The Rotunda with Trimmel Gomes
A weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida Politics!
Episode 86: Twitter Storm
December 05, 2016 10:58 AM PST
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
November 28, 2016 06:09 AM PST
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
November 22, 2016 06:02 AM PST
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
November 13, 2016 11:50 PM PST
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.
October 30, 2016 10:26 PM PDT
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.
October 24, 2016 06:45 AM PDT
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.
October 17, 2016 12:33 AM PDT
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.
October 10, 2016 03:46 AM PDT
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.
October 03, 2016 05:02 AM PDT
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.
September 26, 2016 06:05 AM PDT
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.
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