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Episode 128: Lessons Learned
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November 20, 2017 05:44 AM PST
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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.

Episode 127: Open Government
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November 12, 2017 10:50 PM PST
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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.

Episode 126: The Influence of Sex
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November 05, 2017 11:17 PM PST
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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.

Episode 125: Legislative Affairs
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October 30, 2017 04:15 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 124: Abbreviated
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October 09, 2017 04:48 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 123: Captured
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October 02, 2017 05:33 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 122: Taking The Knee
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September 24, 2017 11:21 PM PDT
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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.

Episode 121: Storm Surge
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September 17, 2017 11:36 PM PDT
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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.

Episode 120: Multiracial Floridians
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August 27, 2017 09:13 PM PDT
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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.

Episode 119: Going Nuclear
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August 20, 2017 05:04 PM PDT
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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.

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