Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00

Episode 93: Toss-Up

THE ROTUNDA --  A new bill sets up a major battle between Governor Rick Scott and the Florida House over plans to kill Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. Trump’s pick for Education Secretary is in jeopardy with a possible tie-breaking vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence. Florida’s former Education Commissioner tells Gomes he believes Betsy Devos is the right person for the job and that Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson should vote in favor. Also, Gomes looks back with Florida’s former jobs chief, Jesse Panuccio, as he joins the Trump administration to serve as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice.  
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Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

Episode 90: Trump's Inauguration Week

THE ROTUNDA - This episode previews the already contentious inauguration week for President-elect Donald Trump following his war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), a civil rights icon. Gomes also looks at how Florida’s top GOP officials like Gov. Rick Scott are preparing to celebrate Trump's win. Gomes goes on an exclusive tour of the state embassy of Florida. The Florida House on Capitol Hill will once again be a hotspot for inauguration festivities and its president and CEO Bart Hudson invites all to stop in for a fresh glass of Florida orange juice. Plus, looking ahead to Florida’s governor race in 2018, Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey discusses possible contenders including Orlando lawyer John Morgan who is leaving the door wide open for a possible run. 
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Monday, 09 January 2017 00:00

Episode 89: D.C. Politics

THE ROTUNDA - This episode provides a brief recap of the first week of Congress as some of Florida’s freshmen lawmakers adjust to their new surroundings in Washington. Gomes talks with Rep. Al Lawson about his plan to tackle student loan debt. Plus Rep. Darren Sotto discusses President-elect Donald Trump’s influence in Congress. Gomes tours some of the capitol office buildings with former congressional candidate Annette Taddeo and her daughter Sofia. Gomes also takes a closer look at Gov. Rick Scott's decision to address the shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport with Trump instead of President Obama.  
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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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Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Episode 6: Revenge

THE ROTUNDA - We hear the story of Florida State University student Carly Hellstrom, a victim of revenge porn and how she managed to get lawmakers to advance measures to make the practice a felony if passed. As Governor Rick Scott backs away from his support for Medicaid expansion, Senate President Andy Gardiner denies claims that his chamber is being vengeful by delaying confirmation of Department of Health Secretary John Armstrong.
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Sunday, 19 April 2015 00:00

Episode 7: Feeling Presidential 

THE ROTUNDA -- NPR’s former political editor and host of the Political Junkie radio program, Ken Rudin discusses why Marco Rubio wins in the presidential announcement category over Hillary Clinton and the obstacles in front of Jeb Bush when he makes his bid official. The battle over Medicaid expansion continues as Governor Rick Scott announces plans to sue the federal government putting in jeopardy any plans for the House and Senate to find a budget compromise in the remaining days of session.
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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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