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Episode 77: Bondage
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September 26, 2016 06:05 AM PDT
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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.

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 76: In Between Jobs
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September 19, 2016 08:17 AM PDT
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Thanks to his comedic appearance at the Emmy Awards, we all now know ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is moonlighting as an Uber driver. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, we hear how Bush is handling his “in-between jobs” status along with soon to be former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Bay News 9 capitol reporter Troy Kinsey discusses the bipartisan blowback from Gov. Rick Scott’s attack on Sen. Bill Nelson over Zika funding and Gomes talks with Dan Peterson, director of the Center for Property Rights at the James Madison Institute about solving the “Everglades Riddle” along with the ongoing debate over government vs. private land ownership for conservation purposes and finding the right balance that works for Florida. Plus, is it the end of an era with Donald Trump’s ‘birther’ statement?

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 75: Hermine Fallout
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September 12, 2016 08:25 AM PDT
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Infighting, defensiveness and finger pointing is left in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of the power struggle between Governor Rick Scott and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell tells Gomes the political dust up had more to do with a revived long-standing fight between city-owned and investor-owned utilities like Florida Power & Light (FPL). Gomes talks about why Attorney Genral Pam Bondi is back in the national spotlight and he explores the science behind Florida’s algae blooms with Brian Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and red tide expert Vincent Lovko of Mote Marine Laboratory. Lapointe is praising the city of Tallahassee for removing nitrogen from its wastewater treatment plant and encourages others to do the same. “The summer is a bit of a wakeup call that our Legislature really needs to think about legislation to begin to kind of moderate the nutrients that human activities are generating that are supporting these blooms,” Lapointe tells Gomes.


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 74: Poetic Politics
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August 28, 2016 10:32 PM PDT
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Race relations and party politics continues to bubble over this election cycle and on Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a poetic rebuke of Democratic Party leadership from political newcomer Pam Keith who is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate. While turning her stump speech into slam poetry, Keith tells Gomes and an audience at “Black on Black Rhyme” poetry night in Tallahassee that her party has become unrecognizable, “it talks Democratic talk but walks Republican walk,” Keith said. Gomes also interviews Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia who is calling on minorities to give the GOP a chance. “I totally get where Black Lives Matter comes from,” said Ingolia. “Some of the solutions to some of the problems plaguing black communities for such a long time can be solved by some of the things we’ve been advocating for like school choice.” Ingoglia also discusses the party’s new approach to focus on all races from the top and bottom of the ticket in addition to ongoing efforts to unify fractures in the GOP caused by Donald Trump.

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 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.

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