The Rotunda with Trimmel Gomes
The Rotunda with Trimmel Gomes
The Rotunda with Trimmel Gomes
The Rotunda with Trimmel Gomes: A weekly podcast about the people and issues shaping Florida politics. Join the conversation, tell us your story and interact with us @RotundaPodcast We appreciate your feedback - leave comments! Website: www.rotundapodcast.com
Episode 174: Challenge Accepted
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, U.S. Representative Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, reflects on his time in Congress. As he seeks re-election, he fights off accusations from opponents that he’s a special interest candidate. One of Lawson’s challengers, Democrat Albert Chester, tells Gomes that constituents in Congressional District 5 need new energy and claims his experience as a pharmacist will help solve the country’s healthcare problems. Also, Florida House candidate Elijah Manley says he’s running to wake up Rep. Bobby DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale, who won his last two terms unopposed. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Jul 27, 2020
32 min
Episode 173: Speaking Out
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the protester at a news conference who shouted and called for the resignation of Governor Ron DeSantis over his handling of the pandemic says he would do it again. Gomes talks with Thomas Kennedy, a longtime Miami-Dade advocate for undocumented immigrants, about his vocal opposition. Also, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum breaks his silence, opening up and discussing his time in rehab and therapy. Plus, the Florida Education Association president Fedrick Ingram says they have filed suit against the state of Florida over Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s order to open school buildings in August as coronavirus infections surge. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Jul 20, 2020
19 min
Episode 172: Reopening Florida
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Governor Ron DeSantis outlines his plan for reopening Florida this week. Gomes talks with Debra Bennett, Florida state organizer for the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, who highlights the growing number of COVID-19 cases at the Department of Corrections. Other guests include, Leon County Commission Chairman Bryan Desloge as the National Association of Counties calls on Congress to steer more COVID-19 relief funds to local governments. Plus, as the need for local news increases, Jean Kiddoo, with the Federal Communications Commission, joins the program to discuss the national switch of TV station frequencies impacting several Florida cities this week. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
May 4, 2020
22 min
Episode 171: Social Distancing
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, former Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum announce he’s entering into rehab to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. Gomes looks back on one of Gillum’s first one-on-one interview about his 2018 bid for governor. As state officials urge citizens to isolate during the Coronavirus pandemic, social media company Facebook lends a hand with a new “Local Alerts” tool. Gomes talks with U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., about the company’s other initiative called “Boost with Facebook” designed to help small businesses grow. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Mar 16, 2020
16 min
Episode 170: Healthcare and Prison Reform
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the ongoing fight for independence between nurses and physicians. David Herbert, the CEO of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, explains why he thinks removing physician oversight from qualified nurse practitioners will help solve the problems of increasing healthcare costs and the shortage of primary care physicians. Also, Gomes talks with civil-rights activists and families of people serving time in Florida prisons rallying support for a package of prison-reform bills. Gomes talks with Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, as she explains why so many of the reform bills are hitting roadblocks. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Feb 10, 2020
24 min
Episode 169: Florida Children
On Trimmel Gomes' latest episode of The Rotunda, Alan Abramowitz, the executive director of Florida's Guardian ad Litem program, discusses policy priorities and tactics by child advocates to ensure lawmakers address the needs of Florida's children in the state budget. In honor of Black History month, Gomes profiles the Rev. C.K. Steele, who led the Tallahassee Bus Boycott in 1956 after two Florida A&M University students were arrested for sitting in the "whites only" section of a segregated bus. Throughout Black History Month, The Rotunda will highlight notable African Americans and related topics in Florida's history. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Feb 2, 2020
18 min
Episode 168: The Republican Fight
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Leon County Republican Party chairman Evan Power discusses his campaign to become National Committeeman for the Republican Party of Florida. Power explains the loyalty-mindset of Trump voters and why he thinks the GOP brand is untarnished, despite critics. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Nov 17, 2019
24 min
Episode 167: Resiliency
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Melba Pearson with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU of Florida) explains their fight to get a judge to block Florida’s law requiring fees be paid before ex-felons can vote. Plus, educators like Brian Dean of Instruction Partners tells Gomes why he’s urging state officials to improve, instead of eliminating Florida’s Common Core educational standards. Gomes also talks with Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council about their new study, which shows Florida’s 15 seaports are leading the nation in resiliency for sea level rise and natural disasters. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Oct 21, 2019
24 min
Episode 166: Keeping Busy
Trimmel Gomes' latest episode of "The Rotunda," features former congresswoman Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. Last year Graham sought the Democratic nomination for governor but lost to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Graham tells Gomes that she was ready to join the Gillum campaign to help him win, but says they never engaged. Graham explains how she has returned or donated all of her leftover funds from her campaign war chest, including recent checks from unspent ads. Meanwhile, Gillum is locked in a feud with mega-donor John Morrgan for refusing to give back leftover campaign funds. Graham is a vocal critic of both the DeSantis and Trump administration and is calling for swift changes. Currently, Graham works closely with Joe Biden's presidential campaign and serves on multiple boards, including the Tallahassee Ethics Commission. She is also helping her father write his autobiography. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Sep 30, 2019
39 min
Episode 165: A Fresh Take
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a closer look at the student-powered enterprise news operation about Florida government making waves in Florida’s capitol. Gomes chats with student journalists Katie Campione and Max Chesnes at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications “Fresh Take Florida” news service. Plus, citizen groups are raising concerns over proposals at the capitol that would restrict citizen ballot initiatives. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
Apr 9, 2019
29 min
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