The Rotunda Podcast

The Rotunda Podcast

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

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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Episode 137: Rumble in Tallahassee

THE ROTUNDA - Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey provides a behind-the-scenes preview of the face-to-face debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over “sanctuary cities” and immigration policy. Gomes also talks with Andrew Behrman, president, and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers as health center officials across the country celebrate two years of renewed funding passed by Congress. At the midpoint of Florida's 60-day legislative session, Politico’s Bruce Ritchie reviews some of Florida’s top environmental policy issues including proposals for offshore drilling championed by guests Dave Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council and opposed by Holly Parker with the Surfrider Foundation. 
Monday, 05 February 2018 00:00

Episode 136: The American Dream

THE ROTUNDA - Preparations are underway for the immigration debate challenge between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the likely gubernatorial rivals. The chairman of the Republican Party of Leon County, Evan Power, accuses Gillum of constantly playing the race card while Juan Escalante with America’s Voice accuses Speaker Corcoran of trying to gain political points on the back on immigrants. Gomes interviews the Fair Elections Legal Network’s senior counsel, Jon Sherman, who challenged Florida’s voter restoration process which resulted in it being declared unconstitutional. Gomes also chats with Taylor Houston, at the L-G-B-T-Q advocacy group Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, about Senate Bill 740 which rewrite the state’s concealed weapons law so that people can get gun licenses even when their criminal background checks are incomplete.
Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

Episode 135: Culture of Sex

THE ROTUNDA - A closer look at the various sex scandals rocking Florida’s capitol and an examination of Tallahassee's culture from a woman’s point of view. Gomes chats with  reporter Allison Nielsen with Sunshine State News who said she received warnings from female colleagues before taking her reporting gig at the statehouse. Gomes talks with Senators Bill Montford and Lauren Book about the scandals about the mood in their chamber. Also, is Florida's legislature lagging behind other states in response to sexual harassment? Lisae Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, talks with Gomes about how the Maryland General Assembly is ahead of the country with its rapid response and passage of several laws to help victims of sexual assault. Plus, Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is looking for volunteers. Gomes discusses the program during Florida Senior Day with Gary Franck, a volunteer certified ombudsman.    
Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

Episode 134: Best Shutdown

THE ROTUNDA -  We look back to the fiery start of the Trump administration from the inauguration to the Women’s March in Washington. Gomes also looks at the impact of Gov. Rick Scott’s failed deal with the administration to keep Florida out of its expanded offshore drilling plan. Susan Glickman with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy claims it was all about politics from the start. Gomes also talks with Alice Vickers with the Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection about how payday lenders in Florida are seeking to skirt new federal consumer protections with state legislation. Finally, Gomes talks with State Rep. Sean Shaw, a Tampa Democrat, about his decision to run for attorney general.   
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.
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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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