The Rotunda Podcast

The Rotunda Podcast

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

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Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Episode 151: AG Candidate Ashley Moody

THE ROTUNDA – former judge Ashley Moody shares her background including being a former federal prosecutor and explains why she thinks she’s the best candidate to replace Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who is facing term-limits. Moody is hoping to secure the Republican primary nomination over state Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola. Moody shares her thoughts with Gomes about Florida’s “stand your ground law,” how she would handle police brutality cases and her plans to find solutions to the state’s opioid epidemic. 
Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Episode 150: Manchurian Candidates

THE ROTOUNDA – Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg talks about his decision to file ethics complaints against eight “sham” write-in candidates. After a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot through Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, Aronberg and Sherry Plymale, a former Republican commission member, filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Department of State to issue fines against the candidates scattered across the state, because they believe them to be bogus. Also, Aronberg provides Gomes with an update on the opioid crisis in Palm Beach County.  
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

Episode 149: Top Influencers

THE ROTUNDA – Peter Schorsch, the publisher of Florida Politics shares his predictions on the campaign trail including a likely win for Gov. Rick Scott against Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election efforts. Also, is the race for governor over for Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam? As the dark cloud from the Russia investigation continues to grow, would President Trump’s endorsement still give Rep. Ron Desantis a boost? Schorsch also combs through the field of Democrats for the best contender. Also, Gomes tackles some weird news courtesy of Rep. Matt Gaetz and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Episode 148: Back in Business

THE ROTUNDA - Billionaire developer Jeff Greene talks about his road to success in building his real estate empire. Greene explains how he made his first $100,000 at the age of 22, and how he used it to invest in real estate while in business school. Greene tells Gomes how he plans to be just as successful in the Democratic governor’s primary and when he ultimately wins the governor’s mansion. When it comes to finding the best strategies to succeed in business, Action Coach, Mark Raciappa explains it might be time to consider hiring a business coach.
Monday, 30 April 2018 00:00

Episode 147: High Laughter

THE ROTUNDA - It’s the White House Correspondents Dinner vs. Florida’s “sometimes annual” Capitol Press Corps skits. As the Correspondents’ Association’s leadership considers possible changes to its format following comedian Michelle Wolf’s controversial monologue, should Tallahassee’s own Press Corps Skit also get a revamp? When it comes to makeovers, cannabis advocates have decided to drop the term “recreational” when it comes describing the casual use of marijuana. Gomes chats with Christopher Cano, executive director, Central Florida chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws about their new set of vocabulary. Also, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet win a victory as an appeals court issued a stay on a lower court’s order to find a new system for restoring voting rights to felons. 
THE ROTUNDA - A recap of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s speech during the funeral for his mother, former first lady Barbra Bush. Plus Gomes reviews Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission and a controversial decision to combine 24 separate ideas into a dozen items voters might see in November. CRC Commissioner Tim Cerio talks with Gomes about the need for bundling the amendments and his proposal, Marsy’s Law, headed for the ballot. Also, as a student-led lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Scott over climate change moves forward, the trend of young people challenging their government appears to be growing. However, the youth activism so far isn't being reflected by some voter registration numbers. Gomes interviews Oscar Psychas, a student suing the state.
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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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