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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.

Episode 162: Changing Course
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January 13, 2019 11:59 PM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, former Republican Gov. Bob Martinez said Florida’s environment has been neglected for eight years and is excited about the swift change of course with Gov. Ron DeSantis. Martinez also shares his concerns with seeing Florida’s public education system being starved of resources in favor of competition and suggests ways for more equitable reforms. Gomes also talks with state Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota who just became chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Gruters pledges that Gov. DeSantis and the Republican party will be responsible for the environmental cleanup of the state. Gomes also interviews Gilbert King, author of “Devil in the Grove,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about four black men falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949. The book renewed interest in the case leading to posthumous pardons. The accuser, Norma Padgett, speaks publicly for the first time since 1952. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 161: Power Shift
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January 08, 2019 07:12 AM PST
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Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda previews inaugural events celebrating Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Florida’s next Cabinet members. Also, Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, discusses policy changes in the Florida Senate to prohibit sexual harassment of employees. Book also talks about her efforts to shift oversight of the state’s concealed firearms program to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. With the automatic restoration of voting rights for some of Florida’s convicted felons expected to go into effect Tuesday, a recent study from Cornell University shows nearly 1 in 2 adults in the United States has seen an immediate family member go to jail or in prison. Gomes talks with Zoë Towns, senior director of criminal justice reform at Fwd.us, a nonprofit advocating for immigration and criminal justice reform. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 160: The Tallahassee Welcome
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December 10, 2018 02:42 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey pledges to bend over backward to make sure Gov.-elect Ron Desantis will have one of the most successful inaugurations in the history of the state of Florida. Dailey reveals to Gomes why technically this is his second time being sworn in as mayor and his plans to transform the office. Also, some Floridians still sleeping in tents since Hurricane Michael are being pressured to relocate their tent cities. Concerned volunteers claim Panama City officials are rushing to attract tourists with an "open for business mantra," although city officials claim health and safety reasons for forcing the displaced to evacuate. Gomes talks with Steve Lowe, a volunteer doing post-hurricane relief work in the Panama City area. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 159: Counting Recounts
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November 19, 2018 01:32 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Ion Sancho, a longtime Leon County supervisor of elections, calls for reform in Florida’s election laws to prevent the recurring nightmare of problematic recounts from happening. In an extended interview, Sancho tells Gomes some of the problems that plagued Brenda Snipes, the outgoing supervisor elections for Broward County, couldn’t be avoided under current statutes. Sancho also blames the state for approving ineffective voting machines in Palm Beach County. Gomes also checks in on a statewide listening tour by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. The group’s executive director Desmond Meade explains how he's working to help give back full citizenship rights to Florida’s 1.4 million ex-felons who were convicted and completed sentences for past crimes, as outlined in the voter-approved Amendment 4.
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Episode 158: Florida Recount
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November 12, 2018 04:27 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Florida's election recounts are underway in three of the state’s biggest races — governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner. The unprecedented review is dredging up memories of the 2000 presidential recount. Gomes talks with legal experts involved who argue frequent mistakes and glitches, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties, undermine the entire electoral process. Len Collins, an attorney representing the Republican Party of Florida chats with Gomes from the epicenter of the controversy in Broward County. Democratic Strategist Steve Schale is also guest. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 157: The Debate
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October 22, 2018 04:33 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” highlights from Ron Desantis and Andrew Gillum’s fiery exchanges during their first national debate on CNN. Plus, in exploring new models for journalism Gomes talks with Florida Phoenix Editor-in-Chief Julie Hauserman about her approach to covering state government and politics. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 156: Political Climate
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October 15, 2018 05:16 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” Governor Rick Scott discusses ongoing response and recovery efforts with Hurricane Michael, how it compares to Hurricane Hermine and he’s asked about the impact of climate change on Florida’s environment. David Hastings, a marine and chemistry professor at Eckerd College, talks with Gomes about Florida’s ongoing red tide bloom. How will voters respond to negative campaign ads aired during and after the storm? Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida addresses the potential impact on campaigns. Gomes also talks to a group of Republicans calling for the country to have a united front in holding the Trump administration accountable. Chris Truax with Republicans for the Rule of Law is a guest this week. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 155: Supreme Crisis
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September 30, 2018 09:09 PM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” John Mills, an attorney for the League of Women Voters explains why he thinks Gov. Rick Scott’s attempts to appoint three new justices to Florida’s Supreme Court defies common sense. Mills tells Gomes that Scott is on the verge of causing a constitutional crisis. After emceeing an awards dinner at Florida’s 2018 Court Reporters’ Workshop, which featured Chief Justice Charles Canady and retiring Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince, Kinsey predicts a fourth justice could soon leave the high court. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

Episode 154: Dog Whistle Politics
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September 10, 2018 01:47 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of “The Rotunda,” a closer look at the many dog whistles that could lead the Andrew Gillum campaign into the “Trumpian Trap,” according to Brian Burgess of The Capitolist. Burgess claims the racial undertones from the Ron DeSantis campaign are unintended. Gomes also talks with Danny McAuliffe of Florida Politics about some of the highlights in Florida’s gubernatorial race. Even, if shocked at running mate choices, you are not alone. Plus we a look back at the big primary night stunner with Gillum campaign advisor, Kevin Cate.
Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

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