Monday, 09 April 2018 00:00

Episode 144: Nelson vs Scott

THE ROTUNDA - U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he’s ready to run “like there is no tomorrow” against Gov. Rick Scott who is making his candidacy official today. GOP political consultant Brian Burgess, a former Scott spokesman explains why he thinks Scott is more prepared for the challenge. Gomes also features conversations with POLITICO’s Matt Dixion and FiTV’s Brad Swanson. On Florida’s governor’s race, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with students at Florida State University, where student Logan Taaffe, shares his takeaways from the speech. Plus, Tallahassee-based clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia explains the battle over the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons.
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Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Episode 125: Legislative Affairs

THE ROTUNDA - The big story behind incoming Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens’ abrupt resignation. Intrepid Politico reporter Alexandra Glorioso tells Gomes how she first broke the news of the affair between Sen. Clemens, a Lake Worth political consultant, and former Martin County lobbyist Devon West. Glorioso also explains the attempted cover-up by legislative leadership. Plus, a discussion on how “dark money” is negatively impacting Florida’s democratic institutions, colleges, and universities. Ralph Wilson, co-founder of Unkoch My Campus along with the organizations Jack Porter, are guests. To view the latest report from Unkoch My Campus, visit    
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Monday, 31 July 2017 00:00

Episode 116: Hitting Reset

THE ROTUNDA - Following another turbulent week for President Donald Trump and the GOP, will staff changes and a shift in focus lead to good news for the administration? POLITICO’s White House reporter, Nolan D. McCaskill discusses the turmoil and tactic of covering what’s usually a month’s worth of breaking news in a single day. 
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Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

Episode 97: Veto-Proof

THE ROTUNDA - POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses how Democrats could make some gains due to the widening rift between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Sen. Frank Artiles faces scrutiny for accelerating bills favorable to Florida Power & Light. “This is corporate welfare for FPL,” said Nathan Skop, a former FPL manager and commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. Gomes also talks with Congressman Al Lawson about his work in Washington and with Volunteer Florida’s CEO Chester Spellman about the second annual #SuitsForSession. At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding health care, Gomes shares stories from seniors rallying support for Medicare Advantage Plans.
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State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto announced Sunday that she will not run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Curt Clawson. Benacquisto, who came in second to Clawson in the 2014 special election for the seat — after U.S. Rep Trey Radel resigned amid a cocaine-possession scandal — was widely seen as a top contender in the Republican-heavy district. “While I am overwhelmed by the support I have received to run in the last few days, after reflecting on the decision with my family, I have decided the best way for me to continue to serve Southwest Florida is to remain in the Florida Senate,” she said in a written statement.  Read more in POLITICO 
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U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff referred to President Obama as an “animal” during a recent Florida Republican meeting, prompting opponents from both parties to call on him to apologize. “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president — because he’s an animal, OK? ... has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses,” Beruff told the St. John’s County Republican Executive Committee on Thursday. Beruff’s remarks, recorded by a tracker and first reported by The Huffington Post on Sunday, were promptly condemned by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and his Republican colleague in the U.S. House, David Jolly, both of whom are running for the same Senate seat. Read more in POLITICO
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