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Episode 90: Trump's Inauguration Week
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January 16, 2017 07:25 AM PST
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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.

Episode 89: D.C. Politics
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January 09, 2017 04:19 AM PST
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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.

Episode 88: Visit Florida's "Sexy Beaches"
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December 19, 2016 02:32 AM PST
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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.

Episode 87: Whistleblower
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December 12, 2016 06:56 AM PST
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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.

Episode 86: Twitter Storm
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December 05, 2016 10:58 AM PST
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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.

Episode 85: Cuban Power
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November 28, 2016 06:09 AM PST
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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.

Episode 84: In Formation
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November 22, 2016 06:02 AM PST
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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.

Episode 83: Electioneering
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November 13, 2016 11:50 PM PST
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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.

Episode 82: Emailgate
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October 30, 2016 10:26 PM PDT
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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.

Episode 81: Nasty End
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October 24, 2016 06:45 AM PDT
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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.

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