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The Rotunda Podcast

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

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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.
Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Episode 127: Open Government

THE ROTUNDA - As officials in Tallahassee and the legislature find themselves marred in controversy, Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, a Tallahassee-based public record, and open meetings watchdog, explains new ways the public can hold government officials accountable for their actions. Gomes also talks with Florida Society of Association Executives president Frank Rudd about an industry study showing Florida associations having a $3.7 billion impact in the state. Plus, Gomes talks with Neil Ridley with Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and Rod Duckworth with the Florida Department of Education's Division of Career and Adult Education their latest jobs report. The study’s findings show the number of jobs that pay well without requiring a bachelor's degree is growing in Florida and around the country. 
Monday, 06 November 2017 00:00

Episode 126: The Influence of Sex

THE ROTUNDA - exposing Tallahassee’s so-called code of silence about the influence of sex in the legislative process. The latest target, Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), stands accused by six unnamed women of sexual harassment and groping. Gomes also follows the ongoing fallout from Hurricane Irma. Advocates are set to deliver petition signatures from more than 12,000 concerned Floridians urging the Legislature to launch an investigation into Gov. Rick Scott and his administration's role in the deaths of 14 Florida nursing-home residents following the storm. Brandy Doyle, a campaign manager with CREDO Action and Kip Corriveau with the Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System, discuss Scott's role during and after the tragedy.
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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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