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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Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

Episode 106: In Debt

THE ROTUNDA - The wait continues as Gov. Rick Scott reviews the Legislature’s $82.4 billion state spending plan. Despite passing a balanced budget, why is Florida still $9.9 billion in debt? Truth and Accounting, a nonprofit that aims to educate taxpayers on government finances, releases the first analysis of Florida’s latest financial report showing each taxpayer would have to cough up $1,600 to help pay the bills. Gomes interviews Truth in Accounting founder, Sheila Weinberg. What’s next for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown? Plus, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam jumps in the race for governor in 2018.   
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Monday, 08 May 2017 00:00

Episode 105: Kiss of Death

THE ROTUNDA -- Did Governor Rick Scott send a kiss of death to Florida’s budget? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the tumultuous remaining days of the legislative session. Did House Speaker Richard Corcoran live up to his promises of transparency? Citizen advocate Gary Stein explains why Florida for Care Executive Director is “swimming with the fishes” after a breakdown in negotiations over the medical marijuana bill. Also, Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe gives a heaping scoop on the fraud trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who also served up ice cream before her court hearing. Plus, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are the latest to hop in the race for governor.  
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Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Episode 104: Losing Out

THE ROTUNDA - After being ignored by the legislature, will Gov. Rick Scott veto the budget? Are Democrats able to take over U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat when she retires? Mark Touby, president of Florida Workers’ Advocates explains why the Senate version of workers’ compensation reform is the best compromise for both workers and businesses. Would you trade eating salmon for lionfish? Florida’s State Chef, Justin Timineri offers up a recipe to help fight against the invasive species.
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Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

Episode 97: Veto-Proof

THE ROTUNDA - POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses how Democrats could make some gains due to the widening rift between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Sen. Frank Artiles faces scrutiny for accelerating bills favorable to Florida Power & Light. “This is corporate welfare for FPL,” said Nathan Skop, a former FPL manager and commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. Gomes also talks with Congressman Al Lawson about his work in Washington and with Volunteer Florida’s CEO Chester Spellman about the second annual #SuitsForSession. At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding health care, Gomes shares stories from seniors rallying support for Medicare Advantage Plans.
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Monday, 27 February 2017 00:00

Episode 95: Party Switch

THE ROTUNDA - House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, explains the reasoning behind his push to reform Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with former Tallahassee Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda about her decision to join the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia pledges to comb the state to convince conservative Democrats to switch to the GOP. Gomes also shares insights on upcoming reforms facing Florida’s college system from Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell and the president of South Florida State College, Tom Leitzel. Gomes then looks ahead to the 2018 Governor’s race as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announces he’s considering a run for the job.
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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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