA -- This episode explores whether Marco Rubio’s battle with Donald Trump will get him enough delegates on Super Tuesday to stay in the race. Rubio’s state campaign co-chairman, who is also former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner tells Gomes the campaign is cranking up as former Jeb Bush supporters ban together to help Rubio. The Legislature said no to Gov. Rick Scott’s top budget priorities including a $250 million pot of economic incentive money. POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses the fallout. Also, is computer coding a foreign language? Gomes looks at how Florida could soon allow students to meet their foreign language requirement through coding.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

Rubio endorsement spree may be too late

The Republican establishment has finally fallen in love with Marco Rubio, but it may be too late. With Donald Trump trouncing the competition in Tuesday's night's Nevada caucuses and dramatically expanding his reach into voter groups thought to be leaning toward Rubio, lawmakers and party operatives are tripping over themselves to back the Florida senator's presidential bid. During the past 72 hours, Rubio has racked up more than 20 endorsements from high-profile Republican leaders such as Bob Dole, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Prominent megadonors like Joe Craft and political operatives including the Koch brothers' political guru Marc Short have also jumped on board. Read more in POLITICO 
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On Monday, Rick Scott said he wasn’t ready to endorse in Florida’s presidential primary election on March 15, but there are those who believe he might be leaning towards Donald Trump. That speculation was sparked last month, when Scott penned an op-ed in USA Today, a column in which he wrote very favorably about the New York City billionaire real estate developer. “I know Donald Trump personally, and while I currently have no plans to endorse a candidate before Florida’s March presidential primary, there is no doubt that Donald is a man who speaks and tweets his mind freely. But I don’t think his ability to give the most interesting interviews or speeches is the only thing that has him leading in the polls. I think he is capturing the frustration of many Americans after seven years of President Obama’s very intentional government takeover of the U.S. economy.” The quiet speculation broke out into the open on Tuesday, when The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza listed Scott on a short-list of possible running mates that Trump might be contemplating as he continues to roll through the Republican primary and caucus calendar. Read more at FLORIDA POLITICS
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Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

Episode 48: All Out From Jeb!

THE ROTUNDA - An in-depth look at Jeb Bush’s final hours in his failed bid for the White House with POLITICO’s Marc Caputo. Bush initially denied and ridiculed Caputo’s reporting about staffers shopping their resumes around because the campaign was coming to an end. Gomes also chats with Florida’s new Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sha’Ron James about legislation that would ban surprise medical bills. There is also an update on Uber/Lyft insurance bills. Plus Volunteer Florida’s Chester Spellman touts a unique service project called “Suits for Session” which provides business attire to those in need.
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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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