OPINION: Today, a substantial portion of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s coast cannot realize its potential for oil and gas exploration because of a moratorium. The moratorium, passed in 2006, is set to expire in 2022. Unfortunately, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are pushing to block offshore energy exploration in Florida for another decade with a new amendment.  
Published in Opinion
Monday, 30 September 2019 12:00

Episode 166: Keeping Busy

THE ROTUNDA – The latest episode of "The Rotunda," features former congresswoman Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.  Last year Graham sought the Democratic nomination for governor but lost to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Graham tells Gomes that she was ready to join the Gillum campaign to help him win, but says they never engaged.
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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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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, 10 April 2017 00:00

Episode 101: Deregulation

THE ROTUNDA - Jupiter Medical CEO John Couris discusses the Certificate of Need program as he tells lawmakers some regulations are necessary to maintain quality care in hospitals. Gomes also interviews Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez about his efforts to see a statewide ban on red-light cameras. House District 66 hopeful Berny Jacques gets a running start on his 2018 campaign. Plus, Gomes shares reactions from Florida officials about Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria.  
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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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