Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

Episode 110: Cuba Hype

THE ROTUNDA - Trimmel Gomes travels to Cuba where locals and tourist share stories about the positive impact of Obama-era rules to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Despite the hype of President Donald Trump’s and Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed rollbacks, the travel industry will continue to grow on the island, though the journey may be tougher for some. 
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Monday, 05 June 2017 00:00

Episode 108: Backroom Dealings

THE ROTUNDA  - The Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reports on the art of the backroom deals leading to Governor Rick Scott’s official call for a special session. Plus, President Donald Trump finds an unlikely ally in a former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. Gomes also interviews Barney Bishop who says many other Blue Dog Democrats are standing in support of Trump and his calls for Tax Reform. 
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Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

Episode 107: Trump Connection

THE ROTUNDA - Both Gov. Rick Scott and former Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll share a strong support for President Trump. Despite their connection, Carroll tells Gomes she has still not heard a word from Scott following her first resignation, but she would accept Scott’s apology when or if he decides to give one. Carroll also talks with Gomes about Trump's first official trip abroad as president, and she compares her missteps with the press to Trump’s battle with “fake news.” Gomes also talks Greenberg Traurig Government Law & Policy Director, Leslie Dughi about how the insurance industry fared during Florida's 2017 Legislative Session.  
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Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00

Episode 96: Cuba Libre

THE ROTUNDA - As the Florida Legislature begins its 60-day session, Trimmel Gomes previews some of the controversial issues on the latest episode of The Rotunda. As the White House conducts its review of America’s foreign policy towards Cuba, Gomes documents his travels to the Communist-run Island as Cubans share their views on proposed policy changes. Plus, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum sits down for a one-on-one interview about his bid for governor in 2018. Also, University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan McManus provides analysis of Gillum’s early start in what is expected to be a crowded field of candidates. (Cuba Episodes: 5, 18 & 85)  
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Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

Episode 91: Trump Wars

THE ROTUNDA - A fiery start to President Donald Trump’s administration as White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacks the press for accurately reporting on inauguration crowds. Gomes interviews Trump supporters and familiar faces from Florida like veteran lobbyist, Lena Juarez, and former executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Jessie Panuccio. The Women’s March on Washington also attracts many from the Sunshine State to protest against Trump’s presidency. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit for daily updates.
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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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