Monday, 14 January 2019 08:09

Episode 162: Changing Course

THE ROTUNDA – former Republican Gov. Bob Martinez said Florida’s environment has been neglected for eight years and he's excited about the swift change of course with Gov. Ron DeSantis. Martinez also shares his concerns with seeing Florida’s public education system being starved of resources in favor of competition and suggests ways for more equitable reforms.
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Monday, 07 January 2019 06:28

Episode 161: Power Shift

THE ROTUNDA – We preview inaugural events celebrating Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Florida’s next Cabinet members. Also, Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, discusses policy changes in the Florida Senate to prohibit sexual harassment of employees. Book also talks about her efforts to shift oversight of the state’s concealed firearms program to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. With the automatic restoration of voting rights for some of Florida’s convicted felons expected to go into effect Tuesday, a recent study from Cornell University shows nearly 1 in 2 adults in the United States has seen an immediate family member go to jail or in prison. Gomes talks with Zoe Towns, senior director of criminal justice reform at, a nonprofit advocating for immigration and criminal justice reform. 
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Monday, 10 December 2018 10:46

Episode 160: The Tallahassee Welcome

THE ROTUNDA – Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey pledges to bend over backward to make sure Gov.-elect Ron Desantis will have one of the most successful inaugurations in the history of the state of Florida. Dailey reveals to Gomes why technically this is his second time being sworn in as mayor and his plans to transform the office. Also, some Floridians still sleeping in tents since Hurricane Michael are being pressured to relocate their tent cities. Concerned volunteers claim Panama City officials are rushing to attract tourists with an "open for business mantra," although city officials claim health and safety reasons for forcing the displaced to evacuate. Gomes talks with Steve Lowe, a volunteer doing post-hurricane relief work in the Panama City area.  Hurricane Michael Relief Effort List:  
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Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

Episode 91: Trump Wars

THE ROTUNDA - A fiery start to President Donald Trump’s administration as White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacks the press for accurately reporting on inauguration crowds. Gomes interviews Trump supporters and familiar faces from Florida like veteran lobbyist, Lena Juarez, and former executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Jessie Panuccio. The Women’s March on Washington also attracts many from the Sunshine State to protest against Trump’s presidency. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit for daily updates.
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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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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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