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Episode 99: Growth Mindset
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March 26, 2017 10:37 PM PDT
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As the healthcare bill blame game continues, Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda explores what’s next after the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Plus, the battle over local control intensifies as the Florida League of Mayors calls on state lawmakers to “back off.” Gomes interviews League of Mayors President, Carol McCormack of Palm Shores. Also, a special tribute to the life of Dr. Brian Dassler who served as the deputy chancellor of Florida’s Department of Education. Dassler recently passed away of apparent natural causes. Gomes interviews his friend and colleague Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

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 98: Overruled
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March 20, 2017 01:06 AM PDT
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As Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s bold stand against the death penalty sparks outrage, Trimmel Gomes latest episode of The Rotunda features the man standing on both sides of the controversy, Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee). As Chairman of the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Bracy sponsored the bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law requiring a unanimous jury for the death sentence. But Bracy also criticizes Florida’s death penalty process as inconsistent and inadequate. Gomes then discusses Sen. Aaron Bean’s secret budget appropriation for a friend as reported by Arek Sarkissian of Naples Daily News. Then a recap of the “sometimes” annual Press Skits with FloridaPolitics.com publisher, Peter Schorsch.

Episode 97: Veto-Proof
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March 13, 2017 01:34 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes latest episode of The Rotunda, POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses how Democrats could make some gains during the widening rift between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Sen. Frank Artiles faces scrutiny for accelerating bills favorable to Florida Power & Light. “This is corporate welfare for FPL,” said Nathan Skop, a former FPL manager and a former commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. Gomes also talks Congressman Al Lawson about his work in Washington and with Volunteer Florida’s CEO Chester Spellman about the second annual #SuitsForSession. At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty around health care, Gomes shares stories from seniors rallying support for Medicare Advantage Plans.

Episode 96: Cuba Libre
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March 06, 2017 01:56 AM PST
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As the Florida Legislature begins its 60-day session, Trimmel Gomes previews some of the controversial issues on the latest episode of The Rotunda. As the White House conducts its review of America’s foreign policy towards Cuba, Gomes documents his travels to the Communist-run Island as Cubans share their views on proposed policy changes. Plus, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum sits down for a one-on-one interview about his bid for governor in 2018. Plus University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan McManus provides analysis on Gillum’s early start in what is expected to be a crowded field of candidates.

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 95: Party Switch
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February 27, 2017 02:18 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, House Speaker Richard Corcoran explains the reasoning behind his push to reform Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with former Tallahassee Representative Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda about her decision to join the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia pledges to comb the state to convince conservative Democrats to switch to the GOP. A bill to create statewide ridesharing regulation advances as the coalition, Floridians for Ridesharing tout significant bipartisan support. Gomes also shares insights on upcoming reforms facing Florida’s college system from Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell and the president of South Florida State College, Tom Leitzel. Gomes also looks ahead to the 2018 Governor’s race as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announce he’s considering running for the 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 94: GOP Feud
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February 12, 2017 10:28 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the bitter feud among top Republican lawmakers is already threatening to derail the upcoming legislative session. At the center of all the controversy is House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O’Lakes. Gomes talks Florida Times-Union Statehouse bureau chief Tia Mitchell about her exclusive interview with Corcoran, and his intentions of shaking up the way business is done in Tallahassee. Gomes also talks with Senator Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, about his plan to run for Governor 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 93: Toss-Up
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February 05, 2017 10:24 PM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a new bill sets up a major battle between Governor Rick Scott and the Florida House over plans to kill Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. Trump’s pick for Education Secretary is in jeopardy with a possible tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Florida’s former Education Commissioner tells Gomes he believes Devos is the right person for the job and Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson should vote in favor. Also, Gomes looks back with Florida’s former jobs chief, Jesse Panuccio, as he joins the Trump administration to serve as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

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 92: Immigration Chaos
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January 30, 2017 02:40 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees triggers another round of backlash for the new administration. Tallahassee based immigration attorney Elizabeth Ricci tells Gomes why she thinks parts of Trumps orders violate the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution. Gomes also tracks the latest legislative committee week as Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran continued his criticism of Visit Florida’s funding but Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala points out funding support was pushed by the House not the Senate. As Senate President Joe Negron’s pushed plans to buy land for Everglades restoration, opponents argued it would harm instead of help the local economy. Professional Angler Scott Martin tells Gomes there is completely different experience of Lake Okeechobee than what portrayed on television. Gomes also talks with the executive director of the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, Hillary Hyslope.

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 91: Trump Wars
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January 23, 2017 06:57 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a fiery start to President Donald Trump’s administration as White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacks the press for accurately reporting on inauguration crowds. Gomes interviews Trump supporters and familiar faces from Florida’s like veteran lobbyist, Lena Juarez and former executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Jessie Pannuccio. The Women’s March on Washington also attracts many from the Sunshine State to protest against Trump’s presidency.

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 90: Trump's Inauguration Week
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January 16, 2017 07:25 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a preview of the already contentious inauguration week for President-elect Donald Trump following his war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), a civil rights icon. Gomes also looks at how Florida’s top GOP officials like Gov. Rick Scott are preparing to celebrate Trumps win. Gomes goes on an exclusive tour of the state embassy of Florida. The Florida House on Capitol Hill will once again be a hotspot for inauguration festivities and its president and CEO Bart Hudson invites all to stop in for fresh glass of Florida orange juice. Plus, looking ahead to Florida’s governor’s race in 2018, Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey discusses possible contenders including Orlando lawyer John Morgan who is leaving the door wide open to a possible run.

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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