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Episode 95: Party Switch
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February 27, 2017 02:18 AM PST
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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.

Episode 94: GOP Feud
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February 12, 2017 10:28 AM PST
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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.

Episode 93: Toss-Up
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February 05, 2017 10:24 PM PST
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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.

Episode 92: Immigration Chaos
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January 30, 2017 02:40 AM PST
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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.

Episode 91: Trump Wars
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January 23, 2017 06:57 AM PST
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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.

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.

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