Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended cutting some state funding in Florida to pay for mosquito control amid increasing cases of the Zika virus in his state. Under Scott, state aid to mosquito control programs was reduced 40 percent in 2011, from $2.16 million to $1.29 million. Scott also ignored pleas from fellow Republicans that year when he cut a special $500,000 appropriation for the Public Health Entomology Research and Education Lab in Panama City Beach, which was founded in 1964. Read more in POLITICO 
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Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Episode 71: Hurricane Zika

THE ROTUNDA - While Gov. Rick Scott slams the federal government for lagging in the state’s fight against the spread Zika, the former director of Florida’s defunct “mosquito lab” calls on Scott to uphold a campaign promise and restore funding to the facility to help reachers find solutions to Zika and other mosquito borne diseases. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Jason Smith, the former director of the Public Health Entomology Research and Education Lab in Panama City Beach points to Scott’s $500,000 appropriation veto in 2011 as one big reason the state is now scrambling to figure out how to eradicate Zika. Gomes also talks with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump who is getting ready to tackle the national spotlight in a new way by becoming a household name as host of televisions shows on TV One and FOX. 
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Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

Episode 65: Words Matter

THE ROTUNDA - In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 victims dead and another 53 injured, the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history, Gov. Rick Scott dodges the gun control debate by focussing policy talks on ISIS and saying the Second Amendment didn’t kill anyone. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Maura Jane Farrelly, an associate professor of American studies at Brandeis University explains why the often used defense and whole purpose of the Second Amendment is moot. Gomes also takes a closer look at the face-off between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Christian Ulvert, one of the plaintiffs in the fight to overturn Florida’s gay marriage-ban, tells Gomes what he thinks Bondi should’ve said when Cooper questioned her history of fighting against the LGBT community as she was trying to lend a voice to the victims. Are you tired of apologizing for being an American? Gomes talks with a self-described loud, arrogant, and sometimes troublesome American who supports Donald Trump and has ideas on how to reform the political process in Washington, D.C.  
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U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff referred to President Obama as an “animal” during a recent Florida Republican meeting, prompting opponents from both parties to call on him to apologize. “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president — because he’s an animal, OK? ... has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses,” Beruff told the St. John’s County Republican Executive Committee on Thursday. Beruff’s remarks, recorded by a tracker and first reported by The Huffington Post on Sunday, were promptly condemned by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and his Republican colleague in the U.S. House, David Jolly, both of whom are running for the same Senate seat. Read more in POLITICO
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Monday, 04 April 2016 00:00

Episode 54: Scumbag Lobbyist

THE ROTUNDA - This episode gives looks into the lives of two veteran members of Tallahassee’s lobby corps. Ron Watson - a self-described scumbag lobbyist - dishes out some of tricks of the trade for those aspiring to jump into Florida’s legislative process. On the other side, Gomes talks with Louis C. Rotundo who says after 37 years, he’s getting out of lobbying due to  changes from term limits and lack of integrity in the process. Gomes also looks at the controversy surrounding Attorney General Pam Bondi’s support for Donald Trump as Gov. Rick Scott calls for a peaceful revolution toward a Trump presidency.  Plus the ongoing search for Florida’s new Insurance Commissioner.
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Rep. Alan Grayson is “unethical.” Rep. Patrick Murphy is a “lickspittle pillock.” With each incongruously mentioning Valentine's Day, the two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate traded insults on Sunday, as Grayson’s campaign continued to reel from allegations of impropriety over an offshore hedge fund run by Grayson that is the subject of an ongoing House ethics investigation.  Grayson has denied wrongdoing and described the complaints against him as politically motivated. Read more in POLITICO
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