Jun 21 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day

“The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce uses preferred footwear to try to paint a picture of who lives here. “

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Jun 20 2016

The Rotunda Episode 65: Words Matter

The Rotunda

PODCAST: ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE ROTUNDA

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead and 53 injured, the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history, Gov. Rick Scott dodges the gun control debate by focussing policy talks on ISIS and saying the Second Amendment didn’t kill anyone. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, Maura Jane Farrelly, an associate professor of American studies at Brandeis University explains why the often used defense and whole purpose of the Second Amendment is moot. Gomes also takes a closer look at the face-off between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Christian Ulvert, one of the plaintiffs in the fight to overturn Florida’s gay marriage-ban, tells Gomes what he thinks Bondi should’ve said when Cooper questioned her history of fighting against the LGBT community as she was trying to lend a voice to the victims.

Are you tired of apologizing for being an American? Gomes talks with a self-described loud, arrogant, and sometimes troublesome American who supports Donald Trump and has ideas on how to reform the political process in Washington, D.C.

The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunesStitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

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Jun 15 2016

The Rotunda Episode 64: Act of Terror

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      PODCAST: ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE ROTUNDA

Condolences and solidarity are pouring in from around the globe after a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando killing at least 50 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda,  a recap of the events which first caught the attention of international media. Gomes then talks with news director Jill Roberts of WQCS, the NPR station for the Treasure Coast who found herself camped outside the Fort Pierce apartment of Omar Mateen, the suspected shooter who was killed by police during his attack. Gomes also talks with Bob Poe, former state Democratic Party Chair and candidate for Central Florida’s 10th Congressional District, about his decision to reveal he is HIV-positive. Poe, 61, said he was diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago but tells Gomes how he struggled to come to terms with his own fear and stigma with regard to the virus that causes AIDS.

The Rotunda podcast is available each Monday via iTunesStitcher or Soundcloud. Follow on @RotundaPodcast on Twitter and visit www.rotundapodcast.com for daily updates.

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You are welcomed to use any podcast app or media player that works best in your digital department. These are the main players that we recommend capturing embed links:

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Apple iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rotunda-trimmel-gomes/id974665013?mt=2

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The Rotunda: http://rotundapodcast.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=349:episode-55-as-hole-governor&Itemid=833&lang=en

If you encounter any problems accessing the program, please contact me: trimmel@gomesmedia.com

Thank you,

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Jun 8 2016

Rene Garcia Takes Aim at Trump’s ‘Racist’ Comments

State Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, issued a strongly worded statement Wednesday condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

Here is the text of Garcia’s statement:

“I am deeply concerned about Mr. Trump’s comments towards Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Judge Curiel is an honorable American, who has served his state and his country with dignity and respect. The point at issue with Mr. Trump’s words transcend party politics; the structure embedded in our Constitution calls on the judiciary to interpret the laws in good faith with its people, it is critical that the independence and standing of the American judiciary be preserved and protected from the dangers of racism, bigotry, and demagoguery.

These demeaning words seek to divide the country among racial lines, and that is simply contrary to the American values that have made our country great. It is shameful that Mr. Trump is using his public profile to force pressure on a reputable member of the federal judiciary to affect the outcome of a private civil matter. Republican or Democrat, Black or White, we must stand in solidarity and denounce these blatantly racist remarks as Un-American.”

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May 9 2016

Scott to Honor Former Surgeon General

Gov. Rick Scott will host a reception Monday night at the governor’s mansion for former Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, who lost his job when he failed to get through the Senate confirmation process earlier this year.

The evening reception was announced on Scott’s daily schedule, released Monday morning.

Armstrong, who as surgeon general was also the secretary of the Florida Department of Health, had held the post since 2012. He faced questions about issues such as a steep drop in the number of people receiving services from county health departments and Florida’s highest-in-the-nation rate for new HIV infections. Armstrong also was questioned about Children’s Medical Services, a program for youngsters with “chronic and serious” conditions that last year dropped more than 13,000 kids from its rolls.

Despite public pressure from Scott for the Senate to confirm Armstrong during the 2016 session, Armstrong narrowly got through a single committee. A confirmation vote was never taken on the Senate floor.

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May 4 2016

Kriseman Climbs Aboard Crist Train

A day after Eric Lynn dropped out of a Democratic primary battle with Charlie Crist in Congressional District 13, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman tossed his support to Crist.

Kriseman had backed Lynn, a former Pentagon official who announced Tuesday that he will instead run this year in state House District 68. In a statement released Wednesday by the Crist campaign, Kriseman said he will support the former governor — another indication that Lynn’s exit could help clear the way for Crist to win the Pinellas County congressional seat.

“I have admired and worked with Charlie Crist for a long time and know that he will be a tremendous champion for all of us in our nation’s capital,” the statement said. “It’s time for all Democrats, and all citizens of District 13, to unite behind Charlie Crist.”

 

 

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Apr 26 2016

Scott, Negron to Meet

After spending part of the day in a Cabinet meeting, Gov. Rick Scott plans to huddle this afternoon with incoming Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, according to a schedule released by Scott’s office.

The schedule does not detail the subject or exact location of the meeting, but Scott and Negron are slated to talk at 4 p.m. in Tallahassee. Scott is then scheduled to go to Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. “business development meeting,” the schedule says.

Negron is slated to become Senate president after the November elections.

The News Service of Florida


Apr 20 2016

Scott, Hager Slated to Talk

As Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater continue trying to reach agreement on a new insurance commissioner, Scott is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to meet with state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach.

Atwater backed Hager last month for the commissioner job, but Scott supported another candidate, Jeffrey Bragg. Scott and Atwater have to agree on a candidate before taking the nomination to the full Cabinet. After they could not agree last month, the search was reopened. The Cabinet is expected to take up the issue again next Tuesday.

Scott’s schedule indicates he will talk at 1 p.m. with Hager, a former Iowa insurance commissioner. Longtime Commissioner Kevin McCarty announced in January that he planned to step down from the position.

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Apr 18 2016

Connecticut Mayor Says No-Go to Scott

First it was General Electric. Then it was Yale University. Now it’s the town of Danbury, Conn.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton last week did some social-media trolling by asking residents of his city of more than 80,000 if they should secede over Connecticut’s latest tax plan.

“Should #Danbury secede from CT?” Boughton said in posts on both Twitter and Facebook. “Give back state aid and form our own state. What should we call it? Should we allow Bethel in?”

Boughton, who apparently was referring to the nearby town of Bethel, had already told Hearst Connecticut Media on Wednesday that he was “Just being a little tongue and cheek here.”

But that didn’t stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott from chiming in Friday.

@MayorMark No state income tax, 2nd lowest tax burden, 55 tax cuts, 4 years of surplus- come to FL it’s a sunny day!” Scott posted via Twitter to Boughton.

“Thanks Gov. I’m gonna stay and fix CT.. (Happy to visit tho),” Boughton responded.

Always the salesman, Scott wasn’t done.

@MayorMark hope you change your mind! Call me when you decide to join the more than 100 million visitors to FL. twitter.com/MayorMark/stat…” Scott tweeted back.

The exchange wasn’t Scott’s first aimed at Connecticut.

In March, Scott was rejected by Yale after urging the Ivy League school to look at relocating to Florida after Connecticut lawmakers considered a bill to tax the university’s endowment.

Last June, Scott went to Connecticut for a business-recruitment trip. One of Scott’s prime targets out of the Connecticut excursion became the mega-conglomerate General Electric. But GE took an offer in January from Boston for a new headquarters location.

The News Service of Florida


Apr 11 2016

Sheriffs Give DLP Some Love Over Gun Bills

The Florida Sheriffs Association on Monday announced its selection of Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, as the group’s 2016 Legislator of the Year for his role in derailing two controversial gun bills.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Diaz de la Portilla refused to hear a bill that would have allowed people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms. He also blocked a bill that would have allowed people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses. Both proposals passed the House.

“His role in ensuring a common-sense approach to conceal-carry legislation exemplified what we expect of our elected officials, and his unwavering support for reasonable solutions proposed by Florida’s sheriffs demonstrated his commitment to Florida’s citizens and visitors,” the Florida Sheriffs Association said in a statement.

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