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Episode 152: Progressive Surge
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August 06, 2018 02:05 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” a discussion about how some Florida candidates are inspired and are trying to replicate the grass-roots success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York primary win over high-ranking Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley. Gomes talks with Anna Eskamani, a Democrat running for Central Florida’s House District 47 and Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 candidate Jeremy Matlow. Both share their thoughts about the future of the Democratic Party. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 151: AG Candidate Ashley Moody
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July 30, 2018 03:43 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” former Judge Ashley Moody shares her background including being a former federal prosecutor and explains why she thinks she’s the best candidate to replace Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who is facing term-limits. Moody is hoping to secure the Republican primary nomination over state Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola. Moody shares her thoughts with Gomes about Florida’s “stand your ground law,” how she would handle police brutality cases and her plans to find solutions to the state’s opioid epidemic. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 150: Manchurian Candidates
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July 23, 2018 01:56 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg talks about his decision to file ethics complaints against eight “sham” write-in candidates. After a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot through Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, Aronberg and Sherry Plymale, a Republican commission member, filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Department of State to issue fines against the candidates scattered across the state, as they believe they are bogus. Also, Aronberg provides Gomes with an update on the opioid crisis in Palm Beach County. 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 149: Top Influencers
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July 15, 2018 11:36 PM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Peter Schorsch, the publisher of Florida Politics shares his predictions on the campaign trail including a likely win for Gov. Rick Scott against Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election efforts. Also, is the race for governor over for Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam? As the dark cloud from the Russia investigation continues to grow, would President Trump’s endorsement still give Rep. Ron Desantis a boost? Schorsch also combs through the field of Democrats for the best contender. Also, Gomes tackles some weird news courtesy of Rep. Matt Gaetz and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 148: Back in Business
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June 25, 2018 09:12 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, billionaire developer Jeff Greene talks about his road to success in building his real estate empire. Greene explains how he made his first $100,000 at the age of 22, and how he used it to invest in real estate while in business school. Greene tells Gomes how he plans to be just as successful in the Democratic governor’s primary and when he ultimately wins the governor’s mansion. When it comes to finding the best strategies to succeed in business, Action Coach, Mark Raciappa explains it might be time to consider hiring a business coach.

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.

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