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Episode 172: Reopening Florida
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May 04, 2020 01:53 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Governor Ron DeSantis outlines his plan for reopening Florida this week. Gomes talks with Debra Bennett, Florida state organizer for the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, who highlights the growing number of COVID-19 cases at the Department of Corrections. Other guests include, Leon County Commission Chairman Bryan Desloge as the National Association of Counties calls on Congress to steer more COVID-19 relief funds to local governments. Plus, as the need for local news increases, Jean Kiddoo, with the Federal Communications Commission, joins the program to discuss the national switch of TV station frequencies impacting several Florida cities this week.
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Episode 171: Social Distancing
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March 16, 2020 04:10 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, former Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum announce he’s entering into rehab to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. Gomes looks back on one of Gillum’s first one-on-one interview about his 2018 bid for governor. As state officials urge citizens to isolate during the Coronavirus pandemic, social media company Facebook lends a hand with a new “Local Alerts” tool. Gomes talks with U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., about the company’s other initiative called “Boost with Facebook” designed to help small businesses grow. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 170: Healthcare and Prison Reform
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February 10, 2020 06:28 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the ongoing fight for independence between nurses and physicians. David Herbert, the CEO of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, explains why he thinks removing physician oversight from qualified nurse practitioners will help solve the problems of increasing healthcare costs and the shortage of primary care physicians. Also, Gomes talks with civil-rights activists and families of people serving time in Florida prisons rallying support for a package of prison-reform bills. Gomes talks with Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, as she explains why so many of the reform bills are hitting roadblocks. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 169: Florida Children
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February 02, 2020 11:21 PM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes' latest episode of The Rotunda, Alan Abramowitz, the executive director of Florida's Guardian ad Litem program, discusses policy priorities and tactics by child advocates to ensure lawmakers address the needs of Florida's children in the state budget. In honor of Black History month, Gomes profiles the Rev. C.K. Steele, who led the Tallahassee Bus Boycott in 1956 after two Florida A&M University students were arrested for sitting in the "whites only" section of a segregated bus. Throughout Black History Month, The Rotunda will highlight notable African Americans and related topics in Florida's history.
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Episode 168: The Republican Fight
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November 17, 2019 10:01 PM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Leon County Republican Party chairman Evan Power discusses his campaign to become National Committeeman for the Republican Party of Florida. Power explains the loyalty-mindset of Trump voters and why he thinks the GOP brand is untarnished, despite critics.
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Episode 167: Resiliency
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October 21, 2019 03:37 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Melba Pearson with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU of Florida) explains their fight to get a judge to block Florida’s law requiring fees be paid before ex-felons can vote. Plus, educators like Brian Dean of Instruction Partners tells Gomes why he’s urging state officials to improve, instead of eliminating Florida’s Common Core educational standards. Gomes also talks with Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council about their new study, which shows Florida’s 15 seaports are leading the nation in resiliency for sea level rise and natural disasters. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 166: Keeping Busy
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September 30, 2019 04:01 AM PDT
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Trimmel Gomes' latest episode of "The Rotunda," features former congresswoman Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. Last year Graham sought the Democratic nomination for governor but lost to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Graham tells Gomes that she was ready to join the Gillum campaign to help him win, but says they never engaged. Graham explains how she has returned or donated all of her leftover funds from her campaign war chest, including recent checks from unspent ads. Meanwhile, Gillum is locked in a feud with mega-donor John Morrgan for refusing to give back leftover campaign funds. Graham is a vocal critic of both the DeSantis and Trump administration and is calling for swift changes. Currently, Graham works closely with Joe Biden's presidential campaign and serves on multiple boards, including the Tallahassee Ethics Commission. She is also helping her father write his autobiography.
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Episode 165: A Fresh Take
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April 09, 2019 08:38 PM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a closer look at the student-powered enterprise news operation about Florida government making waves in Florida’s capitol. Gomes chats with student journalists Katie Campione and Max Chesnes at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications “Fresh Take Florida” news service. Plus, citizen groups are raising concerns over proposals at the capitol that would restrict citizen ballot initiatives.
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Episode 164: Tech and Children
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April 02, 2019 03:24 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, tech-savvy lawmakers Sen. Jeff Brandes, R- St. Petersburg, Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Jennifer Webb, D-Gulfport, discuss some of the more ‘disruptive’ issues facing Florida. Gomes spotlights the special roundtable featured in the Spring 2019 edition of INFLUENCE Magazine. Gomes also talks with advocates like Roy Miller with the Children’s Campaign who is concerned the state isn’t doing enough for today’s youth. Freelance journalist Kenya Woodard is also a featured guest this week, and with just a year left before the start of the 2020 Census, Gomes highlights how some organizations are ramping up public awareness campaigns to urge people to fill out census forms.
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Episode 163: Political Loser of the Week
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January 28, 2019 10:37 PM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith explains his decision to jump from journalism to public relations during what he thinks is an unusually slow time in Florida politics. Also, after Secretary of State Mike Ertel resigned after photos of him in blackface was leaked to the press, Gov. Ron DeSantis picks Tampa Bay judge Laurel Moore Lee to fill the vacancy. However former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho tells Gomes why he thinks the replacement should’ve been another elections supervisor. Gomes also interviews Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley about his bid for House District 97. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

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