Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

Episode 121: Storm Surge

THE ROTUNDA - Politics of Hurricane Irma: Will Governor Rick Scott’s response to the storm provide enough of a political boost for him to run for and win Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat? As President Donald Trump revs up his campaign for Scott, supporters like Republican strategist Anthony Pedicini gives the governor a grade of A+ for handling Irma. However Democratic consultant Kevin Cate says Scott should also be ready to take credit for the bad especially when it comes to handling the tragic nursing-home deaths in Hollywood. Gomes also interviews Brian Lee who served as the state’s long-term care ombudsman before being forced out of a job.
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Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Episode 119: Going Nuclear

THE ROTUNDA - Florida Gov. Rick Scott proves his loyalty by sticking close to President Donald Trump through his most recent controversy. Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum calls for the removal of a Confederate monument in front of Florida’s Historic Capitol. Also, should Florida’s utility customers pay now for future power? Gomes follows a federal appeals court case challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy Florida collecting money from customers for nuclear-power projects. 
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Monday, 03 July 2017 00:00

Episode 112: Power of Attorney

THE ROTUNDA - We track the death penalty dispute between Gov. Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala in Florida’s Supreme Court. News Service of Florida reporter Brandon Larrabee makes an announcement and opines on the future of the Capitol Press Corp. Gomes also tackles the hot-button issue of reimbursement rates for air ambulances with Paul Webster, VP of Payer Strategy at Air Methods and service advocate, Robin Powell.   
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Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00

Episode 109: No Pot Smoking

THE ROTUNDA - This episode is focused on the Legislature's secret budget deals and proposed medical marijuana smoking ban. Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, who has been a principal negotiator on the medical marijuana bill, tells Gomes why he is comfortable with eliminating smokable pot from the soon to be law despite threats of legal challenges. Gomes also explores the new bond between Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, and Senate President Joe Negron.
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Monday, 05 June 2017 00:00

Episode 108: Backroom Dealings

THE ROTUNDA  - The Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reports on the art of the backroom deals leading to Governor Rick Scott’s official call for a special session. Plus, President Donald Trump finds an unlikely ally in a former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. Gomes also interviews Barney Bishop who says many other Blue Dog Democrats are standing in support of Trump and his calls for Tax Reform. 
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Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

Episode 107: Trump Connection

THE ROTUNDA - Both Gov. Rick Scott and former Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll share a strong support for President Trump. Despite their connection, Carroll tells Gomes she has still not heard a word from Scott following her first resignation, but she would accept Scott’s apology when or if he decides to give one. Carroll also talks with Gomes about Trump's first official trip abroad as president, and she compares her missteps with the press to Trump’s battle with “fake news.” Gomes also talks Greenberg Traurig Government Law & Policy Director, Leslie Dughi about how the insurance industry fared during Florida's 2017 Legislative 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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