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Episode 176: Cockeyed Optimist

The Wednesday edition of The Rotunda highlights the first day of the 2022 Florida legislative session.  
Gomes recaps Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address and opening day speeches from Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls. Gomes interviews Democratic Senator and gubernatorial candidate Annette Taddeo and longtime lobbyist Barbara DeVane, Florida NOW (National Organization of Women). 
Republican Rep. Cord Byrd addresses the void in public input during public testimony on redistricting, as Democratic Rep. Dan Daley calls for changes to improve public participation. 
And Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald vows to continue asking “tough questions” in the face of criticism from Florida Power and Light and Senate President Wilton Simpson. 
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