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2016 Legislative Food Fights: Gambling issues move from spotlight to supporting role

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A big gambling overhaul bill won’t be on the menu this legislative session, but expect a swirl of other gaming-related topics to bubble up, including fantasy sports play and creating a state gambling commission to monitor users’ gain from super casino bonus and offers. One not to expect is Las Vegas Sands’ effort to get a destination casino in South Florida. After trying unsuccessfully for years, the gambling giant finally pulled up stakes last year, letting go of lobbyist Nick Iarossi and others. One of the…

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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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Las Vegas Sands calls it quits in Florida

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The Las Vegas Sands Corp. is giving up its efforts to get a destination casino resort in Florida, its Tallahassee lobbyist confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Nick Iarossi, the Sands’ Florida lobbyist, said chairman Sheldon Adelson and other company heads made the decision over the weekend. Iarossi said the company as of Monday has been canceling consulting contracts for public relations and lobbying – including his. “I understand their perspective,” Iarossi told FloridaPolitics.com. “We’ve been pushing this for six years with no success.” The move…

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…Today in gaming: A debate-style forum on expanded gaming & a court hearing on barrel racing

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Keep an eye on two events today related to The Great Gaming Debate: The first is a debate-style forum on the proposal to expand casino gambling in Florida, with Orlando attorney John Stemberger, the President of the Florida Family Policy Council as the anti-gambling voice on the five person panel and four people in favor of the proposal. The advocates for more gambling who will participate are Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, the sponsor of the casino bill; Dan Adkins,…

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