Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:00

Episode 133: Racial Justice

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. Gomes then recaps the first week of session and chats with Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg about session highlights and his quest to give voters a chance to amend the constitution to end the practice of allowing write-in candidates to close a primary during an election. 
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Monday, 24 July 2017 00:00

Episode 115: Social Network

THE ROTUNDA - As healthcare remains up in the air, congressional Democrats say they are ready and willing to work with Republicans on a solution. 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 at his backyard barbecue where he tackled issues from healthcare, technology and once again shared his love for grilling. 
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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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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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Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00

Episode 27: The Lawman Willie Meggs

THE ROTUNDA - This episode is all about the life and career of longtime Tallahassee prosecutor Willie Meggs. With his office giving one of the best views of Florida’s Capitol complex, even better than Gov. Rick Scott’s office; the lawman talks with Gomes about throwing the book at state lawmakers for taking freebies from lobbyists and his high-profile probe into rape allegations against FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston.
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Friday, 07 August 2015 00:00

Episode 23: GOP Debate

THE ROTUNDA - This episode previews the redistricting special session with analysis of the "base" congressional map by Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida.
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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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