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Episode 142: Power of Advocacy
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March 26, 2018 05:17 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda features a recap of some of the incredible speeches from the March For Our Lives in D.C. with students and shooting survivors like Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and others like 11-year-old Naomi Wadler leading the charge calling for common-sense gun laws. Gomes examines how the students at Parkland were able to successfully mobilize with Karen Moore of the Moore Agency, an expert on advocacy campaigns. Plus Gomes talks with the Sun Sentinel’s state politics reporter Dan Sweeney about what he calls the biggest story in the paper’s history. Sweeny also shares his tips about staying engaged on social media.
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 141: Sine Die
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March 12, 2018 02:36 AM PDT
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the Legislature’s journey to approving an $89 billion budget all while in the shadow of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Plus, the Trump administration changes course by stepping back some of their gun proposals including enforcing new age limits. Trump will instead let states decide their path while creating a federal commission on School Safety.

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 140: Last Minute Negotiations
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March 05, 2018 05:05 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, the Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School dominates the final week of 2018 legislative session. Gomes follows the negotiations during the gun debate plus he talks with Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, about her bill that requires public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust.” Gomes also chats with Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Delray Beach about her attempt to fully ban texting while driving. Gomes also features an interview with Fane Lozman, a corruption-fighting activist, who has seen two of his many cases get argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lozman talks about the importance of free speech.
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 139: The Gun Debate
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February 26, 2018 05:36 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look at the early successes from the #NeverAgain movement as Gov. Scott and Republican legislators defy the National Rifle Association with gun restriction proposals that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21. Gomes interviews David Hogg, Ashley Santoro, and Sammy Feuerman, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visiting Tallahassee to share their stories of survival while demanding change to Florida’s gun laws. Gomes also talks with Florida Education Association president, Joanne McCall, Republican strategist Rick Wilson and more.
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 138: Never Again
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February 19, 2018 07:10 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students turn their grief into a full-blown national movement, bringing their #NeverAgain campaign to Tallahassee with hopes to prevent another school shooting. Gomes features Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami. Gomes also hears about the benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans from Julius Glover, a senior citizen living in Tallahassee and Cathryn Donaldson, spokeswoman for the Coalition for Medicare Choices. Plus, the Interior Department announced plans to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in U-S history. Opponents like Holly Parker with the Surfrider Foundation warn the Trump administration's goal is to open all areas to drilling, including more Florida offshore areas. Finally a brief recap of the immigration debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, featuring Gary Fineout with the Associated Press.
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 137: Rumble in Tallahassee
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February 12, 2018 05:40 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Bay News 9’s Troy Kinsey provides a behind-the-scenes preview of the face-to-face debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over “sanctuary cities” and immigration policy. Gomes also talks with Andrew Behrman, president, and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers as health center officials across the country celebrate two years of renewed funding passed by Congress. At the midpoint of Florida's 60-day legislative session, Politico’s Bruce Ritchie reviews some of Florida’s top environmental policy issues including proposals for offshore drilling championed by guests Dave Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council and opposed by Holly Parker with the Surfrider Foundation. 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 136: The American Dream
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February 05, 2018 01:46 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, preparations are underway for the immigration debate challenge between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the likely gubernatorial rivals. The chairman of the Republican Party of Leon County, Evan Power, accuses Gillum of continually playing the race card while Juan Escalante with America’s Voice accuses Speaker Corcoran of trying to gain political points on the backs of immigrants. Gomes interviews the Fair Elections Legal Network’s senior counsel, Jon Sherman, about his challenge to Florida’s felon voter restoration process which resulted in it being declared unconstitutional. Gomes also chats with Taylor Houston with the L-G-B-T-Q advocacy group Pride Fund to End Gun Violence about Senate Bill 740 which would rewrite the state’s concealed weapons law so that people can get a gun license even when their criminal background checks are incomplete.
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 135: Culture of Sex
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January 29, 2018 04:37 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a closer look at the various sex scandals rocking Florida’s capitol and an examination of Tallahassee's culture from a woman’s point of view. Gomes chats with reporter Allison Nielsen with Sunshine State News who said she received warnings from female colleagues before taking her reporting gig at the statehouse. Gomes talks with Senators Bill Montford and Lauren Book about the scandals about the mood in their chamber. Also, is Florida's legislature lagging behind other states in response to sexual harassment? Lisae Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, talks with Gomes about how the Maryland General Assembly is ahead of the country with its rapid response and passage of several laws to help victims of sexual assault. Plus, Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is looking for volunteers. Gomes discusses the program during Florida Senior Day with Gary Franck, a volunteer certified ombudsman.

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 134: Best Shutdown
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January 22, 2018 03:02 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, a look back to the fiery start of the Trump administration from the inauguration to the Women’s March in Washington. Gomes also looks at the impact of Gov. Rick Scott’s failed deal with the administration to keep Florida out of its expanded offshore drilling plan. Susan Glickman with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy claims it was all about politics from the start. Gomes also talks with Alice Vickers with the Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection about how payday lenders in Florida are seeking to skirt new federal consumer protections with state legislation. Finally, Gomes talks with State Rep. Sean Shaw, a Tampa Democrat, about his decision to run for attorney general.
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 133: Racial Justice
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January 16, 2018 12:08 AM PST
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On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Florida lawmakers react to Donald Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” remark including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) who was in the meeting with Trump. Diaz-Balart plans to focus on bargaining for a DACA deal. Gomes also talks with Joseph Hellweg, associate professor of religion and anthropology at Florida State University about the contributions made to the U.S. by people from the countries identified in Trump’s controversial statements. Gomes then recaps the first week of session and chats with Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg about session highlights and his quest to give voters a chance to amend the constitution to end the practice of allowing write-in candidates to close a primary during an election. 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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