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Seminole Tribe of Florida lobbies up with hire of Floridian Partners

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With its compact with the state of Florida expired and now in federal court to protect its multibillion dollar gambling interests, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has retained one of Tallahassee’s most prominent governmental affairs firms. Floridian Partners, the lobbying shop headed up by Charlie Dudley, was inked  this week to represent the Tribe before the Rick Scott administration and the Florida Legislature. What’s particularly interesting about this registration is, until recently, Floridian Partners had been signed with Las Vegas Sands, the gambling behemoth headed…

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Seminole Tribe refuses to take down blackjack tables

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The games are still on. The Seminole Tribe of Florida will continue to offer blackjack at its casinos despite the end of an agreement with the state allowing it to offer card games, a spokesman said Thursday. “The Tribe believes the games have been authorized for the reasons stated in the complaint, and it is seeking court guidance while the games continue,” Gary Bitner said in an email, referring to a lawsuit filed Monday. Thursday marked the last day of a…

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Solar amendment slammed as creating new tax

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The ad war between the two competing solar amendments flared up Tuesday with the release of a new commercial slamming one of the initiatives for creating a “shady solar tax.” Two groups are competing for votes for a proposed constitutional amendment: The utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar and Floridians for Solar Choice, aligned with a coalition of progressive and conservative groups. Consumers for Smart Solar’s ad, released on YouTube on Tuesday, calls into question a new monthly fee the competing amendment would create, using…

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