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Guitars oust minarets as Hard Rock redoes Taj Mahal casino

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TRUMP TAJ MAHAL

Donald Trump, domes and minarets are out. Rock ‘n’ roll and guitars — lots of guitars — are in as the Hard Rock chain re-does Atlantic City’s former Trump Taj Mahal casino. The company owned by Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe on Wednesday unveiled its $375 million plan for the shuttered casino resort, which it bought last month from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, and plans to reopen by summer 2018. It will draw on the world’s largest collection of music memorabilia…

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Search for Florida Democratic Party’s next Executive Director continues

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An official with the Florida Democratic Party says that while the search to find a successor to Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party does include Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, it is by no means limited to those two candidates. Juan Penalosa, who is working with newly elected FDP Chair Stephen Bittel on his transition team, tells FloridaPolitics that the search to replace Arceneaux remains a national search, and goes beyond Ducote and Wolf. He does say that the two are…

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Ridesharing smoothing the roads in Florida

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber; it’s also no secret that I am NOT a big fan of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, a bully of a governmental entity applying 19th-century thinking to a 21st-century innovation. The PTC’s blatant quest to stifle ridesharing while clinging to the outmoded taxi and limo industry has been as disgraceful as it is misguided. This should be the final nail in the coffin of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.22.16 — The sad story of Chris Christie

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There’s no doubt Rudy Giuliani will get some meaty position in the upcoming Donald Trump administration, because the dude was loyal as hell to the president-elect throughout the past year. Chris Christie, on the other hand, may be looking at bupkes. The New Jersey governor was one of the first mainstream Republicans to endorse Trump, which he did after he flamed out in the New Hampshire primary. Since that time, reporters have had a field day blasting the one-time fierce (bullying?)…

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Donald Trump may revisit Trump Country during a victory tour

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Donald Trump may take a victory tour to states that elected him president, an aide said Saturday, as boisterous protests unfolded outside the tower where he holed up with members of his transition team and fielded calls congratulating him. While he’s announced one decision — putting Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of the transition instead of Chris Christie — Trump must identify other people for top White House jobs and Cabinet posts. The president-elect remained out of sight at Trump Tower, with streets outside…

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Chris Christie says he ‘can’t control’ Trump campaign

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Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s just a “surrogate” who’s not “in control” of Donald Trump or his campaign. Christie, who unsuccessfully ran for president and now supports Trump as GOP nominee, spoke with NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell Monday. The interview ran Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. O’Donnell asked Christie, “Are you proud of the campaign he’s running?” The two-term governor didn’t answer directly. “Listen, it’s — for me, the person who needs most to be concerned about the kind of campaign…

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Joe Henderson: To catch up, Patrick Murphy needs knockout debate against Marco Rubio

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When the candidates in one of the strangest U.S. Senate races in Florida’s history finally meet at 7 tonight in Orlando at the University of Central Florida in their first of two debates, it will come down to this: It’s the last big chance for Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy to make up what polls say is a considerable gap between himself and incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Here are the stakes: THE TRAIN IS LEAVING THE STATION Early voting already is…

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