Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

Episode 52: Fresh Start & Cuba

THE ROTUNDA - President Barack Obama makes a  historic trip to Cuba. Gomes also checks in on Marco Rubio’s return to the halls of Congress after his disappointing second-place finish in Florida’s primary election. With Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the state’s record $82 billion budget, Florida Policy Institute Executive Director Joe Pennisi tells Gomes the spending plan still lacks adequate investments in health care, public education, prisons and other state services. Gomes also chats with Florida NOW lobbyist Barbra DeVane about her strategy to get Gov. Scott to veto a bill (HB 1411) that could restrict access to reproductive health care. 
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Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

Episode 50: The Final Countdown

THE ROTUNDA - We're celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Rotunda podcast! Since our launch in March of 2015, Gomes has been using his public radio chops to feature the many people and issues shaping Florida politics. His 50th episode includes a walk-and-talk interview through the streets of Tallahassee with new-media mogul Peter Schorsch sharing some of his “juiciest tidbits” about Florida’s political landscape. Gomes checks in on Marco Rubio’s campaign strategy to win the Sunshine State following his disappointing finish on Super Saturday and then an update on some of the top issues percolating in the final days of 2016 legislative session.
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Friday, 04 March 2016 00:00

Rubio scrambles to undo Trump in Florida

Polls show it. Elections data indicate it. The political class frets about it. And now his own campaign manager admits it. Marco Rubio is losing his home state of Florida—the place he has guaranteed he’d win on March 15. “Yes,” Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, said when asked if the Florida senator is trailing Donald Trump at home. “But it doesn’t matter. We’re going to win Florida.” These are dark days for the Rubio campaign, and they might be his last. The confidence Sullivan has in a Florida victory does not extend much beyond Rubio’s staff and his longtime backers. Read more: POLITICO
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Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

Episode 49: Budget Bullies

THE ROTUNDA -- This episode explores whether Marco Rubio’s battle with Donald Trump will get him enough delegates on Super Tuesday to stay in the race. Rubio’s state campaign co-chairman, who is also former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner tells Gomes the campaign is cranking up as former Jeb Bush supporters ban together to help Rubio. The Legislature said no to Gov. Rick Scott’s top budget priorities including a $250 million pot of economic incentive money. POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses the fallout. Also, is computer coding a foreign language? Gomes looks at how Florida could soon allow students to meet their foreign language requirement through coding.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

Rubio endorsement spree may be too late

The Republican establishment has finally fallen in love with Marco Rubio, but it may be too late. With Donald Trump trouncing the competition in Tuesday's night's Nevada caucuses and dramatically expanding his reach into voter groups thought to be leaning toward Rubio, lawmakers and party operatives are tripping over themselves to back the Florida senator's presidential bid. During the past 72 hours, Rubio has racked up more than 20 endorsements from high-profile Republican leaders such as Bob Dole, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Prominent megadonors like Joe Craft and political operatives including the Koch brothers' political guru Marc Short have also jumped on board. Read more in POLITICO 
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On Monday, Rick Scott said he wasn’t ready to endorse in Florida’s presidential primary election on March 15, but there are those who believe he might be leaning towards Donald Trump. That speculation was sparked last month, when Scott penned an op-ed in USA Today, a column in which he wrote very favorably about the New York City billionaire real estate developer. “I know Donald Trump personally, and while I currently have no plans to endorse a candidate before Florida’s March presidential primary, there is no doubt that Donald is a man who speaks and tweets his mind freely. But I don’t think his ability to give the most interesting interviews or speeches is the only thing that has him leading in the polls. I think he is capturing the frustration of many Americans after seven years of President Obama’s very intentional government takeover of the U.S. economy.” The quiet speculation broke out into the open on Tuesday, when The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza listed Scott on a short-list of possible running mates that Trump might be contemplating as he continues to roll through the Republican primary and caucus calendar. Read more at FLORIDA POLITICS
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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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