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Episode 73: Tower of Power
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August 22, 2016 05:46 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 72: Beer & Politics
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August 15, 2016 06:49 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 71: Hurricane Zika
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August 08, 2016 04:58 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 70: DNC's Shame
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August 01, 2016 04:30 AM PDT
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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.

Episode 69: Partisan Speechmaker
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July 24, 2016 10:28 PM PDT
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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.

Episode 68: Grand Old Party
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July 18, 2016 03:40 AM PDT
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As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, another tragedy threatens to overshadow opening festivities after three officers were killed and others wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A look at how terror attacks and domestic unrest will shape convention speeches, reactions to the official logo for the Donald Trump-Mike Pence presidential ticket and how party leaders including RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia is working to show a united front within the party despite ongoing tensions.

Plus, Gomes jumps ahead to next year’s formation of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission with political analyst Susan MacManus. Senate President Andy Gardiner offers up one issue he thinks the commission should put on the ballot for voters to decide.

The Rotunda podcast is available Mondays via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 67: Black Lives Matter
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July 11, 2016 03:13 AM PDT
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As America continues to mourn after a week of violence, Sen. Marco Rubio calls on President Obama, other public officials, including himself, to re-examine their public discourse. On this episode of The Rotunda, we take a look at efforts to calm the country dealing with grief and anger following the fatal shooting of five police officers while protests over how police use deadly force continues. Gomes also discusses Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s indictment in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a fraudulent education charity.

Plus, Senate President Andy Gardiner talks with Gomes about his successes in fighting for programs that support people with disabilities and other highlights from being in charge of the Senate.

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 66: Florida's Brexit
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June 26, 2016 11:08 AM PDT
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As Florida’s tourism industry brace for the impact of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, British officials are calling on the world to remain calm following “Brexit.” On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, British Consul-General David Prodger discusses the effects of Brexit on the Sunshine State. Gomes also talks with Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, about his continued call for a special session of the Legislature to implement new gun restrictions after this month’s mass shooting in Orlando.

Plus, reactions to the contest by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, to give away a custom-built AR-15 rifle, similar to the one used in the shooting massacre.

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 65: Words Matter
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June 20, 2016 05:05 AM PDT
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In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 victims dead and another 53 injured, the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history, Gov. Rick Scott dodges the gun control debate by focussing policy talks on ISIS and saying the Second Amendment didn’t kill anyone. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Maura Jane Farrelly, an associate professor of American studies at Brandeis University explains why the often used defense and whole purpose of the Second Amendment is moot. Gomes also takes a closer look at the face-off between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Christian Ulvert, one of the plaintiffs in the fight to overturn Florida’s gay marriage-ban, tells Gomes what he thinks Bondi should’ve said when Cooper questioned her history of fighting against the LGBT community as she was trying to lend a voice to the victims.

Are you tired of apologizing for being an American? Gomes talks with a self-described loud, arrogant, and sometimes troublesome American who supports Donald Trump and has ideas on how to reform the political process in Washington, D.C.
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 64: Act of Terror
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June 13, 2016 04:49 AM PDT
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Condolences and solidarity are pouring in from around the globe after a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando killing at least 50 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the events which first caught the attention of international media. Gomes talks with news director Jill Roberts for WQCS, the NPR station for the Treasure Coast who found herself camped outside the Fort Pierce apartment of Omar Mateen, the suspected shooter who was killed by police following his attack. Mateen and his family lived along the Treasure Coast.

Gomes also talks with Bob Poe, former state Democratic Party Chair and candidate for Central Florida’s 10th Congressional District, about his decision to reveal he is HIV-positive. Poe, 61, said he was diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago but tells Gomes how he struggled to come to terms with his own fear and stigma with regard to the virus that causes AIDS.

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