The Rotunda with Trimmel Gomes
A weekly podcast focusing on the people and stories shaping Florida Politics!
Episode 80: Poppycock
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.
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 79: October Surprise
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.
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 78: Pot Shot
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.
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 77: Bondage
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.
September 19, 2016 08:17 AM PDT
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?
September 12, 2016 08:25 AM PDT
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.
August 28, 2016 10:32 PM PDT
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.
August 22, 2016 05:46 AM PDT
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.”
August 15, 2016 06:49 AM PDT
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.
August 08, 2016 04:58 AM PDT
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.
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