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The Rotunda Podcast, all about the people and issues shaping Florida politics.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:00

Episode 133: Racial Justice

THE ROTUNDA - Florida lawmakers react to Donald Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” remark including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) who was in the meeting with Trump. Diaz-Balart plans to focus on bargaining for a DACA deal. Gomes also talks with Joseph Hellweg, associate professor of religion and anthropology at Florida State University about the contributions made to the U.S. by people from the countries identified in Trump’s controversial statements. Gomes then recaps the first week of session and chats with Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg about session highlights and his quest to give voters a chance to amend the constitution to end the practice of allowing write-in candidates to close a primary during an election. 
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 00:00

Episode 132: New Year New Session

THE ROTUNDA - Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum welcomes the Florida Legislature to the Capital City and then slams Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran for proposing a “red herring” to bolster his political future by pushing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities. Gomes also talks with immigrant advocate Juan Escalante with the Group America’s Voice. On the opening of the 2018 Legislature, many women plan to wear black to say #TimesUp to send the same message of solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Plus Gomes talks with Troy Kinsey, a Bay News Nine reporter and president of the Florida Capitol Press Corps about the upcoming Press Skits on January 23.
Monday, 18 December 2017 00:00

Episode 131: Up in Smoke

THE ROTUNDA  - A closer look at one of the near 900 proposals before the Constitution Revision Commission. Voters could soon decide on a plan by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, House Speaker Pro Tempore, on whether to divert money from anti-tobacco marketing campaigns to the research and treatment of cancer. However, the proposal is facing opposition from public health experts and groups like the American Cancer Society and Students Working Against Tobacco. Gomes discusses the issue with Matt Jordan, government relations director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Learn more about the Constitution Revision Commission by visiting  
Monday, 04 December 2017 00:00

Episode 130: He Said She Said

THE ROTUNDA -  One of Sen. Jack Latvala’s accusers goes public and requests armed security for protection during committee week. The Capitolist publisher Brian Burgess tells Gomes the situation involving Rachel Perrin Rogers, a high-ranking Senate aide, will continue to spiral out of control until Sen. President Joe Negron reprimands bullying and intimidation tactics by Sen. Latvala. Also, did Sen Marco Rubio reveal the next step after the passage of the GOP’s tax package is the cut Social Security and Medicare? Finally, Gomes talks with Mike Ruso an adjunct professor of English at the University of South Florida about a survey by the Service Employees International Union showing more than 43 percent of respondents experienced at least three indicators of poverty including taking out payday loans, facing eviction or utility cutoffs.  
Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

Episode 129: Food for Thought

THE ROTUNDA - Prominent trial attorney and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan announces his departure from the Democratic Party and a possible run for Governor as an independent. Gomes examines the dangers of media paywalls with First Amendment Foundation president, Barbra Petersen. Plus Gomes checks out Maryland as it becomes the second state in the nation to restrict the routine use of antibiotics in animals. Ellen Silbergeld, professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Jordan Cooper, health-care policy expert; and Maryland State Veterinarian Michael Radebaugh tells Gomes what the new law will mean for the fight against antibiotic resistance in humans.
Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Episode 128: Lessons Learned

THE ROTUNDA - As the Senate lawyers up for sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, we look at the last sexual harassment scandal to rock the Legislature. Gomes interviews Tallahassee-based labor employment lawyer Rick Johnson, who has focused on sexual harassment cases since 1990. Gomes also interviews Jacobi Bedenfield, president of the Florida College System Student Government Association’s annual rally in Tally event. Plus, two bills filed in the Florida House and Senate would create a dental student loan repayment program to support dentists who practice in a public health program in underserved and rural areas. The bills by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, are being praised by dental students and those representing them at the Florida Dental Association. Gomes talks with Dr. Gerald Bird, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Joe Anne Hart, chief legislative officer, Florida Dental Association.
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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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