THE ROTUNDA - Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks out on the city’s mysterious FBI investigation that he says is making a direct impact on his campaign for governor. Plus, Gomes travels back in time with Democratic Senator-elect Annette Taddeo to her early pledge to never give up after losing three previous elections. Democratic Consultant Steve Schale weighs in on the latest political storms and victories. Plus Gomes looks into a new report that claims Florida’s Public Service Commission has been “Captured” by the utility industry. Ben Wilcox, research director of Integrity Florida and a co-author of the report discusses the reports’ findings.
Ten people were arrested for trespassing Monday night after staging a sit-in inside the lobby of a building housing Sen. Marco Rubio's Orlando office, according to the Orlando Police Department.
"OPD making 10 arrests for trespass after warning, a misdemeanor,” Orlando police tweeted after removing the protesters. “Grateful to peaceful protesters who understand we have a job to do.”
About 60 demonstrators first arrived around 10 a.m. and had planned to stay for 49 hours to remember the 49 people killed last month by a lone gunman in the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. They promoted the hashtag #SitInForThe49 during the demonstration. Read more in POLITICO
(CNN)Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is seeking re-election to the Senate, publicly admitting he changed his mind and giving a boost for Republicans facing a tough fight to maintain their Senate majority in November.
Rubio emailed supporters Wednesday announcing his decision, acknowledging the sharp departure from his previous stance.
"In politics, admitting you've changed your mind is not something most people like to do. But here it goes," he wrote. "I have decided to seek reelection to the United States Senate."
Rubio's announcement marks a 180-degree turn from where he was even just a month ago, when he insisted he would give up his Senate seat at the end of this term. Read more on CNN
THE ROTUNDA - Condolences and solidarity are pouring in from around the globe after a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando killing at least 50 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the events which first caught the attention of international media. Gomes talks with news director Jill Roberts for WQCS, the NPR station for the Treasure Coast who found herself camped outside the Fort Pierce apartment of Omar Mateen, the suspected shooter who was killed by police following his attack. Mateen and his family lived along the Treasure Coast.
Gomes also talks with Bob Poe, former state Democratic Party Chair and candidate for Central Florida’s 10th Congressional District, about his decision to reveal he is HIV-positive. Poe, 61, said he was diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago but tells Gomes how he struggled to come to terms with his own fear and stigma with regard to the virus that causes AIDS.
THE ROTUNDA - Calling it an institution held at a lower regard than pedophiles, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox tells Trimmel Gomes that he’s running to replace Marco Rubio out of frustration and desperation. As Rubio faces increased pressure to run again, including encouragement from former rival Donald Trump, Wilcox tells Gomes about his plan to rid Washington of career politicians.
As business, university and college leaders gathered at Gov. Rick Scott’s “Degrees to Jobs” summit, Gomes talks with Jennifer Proffitt, president of the United Faculty of Florida, the state’s faculty union about being left off the guest list and the role of faculty in helping to develop well-rounded citizens, and the leaders of tomorrow.
Former Republican hopeful Marco Rubio offered a glimpse of his future on Monday — and it appears to involve a lot of working out.
The Florida senator unleashed a late-night Twitter tirade that included sarcastic tweets about "whether to chest or legs tomorrow at gym."
The rant followed a story in the Washington Post that suggested he was lost at sea in terms of his political future.
"Rubio, according to conversations I've had with people close to him, is sort of betwixt and between when it comes to his next move," according to Monday's story by the Post's Chris Cillizza.
In response, the 44-year-old Rubio issued a flurry of messages about how he was spending his time, his ambitions and reporters "desperate for content."
Rubio suspended his campaign on March 15 after failing to win his home state of Florida to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who had mocked his younger adversary for his Senate absences and called him "Little Marco."
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