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Episode 147: High Laughter
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April 30, 2018 01:16 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, it’s the White House Correspondents Dinner vs. Florida’s “sometimes annual” Capitol Press Corps skits. As the Correspondents’ Association’s leadership considers possible changes to its format following comedian Michelle Wolf’s controversial monologue, should Tallahassee’s own Press Corps Skit also get a revamp? When it comes to makeovers, cannabis advocates have decided to drop the term “recreational” when it comes describing the casual use of marijuana. Gomes chats with Christopher Cano, executive director, Central Florida chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws about their new set of vocabulary. Also, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet wins a victory as an appeals court blocks a lower court’s order to find a new system for restoring voting rights to felons. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 146: BOGO Constitutional Amendments
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April 23, 2018 05:06 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a recap of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s speech during the funeral for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush. Plus Gomes reviews Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission and a controversial decision to combine 24 separate ideas into a dozen items voters might see in November. CRC Commissioner Tim Cerio talks with Gomes about the need for bundling the amendments and his proposal, Marsy’s Law, headed for the ballot. Also, as a student-led lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Scott over climate change moves forward, the trend of young people challenging their government appears to be growing. However, the youth activism so far isn't being reflected by some voter registration numbers. Gomes interviews Oscar Psychas, a student suing the state.
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 145: Midterm Excitement
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April 16, 2018 06:26 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, reactions from Florida’s elected officials to U.S. airstrikes in Syria including from Sen. Marco Rubio who called on President Donald Trump to deliver a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the situation. Gomes also interviews Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida about Gov. Rick Scott’s chances against Sen. Bill Nelson. Gomes also talks with MacManus about the top contenders in Florida’s governor’s race and whether the state is starting to see signs of anti-Trump backlash generating a “blue wave” of Democratic candidates winning 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 144: Nelson vs Scott
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April 09, 2018 04:43 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he’s ready to run “like there is no tomorrow” against Gov. Rick Scott who is making his candidacy official today. GOP political consultant Brian Burgess, a former Scott spokesman explains why he thinks Scott is more prepared for the challenge. Gomes also features conversations with POLITICO’s Matt Dixon and FiTV’s Brad Swanson. On Florida’s governor’s race, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with students at Florida State University, where student Logan Taaffe, shares his takeaways from the speech. Plus, Tallahassee-based clemency lawyer Reggie Garcia explains the battle over the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons.

Episode 143: The Sunshine State
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April 02, 2018 09:51 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a review of President Donald Trump’s latest stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Plus, Babcock Ranch, a new Florida community north of Ft. Myers, is embracing the future of energy, calling itself the first town in the nation powered entirely by solar energy. Gomes chats with developer Syd Kitson, chairman, and CEO, Kitson and Partners. Plus, a coalition of environmental groups says one-third of species in the U.S. are vulnerable to extinction. Manley Fuller, president and CEO, Florida Wildlife Federation tells Gomes the growing crisis can be fixed by investing more in Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan. Also, why aren’t Floridian’s tuned into the Governor’s 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 142: Power of Advocacy
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March 26, 2018 05:17 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features a recap of some of the incredible speeches from the March For Our Lives in D.C. with students and shooting survivors like Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and others like 11-year-old Naomi Wadler leading the charge calling for common-sense gun laws. Gomes examines how the students at Parkland were able to successfully mobilize with Karen Moore of the Moore Agency, an expert on advocacy campaigns. Plus Gomes talks with the Sun Sentinel’s state politics reporter Dan Sweeney about what he calls the biggest story in the paper’s history. Sweeny also shares his tips about staying engaged on social media.
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 141: Sine Die
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March 12, 2018 02:36 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the Legislature’s journey to approving an $89 billion budget all while in the shadow of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Plus, the Trump administration changes course by stepping back some of their gun proposals including enforcing new age limits. Trump will instead let states decide their path while creating a federal commission on School Safety.

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 140: Last Minute Negotiations
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March 05, 2018 05:05 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School dominates the final week of 2018 legislative session. Gomes follows the negotiations during the gun debate plus he talks with Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, about her bill that requires public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust.” Gomes also chats with Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Delray Beach about her attempt to fully ban texting while driving. Gomes also features an interview with Fane Lozman, a corruption-fighting activist, who has seen two of his many cases get argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lozman talks about the importance of free speech.
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 139: The Gun Debate
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February 26, 2018 05:36 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the early successes from the #NeverAgain movement as Gov. Scott and Republican legislators defy the National Rifle Association with gun restriction proposals that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21. Gomes interviews David Hogg, Ashley Santoro, and Sammy Feuerman, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visiting Tallahassee to share their stories of survival while demanding change to Florida’s gun laws. Gomes also talks with Florida Education Association president, Joanne McCall, Republican strategist Rick Wilson and more.
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 138: Never Again
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February 19, 2018 07:10 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students turn their grief into a full-blown national movement, bringing their #NeverAgain campaign to Tallahassee with hopes to prevent another school shooting. Gomes features Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami. Gomes also hears about the benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans from Julius Glover, a senior citizen living in Tallahassee and Cathryn Donaldson, spokeswoman for the Coalition for Medicare Choices. Plus, the Interior Department announced plans to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in U-S history. Opponents like Holly Parker with the Surfrider Foundation warn the Trump administration's goal is to open all areas to drilling, including more Florida offshore areas. Finally a brief recap of the immigration debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, featuring Gary Fineout with the Associated Press.
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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