Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Episode 141: Sine Die

THE ROTUNDA - We follow the Legislature’s journey to approving an $89 billion budget all while in the shadow of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Episode 137: Rumble in Tallahassee

THE ROTUNDA - Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey provides a behind-the-scenes preview of the face-to-face debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over “sanctuary cities” and immigration policy. Gomes also talks with Andrew Behrman, president, and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers as health center officials across the country celebrate two years of renewed funding passed by Congress. At the midpoint of Florida's 60-day legislative session, Politico’s Bruce Ritchie reviews some of Florida’s top environmental policy issues including proposals for offshore drilling championed by guests Dave Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council and opposed by Holly Parker with the Surfrider Foundation. 
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Monday, 05 February 2018 00:00

Episode 136: The American Dream

THE ROTUNDA - Preparations are underway for the immigration debate challenge between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the likely gubernatorial rivals. The chairman of the Republican Party of Leon County, Evan Power, accuses Gillum of constantly playing the race card while Juan Escalante with America’s Voice accuses Speaker Corcoran of trying to gain political points on the back on immigrants. Gomes interviews the Fair Elections Legal Network’s senior counsel, Jon Sherman, who challenged Florida’s voter restoration process which resulted in it being declared unconstitutional. Gomes also chats with Taylor Houston, at the L-G-B-T-Q advocacy group Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, about Senate Bill 740 which rewrite the state’s concealed weapons law so that people can get gun licenses even when their criminal background checks are incomplete.
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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 00:00

Episode 132: New Year New Session

THE ROTUNDA - Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum welcomes the Florida Legislature to the Capital City and then slams Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran for proposing a “red herring” to bolster his political future by pushing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities. Gomes also talks with immigrant advocate Juan Escalante with the Group America’s Voice. On the opening of the 2018 Legislature, many women plan to wear black to say #TimesUp to send the same message of solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Plus Gomes talks with Troy Kinsey, a Bay News Nine reporter and president of the Florida Capitol Press Corps about the upcoming Press Skits on January 23.
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Monday, 07 August 2017 00:00

Episode 117: More Sexy Beaches

THE ROTUNDA - Florida’s “Sexy Beaches” is back in the news. After nearly being eliminated during the legislative session over a secret contract with rapper Pitbull, Florida’s tourism marketing agency is now struggling to keep county tourism groups in traditional co-op advertising campaigns. Some political observers claim the fallout it is all part of a long held strategy by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey weighs in on the controversy. Gomes also explores President Trump’s new media ventures. When it comes to “fake news,” President Trump is creating his own as a conservative pundit, Kayleigh McEnany, jumps from CNN to hosting pro-Trump news segments direct from Trump Tower in New York.
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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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