Monday, 24 April 2017 00:00

Episode 103: Racial Politics

THE ROTUNDA - A recap of Miami GOP Sen. Frank Artiles use of racial slurs and other controversies leading to his resignation. Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell was first to probe and shine a spotlight on the private conversation held at the members-only Governors Club. Gomes and Mitchell chronicle the bipartisan outrage following Artiles’ use of the N-word and other derogatory terms. Plus, Philip Singleton, also known as the Hip Hop Lobbyist explains why the harshest racial slur in American English is a mainstay in pop culture.
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Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

Episode 75: Hermine Fallout

THE ROTUNDA - Infighting, defensiveness and finger pointing were left in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the power struggle between Governor Rick Scott and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell tells Gomes the political dust up had more to do with a revived long-standing fight between city-owned and investor-owned utilities like Florida Power & Light (FPL). Gomes talks about why Attorney Genral Pam Bondi is back in the national spotlight and he explores the science behind Florida’s algae blooms with Brian Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and red tide expert Vincent Lovko of Mote Marine Laboratory. Lapointe is praising the city of Tallahassee for removing nitrogen from its wastewater treatment plant and encourages others to do the same. “The summer is a bit of a wakeup call that our Legislature really needs to think about legislation to begin to kind of moderate the nutrients that human activities are generating that are supporting these blooms,” Lapointe tells Gomes.  
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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.  
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Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Episode 4: Buckle Up For Uber Wars

THE ROTUNDA - Uber takes center stage on both the Florida Legislature and streets of Tallahassee. State Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Jeff Brandes explain why Uber is here to stay, while members of the Florida Taxi Cab Association and Florida Limousine Association say they are being thrown under the bus as they call for a level playing field.
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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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