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November 18, 2019
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.
October 21, 2019
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.
September 30, 2019
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.
April 10, 2019
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.
April 2, 2019
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, tech-savvy lawmakers Sen. Jeff Brandes, R- St. Petersburg, Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Jennifer Webb, D-Gulfport, discuss some of the more ‘disruptive’ issues facing Florida. Gomes spotlights the special roundtable featured in the Spring 2019 edition of INFLUENCE Magazine. Gomes also talks with advocates like Roy Miller with the Children’s Campaign who is concerned the state isn’t doing enough for today’s youth. Freelance journalist Kenya Woodard is also a featured guest this week, and with just a year left before the start of the 2020 Census, Gomes highlights how some organizations are ramping up public awareness campaigns to urge people to fill out census forms. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 29, 2019
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith explains his decision to jump from journalism to public relations during what he thinks is an unusually slow time in Florida politics. Also, after Secretary of State Mike Ertel resigned after photos of him in blackface was leaked to the press, Gov. Ron DeSantis picks Tampa Bay judge Laurel Moore Lee to fill the vacancy. However former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho tells Gomes why he thinks the replacement should’ve been another elections supervisor. Gomes also interviews Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley about his bid for House District 97. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 14, 2019
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, former Republican Gov. Bob Martinez said Florida’s environment has been neglected for eight years and is excited about the swift change of course with Gov. Ron DeSantis. Martinez also shares his concerns with seeing Florida’s public education system being starved of resources in favor of competition and suggests ways for more equitable reforms. Gomes also talks with state Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota who just became chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Gruters pledges that Gov. DeSantis and the Republican party will be responsible for the environmental cleanup of the state. Gomes also interviews Gilbert King, author of “Devil in the Grove,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about four black men falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949. The book renewed interest in the case leading to posthumous pardons. The accuser, Norma Padgett, speaks publicly for the first time since 1952. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 8, 2019
Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda previews inaugural events celebrating Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Florida’s next Cabinet members. Also, Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, discusses policy changes in the Florida Senate to prohibit sexual harassment of employees. Book also talks about her efforts to shift oversight of the state’s concealed firearms program to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. With the automatic restoration of voting rights for some of Florida’s convicted felons expected to go into effect Tuesday, a recent study from Cornell University shows nearly 1 in 2 adults in the United States has seen an immediate family member go to jail or in prison. Gomes talks with Zoë Towns, senior director of criminal justice reform at Fwd.us, a nonprofit advocating for immigration and criminal justice reform. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
December 10, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey pledges to bend over backward to make sure Gov.-elect Ron Desantis will have one of the most successful inaugurations in the history of the state of Florida. Dailey reveals to Gomes why technically this is his second time being sworn in as mayor and his plans to transform the office. Also, some Floridians still sleeping in tents since Hurricane Michael are being pressured to relocate their tent cities. Concerned volunteers claim Panama City officials are rushing to attract tourists with an "open for business mantra," although city officials claim health and safety reasons for forcing the displaced to evacuate. Gomes talks with Steve Lowe, a volunteer doing post-hurricane relief work in the Panama City area. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 19, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Ion Sancho, a longtime Leon County supervisor of elections, calls for reform in Florida’s election laws to prevent the recurring nightmare of problematic recounts from happening. In an extended interview, Sancho tells Gomes some of the problems that plagued Brenda Snipes, the outgoing supervisor elections for Broward County, couldn’t be avoided under current statutes. Sancho also blames the state for approving ineffective voting machines in Palm Beach County. Gomes also checks in on a statewide listening tour by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. The group’s executive director Desmond Meade explains how he's working to help give back full citizenship rights to Florida’s 1.4 million ex-felons who were convicted and completed sentences for past crimes, as outlined in the voter-approved Amendment 4. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 12, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Florida's election recounts are underway in three of the state’s biggest races — governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner. The unprecedented review is dredging up memories of the 2000 presidential recount. Gomes talks with legal experts involved who argue frequent mistakes and glitches, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties, undermine the entire electoral process. Len Collins, an attorney representing the Republican Party of Florida chats with Gomes from the epicenter of the controversy in Broward County. Democratic Strategist Steve Schale is also guest. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 22, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” highlights from Ron Desantis and Andrew Gillum’s fiery exchanges during their first national debate on CNN. Plus, in exploring new models for journalism Gomes talks with Florida Phoenix Editor-in-Chief Julie Hauserman about her approach to covering state government and politics. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 15, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Governor Rick Scott discusses ongoing response and recovery efforts with Hurricane Michael, how it compares to Hurricane Hermine and he’s asked about the impact of climate change on Florida’s environment. David Hastings, a marine and chemistry professor at Eckerd College, talks with Gomes about Florida’s ongoing red tide bloom. How will voters respond to negative campaign ads aired during and after the storm? Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida addresses the potential impact on campaigns. Gomes also talks to a group of Republicans calling for the country to have a united front in holding the Trump administration accountable. Chris Truax with Republicans for the Rule of Law is a guest this week. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 1, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” John Mills, an attorney for the League of Women Voters explains why he thinks Gov. Rick Scott’s attempts to appoint three new justices to Florida’s Supreme Court defies common sense. Mills tells Gomes that Scott is on the verge of causing a constitutional crisis. After emceeing an awards dinner at Florida’s 2018 Court Reporters’ Workshop, which featured Chief Justice Charles Canady and retiring Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince, Kinsey predicts a fourth justice could soon leave the high court. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
September 10, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” a closer look at the many dog whistles that could lead the Andrew Gillum campaign into the “Trumpian Trap,” according to Brian Burgess of The Capitolist. Burgess claims the racial undertones from the Ron DeSantis campaign are unintended. Gomes also talks with Danny McAuliffe of Florida Politics about some of the highlights in Florida’s gubernatorial race. Even, if shocked at running mate choices, you are not alone. Plus we a look back at the big primary night stunner with Gillum campaign advisor, Kevin Cate. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 27, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat from Broward County shares his ‘announcement of freedom’ that he is gay. Jones chats with Gomes about his decision to step out of the closet and his plans to continue being an advocate for the LGBTQ community in Tallahassee. Gomes also offers up a quick guide to Florida’s primary election. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 6, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” a discussion about how some Florida candidates are inspired and are trying to replicate the grass-roots success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York primary win over high-ranking Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley. Gomes talks with Anna Eskamani, a Democrat running for Central Florida’s House District 47 and Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 candidate Jeremy Matlow. Both share their thoughts about the future of the Democratic Party. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 30, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” former Judge Ashley Moody shares her background including being a former federal prosecutor and explains why she thinks she’s the best candidate to replace Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who is facing term-limits. Moody is hoping to secure the Republican primary nomination over state Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola. Moody shares her thoughts with Gomes about Florida’s “stand your ground law,” how she would handle police brutality cases and her plans to find solutions to the state’s opioid epidemic. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 23, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg talks about his decision to file ethics complaints against eight “sham” write-in candidates. After a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot through Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, Aronberg and Sherry Plymale, a Republican commission member, filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Department of State to issue fines against the candidates scattered across the state, as they believe they are bogus. Also, Aronberg provides Gomes with an update on the opioid crisis in Palm Beach County. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 16, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Peter Schorsch, the publisher of Florida Politics shares his predictions on the campaign trail including a likely win for Gov. Rick Scott against Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election efforts. Also, is the race for governor over for Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam? As the dark cloud from the Russia investigation continues to grow, would President Trump’s endorsement still give Rep. Ron Desantis a boost? Schorsch also combs through the field of Democrats for the best contender. Also, Gomes tackles some weird news courtesy of Rep. Matt Gaetz and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
June 25, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, billionaire developer Jeff Greene talks about his road to success in building his real estate empire. Greene explains how he made his first $100,000 at the age of 22, and how he used it to invest in real estate while in business school. Greene tells Gomes how he plans to be just as successful in the Democratic governor’s primary and when he ultimately wins the governor’s mansion. When it comes to finding the best strategies to succeed in business, Action Coach, Mark Raciappa explains it might be time to consider hiring a business coach.
April 30, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, it’s the White House Correspondents Dinner vs. Florida’s “sometimes annual” Capitol Press Corps skits. As the Correspondents’ Association’s leadership considers possible changes to its format following comedian Michelle Wolf’s controversial monologue, should Tallahassee’s own Press Corps Skit also get a revamp? When it comes to makeovers, cannabis advocates have decided to drop the term “recreational” when it comes describing the casual use of marijuana. Gomes chats with Christopher Cano, executive director, Central Florida chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws about their new set of vocabulary. Also, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet wins a victory as an appeals court blocks a lower court’s order to find a new system for restoring voting rights to felons. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 23, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s speech during the funeral for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush. Plus Gomes reviews Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission and a controversial decision to combine 24 separate ideas into a dozen items voters might see in November. CRC Commissioner Tim Cerio talks with Gomes about the need for bundling the amendments and his proposal, Marsy’s Law, headed for the ballot. Also, as a student-led lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Scott over climate change moves forward, the trend of young people challenging their government appears to be growing. However, the youth activism so far isn't being reflected by some voter registration numbers. Gomes interviews Oscar Psychas, a student suing the state. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 16, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, reactions from Florida’s elected officials to U.S. airstrikes in Syria including from Sen. Marco Rubio who called on President Donald Trump to deliver a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the situation. Gomes also interviews Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida about Gov. Rick Scott’s chances against Sen. Bill Nelson. Gomes also talks with MacManus about the top contenders in Florida’s governor’s race and whether the state is starting to see signs of anti-Trump backlash generating a “blue wave” of Democratic candidates winning in 2018. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 9, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he’s ready to run “like there is no tomorrow” against Gov. Rick Scott who is making his candidacy official today. GOP political consultant Brian Burgess, a former Scott spokesman explains why he thinks Scott is more prepared for the challenge. Gomes also features conversations with POLITICO’s Matt Dixon and FiTV’s Brad Swanson. On Florida’s governor’s race, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with students at Florida State University, where student Logan Taaffe, shares his takeaways from the speech. Plus, Tallahassee-based clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia explains the battle over the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons.
April 2, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a review of President Donald Trump’s latest stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Plus, Babcock Ranch, a new Florida community north of Ft. Myers, is embracing the future of energy, calling itself the first town in the nation powered entirely by solar energy. Gomes chats with developer Syd Kitson, chairman, and CEO, Kitson and Partners. Plus, a coalition of environmental groups says one-third of species in the U.S. are vulnerable to extinction. Manley Fuller, president and CEO, Florida Wildlife Federation tells Gomes the growing crisis can be fixed by investing more in Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan. Also, why aren’t Floridian’s tuned into the Governor’s race? The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
March 26, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features a recap of some of the incredible speeches from the March For Our Lives in D.C. with students and shooting survivors like Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and others like 11-year-old Naomi Wadler leading the charge calling for common-sense gun laws. Gomes examines how the students at Parkland were able to successfully mobilize with Karen Moore of the Moore Agency, an expert on advocacy campaigns. Plus Gomes talks with the Sun Sentinel’s state politics reporter Dan Sweeney about what he calls the biggest story in the paper’s history. Sweeny also shares his tips about staying engaged on social media. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
March 12, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the Legislature’s journey to approving an $89 billion budget all while in the shadow of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Plus, the Trump administration changes course by stepping back some of their gun proposals including enforcing new age limits. Trump will instead let states decide their path while creating a federal commission on School Safety. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
March 5, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School dominates the final week of 2018 legislative session. Gomes follows the 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 God 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 about the importance of free speech. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 26, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 19, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students turn their grief into a full-blown national movement, bringing their #NeverAgain campaign to Tallahassee with hopes to prevent another school shooting. 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 12, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 5, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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 continually playing the race card while Juan Escalante with America’s Voice accuses Speaker Corcoran of trying to gain political points on the backs of immigrants. Gomes interviews the Fair Elections Legal Network’s senior counsel, Jon Sherman, about his challenge to Florida’s felon voter restoration process which resulted in it being declared unconstitutional. Gomes also chats with Taylor Houston with the L-G-B-T-Q advocacy group Pride Fund to End Gun Violence about Senate Bill 740 which would rewrite the state’s concealed weapons law so that people can get a gun license even when their criminal background checks are incomplete. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 29, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 22, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 16, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 9, 2018
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
December 18, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
December 4, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 27, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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, Barbara 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 20, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 13, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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 about 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 6, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of 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. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 30, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the big story behind incoming Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens’ abrupt resignation. Intrepid Politico reporter Alexandra Glorioso tells Gomes how she first broke the news of the affair between Sen. Clemens, a Lake Worth political consultant, and former Martin County lobbyist Devon West. Glorioso also explains the attempted cover-up by legislative leadership. Plus, a discussion on how “dark money” is negatively impacting Florida’s democratic institutions, colleges, and universities. Ralph Wilson, co-founder of Unkoch My Campus along with the organizations Jack Porter, are guests. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 9, 2017
Florida lawmakers are back in Tallahassee for committee week to jumpstart the legislative session which begins in January. Trimmel Gomes also talks with Patti Brigham, co-chair, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence about State Sen. Linda Stewart and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, both D-Orlando, about their bill to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines in Florida. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 2, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks out on the city’s mysterious FBI investigation that he says is making a direct impact on his campaign for governor. Plus, Gomes travels back in time with Democratic Senator-elect Annette Taddeo to her early pledge to never give up after losing three previous elections. Democratic Consultant Steve Schale weighs in on the latest political storms and victories. Plus Gomes looks into a new report that claims Florida’s Public Service Commission has been “Captured” by the utility industry. Ben Wilcox, research director of Integrity Florida and a co-author of the report discusses the reports’ findings. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
September 25, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, NFL players take a knee after Trump’s call for a boycott. Also, is Florida a “State of Denial?” Despite Florida’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, state employees are discouraged from using the term “climate change.” Gomes chats with Ken Berlin, president of the Climate Reality Project founded by Al Gore. Plus, Joan Alker who heads the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families warns Florida’s progress on insuring children is in jeopardy if Congress doesn’t act soon to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
September 18, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, is all about the politics of Hurricane Irma. Will Governor Rick Scott’s response to the storm provide enough of a political boost for him to run for and win Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat? President Donald Trump is already campaigning for Scott and supporters like Republican strategist Anthony Pedicini gives Scott a grade of A+ for handling Irma. However Democratic consultant Kevin Cate says Scott should also be ready to take credit for the bad especially when it comes to handling the tragic nursing-home deaths in Hollywood. Gomes also interviews Brian Lee who served as the state’s long-term care ombudsman before being forced out of a job. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 28, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Could Multiracial Americans Ease Racial Tensions? Amid racial and cultural tensions nationwide, advocates for the multiracial community are on a mission to remind the country that more things bind than separate the people in the United States. Gomes discusses the cultural and racial divide with Susan Graham, co-founder, and president of Project RACE. Gomes also interviews Andy Behrman, the president and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers about the services Floridians will be at risk of losing if the state’s Low Income Pool (LIP) funding model changes. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 21, 2017
Florida Gov. Rick Scott proves his loyalty by sticking close to President Donald Trump through his most recent controversy. Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum calls for the removal of a Confederate monument in front of Florida’s Historic Capitol. Also, should Florida’s utility customers pay now for future power? Gomes follows a federal appeals court case challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy Florida collecting money from customers for nuclear-power projects. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 14, 2017
Florida lawmakers react to the violence between white supremacist groups and counter protesters that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed when a car driven by a man from Ohio plowed into the crowd. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said her daughter died standing up for her beliefs. On this episode, Gomes also follows Sen. Jack Latvala’s second announcement that he’s making a run for governor. The Clearwater Republican's first announcement was to Gomes back in February. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 7, 2017
Florida’s “Sexy Beaches” is back in the news. After nearly being eliminated during the legislative session over a secret contract with rapper Pitbull, Florida’s tourism marketing agency is now struggling to keep county tourism groups in traditional co-op advertising campaigns. Some political observers claim the fallout it is all part of a long held strategy by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey weighs in on the controversy. Gomes also explores President Trump’s new media ventures. When it comes to “fake news,” President Trump is creating his own as a conservative pundit, Kayleigh McEnany, jumps from CNN to hosting pro-Trump news segments direct from Trump Tower in New York. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 31, 2017
Following another turbulent week for President Donald Trump and the GOP, will staff changes and a shift in focus lead to good news for the administration? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda POLITICO’s White House reporter, Nolan D. McCaskill discusses the turmoil and tactic of covering what’s usually a month’s worth of breaking news in a single day. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 24, 2017
As healthcare remains up in the air, Congressional Democrats say they are ready and willing to work with Republicans on a solution. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda Congressman Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee explains how Democrats are offering a lending hand to GOP leadership so everyone can see a win on health care. Also, is Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg planning a run for president in 2020? Gomes dips in on Zuckerberg’s nationwide outreach tour, including his Facebook live chat at his backyard barbecue where he tackled issues from healthcare, technology and once again shared his love for grilling. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 17, 2017
As web companies and activists band together in protest of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules, supporters of the change share their concerns with the current Title II regulations. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features interviews with Brad Swanson, president, and CEO of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, and Julio Fuentes, president, and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Gomes also examines why South Florida is leading the nation in high-growth tech startups. Joseph Russo the executive director of Palm Beach Tech, a non-profit trade association shares his vision for building a hub for technology entrepreneurship in Florida. he Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 10, 2017
Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda explores why Orlando Attorney John Morgan is suing the state over its medical marijuana smoking ban. Gomes also looks back on how Florida prepared combat fraud in the 2016 presidential election with an interview with Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Plus, elections expert Paul Craft with the Freeman, Craft, McGregor Group Inc. explains why he thinks President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission is going through a necessary and long overdue process to clean up voter rolls. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
July 3, 2017
Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda follows the death penalty dispute between Gov. Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala in Florida’s Supreme Court. News Service of Florida reporter Brandon Larrabee makes an announcement and opines on the future of the Capitol Press Corp. Gomes also tackles the hot-button issue of reimbursement rates for air ambulances. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
June 26, 2017
Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda focuses on Delray Beach where a decade ago it was seen as a haven for recovering addicts but thanks to a rise in new drug rehab scams, the city is trying to fight off a new title of ‘Relapse Capital.’ The episode features compelling audio from Gomes’ first reporting series in Delray Beach back in 2008. It was a time when local officials didn’t even want talk about growing crisis. The episode also features the city’s current Mayor, Cary Glickstein, and State Attorney Dave Aronberg as they call attention to the opioid epidemic. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
June 19, 2017
Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda journeys to Cuba where locals and tourist share stories about the positive impact from Obama-era rules to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Despite the hype of President Donald Trump’s and Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed rollbacks, the travel industry will continue to grow on the island, though the journey may be tougher for some. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
June 12, 2017
Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda focuses on the Legislature's secret budget deals and ban on smoking medical marijuana. Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, who has been a principal negotiator on the medical marijuana bill, tells Gomes why he’s comfortable with eliminating smokable pot from the soon to be law despite threats of legal challenges. Gomes also explores the new bond between Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, and Senate President Joe Negron. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
June 5, 2017
This episode features the Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reporting on the art of the backroom deals leading to Governor Rick Scott’s official call for a special session. Plus, President Donald Trump finds an unlikely ally in a former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. Gomes also interviews Barney Bishop who says many other Blue Dog Democrats are standing in support of Trump and his calls for Tax Reform. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
May 22, 2017
Both Gov. Rick Scott and former Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll share a strong support for President Trump. Despite their connection, Carroll tells Gomes she has still not heard a word from Scott following her first resignation, but she would accept Scott’s apology when or if he decides to give one. Carroll also talks with Gomes about Trump's first official trip abroad as president, and she compares her missteps with the press to Trump’s battle with “fake news.” Gomes also talks Greenberg Traurig Government Law & Policy Director, Leslie Dughi about how the insurance industry fared during Florida's 2017 Legislative Session. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
May 15, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the wait continues as Gov. Rick Scott reviews the Legislature’s $82.4 billion budget. Despite passing a balanced budget, why is Florida still $9.9 billion in debt? Truth and Accounting, a nonprofit that aims to educate taxpayers on government finances, releases the first analysis of Florida’s latest financial report showing each taxpayer would have to cough up $1,600 to help pay the bills. Gomes interviews Truth in Accounting founder, Sheila Weinberg. What’s next for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown? Plus, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam jumps in the race for governor in 2018. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
May 8, 2017
Did Governor Rick Scott send a kiss of death to Florida’s budget? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the tumultuous remaining days of the legislative session. Did House Speaker Richard Corcoran live up to his promises of transparency? Citizen advocate Gary Stein explains why Florida for Care Executive Director is “swimming with the fishes” after a breakdown in negotiations over the medical marijuana bill. Also, Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe gives a heaping scoop on the fraud trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who also served up ice cream before her court hearing. Plus, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are the latest to hop in the race for governor. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
May 1, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, he explores Gov. Rick Scott’s budget wish list. After being ignored by the legislature, will Scott veto the budget? Are Democrats able to take over U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat when she retires? Mark Touby, president of Florida Workers’ Advocates explains why the Senate version of workers’ compensation reform is the best compromise for both workers and businesses. Would you trade eating salmon for lionfish? Florida’s State Chef, Justin Timineri offers up a recipe to help fight against the invasive species. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 24, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of Miami GOP Sen. Frank Artiles use of racial slurs and other controversies leading to his resignation. Jacksonville Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell was first to probe and shine a spotlight on the private conversation at the members-only Governors Club. Gomes and Mitchell chronicle the bipartisan outrage following Artiles’ use of the N-word and other derogatory terms. Plus, Philip Singleton, also known as the Hip Hop Lobbyist explains why the harshest racial slur in American English is a mainstay in pop culture. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 17, 2017
As thousands of people marched in cities around the country to demand that Presiden Trump releases his tax returns, Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, features business owners calling for reform of the national tax code. Gomes talks with Barney Bishop, immediate past president of Associated Industries of Florida. Gomes also interviews the chair of the Constitution Revision Commission, Carlos Beruff. Plus Florida folk songwriter and performer Tom Shed tells the story of sex, race, and murder in Florida politics with the song “Bolita Sam” about the 1952 case of Ruby McCollum and Sen. Leroy Adams. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 10, 2017
Jupiter Medical CEO John Couris discusses the Certificate of Need program as he tells lawmakers some regulations are necessary to maintain quality care in hospitals. Gomes also interviews Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez about his efforts to see a statewide ban on red-light cameras. House District 66 hopeful Berny Jacques gets a running start in his 2018 campaign. Plus, Gomes shares reactions from Florida officials about Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
April 3, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, opponents continue to line up against Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to buy land South of Lake Okeechobee. Gomes explores the role of agribusiness in Florida’s economy with the University of Florida Extension Scientist Alan Hodges. Plus, a possible budgetary food fight in the Legislature is expected over a plan to change how nursing home facilities get Medicaid reimbursements. Gomes interviews Emmett Reed, executive director of the Florida Health Care Association about his efforts to improve the quality of the state’s nursing homes. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
March 27, 2017
As the healthcare bill blame game continues, Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda explores what’s next after the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Plus, the battle over local control intensifies as the Florida League of Mayors calls on state lawmakers to “back off.” Gomes interviews League of Mayors President, Carol McCormack of Palm Shores. Also, a special tribute to the life of Dr. Brian Dassler who served as the deputy chancellor of Florida’s Department of Education. Dassler recently passed away of apparent natural causes. Gomes interviews his friend and colleague Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
March 20, 2017
As Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s bold stand against the death penalty sparks outrage, Trimmel Gomes latest episode of The Rotunda features the man standing on both sides of the controversy, Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee). As Chairman of the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Bracy sponsored the bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law requiring a unanimous jury for the death sentence. But Bracy also criticizes Florida’s death penalty process as inconsistent and inadequate. Gomes then discusses Sen. Aaron Bean’s secret budget appropriation for a friend as reported by Arek Sarkissian of Naples Daily News. Then a recap of the “sometimes” annual Press Skits with FloridaPolitics.com publisher, Peter Schorsch.
March 13, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes latest episode of The Rotunda, POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses how Democrats could make some gains during the widening rift between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Sen. Frank Artiles faces scrutiny for accelerating bills favorable to Florida Power & Light. “This is corporate welfare for FPL,” said Nathan Skop, a former FPL manager and a former commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. Gomes also talks Congressman Al Lawson about his work in Washington and with Volunteer Florida’s CEO Chester Spellman about the second annual #SuitsForSession. At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty around health care, Gomes shares stories from seniors rallying support for Medicare Advantage Plans.
March 6, 2017
As the Florida Legislature begins its 60-day session, Trimmel Gomes previews some of the controversial issues on the latest episode of The Rotunda. As the White House conducts its review of America’s foreign policy towards Cuba, Gomes documents his travels to the Communist-run Island as Cubans share their views on proposed policy changes. Plus, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum sits down for a one-on-one interview about his bid for governor in 2018. Plus University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan McManus provides analysis on Gillum’s early start in what is expected to be a crowded field of candidates. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 27, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, House Speaker Richard Corcoran explains the reasoning behind his push to reform Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with former Tallahassee Representative Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda about her decision to join the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia pledges to comb the state to convince conservative Democrats to switch to the GOP. A bill to create statewide ridesharing regulation advances as the coalition, Floridians for Ridesharing tout significant bipartisan support. Gomes also shares insights on upcoming reforms facing Florida’s college system from Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell and the president of South Florida State College, Tom Leitzel. Gomes also looks ahead to the 2018 Governor’s race as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announce he’s considering running for the job. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 12, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the bitter feud among top Republican lawmakers is already threatening to derail the upcoming legislative session. At the center of all the controversy is House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O’Lakes. Gomes talks Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell about her exclusive interview with Corcoran, and his intentions of shaking up the way business is done in Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with Senator Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, about his plan to run for Governor in 2018. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
February 6, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a new bill sets up a major battle between Governor Rick Scott and the Florida House over plans to kill Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. Trump’s pick for Education Secretary is in jeopardy with a possible tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Florida’s former Education Commissioner tells Gomes he believes Devos is the right person for the job and Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson should vote in favor. Also, Gomes looks back with Florida’s former jobs chief, Jesse Panuccio, as he joins the Trump administration to serve as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 30, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees triggers another round of backlash for the new administration. Tallahassee based immigration attorney Elizabeth Ricci tells Gomes why she thinks parts of Trumps orders violate the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution. Gomes also tracks the latest legislative committee week as Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran continued his criticism of Visit Florida’s funding but Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala points out funding support was pushed by the House not the Senate. As Senate President Joe Negron’s pushed plans to buy land for Everglades restoration, opponents argued it would harm instead of help the local economy. Professional Angler Scott Martin tells Gomes there is completely different experience of Lake Okeechobee than what portrayed on television. Gomes also talks with the executive director of the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, Hillary Hyslope. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 23, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a fiery start to President Donald Trump’s administration as White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacks the press for accurately reporting on inauguration crowds. Gomes interviews Trump supporters and familiar faces from Florida’s like veteran lobbyist, Lena Juarez and former executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Jessie Pannuccio. The Women’s March on Washington also attracts many from the Sunshine State to protest against Trump’s presidency. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 16, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a preview of the already contentious inauguration week for President-elect Donald Trump following his war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), a civil rights icon. Gomes also looks at how Florida’s top GOP officials like Gov. Rick Scott are preparing to celebrate Trumps win. Gomes goes on an exclusive tour of the state embassy of Florida. The Florida House on Capitol Hill will once again be a hotspot for inauguration festivities and its president and CEO Bart Hudson invites all to stop in for fresh glass of Florida orange juice. Plus, looking ahead to Florida’s governor’s race in 2018, Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey discusses possible contenders including Orlando lawyer John Morgan who is leaving the door wide open to a possible run. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
January 9, 2017
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the first week of Congress as some of Florida’s freshmen lawmakers adjust to their new surroundings in Washington. Gomes talks with Rep. Al Lawson about his plan to tackle student loan debt. Plus Rep. Darren Soto discusses President-elect Donald Trump’s influence in Congress. Gomes tours some of the capitol office buildings with former congressional candidate Annette Taddeo and her daughter Sofia. Gomes also takes a closer look at Gov. Rick Scotts decision to address the shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport with Trump instead of President Obama The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
December 19, 2016
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Visit Florida’s once mysterious marketing deal with Miami entertainer Pitbull comes to end with a sweep of the top executives at the state’s public-private tourism promotion agency. Orlando Sentinel reporter Gray Rohrer breaks down the cause and explains what legislative leaders plan to do in future funding of the agency in the 2017 session. Gomes also interviews former Governor and U.S. Rep.-elect Charlie Crist, D- St. Petersburg. Crist explains how he’s hopeful for President-elect Donald Trump to do well and is waiting to see what will happen after inauguration day.
December 12, 2016
After whistleblowers revealed evidence of inmate abuse and cover-ups at the Florida Department of Corrections, the state agreed to settle a retaliation lawsuit for $800,000. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, attorney Ryan Andrews who handled the case discusses another pending lawsuit with a whistleblower who sought First Amendment right protections for sharing his story on The Rotunda in 2015. Gomes also tells the story of “Charlie’s Angels” on Florida’s Supreme Court with U.S. Rep.-elect Charlie Crist, D- St. Petersburg and Justice James E.C. Perry who is retiring at the end of the year. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
December 5, 2016
Social media has made an unprecedented influence on the 2016 presidential election and is now considered a crucial part of a campaign. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a discussion about the influence of social media in politics with former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos who is currently boosting his presence on social platforms as many to speculate that me might possibly run for office. Gomes also explores the status of Florida’s Everglades Restoration plans with environmental attorney Maribel Nicholson-Choice with Greenberg Traurig and Ernie Barnett, the Executive Director of the Florida Land Council. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 28, 2016
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a glimpse into the changes coming to Florida politics following the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Gomes revisits past and present interviews with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, state Sen. Anitere Flores and Dr. Brian Latell, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami. Gomes also talks with one of the most influential families in Florida’s capitol; veteran lobbyist Ron Book and his daughter Lauren, who is now a freshman Sen. from Plantation and was recently named Senate Democratic leader pro tempore. Book talks with Gomes about his family’s rise to power while sending a message that he will never take advantage of the process. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 22, 2016
The Florida Legislature gets in 'Formation,' as new members are sworn in for their first post election session. As 66 new lawmakers joining learn their way around the capitol, Trimmel Gomes spotlights those in leadership roles in both the House and Senate. The Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee bureau reporter Gray Rohrer discusses the sweeping changes ahead particularly from House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran. Gomes also chats with the publisher of The Capitolist, Brian Burgess, who has been digging into the financial dealings of some of Florida’s environmental advocacy organizations. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
November 14, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump has completed the biggest upset in modern political history. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Florida politicos react to Trump’s election victory. Republican strategist and pollster Brian Graham tells Gomes Trump was just a more exciting candidate than Hillary Clinton. Gomes also talks with retiring Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho about voter fraud and University of Florida students help ProPublica investigate election irregularities for a nationwide project called Electionland. Gomes also interviews The Capitolist publisher, Brian Burgess about the impact of Trumps victory on the future of Florida politics. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 31, 2016
As Donald Trump continues to improve his standing in state and national polls, his Florida campaign co-chairman Joe Gruters claims it all means Trump will win the sunshine state’s 29 electoral votes. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Gruters, who is also a member of Florida State University’s Board of Trustees said he’s proud to stand with Trump despite calls for his resignation. Known for wearing many hats, the vice-chairman of the Florida Republican Party tells Gomes he believes he’s done a great job keeping his many duties separate. Graters also explains why he feels former state senator and FSU President John Thrasher deserves a 10 percent raise. In addition, the November election marks the end of Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s term in office. In one of his final in-depth interviews, Gomes chats with Crisafulli about one of his priorities in overseeing the passage of a comprehensive water policy bill. Rich Budell with the Florida Agribusiness Council who helped to craft the bill explains its impact to the state. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 24, 2016
With leaked audio detailing a possible hidden agenda, is it the end for Florida’s utility-backed solar amendment? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Clearwater Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala predicts Florida voters will reject the ballot initiative for being a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” As polls continue to show Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump in Florida, Gomes explores the shifts in strategy to help down-ballot Democrats like Rep. Patrick Murphy whose fighting to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio. Also, when it comes to the environment, many of the state’s programs become models for the rest of the country. Gomes hosts a panel discussion on best management practices with Drew Bartlett, DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration and Rich Budell with Florida’s Agribusiness Council. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 17, 2016
As Democrats celebrate back-to-back victories in court over Florida’s election rules, Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda examines Donald Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged election.’ Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida tells Gomes that Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to extend voter registration deadlines after Hurricane Matthew was all politics. Meanwhile Associated Press Writer Gary Fineout talks with Gomes about the power of Gov. Scott during emergencies and possible changes to Florida’s election laws as a result of U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s rulings. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 10, 2016
October is filled with plenty of surprises and Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda dives into the most recent batch of Wikileaks docs on Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump’s leaked tapes revealing a possible pattern of sexual abuse. Gomes also captures highlights from the second presidential debate including Trumps unexpected pre-debate press conference with Bill Clinton’s former accusers. Gomes talks with Florida State University Political Scientist Carol Weissert about the biggest surprise of them all in addition to political storm brewing from Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
October 3, 2016
While Donald Trump and his allies scramble to defend his tax records, Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda takes a second look at the world of politics and beauty pageants thanks to Trump’s feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. The Rotunda gets featured on CBC Radio and Public Radio International as one of the best podcasts around. Meanwhile, despite Florida polls showing growing support for a medical marijuana initiative, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater and former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell ramp up their fight against Amendment 2 with just weeks left before voters decide on the November ballot. News Service of Florida reporter Dara Kam breaks down the latest in Florida’s fight for medical marijuana including an update on why initiate’s front man, attorney John Morgan, is keeping out of the spotlight. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
September 26, 2016
On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a preview guide to the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. Gomes also talks with Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham who is calling on Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to make public all of its records following a massive sinkhole spill at Mosaic’s New Wales plant in Mulberry. Politico’s environmental reporter, Bruce Ritchie chats with Gomes and breaks down the politics behind the sinkhole story while previewing some of the battles ahead with Florida’s water issues in the 2017 legislative session. Meanwhile, as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tries to shake a repeat story about a campaign donation she sought from Donald Trump, her work to fight against human trafficking inspires former child slave and activist, Brigitte Perenyi who shares her about being liberated from being a “trokosi” girl. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
September 19, 2016
Thanks to his comedic appearance at the Emmy Awards, we all now know ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is moonlighting as an Uber driver. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, we hear how Bush is handling his “in-between jobs” status along with soon to be former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Bay News 9 capitol reporter Troy Kinsey discusses the bipartisan blowback from Gov. Rick Scott’s attack on Sen. Bill Nelson over Zika funding and Gomes talks with Dan Peterson, director of the Center for Property Rights at the James Madison Institute about solving the “Everglades Riddle” along with the ongoing debate over government vs. private land ownership for conservation purposes and finding the right balance that works for Florida. Plus, is it the end of an era with Donald Trump’s ‘birther’ statement? The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
September 12, 2016
Infighting, defensiveness and finger pointing is left in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the power struggle between Governor Rick Scott and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell tells Gomes the political dust up had more to do with a revived long-standing fight between city-owned and investor-owned utilities like Florida Power & Light (FPL). Gomes talks about why Attorney Genral Pam Bondi is back in the national spotlight and he explores the science behind Florida’s algae blooms with Brian Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and red tide expert Vincent Lovko of Mote Marine Laboratory. Lapointe is praising the city of Tallahassee for removing nitrogen from its wastewater treatment plant and encourages others to do the same. “The summer is a bit of a wakeup call that our Legislature really needs to think about legislation to begin to kind of moderate the nutrients that human activities are generating that are supporting these blooms,” Lapointe tells Gomes. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 29, 2016
Race relations and party politics continues to bubble over this election cycle and on Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a poetic rebuke of Democratic Party leadership from political newcomer Pam Keith who is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate. While turning her stump speech into slam poetry, Keith tells Gomes and an audience at “Black on Black Rhyme” poetry night in Tallahassee that her party has become unrecognizable, “it talks Democratic talk but walks Republican walk,” Keith said. Gomes also interviews Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia who is calling on minorities to give the GOP a chance. “I totally get where Black Lives Matter comes from,” said Ingolia. “Some of the solutions to some of the problems plaguing black communities for such a long time can be solved by some of the things we’ve been advocating for like school choice.” Ingoglia also discusses the party’s new approach to focus on all races from the top and bottom of the ticket in addition to ongoing efforts to unify fractures in the GOP caused by Donald Trump. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 22, 2016
The Rotunda goes from Trump Tower to Florida’s Tower of Power. Republican consultant and Gov. Rick Scott’s former deputy communications director Bettina Inclan tells Gomes why her party’s nominee is making this election the worst in her life. Gomes also talks with Craig Pittman, a veteran Tampa Bay Times reporter shares fun stories in his new book “Oh, Florida: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.” Plus, Chad Poppell, secretary of the Department of Management Services tells Gomes what’s behind all the construction work surrounding Florida’s ’Tower of Power.” The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 15, 2016
On this episode, a serving of politics and beer with freelance politics writer Ryan Ray who likes to keep track of all the trending topics in Florida politics. Gomes looks at the battle in South Florida between Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Nova Southeastern law professor Tim Canova as they face off in their first and only scheduled debate. Plus, a spotlight on some of the more interesting local races to watch. In all of the years Tampa Bay Times’ Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet has been covering politics, he tells Gomes he’s never seen anything like the last-minute maneuvering in the Leon County Sheriff’s race. Three of the four candidates ended up switching parties sending them all to the November ballot in a four-way race. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
August 8, 2016
While Gov. Rick Scott slams the federal government for lagging in the state’s fight against the spread Zika, the former director of Florida’s defunct “mosquito lab” calls on Scott to uphold a campaign promise and restore funding to the facility to help researchers find solutions to Zika and other mosquito borne diseases. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Jason Smith, the former director of the Public Health Entomology Research and Education Lab in Panama City Beach points to Scott’s $500,000 appropriation veto in 2011 as one big reason the state is now scrambling to figure out how to eradicate Zika. Gomes also talks with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump who is getting ready to tackle the national spotlight in a new way by becoming a household name as host of televisions shows on TV One and FOX.
August 1, 2016
Fallout from the Democratic National Committee’s hacked email continues as former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s primary opponent, Tim Canova, threatens to file a complaint alleging she broke election rules. #TheRotunda recaps the DNC plus an interview with state Sen. Geraldine Thompson who skipped the convention in protest because she argues the party has lost its way by picking favorites in primary races while claiming to have a fair and one process. Thompson teamed up with one of her opponents, Fatima Rita Fahny also vying for Florida’s 10th Congressional District to speak out against DNC’s practices.
July 25, 2016
On the heels of a tumultuous Republican convention, the Democratic National Committee is now rocked by its own email scandal forcing DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum reveals plans for his remarks alongside president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and others. So far Gillum is the only Floridian with a speaking slot at the DNC and he says his message will be focused on unity. Gomes also talks with Jarrett Hill, a former Tampa Bay reporter, who was first to break the story about similarities between Melania Trump’s speech and a speech Michelle Obama gave in 2008. Plus, Brian Burgess, former spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott and now publisher of The Capitolist media site, reacts to Scott’s speech and discusses other highlights from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.
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