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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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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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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