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Episode 122: Taking The Knee
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September 24, 2017 11:21 PM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, NFL players take a knee after Trump’s call for a boycott. Also, is Florida a “State of Denial?” Despite Florida’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, state employees are discouraged from using the term “climate change.” Gomes chats with Ken Berlin, president of the Climate Reality Project founded by Al Gore. Plus, Joan Alker who heads the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families warns Florida’s progress on insuring children is in jeopardy if Congress doesn’t act soon to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. 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 121: Storm Surge
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September 17, 2017 11:36 PM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, is all about the politics of Hurricane Irma. Will Governor Rick Scott’s response to the storm provide enough of a political boost for him to run for and win Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat? President Donald Trump is already campaigning for Scott and supporters like Republican strategist Anthony Pedicini gives Scott a grade of A+ for handling Irma. However Democratic consultant Kevin Cate says Scott should also be ready to take credit for the bad especially when it comes to handling the tragic nursing-home deaths in Hollywood. Gomes also interviews Brian Lee who served as the state’s long-term care ombudsman before being forced out of a 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 120: Multiracial Floridians
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August 27, 2017 09:13 PM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Could Multiracial Americans Ease Racial Tensions? Amid racial and cultural tensions nationwide, advocates for the multiracial community are on a mission to remind the country that more things bind than separate the people in the United States. Gomes discusses the cultural and racial divide with Susan Graham, co-founder, and president of Project RACE. Gomes also interviews Andy Behrman, the president and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers about the services Floridians will be at risk of losing if the state’s Low Income Pool (LIP) funding model changes.

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 119: Going Nuclear
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August 20, 2017 05:04 PM PDT
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott proves his loyalty by sticking close to President Donald Trump through his most recent controversy. Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum calls for the removal of a Confederate monument in front of Florida’s Historic Capitol. Also, should Florida’s utility customers pay now for future power? Gomes follows a federal appeals court case challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy Florida collecting money from customers for nuclear-power projects.
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 118: Many Sides of Charlottesville
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August 14, 2017 02:21 AM PDT
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Florida lawmakers react to the violence between white supremacist groups and counter protesters that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed when a car driven by a man from Ohio plowed into the crowd. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said her daughter died standing up for her beliefs. On this episode, Gomes also follows Sen. Jack Latvala’s second announcement that he’s making a run for governor. The Clearwater Republican's first announcement was to Gomes back in February. 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 117: More Sexy Beaches
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August 07, 2017 02:51 AM PDT
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Florida’s “Sexy Beaches” is back in the news. After nearly being eliminated during the legislative session over a secret contract with rapper Pitbull, Florida’s tourism marketing agency is now struggling to keep county tourism groups in traditional co-op advertising campaigns. Some political observers claim the fallout it is all part of a long held strategy by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey weighs in on the controversy. Gomes also explores President Trump’s new media ventures. When it comes to “fake news,” President Trump is creating his own as a conservative pundit, Kayleigh McEnany, jumps from CNN to hosting pro-Trump news segments direct from Trump Tower in New York. 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 116: Hitting Reset
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July 31, 2017 06:52 AM PDT
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Following another turbulent week for President Donald Trump and the GOP, will staff changes and a shift in focus lead to good news for the administration? On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda POLITICO’s White House reporter, Nolan D. McCaskill discusses the turmoil and tactic of covering what’s usually a month’s worth of breaking news in a single day. 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 115: Social Network
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July 24, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
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As healthcare remains up in the air, Congressional Democrats say they are ready and willing to work with Republicans on a solution. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda Congressman Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee explains how Democrats are offering a lending hand to GOP leadership so everyone can see a win on health care. Also, is Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg planning a run for president in 2020? Gomes dips in on Zuckerberg’s nationwide outreach tour, including his Facebook live chat at his backyard barbecue where he tackled issues from healthcare, technology and once again shared his love for grilling.
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 114: Net Neutrality
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July 17, 2017 05:28 AM PDT
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As web companies and activists band together in protest of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules, supporters of the change share their concerns with the current Title II regulations. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features interviews with Brad Swanson, president, and CEO of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, and Julio Fuentes, president, and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Gomes also examines why South Florida is leading the nation in high-growth tech startups. Joseph Russo the executive director of Palm Beach Tech, a non-profit trade association shares his vision for building a hub for technology entrepreneurship in Florida. he 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 113: Election Smoke Screen
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July 10, 2017 06:45 AM PDT
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda explores why Orlando Attorney John Morgan is suing the state over its medical marijuana smoking ban. Gomes also looks back on how Florida prepared combat fraud in the 2016 presidential election with an interview with Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Plus, elections expert Paul Craft with the Freeman, Craft, McGregor Group Inc. explains why he thinks President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission is going through a necessary and long overdue process to clean up voter rolls. 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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