Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

Episode 75: Hermine Fallout

THE ROTUNDA - Infighting, defensiveness and finger pointing were left in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the power struggle between Governor Rick Scott and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell tells Gomes the political dust up had more to do with a revived long-standing fight between city-owned and investor-owned utilities like Florida Power & Light (FPL). Gomes talks about why Attorney Genral Pam Bondi is back in the national spotlight and he explores the science behind Florida’s algae blooms with Brian Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and red tide expert Vincent Lovko of Mote Marine Laboratory. Lapointe is praising the city of Tallahassee for removing nitrogen from its wastewater treatment plant and encourages others to do the same. “The summer is a bit of a wakeup call that our Legislature really needs to think about legislation to begin to kind of moderate the nutrients that human activities are generating that are supporting these blooms,” Lapointe tells Gomes.  
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Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Episode 69: Partisan Speechmaker

THE ROTUNDA - On the heels of a tumultuous Republican convention, the Democratic National Committee is now rocked by its own email scandal forcing DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign. On episode 69 of The Rotunda, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum reveals plans for his national address alongside president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and others. So far Gillum is the only Floridian with a speaking slot at the DNC and he says his message will be focused on unity. Gomes also talks with Jarrett Hill, a former Tampa Bay reporter, who was first to break the story about similarities between Melania Trump’s speech and a speech Michelle Obama gave in 2008. Plus, Brian Burgess, former spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott and now publisher of The Capitolist media site, reacts to Scott’s speech and discusses other highlights from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

Episode 65: Words Matter

THE ROTUNDA - In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 victims dead and another 53 injured, the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history, Gov. Rick Scott dodges the gun control debate by focussing policy talks on ISIS and saying the Second Amendment didn’t kill anyone. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Maura Jane Farrelly, an associate professor of American studies at Brandeis University explains why the often used defense and whole purpose of the Second Amendment is moot. Gomes also takes a closer look at the face-off between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Christian Ulvert, one of the plaintiffs in the fight to overturn Florida’s gay marriage-ban, tells Gomes what he thinks Bondi should’ve said when Cooper questioned her history of fighting against the LGBT community as she was trying to lend a voice to the victims. Are you tired of apologizing for being an American? Gomes talks with a self-described loud, arrogant, and sometimes troublesome American who supports Donald Trump and has ideas on how to reform the political process in Washington, D.C.  
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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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Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00

Episode 63: Perfect Storm

THE ROTUNDA - With just a week into the 2016 Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Colin, one of the earliest to form on record in the Atlantic basin has caused Gov. Rick Scott to cancel his meeting with expected GOP nominee Donald Trump in order to oversee Florida’s Emergency Operations Center. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, is all about preparing for or managing the perfect storm. Bryan Koon, director of the state Division of Emergency Management provides details on how his family prepares for possible hurricanes in addition to some of the challenges with educating new residents and visitors who’ve yet to experience Florida’s dynamic weather systems. Meanwhile, Gomes explores how Tropical Storm Colin could come as a welcomed distraction to the menacing clouds hovering over Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office as the Orlando Sentinel calls for an independent investigation into Bondi’s dealings with Trump University. Gomes tackles Trumps issue with race and ethnicity in addition to chatting with Broward County Clerk of Court Howard Forman, the only clerk out of Florida’s 67, to file a lawsuit against the state for underfunding court clerks.
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Monday, 04 April 2016 00:00

Episode 54: Scumbag Lobbyist

THE ROTUNDA - This episode gives looks into the lives of two veteran members of Tallahassee’s lobby corps. Ron Watson - a self-described scumbag lobbyist - dishes out some of tricks of the trade for those aspiring to jump into Florida’s legislative process. On the other side, Gomes talks with Louis C. Rotundo who says after 37 years, he’s getting out of lobbying due to  changes from term limits and lack of integrity in the process. Gomes also looks at the controversy surrounding Attorney General Pam Bondi’s support for Donald Trump as Gov. Rick Scott calls for a peaceful revolution toward a Trump presidency.  Plus the ongoing search for Florida’s new Insurance Commissioner.
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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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