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Ballard Partners will continue repping daily fantasy sports sites

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Ballard Partners will continue its representation of daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies into 2017, according to lobbying registration records reviewed Monday. Brian Ballard and the lobbyists who work for him, including former state Rep. Chris Dorworth, have begun registering their representation for the 2017 Legislative Session, some effective as early as this week. Chief among those interests are DraftKings and FanDuel, the DFS giants who announced their merger in November. It still requires federal approval. In the online games, players pick…

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Where might there be a surprise on Election Night in Florida?

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If the chalk won every game and match-up, there would be no Las Vegas or Macau. There would be no March Madness. If the favorites won every time, there would be no reason to even turn on the television. We watch and love sports and gambling because the underdogs can and do win. In no-limit Texas hold ’em poker, holding a pair of aces gives a player an 87 percent chance of winning against a seven-deuce offsuit before the flop. But…

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No, Brian Burgess, Chris Sprowls will not ‘feel the Bern’

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Isn’t it fun to have new friends to play with? That’s how I felt when I learned that Republican communications operative Brian Burgess was launching The Capitolist website where he (and other notables like Sarah Rumpf) blogs and aggregates. I’ve always been of the opinion that Florida politics needed more bloggers and tweeters and writers. At the national level, when the blogosphere was a new, exciting place, the best of the national bloggers, like Andrew Sullivan, would complement and link to each other’s work one day,…

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Former Democratic lawmaker Mike Clelland eyeing bid in Senate District 13

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Former Rep. Mike Clelland will pursue a return to Tallahassee in the open SD 13 seat vacated by term-limited Senate President Andy Gardiner, according to multiple Democratic operatives. The Morgan & Morgan attorney and former firefighter has made calls to past supporters to gauge interest in a bid for the Orlando-based Senate seat. One local Democrat told FloridaPolitics.com Clelland was encouraged to run by John Morgan himself, and that the 52-year-old is considering moving closer to the Orange County part of the SD 13, where most of the Democrats in the district…

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Libertarian drops bid to unseat Scott Plakon in HD 29

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Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon’s House District 29 re-election campaign got a little easier after his only opponent dropped out of the race last week. Libertarian David Leavitt sent a withdrawal letter to the Florida Division of Elections on Oct. 5 and was just recently removed from the 2016 candidate list. Leavitt’s candidacy alone didn’t cast doubt on Plakon’s re-election chances, but considering the Libertarian pulled together a good amount of money (compared to most other third-party candidates), Leavitt might have siphoned…

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Don’t go roping Will Weatherford into the Florida Senate’s mess, Andy Gardiner

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Thursday was a another wild day in the Florida Capitol, and particularly for the Senate, which seemed for a moment to have adopted a “not one damn” comma approach to its tweaks to the congressional “base map” drawn by staff earlier this month. Hours before, a story by the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas again stoked the fires of senatorial map-making malpractice. The article detailed new depositions and court documents related to the shadow redistricting process undertaken by the chamber, complete with inappropriate communications between…

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Could Eric Eisnaugle’s speakership become a casualty of House gay adoption fight?

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As debate over a bill to protect “religious conscience” — the upshot of which is to prevent gay couples from adopting children — raged for hours Wednesday afternoon on the floor of the House, another battle in the Capitol was just beginning: one that might cost staunch social conservative state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle the 2021-22 House speakership. Simply put, a coup is afoot in the House. The immediate cause of the falling-out seems to be a failure on Eisnaugle’s part…

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