The Rotunda Podcast

The Rotunda Podcast

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

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OPINION: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have a chance to right a wrong of their own making. They can – and should – comply with a court order to create a reasonable process to restore voting rights to ex-prisoners.U.S. District Judge Mark Warner ordered the state to develop a new method of deciding when and how convicted felons can regain their voting rights. The ruling gives the Florida Cabinet one month to create a new clemency process that consists of standards, not whims. In the words made famous by the governor himself, it’s time to ‘get to work.’
Monday, 09 April 2018 00:00

Episode 144: Nelson vs Scott

THE ROTUNDA - U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he’s ready to run “like there is no tomorrow” against Gov. Rick Scott who is making his candidacy official today. GOP political consultant Brian Burgess, a former Scott spokesman explains why he thinks Scott is more prepared for the challenge. Gomes also features conversations with POLITICO’s Matt Dixion and FiTV’s Brad Swanson. On Florida’s governor’s race, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with students at Florida State University, where student Logan Taaffe, shares his takeaways from the speech. Plus, Tallahassee-based clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia explains the battle over the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons.
Monday, 02 April 2018 00:00

Episode 143: The Sunshine State

THE ROTUNDA -  We review of President Donald Trump’s latest stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Plus, Babcock Ranch, a new Florida community north of Ft. Myers, is embracing the future of energy, calling itself the first town in the nation powered entirely by solar energy. Gomes chats with developer Syd Kitson, chairman, and CEO, Kitson and Partners. Plus, a coalition of environmental groups says one-third of species in the U.S. are vulnerable to extinction. Manley Fuller, president and CEO, Florida Wildlife Federation tells Gomes the growing crisis can be fixed by investing more in Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan. Also, why aren’t Floridian’s tuned into the Governor’s race?
Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

Episode 142: The Power of Advocacy

THE ROTUNDA - This episode features a recap of some of the incredible speeches from the March For Our Lives in D.C. with students and shooting survivors like Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and others like 11-year-old Naomi Wadler leading the charge calling for common-sense gun laws. Gomes examines how the students at Parkland were able to successfully mobilize with Karen Moore of the Moore Agency, an expert on advocacy campaigns. Plus Gomes talks with the Sun Sentinel’s state politics reporter Dan Sweeney about what he calls the biggest story in the paper’s history. Sweeny also shares his tips about staying engaged on social media.
OPINION: As our country faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic that takes at least 115 lives each day, you may have noticed a new neighbor on your block.  Without fanfare or neighborhood notification, the house next door may now be a “sober home” or “recovery residence,” where multiple unrelated individuals in drug recovery live together in pursuit of sobriety. 
OPINION: Florida is known to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Given that fact, most Floridians know tourism is the main driver of the economy in the Sunshine State. What most aren’t aware of is that agriculture is a primary reason why Florida has a top 5 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the United States. From citrus and vegetables to sugarcane and forestry, the agriculture industry employs over 2 million people and contributes $127 billion statewide annually. All this success was negatively impacted, however, when the Obama administration and the EPA broadened the clean water regulations and banned the industry’s most widely used pesticide.
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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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