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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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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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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