Monday, 16 April 2018 00:00

Episode 145: Midterm Excitement

THE ROTUNDA - Reactions from Florida’s elected officials to U.S. airstrikes in Syria including from Sen. Marco Rubio who called on President Donald Trump to deliver a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the situation. Trimmel Gomes also interviews Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida about Gov. Rick Scott’s chances against Sen. Bill Nelson. Gomes also talks with MacManus about the top contenders in Florida’s governor’s race and whether the state is starting to see signs of anti-Trump backlash generating a “blue wave” of Democratic candidates winning in 2018. 
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TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sealed a grand bargain with legislative leaders that will beef up funding for public education, tourism marketing and economic development, areas that bedeviled lawmakers during the regular session. The deal could cool off – at least for now – a civil war among Florida’s Republicans. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week for a three-day special session to add $215 million for PreK-12 schools, as well as more money for Visit Florida and a new incentive program for businesses — all top priorities for Scott. The special session is scheduled to start Wednesday and end Friday. Read More in the Orlando Sentinel 
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Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Episode 80: Poppycock

THE ROTUNDA - As Democrats celebrate back-to-back court victories over Florida’s election rules, this episode examines Donald Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged election.’  Also, Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida tells Gomes why she believes Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to extend the state’s voter registration deadline after Hurricane Matthew was all about politics. Plus, Associated Press writer Gary Fineout talks with Gomes about the power of Gov. Scott during emergencies and expected changes to Florida’s election laws as a result of U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s rulings.   
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Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00

Episode 79: October Surprise

THE ROTUNDA - October is filled with plenty of surprises including the most recent batch of Wikileaks docs on Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump’s leaked tapes revealing a possible pattern of sexual abuse. This episode captures highlights from the second presidential debate including Trump's unexpected pre-debate press conference with Bill Clinton’s former accusers. Trimmel Gomes also talks with Florida State University Political Scientist Carol Weissert about the biggest surprise of them all in addition to growing political storm following Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  
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Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Episode 76: In Between Jobs

THE ROTUNDA - Thanks to his comedic appearance at the Emmy Awards, we now know ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is moonlighting as an Uber driver. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, you’ll hear how Bush is handling his “in-between jobs” status along with soon to be former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Also, Bay News 9 capitol reporter Troy Kinsey discusses the bipartisan blowback from Gov. Rick Scott’s attack on Sen. Bill Nelson over Zika funding. Gomes then talks with Dan Peterson, director of the Center for Property Rights at the James Madison Institute about solving the “Everglades Riddle” with the ongoing debate over government vs. private land ownership for conservation purposes and finding the right balance that works for Florida. Plus, is it the end of an era with Donald Trump’s ‘birther’ announcement?  
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended cutting some state funding in Florida to pay for mosquito control amid increasing cases of the Zika virus in his state. Under Scott, state aid to mosquito control programs was reduced 40 percent in 2011, from $2.16 million to $1.29 million. Scott also ignored pleas from fellow Republicans that year when he cut a special $500,000 appropriation for the Public Health Entomology Research and Education Lab in Panama City Beach, which was founded in 1964. 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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