The Rotunda Podcast

The Rotunda Podcast

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

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Monday, 05 March 2018 00:00

Episode 140: Last Minute Negotiations

THE ROTUNDA - We track how the Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is dominating the final week of the 2018 legislative session. Gomes follows the latest negotiations during the gun debate plus he talks with Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, about her bill that requires public schools to display the motto “In Gond We Trust.” Gomes also chats with Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Delray Beach about her attempt to fully ban texting while driving.  Gomes also features an interview with Fane Lozman, a corruption-fighting activist, who has seen two of his many cases get argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lozman talks with Gomes about the importance of free speech.
Monday, 26 February 2018 00:00

Episode 139: The Gun Debate

THE ROTUNDA - A look at the early successes from the #NeverAgain movement as Gov. Scott and Republican legislators defy the National Rifle Association with gun restriction proposals that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21. Gomes interviews David Hogg, Ashley Santoro, and Sammy Feuerman, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visiting Tallahassee to share their stories of survival while demanding change to Florida’s gun laws. Gomes also talks with Florida Education Association president Joanne McCall, Republican strategist Rick Wilson and more.  
Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

Episode 138: Never Again

THE ROTUNDA - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have turned their grief into a full-blown national movement, bringing their #NeverAgain campaign to Tallahassee with hopes to preventing school shootings. Gomes features Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami. Gomes also hears about the benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans from Julius Glover, a senior citizen living in Tallahassee and Cathryn Donaldson, spokeswoman for the Coalition for Medicare Choices. Plus, the Interior Department announced plans to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in U-S history. Opponents like Holly Parker with the Surfrider Foundation warn the Trump administration's goal is to open all areas to drilling, including more Florida offshore areas. Finally a brief recap of the immigration debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, featuring Gary Fineout with the Associated Press. 
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.    
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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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