The Rotunda Podcast

The Rotunda Podcast

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

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Monday, 19 November 2018 09:40

Episode 159: Counting Recounts

THE ROTUNDA – Ion Sancho, a longtime Leon County supervisor of elections, calls for reform in Florida’s election laws to prevent the recurring nightmare of problematic recounts from happening. In an extended interview, Sancho tells Gomes some of the problems that plagued Brenda Snipes, the outgoing supervisor elections for Broward County, couldn’t be avoided under current statutes. Sancho also blames the state for approving ineffective voting machines in Palm Beach County. Gomes also checks in on a statewide listening tour by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. The group’s executive director Desmond Meade explains how he's working to help give back full citizenship rights to Florida’s 1.4 million ex-felons who were convicted and completed sentences for past crimes, as outlined in the voter-approved Amendment 4. 
Monday, 12 November 2018 12:33

Episode 158: Florida Recount

THE ROTUNDA - Florida's election recounts are underway in three of the state’s biggest races — governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner. The unprecedented review is dredging up memories of the 2000 presidential recount. Gomes talks with legal experts involved who argue frequent mistakes and glitches, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties, undermine the entire electoral process. Len Collins, an attorney who previously litigated against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office chats with Gomes from the epicenter of the controversy. Democratic Strategist Steve Schale is also guest.  
TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Among a number of amendments on Florida voters' 2018 ballots, is Amendment 6, also known as Marsy's Law. The amendment to the state's constitution is aimed at expanding the rights of crime victims during the legal process, and supporters say it creates equal footing with defendants.
OPINION: On Election Day, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on several constitutional amendments included on the general election ballot. Among the proposals is Amendment 7. This amendment, like several others voters will consider in just a few weeks, combines matters that share a common thread – in this case, higher education. 
Monday, 22 October 2018 11:37

Episode 157: The Debate

The Rotunda – We capture some of the highlights from Ron Desantis and Andrew Gillum’s fiery exchanges during their first national debate on CNN. Plus, in exploring new models for journalism Gomes talks with Florida Phoenix Editor-in-Chief Julie Hauserman about her approach to covering state government and politics.
TALLAHASSEE – The state’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott cannot appoint replacements for the court’s three upcoming vacancies. “The governor who is elected in the November 2018 general election (most likely Democrat Andrew Gillum or Republican Ron DeSantis) has the sole authority to fill the vacancies that will be created by the mandatory retirement of Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy A. Quince,” the court’s unsigned order said.
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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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