Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

Episode 70: DNC's Shame

THE ROTUNDA -Fallout from the Democratic National Committee’s hacked email continues as former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s primary opponent, Tim Canova, threatens to file a complaint alleging she broke election rules. The Rotunda recaps the DNC plus an interview with state Sen. Geraldine Thompson who skipped the convention in protest because she argues the party has lost its way by picking favorites in primary races while claiming to have a fair and one process. Thompson teamed up with one of her opponents, Fatima Rita Fahny also vying for Florida’s 10th Congressional District to speak out against DNC’s practices. 
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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   
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Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

Episode 64: Act of Terror

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.
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TALLAHASSEE – After his two-year stint as Senate president, Andy Gardiner has returned to Orlando with a handful of high-profile legislative wins and a political committee flush with cash to ponder a big question: what’s next? The 47-year-old hospital executive says politics will likely play a role in his future, but he’s not sure how.  “If I had something mapped out I would tell you, I really don’t,” Gardiner told POLITICO Florida. “I’m looking forward to spending some time at home.” Gardiner said he will spend the summer helping Senate president-designate Joe Negron of Stuart, who is overseeing the GOP Senate campaign infrastructure, raise money for candidates. He also said he plans to use his own political committee to boost the political fortunes of allies. Read more in POLITICO 
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