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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THE ROTUNDA - Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is feeling the Bern and not in a good way. Sen. Bernie Sanders is helping Schultz’s Democratic opponent, Tim Canova, in her August 30 primary in Florida’s 23rd congressional district. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, the party’s “anointed candidate” as Sanders often calls her, slammed Donald Trumps endorsement by the NRA while attending the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s third annual “Circle of Mothers” meeting in Fort Lauderdale. But at least one anti-violence activist in attendance called for the issue of gun violence to be addressed by lawmakers in Tallahassee instead of Washington. Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, also includes an interview with the newly crowned Miss Tallahassee, Lauren Calmet, speaking out against Donald Trump's past role as owner of the beauty pageant. Calmet also discusses the growing trend of beauty queens becoming politicians. Gomes also talks with Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, and media consultant Kevin Cate about their wild idea to get the Florida Legislature to approve creating a specialty license plate for their alma mater, Alabama’s Auburn University.    
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Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00

Episode 28: Launch Fraud Prevention

THE ROTUNDA -- This episode goes into space (almost) as media consultant Kevin Cate discusses the launch of his new product, Rocket Lobby, which is designed to help people know who their elected officials are, anywhere in the country, while allowing users to rate their lawmakers. Plus, Gov. Rick Scott’s point person for creating jobs is battling a major crisis on his hand; unemployment fraud.
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Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Episode 3: Changing Climate

THE ROTUNDA - As controversy grows over Florida’s ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming,” lawmakers find humor in state agency heads refusing to say the terms. State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda explains why now is the right time to share her story of using a gun to prevent rape while in college and why she thinks other students should be able to do the same.
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Friday, 26 June 2015 00:00

Episode 17: Vindication 

THE ROTUNDA - We’re tracking how Florida politicians are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare. Gomes talks with Joan Alker, executive director at the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University and Damien Filer with Progress Florida about the impact of the ruling.
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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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