Haridopolos talks Twitter with The Rotunda’s Trimmel Gomes

by | Dec 8, 2016

This week on the Rotunda, don’t miss Trimmel Gomes’ interview with “The Un-Candidate, Mike Haridopolos,” as Gomes discusses the importance of social media in modern campaigns, especially this cycle. He also asks the former Senate President about his own surge in social media use, first reported on The Capitolist.  The full episode description is below, along with links to download the podcast. You can also listen to the podcast seamlessly through the free iPhone or Android on The Capitolist’s app. 

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Social media had an unprecedented influence on the 2016 presidential election and is now considered a crucial part of campaigning. In this episode, Gomes discusses the influence of social media in politics with former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who is currently boosting his presence on social media platforms. Many are speculating that this could signify a possible run for office. Gomes also explores the status of Florida’s Everglades Restoration plan with environmental attorney Maribel Nicholson-Choice of Greenberg Traurig as well as Ernie Barnett, the Executive Director of the Florida Land Council.
Here is a glimpse at some of the changes coming to Florida politics following the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Gomes revisits past and present interviews with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, State Sen. Anitere Flores and Dr. Brian Latell, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami. Gomes also talks with one of the most influential families in Florida’s capitol; veteran lobbyist Ron Book and his daughter Lauren, who is now a freshman Sen. from Plantation and was recently named Senate Democratic leader pro tempore. Book talks with Gomes about his family’s rise to power while sending a message that he will never take advantage of the process.
The Florida Legislature gets in ‘formation’ as new members are sworn in for their first post election session. As 66 new lawmakers learn their way around the capitol, Gomes spotlights those in leadership roles in both the House and Senate. The Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee bureau reporter Gray Rohrer discusses the sweeping changes that lie ahead, particularly from House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran. Gomes also chats with the publisher of The Capitolist, Brian J. Burgess, who has been digging into the financial dealings of some of Florida’s environmental advocacy organizations.

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