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Episode 57: Insidious Competition

THE ROTUNDA - This episode of gets up close and personal with U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Tallahassee, as she discusses dropping her re-election bid to consider a run for governor in 2018. Gomes also talks with former state Sen. Al Lawson, D- Tallahassee as he qualifies to go head-to-head against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown as she runs for re-election in her newly redrawn 5th Congressional District. Plus, could racism be the real reason Florida’s leaders are refusing to expand Medicaid? Mark Pafford, president of the health advocacy organization Florida CHAIN and a past Democratic leader in the Florida House tells Gomes the decisions made we’re far more insidious and beyond political ideologies. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit for daily updates.
THE ROTUNDA - A look at Florida’s decision to choose sides in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Gov. Rick Scott celebrates the signing of the anti-BDS bill into law, Gomes talks with Albert Kishek, co-president of Students for Justice in Palestine at Florida State University and Dream Defender’s COO Ahmad Abuznaid who compares the Palestinian plight to African Americans fighting for equality in the U.S. Seattle-based award-winning author, filmmaker and playwright, Jen Marlowe goes beyond the politics and shares insight from her coverage of Israel. Gomes also checks out an anomaly in Florida’s media landscape as Extensive Enterprises Media (EEM) holds its first annual retreat in St. Petersburg. EEM founder Peter Schorsch celebrates the growth and expansion of his company by redefining political journalism in Florida. Featured: Rosemary O'Hara - Sun Sentinel  Joe Clements - Strategic Digital Solutions Phil Ammann - Florida Politics Steve Vancore - VancoreJones Communications  

Episode 55: 'As*hole' Governor

THE ROTUNDA - This episode features an in-depth interview with the woman now famous for calling Gov. Rick Scott an ‘as*hole,’ during a tense confrontation at a Gainesville Starbucks. As Scott retaliates with an attack ad, Cara Jennings speaks out to Gomes about her life as a community activist, her beliefs in Anarchism and why, on occasion, she refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. While Jennings tells Gomes ‘as*hole’ was probably not the best word to call the governor, she goes on to list several other ways to describe Rick Scott.  
THE ROTUNDA - This episode tells the story of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s battle with the courts and the media over her congressional district and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into her financial dealings. Florida Times Union Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell who received the brunt of Browns fiery remarks during a tense press conference, shares her reaction with Gomes. Also, the consumer health advocacy organization, Florida CHAIN is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to extend the same compassion he’s giving to former Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong by helping him to keep his health coverage, to the nearly 600,000 Floridians who are left without access to care. Gomes talks with Florida CHAIN board member LuMarie Polivka-West who says Scott and the Legislature should work to close the coverage gap through the Affordable Care Act.  
THE ROTUNDA- Episode 51 explores some of the winners, losers and memorable food fights in the Florida Legislature’s annual session. Gov. Rick Scott attempts to put a positive spin on his bruised and battered agenda, Rep. Jose Felix Diaz talks about the death of his gambling bill, Sen. Oscar Braynon discuses why Surgeon General John Armstrong had to lose his job and Uber fights to the bitter end in an unsuccessful attempt to pass ridesharing legislation. Gomes also chats with POLITICO’s Marc Caputo about what could be Marco Rubio’s last stand in the GOP presidential race.   
TALLAHASSEE -- Since lawmakers last week unveiled the outline for their roughly $80 billion budget plan, news has gone from bad to worse for Gov. Rick Scott. Legislative budget-writers rocked the Capitol by not funding the $250 million in economic incentive money Scott requested. It was his biggest budget priority, and his budget staff has met with legislative leaders in his plaza-level office on the issue since trying to resurrect the plan, though the chances, if there are any, seem exceedingly thin. Scott wanted $1 million in tax cuts. The Legislature responded with a $400 million plan that’s likely to look nothing like Scott’s proposal. Those snubs came even after Scott signed into law top priorities for legislative leaders. He signed off on a water bill for House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner’s proposals to help developmentally disabled children. But, for Scott, the moves seemed to buy him little capital with the lawmakers. Read more in POLITICO
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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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