Monday, 14 January 2019 08:09

Episode 162: Changing Course

THE ROTUNDA – former Republican Gov. Bob Martinez said Florida’s environment has been neglected for eight years and he's excited about the swift change of course with Gov. Ron DeSantis. Martinez also shares his concerns with seeing Florida’s public education system being starved of resources in favor of competition and suggests ways for more equitable reforms.
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Monday, 27 February 2017 00:00

Episode 95: Party Switch

THE ROTUNDA - House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, explains the reasoning behind his push to reform Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with former Tallahassee Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda about her decision to join the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia pledges to comb the state to convince conservative Democrats to switch to the GOP. Gomes also shares insights on upcoming reforms facing Florida’s college system from Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell and the president of South Florida State College, Tom Leitzel. Gomes then looks ahead to the 2018 Governor’s race as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announces he’s considering a run for the job.
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Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

Episode 74: Poetic Politics

THE ROTUNDA - Race relations and party politics continues to bubble over this election cycle and political newcomer Pam Keith who is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate, issues a poetic rebuke of Democratic Party leadership. While turning her stump speech into slam poetry, Keith tells Gomes and an audience at “Black on Black Rhyme” poetry night in Tallahassee that her party has become unrecognizable, “it talks Democratic talk but walks Republican walk,” Keith said. Gomes also interviews Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia who is calling on minorities to give the GOP a chance. “I totally get where Black Lives Matter comes from,” said Ingolia. “Some of the solutions to some of the problems plaguing black communities for such a long time can be solved by some of the things we’ve been advocating for like school choice.” Ingoglia also discusses the party’s new approach to focus on all races from the top and bottom of the ticket in addition to ongoing efforts to unify fractures in the GOP caused by Donald Trump.  
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TALLAHASSEE — Republican Party of Florida executive director Brad Herold is leaving to become campaign manager for the Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a move that caps a difficult year for the party. “Working for the Republican Party of Florida has been a great experience, and I want to thank Blaise for the opportunity,” said Herold, who will officially leave the party before the end of the month. RPOF is not yet announcing Herold's replacement or whether there will be an interim executive director. Read more in POLITICO
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